Through my school for the traditional arts, I have tried to do what I can to continue the living traditions of the world’s sacred and traditional art forms. It is all too easily forgotten how crucial traditions are in handing on the immense richness of human knowledge, wisdom and skill, and giving them new life and new application. I hope that The School’s practical teaching and outreach programmes will enable the next generation to bring their inheritance to life.HRH The Prince of Wales
Pupils from Blessed Trinity RC College, Burnley showing their contribution to the ‘garden tapestry’, a collaborative textile artwork made during a three day workshop led by the Prince’s School.
School teachers from Burnley were invited to learn methods for teaching the principles of traditional arts. Teachers were given teaching materials and support after the session to help them use these methods in their own classrooms.
Students on the Bab Rizk Jameel Programme for traditional art and crafts in Cairo. Wood marquerty is one of the crafts taught on this two year diploma programme.
HRH The Prince of Wales meets Dana Awartani, MA student, at the degree show. Graduating students of the traditional arts postgraduate programme exhibit their work each year at this exhibition.
Postgraduate students are working on a group mosaic project. Mosaic is taught as part of the architectural crafts module, along with stained glass and wood marquetry.
The study of geometry is the foundation of many of the School’s courses. Students learn that the patterns of traditional art reflect nature and are underpinned by the same geometry that is the basis of the natural world.
At the Prince’s School we encourage an awareness of the holistic nature of the traditional arts, where inspiration is derived from the highest sources, and skill and dedication create masterpieces recognized as part of our world heritage.
We offer practicing artists the opportunity to undertake research at the highest level with post-graduate degrees (MA, MPhil, PhD). Our postgraduate programme combines the teaching of the practical skills of the traditional arts and crafts, with an understanding of the philosophy inherent within them. People come from all over the world to study at the School making a diverse and unique mix of students.
We also have an education programme which is open to the public. The Open Programme offers everyone the opportunity to learn more about the traditional arts and crafts, through evening and weekend courses, workshops and a summer school.
We also work with communities both within the UK and internationally through our Outreach Programme. Our Outreach Programme works with individuals and communities to realise the timeless values of their cultural heritage. This is achieved through education programmes, which allow the participants to convey these traditional values into contemporary thought and design projects for the present and future generations.
Amber Robinson writes about her studies at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts
Having completed a degree in Fine Art which was predominantly conceptual, I wanted to learn more about the history and techniques of traditional craft skills. I’d developed an interest in the geometry of Islamic pattern and found The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts during my research on the subject. What I found good about the School was the openness they had with visitors and the ethos. I took part in a couple of the weekend Open Programme workshops on geometry and decided that this was…Read case study