Founded in 1979, Espoo School of Art provides supervised and comprehensive art education that supports and expands the art education in schools and grants students an excellent basis for further studies in art. The school implements the national curriculum for the comprehensive course in visual arts and crafts and the Act on basic art education. The emphasis is on creative work in the studio. Lessons, materials, and equipment are covered by a tuition fee, which is charged by semester.
The school has around 1500 students and more than ten locations around Espoo. It is run by a registered association.
Classes are available in Finnish, some also in Swedish and in English. A typical student has one lesson a week in the afternoon or in the evening. Children aged 5–6 receive elementary lessons in visual arts and design with a strong focus on play. Students aged 7 to 13 study various basic techniques of visual arts and crafts. Students aged 14 to 20 hone their skills in workshops that focus on a specific field of visual arts or crafts. Students aged 16 an older with at least three years of workshop studies under their belt may also do a final project using an artistic technique of their choosing.
In addition to the basic education in visual arts, Espoo School of Art organizes art clubs in local elementary schools for children aged 6 to 13. The school also hosts arts classes for toddlers and parents as well as day camps for children in the summer.
Enroll at espoo.eepos.fi
March 2021: Coronavirus update
March 2021: Newsletter
March 2021: Re-enrolling in art clubs
March 2021: Students born in 2008 and younger to return to in-person lessons on March 15
February 2021: COVID-19 Update: Espoo School of Art to switch to distance learning on the 1st of March
February 2021: Newsletter
Instructions for re-enrollment, 2021:
Basic education groups
13-year-olds and older students
January 2021: Espoo School of Art's Coronavirus Guidelines (updated)
January 2021: Newsletter
January 2021: How to reenroll and to choose a workshop
January 2021: Distance learning art supply kits: distribution schedule and instructions