Scholastika's Art Courses

Art courses at Scholastika take place in the form of semester studio instruction for the public. Students elect our courses for several reasons – for some of them they serve the function of being a “preparatory” year prior to taking entrance exams to art universities, for other students our courses provide practical development for their own work, while others take our courses as a hobby. We are open to all interested individuals. As a part of our studies we introduce our students to the context of contemporary fine art and design. It is important to us that our students have the opportunity to acquire practical skills as well as theoretical knowledge presented by renowned professionals from the art and design scene.

As a part of our courses Scholastika organizes a number of accompanying activities for our students. They can attend lectures by guests from the lines of artists, theoreticians and designers from the Czech as well as international art scene. We organize commented tours of exhibitions in large institutions, as well as in small independent galleries and studios. Several times a year we organize international art and design excursions (e.g. Venice Biennale, Salone del Mobile in Milan, or Gallery Weekend in Berlin). Our students are welcome to use the space in our school, its equipment and library for their own work and individual studies.

Scholastika has enjoyed cooperating with artists, art theoreticians, curators, fashion designers, designers or directors of important institutions including Krištof Kintera, Vladimír 518, Adam Budak, Aleš Najbrt, Maarten de Ceulaer, Veronika Ruppert, Studio Dechem, Elric Petit, Jiří Kovanda and others. Our lectures and presentations are held by the most prominent personalities on the Czech and international art scene.

In each semester we endeavour to organize a presentation of our students’ work at exhibitions in our partner galleries or at regular semester closing exhibitions at our school. This way our students gain important experience in installation and exhibition practice. 

Studios

Studio of Painting

With the help of their teacher students of the Studio of Painting concentrate primarily on searching for an adequate form of expression that will lead to the most exact expression of their individuality. The course is focused on working with colour, learning elementary painting procedures and basic painting techniques. The objective of the course, however, is not just the usual mastering of these techniques but primarily the endeavour to find a specific approach to the students’ own work.

Studio of Graphic Design

Part of the education in the Studio of Graphic Design is the preparation for the most frequent demands in this dynamically developing field – creating of corporate identity, working with font, layout of magazines, newspapers, books, posters and other media carriers or the basics of visual communication. The outputs are the results of experiments as well as practical procedure within the scope of the given media. This course also includes workshops or lectures dealing with topics in the area of graphic design and relating media (photograph, illustration, painting, animation, etc.)

Teacher:

Jan Kloss

Matej Činčera

Studio of Product Design

In the Studio of Product Design the students are guided to progressive solutions of practical assignments. Therefore, they go through all the phases of the origin of a product and thanks to that they gain complex information and experience. In this course, product design is presented from all substantial angles: from the technological level of production and material limitations, through the right understanding of the function of a given product within the company’s portfolio and marketing strategy, all the way to searching for new paths, concepts and purely original approach with an artistic overlap.

Teacher:

Jan Čapek

Studio of Photography and Video

This studio focuses on the understanding of the possibilities of working with photography (and technical image in general) within the context of contemporary art. The studio head is consistently founded on dialogue between students and the teacher in the form of group consultations, during which an emphasis is placed on individual interests and need of individual students. Part of the course is the deepening of trade skills that unwind from specific projects.

 

 

Teacher:

Hynek Alt

Studio of Comics and Illustration

“We’ll integrate our head and exercise our hand,” that is the motto of the Studio of Comics and Illustration. The teacher devotes the maximum amount of time to drawing and it is in the widest spectrum of this media. The essence of the work in this studio is looking for a way to help each student move further on an individual level of development. Interest is directed at various styles of expression, as well as at being able to manage standards used in daily practice. It is precisely the ability to handle these demands which becomes the stepping stone to other fields or a dreamed profession.

Teacher:

Vladimír Strejček

Studio of Interior Design

We encounter various interiors on a daily basis, they specifically form our world and influence our understanding and aesthetical perception. Recently, interior design is experiencing quite a boom, which opens up further possibilities and positions within the scope of study, as well as in subsequent practical use.  The essence of this course are practical exercises on the topic of “creative understanding” of the interior as a whole and the accenting of original elements, creating an identity and authenticity of a place. Students of this field gradually learn to understand the impact of the interior on the overall character of a place. The course puts an emphasis also on socio-historical connections, suitability of materials used with respect to function, cost and character of the space.

Teacher:

Vladimír Žák

Roman Vrtiska

Studio of Fashion Design

The studio of fashion design gives students a look inside of what it really takes to become a fashion designer. Students are guided to critical and complex understanding of fashion design as an interdisciplinary field. They learn to understand the process of the origin of a collection from the concept all the way to the final production of the clothes. Thanks to our individual approach we present new ways of how to create and we help to discover each unique style and talent. An emphasis is placed primarily on the development of creativity in connection with technical knowledge. We teach students how to combine creativity and trade, how to make a collection, present it properly and how to be successful on the market.

Teacher:

Alice Klouzková 

Studio of Object and Glass

In this studio students can pursue the “re-design” of everyday things or objects with their own added value, by which they shift their original aesthetics in the direction of the present. We work primarily with natural materials such as glass, stone or wood, using craft techniques for the production of objects. Under the guidance of the teacher, students are led beyond the generally valid boundary or rooted image about the design of objects which helps them find their own distinctive aesthetic. The studio works in the spirit of ecological thinking – to once again give things their original purpose or to compile them into new objects. 

Teacher:

Jakub Berdych

Studio of Sculpture

The studio of sculpture is divided into two teaching phases: part of the sculpting figurative program is based on experience founded on traditional, hand modelling of the human figure. The second part of the program focuses on expanding the students’ horizons and looking for possible uses of figural art in other fine art fields. The outcome of this course is a complex understanding of issues relating to sculpture, object and installation in contemporary art.

Teacher:

Pavel Karous

Cycle of Lectures on Design History

This lecture cycle will guide the students through the history of world design from its beginnings in the second half of the 20th century all the way to its most current happening. Individual lessons are focused on distinct streams and styles that influenced not just design and architecture, but also free art, fashion and graphic design. Through applied arts, students are able to look into general theory and history of fine arts as a whole and the phenomenon of its development and influences through modern society. 

Teacher:

Adam Štech

Lecture Cycle in Art History

The Studio of Art History will give the students an introduction to the development of visual culture from its beginnings to the present time. Modern and contemporary world art is inserted into a wider socio-cultural frame and it is complemented by selected moments from the Czech environment. The completion of this studio will provide students with basic orientation in the history of modern and contemporary art, including practical information regarding institutional structure and the functioning thereof. 

Teacher:

Terezie Nekvindová

     
                                                                                                                                                                                             

Course Applicants

Our art courses are designed for applicants from the wide public who are interested in free as well as applied arts, as well as contemporary art and design. We provide them with the opportunity to expand their horizons by establishing contact with top professionals from many fields, to start their own art production or to get ready for entrance exams at art universities. 

- The course fees include class instruction and attendance of a selected studio at least once a week for three hours.

- During one semester there are 16 to 18 studio meetings / lectures.

- Each student has the opportunity to do individual work in the school space using school equipment upon agreement every day between 12 – 8 p.m.

- East student can participate in our “exhibition tours” – commented viewings of at least five exhibitions taking place every three weeks. Students are regularly informed in newsletters of openings, exhibitions and lectures (cultural events taking place in Prague and other cities).

- Students have the opportunity to attend regular broadening lectures by invited guests organized by Scholastika.

- We offer the possibility to participate in organized trips abroad to international exhibitions with the opportunity to discover the selected city, its galleries and cultural institutions.

- Students are welcome to study in our school library or, upon agreement, borrow our library books to study at home.

- We provide discounts on tuition fees for increased number of courses taken in one semester, as well as for long-term studies. 

- Scholastika’s students receive a certificate in the given course upon the successful completion of the semester closing exhibitions.

Course Enrolment

To enrol in any of our courses please fill out our application form available for download on our website and send it by email to info(at)scholastika.cz. Upon receiving your application we will contact you with further information regarding an interview, as well as the account number for sending the administrative fee.

Fees and Courses Offered

Tuition fee in the studios of photography, fashion, interior, product and graphic design is 9 500 CZK per each studio.

Tuition fee in the studios of comic strip and illustration, object and glass, painting, and sculpture is 8 500 CZK per each studio.

Combination of two studios: 15 000 CZK

Combination of three studios: 18 000 CZK

Art history lecture course: 7 000 CZK

Design history lecture course: 8 000 CZK

Administrative fee for the entrance interview: 400 CZK

Tuition fees are not refundable in the case of cancellation

* One completed semester at Scholastika = 5% discount on the following semester. Two to three completed semesters at Scholastika = 10% discount on the following semester. Four or more completed semesters at Scholastika = 15% discount on the following semester.

Schedule for Summer Semester 2016

Programme for new students:

Painting of large-format still life. Work with colour, perspective, composition and light.

Painting of a portrait of a live model. Being aware of the right proportions, age and specific expression of the model.

Painting of a figure of a live model. Focus on stability and its proper position. 

Practicing painting techniques: specifics of the brush size when forming the character of the painting, glaze and impasto painting, gradient, material collages, patterns, using text in painting, etc.

Work with composition structure on the surface of the painting, painting of detail, or object across the entire format, reduction of a painting model, etc.

Programme for advanced students:

- Development and consultation of students’ own topics, possibly follow up on work from the previous semester.

- Painting with the help of a digital projector, airbrush.

- Other possible practice: students assign tasks to one another, incorporation of an element into a painting chosen by another student, painting the subject of “my favourite or least favourite musical interpreter, using theoretical text from an art publication and making an art work based on it, etc.

Collective activities during the semester:

- Assigning homework related to specific names of current painters + individual consultations.

- Approximately once a month collective consultation, presentation and evaluation of existing work.

- Visiting studios of interesting artists (painters).

- Making of street art in one of Prague’s locations.

- Contest for students of painting for the exhibition project at the Gallery SPZ.

How do I apply to study here?

 

Simply send a completed application, which can be downloaded on our website, to our email address voscholastika(at)gmail.com.

Questions and Answers

Is it possible to use the school premises outside of class time?

Will I have any certificate or reference after completing a course?

Upon the successful completion of each semester’s final exams, Scholastika awards a certificate about the completion of the given course.

Is there anything else interesting about Scholastika?

The Scholastika platform organizes for its students a number of accompanying activities such as guest lectures by artists, theoreticians and designers from the Czech as well as international scene. We organize guided tours of exhibitions in large institutions, but also in small, independent galleries and studios. Several times a year we organize international trips to see art and design (for example to the Venice Biennale, Milan’s Salone del Mobile, or Berlin’s Gallery Weekend). Our students are able to use the school premises including its equipment and library for their own work and individual studying. 

Who is the program at Scholastika designed for?

Our education program is open to the wide public. Majority of our students are young secondary school graduates or Bachelor Degree holders. Scholastika’s courses are also attended by individuals working in the “trade”, for example graphic designers who take the opportunity to develop their own inventiveness and to have better orientation on the scene. However we also have students how have selected a certain studio purely as a hobby.

What is included in the tuition fee at Scholastika?

Lectures as well as meetings in the selected studio at least once a week for three hours. There are 16 to 18 study meetings / lectures during one semester. 

The possibility to do individual work using the school premises and equipment every day between 12 and 8 p.m. 

Every student has the opportunity to participate in at least five “exhibition visits”, which are guided tours of exhibitions taking place every two weeks. 

Subscription to a weekly newsletter containing recommendations for openings, exhibitions and lectures (info about cultural happenings in Prague and other cities). 

Possibility to attend lectures organised by Scholastika. 

Optional participation in an organized trip abroad to an international exhibition with the opportunity to tour the selected city, its galleries and institutions. 

Possibility to use the school library or borrow books to study at home (upon agreement).

Will studying at Scholastika prepare me for entrance exams to a University?

This is one of our goals. We try to prepare our students practically and provide information with respect to theory in a way for them to be better prepared for, hence more seccussful in fulfilling the entrance exams at Universities. Last year 16 of Scholstika students were accepted at AVU (Academy of Fine Arts), UMPRUM (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague), FaVu (Faculty of Fine Arts in Brno), FAMU (Film and TV School of Academy of Performing Arts in Prague), UJEP (Jan Evangelista Purkyne University in Usti nad Labem) and FUD (Faculty of Art and Design at UJEP), etc.

How do I apply to study here?

Simply send a completed application, which can be downloaded on our website, to our email address info(at)scholastika.cz.

Do you have to take entrance exams to enrol to Scholastika courses?

Yes, entrance exams take place prior to the beginning of every semester. They are not of selective character, but rather something like a dialogue for the purpose of assessing the applicant’s interest in a given subject area and his/her level of understanding it. Every applicant should also present at least 10 pieces of own work that we will go over together. We inform about the interview results usually the following week. 

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