Municipal School of Fine Arts

Project information

Index: 0138R1
Priority:1: Innovation and the knowledge economy
Sub Theme:Entrepreneurship and SMEs
Location FRANCE MÉDITERRANÉE Vallauris Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Start/End date of the practice
Start: 1993..

Topic of the practice

Specific educational instutution set up and run by municipality for ceramics training for various age groups and various prior education

Good Practice Information

This good practice is a unique municipal educational institution. Its objective is to preserve the ceramics tradition of the city and keep it alive economically as well by providing ceramics related education and training to all age groups with various levels of previous knowledge in the different techniques of ceramics. The main stakeholders are thus children, adults and artists - basically the wide public. Now it has more than 400 students enrolled in ceramic production.
This school has many strong points, which are also its success factors:
> it is run and financed by the Municipality and it is part of the City Policy
> it is a place of ceramic creation: many kind of lectures are proposed eg. pottery, decoration of ceramics, sculptures modelling, drawing, tournage etc;
> a section Young Creators in order to develop a ceramics draft: students must have a personal draft to be implemented. They are in a direct situation to manage a workshop.
> it gives a complete offer in terms of level and diploma;
> it provides a good transmission of know-how - across generations as well;
> it offers an introduction to the applied arts open to school children from the town and the secondary school (2 teachers working within the framework of the City Policy, 30 classes, i.e. 500 students; classes set up in the secondary school as a Field of Excellence in Ceramics – a convention exists between the Pablo Picasso’s Secondary School and the town);
> acknowledgment by professionals;
> a qualitative communication (school, exhibitions, scenography).
Key conditions for potential transfer are: municipal intention - for such a school to become part of the municipaly policy and to create municipal financing (or ensure from other sources)

Evidence of success

The practice is considered as good because:
> it is an educational institution specialized only in ceramics, run by the Municipality and as such is a rare case in France and Europe
> it is exceptional in bringing together students of different age groups and levels of qualification, from childhood to people of a mature age, it also provides with workshop location for the students, as well as with degree qualification.
It has about 300 students graduating each semester.

Contact details to obtain further information on the practice

Ecole Municipal des Beaux Arts

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