Art Instruction Schools — 1964 (St. Patrick’s Day)

“Draw the leprechaun”!

I always assumed this was some sort of shady business that suckered in rubes who thought they could go on to great art careers if they were able to draw a turtle or a pirate. But this is actually a reputable institution, started in 1914 and still in business (about to celebrate its 100th anniversary). Its most successful graduate — AND instructor — was none other than Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip. In fact, according to the Wikipedia entry, “[s]everal of the Peanuts characters, including Charlie Brown, Linus, Frieda and ‘the little red-haired girl’ were based on Schulz’ co-workers and friends at Art Instruction.”

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