Specializations

There are the following specializations at our school:

Engraving techniques

This technique combines both artistic and applied graphics. Activities include linocut (relief printing), project preparation, gouging out with chisel, inking with a roller, printing on paper with printing press and framing. They deepen their knowledge in a computer lab. Students learn how to illustrate books, design a poster and publicity materials.

Carving techniques

There are three art rooms: a modelling room, a room for stone and another for wood carving. The syllabus includes exercises that help students to understand sculpture as an integral part of the space. The materials used are: clay, plaster, stone and wood. Students get to know how the particular material is processed.

Functional forms:

Ceramics

It is the oldest technique used by humans. It is the production of objects, by shaping pieces of clay because it is very flexible and adjustable. It can be also covered with enamel – a glass substance used for decoration and protection. It is melted onto clay and left to harden. It can be decorated with different colours to add special artistic value.

Furniture making techniques

Students learn how to design and make different furniture. The curriculum is based on the Ministry of Culture principles and various teachers’ experience. Students learn the history of furniture making, how to make a copy of antique pieces of furniture as well as innovative and modern techniques. They also prepare their own projects and designs. A special care is put to the decorative value of the objects made by students. Harmony, colours, matching skills are taken into account. Students also learn how to operate machines used for furniture making.

Old painting and gilding techniques

Students have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with different painting and gilding techniques that were used by the greatest artists and are still used nowadays. Students learn how to use different techniques, e.g. the watercolour layer technique or oil painting technique. They learn how to mix paints directly on a work.

Tapestry

Students find out about a loom, prepare a project/a drawing of what they want to weave. A teacher gives each student a task to complete and chooses a theme. Special attention is paid to composition, colours, abstract thinking and using different sources of inspiration. Students wave covers, tablecloths and tapestry. They also learn dyeing of different fabrics and adjusting colours to what they want to present without buying new ones.

At secondary school  students chose specializations from the very beginning of their education at our school. They have the following numbers of lessons a week each year:
First grade - 6
Second grade - 8
Third grade - 8
Fourth grade - 10
At General Education Art  School that lasts 6 years students chose their specialization at the end of second year. They have the following numbers of lessons a week each year:
Third grade - 4
Fourth grade - 5
Fifth grade - 6
Sixth grade – 10

Other art subjects

Visual advertising

It joins different parts of art and technical skills. Students learn about advertising as a very important part of any promotion. The syllabus focuses on the ability to design and thus prepare a newspaper/magazine advertisement, a commercial or an advertisement on the Internet. They also prepare posters or packages for different products. Students learn about interior designing, plan occasional and theme exhibitions.

The basis for film and photography

Students study this subject for 2 years, having 2 hours a week. The classes combine both theory and practice. Students have a chance to find out how to use different multimedia effectively by taking and developing photos, recording short films. Students learn how to work in a darkroom. They find out briefly about the history of film and photography.
The classroom is equipped with a multimedia projector, digital video cameras, both analogue film and digital cameras, studio flash and incandescent lighting.
Students were awarded an honourable mention for film-making crews at Multimedia in Art workshops

Painting and drawing

This is a specific subject operating with colour, shades, line and spots.
Portrayal and transformation of the world, looking for form and shades, the right shape and finally the chord colour are the daily struggle of our students. Practicing coordination of  hands and eyes prepare students to various art projects.

Students start their education with a study  for both painting and drawing through interpretation and abstract thinking and then to the individual and independent creation. All tasks help students to develop their artistic skills. It is all to make them aware of how to show nature and when to let imagination play.

Education starts with still life where everyday objects play the most important role. Then there is time for insightful nature observation (outdoor workshops, character study) finishing on work of imagination and conscious reality deformations.

The syllabus includes also presentation of professional equipment, drawing and painting techniques. Students paint with watercolour paint (tempera, watercolour) and also oil and acrylics paint.

Sculpture

Students are familiarised with basic issues of composition on the surface and in space.
Firstly students do exercises based on the theme given by the teacher and they work in clay and gypsum. It teaches them creativity and sensitivity towards sculpture forms. Then they  make simple low relief tasks – both in wood and stone. Such exercises are to help plan and realize separate parts of project work.
During classes there are also lessons devoted to studies (floral form studies and head study) which develop skills of astute and sensitive observation of the world and its interpretation.