The Famous Artists School gave opportunities to many who were stuck in dead-end jobs. Founded in 1948, it was the preeminent correspondence learning service for painting and illustration and design instruction. Courses consisted of 24 lessons, with a new lesson mailed to the student upon completion of the previous one. Students mailed back the work and it was critiqued by a professional artist. By today’s distance learning standards, it was something of a bargain. The original 1948 price for the three-year course was $200, payable in monthly installments. It was perfect for veterans on the GI Bill, and women were welcomed with open arms. See what the typical correspondents had to say:
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