The AAHP serves as a classical — not recreational — plastic arts school for practitioners of all ages, and of all levels of experience.

The AAHP supports and enhances the art practitioner’s pursuit of deep craft command in studio and field. The AAHP serves this mission while following the teachings and practices of the stronger practitioners of Western culture—the old, modern, and contemporary master practitioners — be they famous, infamous, obscure, or anonymous. Through strong teaching and strong learning of time-honored craft practices, the AAHP experience equips the practitioner to remain a life-long beginner. This power helps him or her as a thinker, designer, and builder of work that aspires to art.