History

A CALENDAR OF THE MOST IMPORTANT SCHOOL EVENTS

1945

8 May – The Committee that founds The School of Art Craft in Kielce forms. The members: Andrzej Oleś (president), Helena Malinowska PhD, Stefania Zbyszewska, Wojciech Durek, Henryk Czarnecki, then: Jan Zaremba, Feliks Tobera and Edmund Massalski.

6 August - Henryk Czarnecki becomes the headteacher.

9 November – the first workshops at the school are built: tapestry, sculpture, carpentry, bookbinding, photography and toy making.

1946

the school is now run by the Ministry of Culture and Art; the change of the curriculum; the school is now known as The State Secondary School of Artistic Techniques.

1950

the school presents its artistic output in Świętokrzyskie Museum.

1951

31 May - 31 students took first School Leaving Examination (A-level).

1953

new sculpture workshop.

1955

the first school jubilee where students present their works at Świętokrzyskie Museum in the following fields: drawing, painting, sculpture, tapestry and bookbinding.

1967

the beginning of building the present school building and dormitory;
the new school name: The State Secondary School of Art;
4 September - Stefan Dulny becomes the headteacher;

1969

December – the schools moves to the new building;
2 May – Matura Exam for the first time in the new building;
2 September – the new school year starts in the new school building;

1970

25th anniversary of the founding of the School.
10 October – the opening of the club “The Old Wardrobe’ in the dormitory;

1971

new specialisation at school – artistic ceramics;

1973

19 June – the school receives the patronage of Józef Szermentowski, the artist, painter;

1974

19 June - Jana Kopertowski beocmes the school headteacher;

1979

1 September - Tadeusz Maj becomes the school headteacher;

1980

35th anniversary of the founding of the School; the reunion;

1981

the school starts cooperation with the local gallery ‘BWA’ where every year students have their exhibitons of diploma works;

23-28 March – the first monument tour – tradition continued untill 1988;

1984

3 January – opening the art centre at school;

1985

the first academic session: Antique Culture days, which started the tradition of sessisons in chronological order - up to modern culture; the last one was held in March 2010;
21 September – the Józef Szertmentowski monument is inveiled during 40th anniversary of the founding of the School; the monument was designed by Tomasz Pietrzyk and made with the assistance of  teachers: Wacława Stawecki and Czesław Zagdan.

1987

1 January – the school becomes UNESCO member;

1987

the first painting and drawing competition ‘The Work of The Month’; it is organised periodically;

1990

inauguration of the school year celebrating 200th anniversary of Consitution Day – 3 May;
students have their exhibiton at the Ministry of Culture and Art;
the first school Christmas Event where the bishop was present;

1991

the school year 1991/1992 – the year of Jewish culture;
May - Students’ works exhibition in the Polish Parliament;
1 September – the school of artistic skills starts functioning; new speciality: old painting and gilding technique;

1992

the school year 1992/1993 - the year of christian culture;

1993

the school year 1993/1994 – the year of Amercian culture;
4 April – Palm Sunday celebrated on the city streets as a reminder of Jesus' Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem’
the first  cyclical exhibtion in the newly opened school gallery of masters;

1994

the school year 1994/1995 – the year of German culture;
Art School in Kielce students’ exhibition – The Primate’s Palace in Warsaw.

1995

the school year 1995/1996 – the year celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of the School;

1996

the school year 1996/1997 – the year of Scandinavian culture;
new specialisation at school – works of art marketing;

1997

the school year 1997/1998 –the year of Korean culture;
5 November – the funeral of the headteacher Tadeusz Maj.
A Vocational Art College stops existing;

1998

1 June - Piotr Rosiński becomes the school headteacher;
the school year 1998/1999 – the year of Austrian culture;

1999

the school year 1999/2000 – the year of Mediterranean culture;
The State Art School starts functioning: it  lasts 6 years and combines mid-school and secondary school;

2000

the school year 2000/2001 – the Świętokrzyskie region culture year;
the first trip to renovate the tombstones of the great Poles in Montmorency (France);

2001

the school year 2001/2002 – the year of the school patron;

2002

the new specialistion at school – engraving techniques;

2003

15 May - Maria Kowalczyk becomes the headteacher;
the school year 2003/2004 – the year of The Cultural Heritage of Europe’;
The School of Artistic Skills stops existing;

students’ exhibition at the Polish Senate called ‘The Cultural Heritage of Europe’;
students’ exhibition at the Polish National Bank celebrating its 80th anniversary;

2005

the school year 2005/2006 – the year: ‘memory and identity’;
the opening of the renovated gallery of students’ works;
60th anniversary of the founding of the School.

2006

students from the Czech school Ave Art from Ostrava pay a visit at the school as a part of Leonardo project;
the project ‘A Job for a Visual Artist’;

2007

Pro Arte Association is founded; it is an educational, artistic and cultural association which also supports the school functioning;  
‘Our School’ project financed from European Union funds;
workshops for the Spanish teachers and students from Escuela Haller la Merced school in Cordoba, as a part of Leonardo project

2008

the start of the renovation of the tombstones of the great Poles in Montmorency (France) and at Observantine graveyard in Vilnius (Lithuania).
the school gains the quality certificate ‘The School of Entrepreneurship’ as the only art school in Poland;
introduction of compulsory drawing-painting workshops for students;

2009

The project: ‘The geological landscape’.

2010

65th anniversary of the founding of the School; the school reunion;