Who we are

A center for non-regulated plastic arts which includes subjects related to the world of plastic creation, drawing, painting, sculpture, graphic techniques, ceramics, leather, wood, bookbinding, audiovisuals and photography.

The primary objective is to bring anyone who wishes to the world of art, creation and artistic enjoyment, through the exercise of sensitivity that takes place every day in their classrooms.

The School currently has a capacity for more than one thousand students enrolled in regular courses and the faculty is composed of 15 teachers specialized in different artistic subjects.


The foundation

The School of Arts and Crafts of Vitoria-Gasteiz has its beginning and foundation in the School of Drawing founded on September 21, 1774 by the Real Sociedad Bascongada de Amigos del País.

Since then, and practically uninterruptedly, it has been carrying out its teaching work with successive extensions and transformations, adapting to the needs of each era. Thus, in addition to the initial drawing classes, various artistic and handicraft subjects were added, including a wide range of industrial and commercial subjects.

From a legal point of view, our center is a non-profit Foundation of a cultural nature, of which the Local Corporations, Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council, Provincial Council of Alava, Royal Bascongada Society of Friends of the Country and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Alava and the cooperation of institutions, businessmen and individuals of the City are part of.


250th Anniversary

In 2024 the School of Arts and Crafts will celebrate its 250th birthday.

In 2014, the School of Arts and Crafts was declared an IMMATERIAL CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE CITY OF VITORIA-GASTEIZby the General Assembly of Alava and also in the Basque Parliament.

These are steps taken for the recognition of their work in the city and above all to demonstrate among all the desire to preserve alive and latent the valuable heritage inherited.