A large number of "guilds" and workgroups provide the opportunity for learning a creative handicraft involving work that is useful and practical on the one hand, and requires artistic skill on the other.
It is compulsory for the girls and boys in Year 8 to take part in a handicraft guild. As a rule the training lasts one year and is given by qualified professionals at our own workshops that are technically well-equipped. Just how the basic techniques of the respective handicraft have been mastered is shown by a "workshop sample"; at the end of the year, the item made at the guild should show that the trainee has also learned how to apply the handicraft techniques in an independent and creative way. In addition, there are a large number of workgroups that the schoolchildren can take part in according to their natural talents and skills.
These offers for practical learning give many a child a sense of achievement which the schooling, particularly at the Middle School, sometimes fails to do. Some of these offers are, e.g. sculpture, turning, precision mechanics, painting and graphic art, car repair, cooking, wrought-ironwork, photography, tailoring, carpentry, computer-design, pottery.