Sometimes a village model can be induced to pose in combination with the four-footed sitter, or a fellow-student will don suitable attire to oblige. A most paintable effect is produced by a gallant knight in armour, his lance held at the hilt, bestriding a fine war horse. Sometimes a huntsman, his pink coat gleaming and making a glowing splash of colour in the sunshine, will be found by the chance visitor adorning the model's corner of the lawn, with a grateful and enthusiastic band of students painting around him.
The Bushey Curriculum . Every available kind of equine sitter visits the Glass House studio in the course of a year, for Miss Kemp-welch and her little army of students are highly popular with the country folk, who gladly provide models, which range from splendid shire horses and hunters to the humble costermonger's donkey with its foal.
While the. Bushey Art School is, first and foremost, a school for animal painting, a very high standard of figure Work is also attained to, for Miss Kemp-welch very wisely insists on all students doing some work from the head or figure every day; while many, who have no special leaning towards animal painting, come to work from the human model alone.
Nothing, in her opinion, can replace the study of the human face and figure, and she will not allow specialising in animal painting in the student stage.
While the advanced classes in both animal and figure painting work entirely under her direction, the costume class and all the preliminary
One very popular and instructive feature of the school work at
Bushey consists of the periodical "composition classes," when subjects are given, such as "Spring, ' "Labour," or "Hope," for instance, and the whole school is expected to make sketches embodying the idea suggested by the title. They are then passed up for general inspection, and each one is criticised by Miss Kemp-welch herself.
Cost of Living for Students
Then, again, from time to time - and more especially just after the vacations - Miss Kemp-welch sees and criticises the students' independent outside work, a most encouraging and stimulating practice, which greatly helps their private efforts at picture-making.
There are a few residents at Bushey (who are all personally known to Miss Kemp-welch) who will take lady students in as boarders at a reasonable charge. Most of the girls, however, live in furnished rooms in one or other of the cottages in the village. The charges for such accommodation vary from 10s. to 12s. a week for two rooms, with attendance; or from 7s. to 9s. a week for a single bed and sitting room combined, so that from 18s. to 25s. a week can be made, with strict economy, to cover board, lodging, washing, and attendance; and some students have found it possible to manage on even a little less.
There is a library, a reading-room, and a smoking-room attached to the school, and as plenty of musical and dramatic talent is, as a rule, to be found amongst the students, all sorts of concerts and entertainments are got up from time to time; while the summer term has been known to wind up with illuminated gardens and a fancy-dress dance.
An outdoor animal painting class. In the summer, work begins as early as 8 o'clock
The school year is divided into three terms, which begin early in October, January, and April respectively, and last for eleven or twelve week-.
The school fees come to £8 10s. a term.
The school is unusually generous in the matter of scholarships, two of which are annually accorded at the end of the summer term to the students most deserving of encouragement and assistance; one is ottered to women students, and one to men.
These scholarships, which are for one year's free tuition, are open to students who have worked for at least three terms in the advanced classes of the school. They are not awarded for artistic merit alone, the means of the competitors are also taken into consideration.
There is, however, a diploma awarded annually, which is much sought after, though it confers no scholarship or other award. To win it is the highest honour to which the student can attain, since it is given for the best piece of work executed in the school during the year.
There is, again, an open scholarship, entitling the winner to one year', free tuition in the school, open to out riders and to Burshey students who have not been working in the school for more than two terms
Competitors for this scholarship must send in three studies from life, either human or animal, addressed to the Secretary, The
Bushey School of Painting, Bushey, on or before September 15th in each year.
The studies may be made in any recognised medium - oil, water-colour, charcoal, chalk, etc. Each study must be not less than 24 by 9 inches in size, and must be tin unassisted work of the competitor. Failure afterwards to attain in the school to the standard of work shown in the studies on which the scholarship was awarded may cause its forfeiture.
There are about thirty-five students working at Bushey, of whom two-thirds are girls and the rest men. Married ladies are not eligible as students, except under exceptional circumstances.
The work shown at the school exhibition of students' pictures (not studies) at the end of the summer term (1910) was remarkably successful, and showed not only great promise, but so much actual achievement, that several of the paintings would certainly have held their own at the Academy.