Our History

AIS 1914 Building

Art 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.

To see a timeline of our history, click here!