The workshop program is organized into two main areas: the technical trades, or industrial arts, and the artistic workshops. In traditional and professional artisans’ workshops, students learn the basics of a craftsman’s, a technician’s or an artist’s career. These workshops cultivate a student’s care, organization, patience and dedication in addition to the skill being taught. In such workshops many students discover abilities that they would never have become aware of through a conventional academic education.
All students are required to participate in a one-day and a two-day workshop throughout the week and to stick with these choices for at least one full academic year. Apart from these basic requirements, students are completely free to structure their afternoon program according to their own interests and expectations. After completing their workshop terms, students can obtain a certificate to verify their abilities, participation and achievements in their trade or craft. Such certificates are often recognized as the equivalent of completed, accredited internships and are useful for future applications.
Technical trades (industrial arts) offered:
- Gardening; horticulture
- Stage crew (theater)
- Video and film
Artistic workshops offered:
- Drafting and painting
- Handicraft (lower grades)