Free schools for the talented in arts are considered one of the successful educational methods in civilized communities, and are also perceived as a dynamic learning tool.
The need for such schools in developing communities is growing, in spite of the knowledge that arts does not generate income. The people in these communities tend to rely on industry and handicrafts that are needed for daily needs. This will not allow the talented to practice and build up their careers. Due to the prevailing conditions in Palestine, Art education programs for the talented in Arts did not exist until the establishment of the Visual Arts Forum (YAF Previously), the VAF, which undertook the responsibility of teaching visual arts to those who are interested .
Distribution of Students
The students of the Art Education Program are divided into two categories:
1. Children under 12 years old and divided into three groups:
- Group one: aged 6-7 years old
- Group two: aged 8-9 years old
- Group three: aged 10-11 years old
2. Students enrolled in the Academic Curriculum: Those students are distributed according to twelve levels. The duration of each level is 48 training hours through three months. Passing from one level to another requires the student to meet the criteria set for each level.
The present curriculum is certified by the Ministry of Education. This was the first art curriculum that was approved by MOE for eight different levels; the process of developing 12 academic levels are ongoing. Each level’s duration is for 48 training hours in 24 meetings through three months.
The Annual Program of Art Education Program
The Art Education Program hosts students during four semesters per year and they are:
1. Autumn Semester: 3 months; Sep 1st – Nov 30th
2. Winter Semester: 3 months: Dec. 1st –Feb 28th
3. Spring Semester: 3 months: Mar. 1st – May. 31st
4. Summer Semester: 3 months: Jun.1st- July.31st
Every class ends with an exhibition and a graduation ceremony , at which each student receives a certificate certified by the Ministry of Education.