Students who are already finished artists, but who, feeling they have still more to learn-as the true artist always mustreturn from time to time to the studio to put in some more hard work. They will probably produce numerous drawings, paintings, and sketches, and will bring them to receive Mr Spenlove-spenlove's criticism and advice towards the latter part of the lesson, when the class has been well started and he has at last found a few free moments to spare.
One of these, a beautiful study, full of poetry and imagination, showed a pool with nymphs bathing by the light of the moon, with a wonderful effect of the light shining through trees into the glimpse of dark water.
Mr. Spenlove-spenlove finds that this plan of having students at all
A demonstration lesson out of doors. The master painting a landscape before a class of students
The Arts stages of progress working together in a single class-room is very helpful to beginners, for the advanced ones form a ladder leading them on and encouraging them to further efforts towards success.
Many of the students, who are anxious to be able to introduce figures into their landscapes, work from draped figure and costume models posed in the studio on one or two days a week. These models are chosen with a special view to their subsequent introduction into the students' landscape pictures. Elves, fairies, milkmaids, herdsmen, woodcutters, and harvesters all visit the studio in turn.
The school year is divided into three terms, or sessions, of twelve weeks each, the spring lesson beginning on the second Monday in January, the summer session on the third Monday in April, and the autumn session on the fourth Monday in September.
Classes for general painting and drawing, both elementary and advanced, are held on three mornings a week from 10 till 1 o'clock, for which the fees are four guineas a session. Pupils drawing or painting from the living model, either draped or in costume, pay half-a-guinea extra for the term.
The fees for the special landscape painting classes and landscape demonstration classes in the studio, which are held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 10.30 to 1, and during the afternoon from 2.30 till 5, are as follows:
Per session of twelve weeks or twenty-four lessons, two mornings or two afternoons a week, £11 11s.
For a course of twelve lessons, two mornings or two afternoons a week, £6 6s.
For a half course of six lessons, one afternoon a week, £3 13s. 6d.
The fees for special private demonstration lessons at the studio on " the art of picture making," lasting for about an hour, are £11 us for a course of twelve lessons, and £6 6s. for a half course of six lessons, while the fee for a single private demonstration lesson is £2 2s.
Lessons in landscape painting are also given by correspondence, for which the fees for a course of twelve criticisms is £5 5s., and Mr. Spenlove-spenlove also gives special private lessons at his London studio, The
Corner House, 69, Addison Road. Mr. Spenlove-spenlove also holds a series of special outdoor classes two days a week, during May, June, and July, at Eynsford, in Kent, which, though only a few stations beyond Beckenham, and but a half-hour journey from town, is one of the most picturesque spots imaginable, and boasts, besides a charmingly picturesque stone bridge, a stream with overhanging willows, meadows and orchards, haystacks and picturesque barns galore, and a row of real old Queen Anne cottages.
A picturesque cottage at the further end of the village, right out in the country, provides a pleasant rest house for students, and here simple meals can be obtained and easels and painting outfits stored, and it affords besides a very handy place of refuge in showery weather.
A Sketching Class
The members of the sketching class meet at Victoria soon after 11 o'clock, and on arrival at Eynsford scatter throughout the village to spend the whole day studying out in the open. Each student picks out her own subject for a sketch, and sits down to paint it, while Mr. Spenlove-spenlove strolls briskly from pupil to pupil to give each one a brief but most pertinent and illuminating lesson on the piece of work in hand before passing on to the next.
The members of the class often range from finished artists, who are already successful exhibitors at the various picture shows of note, to young girls who are making their first tentative steps in the direction of landscape painting or sketching. Mr. Spen-love-spenlove's keen interest and helpful enthusiasm over their work is the same for all, and the way in which he gives students confidence in their own powers and brings them on in their work is astonishing.
Good lodgings are obtainable at Eynsford, and Mr. Spenlove-spenlove's students often spend a month or two down there during the summer months, joining the outdoor classes two days a week, and working by themselves between whiles.
The fees for the outdoor classes are £6 6s. for twelve meetings, and £3 us. 6d. for six, and as the number of pupils joining each class is strictly limited, each one gets much individual attention.