Arno Stern’s life and work are inextricably linked.
In 1946, at the age of 22, he entered an institution for war orphans. He got the children painting, and immediately understood the primordial role of the play inspired by this activity, for which he created an original environment.
He then established a studio in Paris (in Saint-Germain-des-Prés). It became famous in the 1950s as l’Académie du Jeudi (The Thursday Academy) and operated there for 33 years before moving to the neighborhood of the Madeleine in 1987.
Arno Stern’s spectacular achievements have been widely featured by the media.
Arno Stern has participated in conferences in many cities, including Berkeley, Barcelona, Trevise, and Ravenna. In Bristol he served as a technical expert for UNESCO. He has given countless lectures and courses at universities, museums, teachers’ colleges, and cultural centers.
He has established studios in hospitals and has trained practitioners who have created them in pediatric medical centers, schools, social centers, and cultural institutions.
For 10 years the City of Paris has provided him with premises in which he founded the School for Practitioners of Creative Education, which welcomes students from countries around the world. He has also given training courses in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Spain, Venezuela, and Canada.