A look at the purpose and programmes of The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts.
"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."
– The Prince of Wales
By learning and practising traditional arts of living skills that can be applied to contemporary design, students at The Prince's School create beautiful objects - ceramic tiles and bowls; stained glass and wood marquetry; oil paintings, icons, miniatures and frescoes; carving, furniture and buildings.
Whatever the course of study, education at The School is traditional, in that it follows the master-apprentice model.
Teachers are knowledgeable and highly skilled, bringing profound theoretical and practical understanding to their teaching. A good teacher is concerned with soul, mind and body, encouraging the student to find out what is within.
The kind of originality nurtured and respected at the Prince's School goes beyond focusing on producing exceptional artwork by particular individuals.
Here, originality means 'from the origin', returning to first principles as well as cultural and artistic roots, nurturing them and bringing forth new shoots.
It is this understanding of originality which enables the students at the School to create contemporary arts through living traditions.
Being with craftsmen and women in their own location, attentively observing them working, drawing and taking notes, all help to confirm and enrich students’ understanding of how relationships between theory and practice are active; of how traditional arts are integral to their entire context – social and economic, spiritual, architectural and environmental.