New World School of the Arts and Bass Museum of Art join to create the Art History Institute

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New World School of the Arts and Bass Museum of Art join to create the Art History Institute

Miami -- Modeled after the Ecole du Louvre, in France the Art History Institute, a collaboration of Bass Museum of Art and New World School of the Arts (NWSA), will provide an intensive one-year art history seminar to every first year student in NWSA's Visual Arts College Program. As of September 2011, 40 students will come to the Bass Museum on Miami Beach once a week for a two-hour course taught by Dr. Adrienne von Lates, Director of Education at the Museum.

The program will focus on the art history of Western Civilization, covering the wide span from Pre-Historic times through the present day. Held within the museum's galleries this seminar will draw on the museum's permanent collection of Antiquities, Renaissance and Baroque works of art.

This seminar will be incorporated into New World School of the Arts' existing WARP [Workshop for Art Research and Practice] curriculum, grouping periods of eras and artists in thematic clusters and ideas. Rather than concentrating on rote memorization of artists and dates, this seminar will encourage dialogue and interpretation.

The Bass Museum continues to "inspire and educate by exploring the connections between our permanent collection and contemporary art". Fundamental to this mission statement is the museum's educational commitment to expose students and the general public to art from the past and to make connections to contemporary art.

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts.

At New World School of the Arts, visual arts students are able to explore and develop their personal artistic and aesthetic vision while being guided by a dynamic and distinguished faculty who are all practicing artists. Through disciplined training in traditional and new media, students also develop new skills and refine others while gaining invaluable understanding of the roles of art and design in society. Areas of concentration in visual arts include Drawing, Electronic Media, Graphic Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture. 

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

Further information regarding NWSA’s Visual Arts Program is available by calling (305) 237-3649. More information about New World School of the Arts at 305-237-3135 or at

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