Basis believes in first teaching artistic practice and only then moving on to interpretation; it allows and encourages pluralism and alternative tracks. This is why the core curriculum classes of each track are taught by several teachers concurrently, each representing a different view and with different points of emphasis. This combination of a profound commitment to practical knowhow and a plurality of approaches is what makes Basis a place of openness and independent thought for artists.
The school building also serves as a home for an artist community where schoolteachers, as well as guest artists, work in personal studios. Students are invited to observe and study the work processes of their teachers. The unmediated meeting and discussion that develop around teachers’ works add another dimension to school study. Also, the school will expand this cycle of art and study to also include active artists interested in expanding knowledge, acquiring new skills and techniques and working in the school workshops.
The Basis School functions in an active and vibrant cultural climate, offering many and varied activities in a range of art mediums, such as courses and lectures in art history and contemporary art discourse, meetings with artists and creators of all art forms, musical performances and guided listening classes, literature classes, reading comprehension and creative writing, a gallery exhibiting contemporary Israeli art of veteran and young artists, a rich library and many more. In accordance with the school vision, based on the importance of creating broad cultural ties, all these activities are accessible to all students to provide as wide and enriching a foundation as possible for their future work.
Basis believes that art is founded on artistic practice; the curriculum in each of the study tracks – Sculpture, Painting, and Photography – includes two years of core general courses and later on students are allowed to focus and deepen knowledge in their chosen fields through free-elective classes decided on with the counsel of faculty.
Basis puts special emphasis on acquiring the skills and proficiency necessary for each chosen medium, without neglecting the development of theoretical knowledge, nor the importance of critique and academic study.
Basis is a place where students can enrich their work by becoming familiar with traditions, disciplines, and long forgotten qualities.
In today’s hectic world of immediate messages, constant innovation and trends, many old work methods are neglected. This is not because these methods are no longer significant, are unworthy of study, or do not contribute to an artist’s development, but rather because they require a measure of professional discipline, hard work and much practice. Basis emphasizes the importance of workshops and studio hours, and provides these to serve as the young artist’s first mode of personal expression.
The Basis School aspires to nurture artists that are first and foremost people of culture, curiosity, and vision, people who are thirsty for knowledge and self-enrichment, and aware of the reciprocal contribution of various art forms. The years of study are essentially a period of intense quiet, a time to absorb and process without external pressures, a precious window that never recurs in one’s professional life.
Basis is an independent institution that offers a curriculum that is unique in its form, content, and principles. This curriculum and the method of its teaching were formulated and developed through the experiences and professional considerations of the artists, teachers, and track directors who teach and manage the program, and are not subject to external requirements or guidelines. This is an artist’s program designed for artists – practical and comprehensive, attentive to the individual and relevant to students who wish to learn.