In 2009 a two-years art programme was started in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands), which received official CRKBO recognition in 2011. From 2009 until 2014 the programme was called Opleiding Oude Schildertechnieken (School for old Painting Techniques) which was changed to Academie voor Kunst en Ambacht (Arts & Crafts Academy) in June 2014. In the first four years, our students realized four large fresco murals in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, which were implanted in the Hironimus Bosch memorial programme of that city. In 2014 the Academy was moved to Utrecht and Nijmegen where two different branches were started, but by 2016 it was decided to one branch only. The Academy was moved to an open-air museum in the pretty hills and forests near Nijmegen. This museum is called Museumpark Orientalis, a culture park of the three monotheistic world religions. During the two years of cooperation with the museum, our students and teachers painted a dozen murals in different styles and techniques within the grounds.
Since the foundation of the programme, we have realized eight graduation exhibitions in different locations across the Netherlands. To date, almost a hundred artists have graduated from the school, and a lot of alumni still meet up to share knowledge and painting experiences. We have also organized exhibitions on the phenomena of slow painting in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (2009) and Amsterdam (2013).
In the near future we plan to cooperate closely with the finest European art schools. In June 2019 an International Fresco Meeting will be organized in Nijmegen in cooperation with the Scuola Internazionale dell’ Affresco (Feltre, Italy) and the Academy of Music, Dance, Theatre and fine Arts of Chisinau (Moldavia). It is expected that this meeting there will yield an exchange of students and teachers between the three aforementioned art institutes in the following years. The longer-term objective is to form a craftsmanship platform for European traditional art schools.