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Art Is All Around Us.

No matter what you do in life, you will always have your art. Some of the best known cartoonists started right here at Art Instruction Schools. Some even were teachers at the School. One of the world’s favorite cartoonists, Charles Schulz said “It was a lucky day for me when I enrolled with Art Instruction Schools while attending Central High.” Known as the "Premier distance art educator", Art Instruction Schools has been successfully training artists throughout the US and Canada since 1914.

The Fundamentals of Art program was developed to include all popular art techniques and is recognized as one of the most extensive art education programs available. Our program includes cartooning, color application, perspective, still life, lettering, composition and design, animal and figure studies. Many people recognize our school as the "DRAW ME" school, because of our longstanding advertising campaigns using "DRAW ME" models to find aspiring artists through magazine ads, TV commercials and online promotions.

Our History

AIS 1914 BuildingArt Instruction School was founded in 1914 by The Bureau of Engraving, Inc., to train illustrators for the growing printing industry — and particularly for The Bureau itself. The course and teaching methods were so successful that our trained artists soon were in constant demand throughout the printing, advertising and newspaper industries.

The growth in popularity led to added fields of instruction, and Art Instruction Schools soon included cartooning, color, perspective drawing and other art lessons. In time, the Fundamentals of Art program was developed to include all popular art techniques and became recognized as one of the most extensive art education programs available.

Many people refer to our school as the “DRAW ME” school, because of our longstanding advertising campaigns using “DRAW ME” models to find aspiring artists through magazine ads, TV commercials and online promotions.

We are recognized as the premier home study art school in the country — largely due to the success of our graduates.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Art Instruction Schools is an equal opportunity institution. Art Instruction Schools is committed to and encourages a diverse and inclusive community that respects and values individual differences. It is committed to enroll qualified students without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, marital status, veteran’s status or handicap related to nature and extent of the student’s ability to successfully complete the educational program. This commitment to equality extends to the school’s advertising, student recruitment, admissions into the school, granting of scholarships, educational program activities, grading student examinations, selection of winners in art competitions and all interaction with staff members.

Art Instruction Schools is an equal opportunity employer. The school’s hiring practices do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (between 40 and 70), marital status, veteran’s status or handicap related in nature and extent to the ability to perform job duties. This policy of nondiscrimination extends to all terms, conditions, and privileges of employment and to all personnel actions.

Inquiries or concerns of discrimination, including Art Instruction Schools’ compliance with applicable laws, statutes and regulations, should be directed to the President.

Hours Of Operation

The school is open for business Monday through Thurday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Central Time with the exception of the following holidays on which the school is closed:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve Day
  • Christmas Day