This is not the Famous Artists School Course you are familiar with (24 lessons in 3 binders), this is the Advanced Course.
In the advanced course, each binder was written and illustrated by a different faculty member: John Atherton, Austin Briggs, Stevan Dohanos, Robert Fawcett, Peter Helck, Fred Ludekens, Al Parker, Norman Rockwell, Ben Stahl, Harold Von Schmidt, Jon Whitcomb.
This is a complete set of 12 binders, including the very rare Albert Dorne binder!
This was the set of Edward I. Hull who kept his set in immaculate condition! I rarely see complete sets and I have only seen one in better condition. I have only seen one other example of the Albert Dorne binder!
"America's most famous artists have spent a lot of their time, thought and energy in putting down for you in words and pictures all the ideas and methods they use in making pictures....we are confident you will find it fully expresses the man and his work, and is designed so you can readily understand his way of thinking about picture-making."
The Famous Artists School's Advanced Program started in 1948 and consisted of eleven separate volumes/binders each written and illustrated by a different faculty member expressing their individual approach to picture-making. It only lasted for a few years before school president Albert Dorne canceled the program due to low enrollment and had all the material incinerated (according to an instructor at the school at the time) resulting in the scarcity of the volumes (the only copies extant are those that were sent out to subscribers).
John Atherton volume (9 lessons in 166 pages)
Austin Briggs volume (140 pages)
Steve Dohanos volume (86 pages)
Robert Fawcett volume (10 lessons in 160 pages)
Peter Helck volume (7 lessons in 136 pages)
Fred Ludekens volume (98 pages)
Al Parker volume (11 lessons in 192 pages)
Norman Rockwell volume (8 lessons in 138 pages)
Ben Stahl volume (140 pages)
Harold Von Schmidt volume (8 lessons in 140 pages)
Jon Whitcomb volume (9 lessons in 142 pages)
Albert Dorne volume (empty binder with printed note)
As with all our copies of the Famous Artists Courses, we have verified the contents and completeness of this volume.