I so often hear the words "Bauhaus Style," or " in the style of the Bauhaus," though the Bauhaus was not a 'style,' but an art and design school. So here are a couple of facts on the school that came to change the way schools have taught art in the past century. The Bauhaus School was Germany's most prominent and important avant-garde art and design school. When opened after WWI, it combined two local existing schools, the Weimar School of Applied Arts, which headed before the War by Henri van de Velde, and was closed down in 1915, and the Academy of Fine Arts. The fusion of the two institutions brought to the synthesis of the fine arts and the applied arts, with a curriculum that emphasized Arts and Crafts-inspired workshop instruction, which facilitated mastery of materials, constructional principles and craftsmanship. It was officially opened in 1919 by Werkbund member, architect Walter Gropius (1883-1969), himself a graduate from the Colleges of Technology of Berlin and Munich, who designed the famed building in Dessau (above). The aim of the school was to gather and train the forces necessary to create the manifestations of a new age, and its major innovations were the hands-on instructional workshops, the integration of all branches of the fine an applied arts, and the encourage of individual experimentations informed by traditions, and the belief that applied arts education needed to evolve in order to address changing socioeconomic conditions.