The school working year consists of 44 weeks, there being vacations of a week at Christmas, a week at Easter, and six weeks in the summer. Students are not bound by fixed terms, but may join at any time, those who join before the summer holidays continuing their term when the school reopens in the autumn.
The school work is strictly progressive, and students must pass in antique drawing and in elementary painting before attending the advanced classes. New students submit work to qualify for the life class, but beginners, as well as advanced students, are invited to join the school, and those who wish it are prepared for the Royal Academy Schools.
The school fees are as follows:
By the year (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
ten months' tuition), from date of joining to the same date in the following year.................
Six months (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) ..
Three months(10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
One month (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) ..
Three months (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), three days a week...............
Sketch class (4.30 to 6 p.m., free to day students), 2 months
These fees are reduced 20 per cent. for the sons and daughters of professional artists and for students engaged in teaching.
There is also a supplementary life class for men and women students unable to attend during the day, held by Mr. Byam Shaw from 8 to 10 alternate evenings, except Saturday, the fee for which is three guineas for two months' tuition. All students must provide their own easels and painting materials, which can be obtained at the usual discount prices at the school.
In the antique studio. Here students draw in monochrome from casts
A scholarship of one year's free tuition In the school is to be awarded annually at the end of the school year for the best work done in the school.
One month's free tuition with Mr. Vicat Cole's landscape class in the country will be awarded for the best landscape done by a student.
Numerous prizes of painting mat-are awarded from time to time for the 1 work done in the various subjects taught.
Besides the two principals, one or other of whom is in daily attendance at the school, there is an augmentary staff, consisting of Mr. W. Dacres Adams, the portrait painter, Mr. D. Murray Smith, R.b.a., and Mr. C. Austin Cooper, who is the curator of the school, and under whose instruction young students draw in monochrome from casts in the antique studio, the principals examining their work at certain fixed times.
Several very interesting supplementary classes are given in sets of half a dozen lessons of two hours each during the afternoons, the fees for each of these special courses being two and a half guineas.
Of these, Mrs. Byam Shaw holds the miniature painting class three afternoons a week. This class is limited to a few students, so that each may get individual attention.
Mr. D. Murray Smith, R.b.a., holds a similar special class on the technique and practice of etching, and from time to time Mr. Byam Shaw holds the same short series of six special classes - limited to a few students - for pen and ink drawing, blackand-white wash, decoraton, book-plates, lettering, and all things connected with illustration and decoration of books from time to time.
During the summer and autumn classes are held for animal painting from the life by Mr. Carton Moorc-i'ark. the course of inaction including the anatomy of the horse, dog, and the smaller mammals and birds, demonstrations being given from the living animal. The animal painting students have. already spent some pleasant and instructive afternoons painting polo ponies out in the open at Wimbledon, and will probably, during the summer months, also visit the Zoo with the object of painting animals from life.
Mr. Vicat Cole also holds special classes in sketching landscape in oil and water-cold In June the class meets at Kew Gardens, when the azalea beds are in full bloom ; making a picture of dazzling beauty for the young artists' brushes to depict.
Mr. David Murray, R.a., Mr. H. S. Tuke, A.r.a., and Mr. Charles Sims, A.r A., are honorary visitors to the school, and take the liveliest interest in the progress of the students, Mr. Sims spending no less than two and a half hours on the occasion of his last visit in giving a demonstration lesson in portrait painting from the life, to the delight of the assembled school.