The Staff and Nature of the Instruction Given - Fees and Scholarships - Examples of the Great Successes Achieved by the School - The Commercial Value of an Art Education - Jewellery and

Enamelling Classes

"The Brighton Municipal Art School, the headquarters of which are situated on the Grand Parade, is a most flourishing institution, numbering no fewer than 400 students, of whom about two-thirds are women, on its weekly attendance list.

The headmaster and art director of the Education Committee, Mr. W. H. Bond, has been in command since 1905. The school possesses an exceedingly cultured and enterprising committee, which includes, besides several of the town councillors, a distinguished architect, a goldsmith, and Miss S. Lawrence, of the famous Roedean School. This being a public municipal school, the fees are suited to all grades of society, and a considerable reduction is made to students whose parents are residents of Brighton, easily apparent and can be rectified at once.

Drawing from the antique

Drawing from the antique. The drawings are done on 30-inch drawing-sheets instead of the usual 18-inch ones; thus mista'es are while a number of scholarships and free studentships enable those possessed of sufficient industry and ability to obtain free instruction in both the theory and practice of art.

A girl sculptor at work on a bust

A girl sculptor at work on a bust. The work done in sculpture by the students is of unusual merit

The school is open to students from 10 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. each day, the working hours being divided into four sessions, and each session counting as a lesson. The first session is from 10 to 1, the second from 2.15 to 4.30, the third from 5.55 to 7.20, the fourth from 7.30 to 9.30 p.m

The day fees for all classes are as follows:

One lesson a week, a guinea a term.

Two lessons a week, two guineas a term.

Four lessons a week, three guineas a term; while, for four guineas a term, the student is free to take a full course of all the day and evening classes. It is also possible to join for the half term, or by the month, for slightly additional fees.

There is a special junior class for children under fourteen years of age, of two attendances a week, for 25s. a term.

The fees for the evening classes are as follows:

For three lessons a week, 3s. 6d. the term; four or more lessons a week, 5s. the term; life class (including costume class), 10s. the term; life class (costume class only), 5s. the term; wood-carving, 5s. the term; embroidery and designing, 10s. the term; metal-work and jewellery, 5s. the term; working in leather, 5s. the term.

The list of subjects taught at both the day and the evening classes is a long, varied and interesting one. It includes - besides the usual art school course of drawing and modelling from the life and costume model, from the antique, and from the lay figure - figure composition, and mural painting, applied designing, lettering and illuminating, wood-carving, bookbinding, wood block cutting and printing - most interesting work this, the method employed being exactly that used by the Japanese in making the delightful prints with which all picture lovers are familiar - stained-glass metal-work, jewellery making and enamelling, lace-making, plant and nature study, historic architecture and architectural design.

Lectures are also given on perspective and geometry during the winter and spring terms, while landscape classes working from nature out of doors are held in May, June, and July.

The student's art club is a delightful institution; all past and present members of the school are eligible for membership, while the members' subscriptions of a shilling a term, after paying expenses, go towards a prize fund.

The ordinary meetings of the club are held once a month, from 6 to 8.30 p.m., and an annual exhibition is held at which the best works are awarded prizes.

Three subjects are set each term for figure, landscape, and designing.

Special meetings are also held from time to time. One year's programme included a "plasticine evening," a "stencil evening," and a lantern lecture on Florence, and the sketch club's art year, as a rule, ends with a general holiday outing in July.

A class in jewellery making and enamelling

A class in jewellery making and enamelling. Both of these subjects are much in favour among the students

The school year, which begins in September, is divided into three terms - the autumn term lasts from September 12 to December 17, the spring term from January 9 to April 8, and the summer term from April 18 to July 15.

Students at the Brighton Art School have secured many of the national scholarships offered annually by the Government. These include national exhibitions and scholarships, tenable at the Royal College of Art, South Kensington, for three years, together with a maintenance allowance of 60 a year; and national local scholarships, tenable for three years, with an allowance of 10 a year, at any school of art under the Board of Education - such as the Brighton Art School, for example. On several occasions the Brighton art students have won two, and in the year 1901 as many as three, national exhibitions - two of which were taken by girls - from amongst the ten annually offered for open competition by the art schools of the whole of the United Kingdom, while they have been equally successful in gaining many national local scholarships and no fewer than three gold, twenty-one silver, and forty-three bronze medals.

A student at her embroidery frame

A student at her embroidery frame. The study of the applied

Arts receives special attention at the Brighton Art School and the students achieve excellent results in their work

A number of municipal scholarships and studentships are offered to students ordinarily resident in the county borough of Brighton. Each scholarship is awarded for one year, and may be renewed for a second year.

The entrance examinations, upon which the scholarships and studentships are awarded, are held early in June each year.

Students paying fees at the art school for a year, and living in Brighton during term time, are qualified as ordinary residents, and are entitled to hold scholarships.

Four day scholarships, providing free instruction, with an allowance of 10 for the first year and 15 for the second year, are offered to those who were not more than 24 years of age on their last birthday, and who intend following some art or craftsmanship, such as designing, art teaching, modelling, embroidery, wood-carving, etc.

Twenty elementary evening scholarships, twenty intermediate evening scholarships, and twelve senior evening scholarships, providing free instruction on three evenings a week, are awarded to students under 24 years of age who are following, or intend to follow, some occupation in which an art training would be of assistance to them in their ordinary work.

An art travelling scholarship not exceeding 25 in value will be offered for competition in March, 1912, to candidates who have been students at the school for at least one year prior to the date of the competition, for the purpose of enabling the student to study art abroad.

The methods employed at the school in teaching drawing are novel and most interesting, and there is a delightful plant room, where the study of plant form, and the drawing of plants from life takes the place of freehand drawing. Here students are each given a marguerite daisy, a nasturtium, or a spray of laurel, and required to make a greatly magnified drawing of it on a 30-inch sheet of drawing paper in charcoal, water-colour, or coloured chalks. In this way the student's powers of memory and observation are strengthened, and details which might pass unnoticed in a smaller reproduction, when thus magnified, come into such prominence that the greatest attention and care must be taken in order to render them correctly.

The same plan is in vogue where drawing from the antique is concerned. The work is done on 30-inch drawing-sheets instead of the customary 18-inch ones. Admirable work is done in both the portrait-painting class and in the life class, and the sculpture done by students also merits special praise.

The classes for applied art are also highly popular. The jewellery and enamelling class is a very favourite one, while those for wood-carving, book-binding, and leather work, lettering, illuminating, and embroidery - in which last branch there is a rapidly growing demand for fully-qualified teachers - are also filled with enthusiastic students, for the girl of to-day often puts her artistic talents to practical account in designing and making all sorts of objects for personal adornment, or for the beautifying of the home. Pictures, unless the worker possesses very special talent and originality, are only too apt to prove a drug in an overcrowded market.

A public exhibition of art and craft work, painting and drawing, is held in the art galleries each February or March, when work from the Municipal Art School, the York Place Secondary Schools, the evening schools and elementary schools is displayed and testifies to the excellence of the arrangements for art education in Brighton.