C.V. Balan Nair who was an expert in painting and kalaripayattu, established Kerala School of Arts in 1933. This Art School was the cornerstone of the contemporary artistic tradition of North Kerala. He spent his whole life for the painting art. Kerala Sahitya Academy recognised his work with a honorary membership. The Kerala School of Arts now stands as a memorial for his work. In 1957 after Kerala state was formed students were sent for the KGTE and KCE drawing and painting examinations. This school helped a lot artists sharpen their skills and work in India and abroad.
The school is located now at Manjodi in Thalassery in a 27 cent land allocated by the Thalassery Municipality. This School have contributed several nationally acclaimed and famous painting artists. This was built with the contributions of the School Alumni. Today teachers including A.V. Venugopal, Sathyanathan and A.V. Vijayan are teaching besides the Principal. The course is of 5 years duration. A committee formed under the charitable society's act governs the school and was headed by Shri M.B. Nair at the beginning.