The New Art School Manifesto 1.56

Lefteris Heretakis
2 min readFeb 13, 2020

Universities will cease to exist when learning has degenerated into what we now call research and when their teaching has become mere instruction.

The creation of the New Art School is a necessity brought about by the climate of scientification of Art and Design by the amalgamation of existing Art and Design schools in the general university system.

We are committed to creating the next generation of artists and designers through a curriculum that is centred on observation and hand, heart, eye coordination. We encourage the use of hands, that is ultimately what distinguishes us from a mac monkey. We will also be completely abolishing failure and grading systems.

Since a great deal of information on art and design is now widely available, our focus is on learning via doing while the students take complete responsibility for their learning.

Our focus is on ideas, skills and abilities aiming to reverse the current climate of blandism, ultimately creating independent individuals able to design their life.

We must always remember that we are standing on the shoulders of giants (in no particular order): Giorgio de Chirico, Alan Fletcher, Paul Rand, Walter Gropius, Johannes Itten, Jan Młodożeniec, Otoman Zar-Adusht Ha’nish, Franciszek Starowieyski, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Phil Cleaver…

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