Around 1950 Friedrich M. Welz dealt more and more with the idea of found­ing a sum­mer acad­e­my for fine arts in Salzburg and win­ning Oskar Kokosch­ka as artis­tic direc­tor. The idea could be real­ized. In 1953, Friedrich M. Welz and Oskar Kokosch­ka found­ed the Inter­na­tion­al Sum­mer Acad­e­my for Fine Arts “School of See­ing” in Salzburg.
Their aim was to pro­vide impe­tus. Through con­tact with per­son­al­i­ties in the arts, stu­dents should learn to see and find their own way.
In addi­tion to Kokosch­ka, Gia­co­mo Manzù, Emilio Gre­co and Fritz Wotru­ba, among oth­ers, were able to be won over as teach­ers. Welz head­ed the sum­mer acad­e­my until Oskar Kokosch­ka left in 1963.