The Visual Arts Department
The program aims to offer knowledge, tools and inspiration to students with outstanding talent in the field of visual arts. Through the presentation of a wide and high-quality array of visual arts fields, we aspire to give our students artistic, creative and intellectual abilities, and thus enable them to contribute to their own future and to visual arts culture in Israel and beyond.
The Program’s students see visual arts as the main channel through which they engage with reality, as well as their main mode of expression. These students come from all over Israel and soon find themselves in a community which is united around the love of visual art. It is a common experience for students to find themselves taking part in formal and informal conversations in the visual arts’ building; these give rise to wide-ranging discussions about aesthetics, the creative process and cultural trends and developments. The Visual Arts Program offers, above all, a space which nurtures the joy of artistic creativity and artistic excellence.
At the students’ disposal is a large and skilled staff of prominent Israeli artists. During their studies, the students take part in well-equipped workshops which are held three days a week. The students study various techniques in small groups: sketching, sculpture, painting, 2-D, photography, software, sound, video art, art in public spaces, exhibition and the history of art. In addition, the students enjoy many artistic activities throughout the year, such as field trips, exhibitions, master classes, inter-disciplinary activities and meetings with prominent artists.
The curriculum opens with a year of foundational studies, in which the students acquire tools of observation and expression, the comprehension of color, lines, shape, the language of art and critical analysis abilities. The second year is a kind of bridge between the foundation year and the year of artistic processes: during this year, the students develop their ability to become familiar with the various media related to visual art and are exposed to a range of new subjects, such as photography, digital art, and art and writing. In the third year, students specialize in a specific medium and devote their time to the construction of personal creative processes. The studies in the fourth and final year are divided into three tracks: 2-D, 3-D and new media, alongside advanced photography, field trips, intensive preparation for the bagrut exam in art and exhibition design.
Program Director: Peter Jacob Maltz