Forget those futile attempts to draw Tippy. Soon you’ll be able to spend a (tuition-free!) year in art school thanks to journalist and author Larry Witham, who recently signed a book deal for Art Schooled: A Year Among Prodigies, Rebels, and Visionaries at a World-Class Art College. Slated for publication by University Press of New England, the book will go behind the scenes at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore to “tell the story of today’s art students and explore the history, myth, promise, and performance of art education,” according to a deal report from Publisher’s Lunch. There’s new blood at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which today announced three appointments within its curatorial and conservation departments. Hudson River School expert Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser has been named curator in the American Wing. A 26-year veteran of the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, she’ll begin her tenure at the Met by preparing for the January 2012 opening of the renovated and reinstalled American paintings galleries. Meanwhile, Jennifer Perry is moving from the Cleveland Museum of Art to the Met’s department of Asian Art, where she’ll become conservator for Japanese paintings. Finally, Xavier F. Salomon will cross the pond to take on his new role as curator in the department of European paintings. He is currently chief curator at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London and will begin at the Met in January.