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Art Word of the Day: Gotham art school

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Term: Gotham art school

Definition: Opened at 695 Broadway in

New York City in 1880, the school was intended to provide flexibly scheduled art classes. The "New York Times", January 15, 1888 carried the following information: "The design of the institution is to give a chance for instruction to those who work week days and who have a taste for art. There is a ladies' class in the morning in drawing from cast and life, an evening class for men and boys, and there are Sunday classes for those who cannot come at any other time. . . .Altogether there are about 60 students recruited from nearly all classes---compositors, artisans and bookkeepers. The fees are $6 a month, and $2 a month for cast work." Teachers included Frederick Moynihan and H. Siddons Mowbray, and among students who became well known are Charles Cookman, Otto Stark and Jules Goodman. The school was supported by artist patrons including Augustus St. Gaudens and William Merritt Chase. Source: "The New York Times" archives



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