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Skaftfell is meant to be the cornerstone of art education in East Iceland. Since 2001 The Dieter Roth Academy, and The Academy of Fine Arts, have held a workshop every year for graduating students and foreign guest students, at Skaftfell. During these workshops the town opens its doors and the students are allowed to work on their projects alongside workers in local garages and other businesses. An idea is in the works to widen this concept and welcome international academies.

Skaftfell regularly welcomes groups from schools in the area, to enjoy exhibitions and meet the artists for a chat. Skaftfell also is responsible for art teaching at the local school.