“Tradition is the passing on of the fire, not worshiping the ashes.” Gustav Mahler
The Classical Academy for Fine Arts in Groningen is in line with the ancient and rich visual tradition in the Netherlands. In the north of the Netherlands particularly, much of that tradition has been preserved, which has been converted into an independent, unsubsidized art school.
This course attracts countless enthusiastic and hard-working students, who at the Classical Academy receive the classical vocational education, which in post-war subsidised art education, paved the way for ‘post-modern’ education.
The latter has become, more or less, a conceptually oriented education, within which traditional craftsmanship plays little or hardly any role. The Classical Academy is therefore diametrically opposed to the established order.