“The Folk Art School in Holbæk, has the artistic subjects as their focus. The school explores and takes hold of the art of our generation, and wants to be a partner of the regional and national cultural life. In interaction with the newest tendencies in art, design and architecture we develop the teaching and the social settings constantly.
For over 50 years, the Folk Art School in Holbæk, which is the first of its sort in Denmark, has been the setting for creativity and social life, which is built on responsibility, tolerance and community. A lot of different people with different backgrounds come here to test themselves in a lively artistic environment.
The expression of art is an eternal dialog. Just as the human is under a constant change or development, so is art. Therefore we invite different teachers to the courses to keep up the dynamics and the diversity in class. This has always been the quality mark of this school through the years.
The Folk Art School is situated in an old manor called Holbæk Slot Ladegaard. It’s an 8800 m2 big setting which contains workshops, studios and accommodation for students and teachers.
The workshops are designed for the individual subjects’ technical needs and the need of space. For the time being we have the following workshops: photo, graphics, ceramics, jewelry, textile, serigraphy, digital video, theater and movie hall, practice room and a music room with computer facilities. Besides that, there are theory rooms, a library, plus a room with computers for the students to use and also Wi-Fi connection everywhere on the school. The workshops for other subject areas will be designed to suit the workshop when needed.
Students pay themselves for the materials used in class and workshops. There is a well-assorted material shop on the school premises, which is open daily.
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A stay on a Danish Folk High School such as the Folk Art School in Holbæk contains much more than just the professional teaching. The social life here for instance is an important part of the everyday life at the school. A good social climate is important for a good teaching environment.
We are able to have about 72 students on our 17/18 week courses. So to make a foreseeable social unit to the many students, you will be divided into 4 or 5 living areas, which we call “families” right from the beginning of your stay. This division also makes it easier to plan the common chores you have to participate in during your stay. It will only be 2 hours per week per student so it is requested that you show responsibility and understanding for this.
The social life on the school is growing in all directions. With all the artistic processes as a starting point, there are loads of opportunities to make projects across courses. And off course, also when you’re not in class.
The workshops are open 24 hours a day, so go ahead and knock yourself out.
The social life in the workshops out of class hours is important and creates an energy, which enriches the artistic work. What you can learn from the artistic processes of your classmates is priceless and much more than it appears to be at first.
A typical day on the school could look like this:
At the afternoon and evening there is various activities. It can be a lecture, a workshop, watching a movie, the students’ own initiatives and other social activities. Remember that the workshops are open 24/7, also in the weekends, and we will urge everyone to use them as much as possible.
During the weekends there will be different offers/lectures and not the least: Parties.
Kunsthøjskolen i Holbæk
Holbæk Slots Ladegård, Ladegårdsalléen 5, DK-4300 Holbæk, Denmark
Phone +45 5943 1888 ( 9.30-13.30 )
Fax +45 5943 1848
Principal: Michael Nielen
Kunsthøjskolen er en statsanerkendt og statsstøttet dansk folkehøjskole. Højskolen har til huse i den gamle Holbæk Slots Ladegaard, hvis historie kan føres tilbage til år 1200, hvor der har eksisteret bebyggelse på stedet.