Art Classes & Workshops

News from our art classes in Old Town Alexandria, including teacher interviews, videos from inside the classroom, and updates on teachers and students. Find out what's going on at the School and what class you want to take next!

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Painting Retreat with Danni Dawson

Last week, painting students gathered for an artful getaway at instructor Danni Dawson’s home. They spent the week painting, eating gourmet lunches prepared by Danni and her neighbors, and sipping wine — and you can, too! The workshop, “Painting in Danni’s Living Room or Rose Garden,” is held twice yearly, with the next session Read more →

Learn to Mat and Frame This Weekend

Do you want to learn how to mat and frame your own artwork? Jurors for Art League exhibits tell us how important presentation is when they consider what pieces to select. With two workshops coming up this weekend, artists and collectors alike can learn how to present artwork acceptable for submission at The Art Read more →

Summer Art Camp Starts Monday!

School’s out for summer, and kids and parents everywhere know what that means: time for Summer Art Camp at The Art League! These popular weekly day camps, in subjects like cartooning, painting, and ceramics, begin next week and run through August 24. Camps are a great way to keep your kids happily — and Read more →

Raku Firing Video

Ceramics students from The Art League School joined ceramics chair Blair Meerfeld on a Saturday morning this month to fire their work using the raku process. After the raku ware is heated in a kiln until red-hot, the pieces are placed in metal cans filled with combustible material, like newspaper. The paper ignites and Read more →

Madison Annex Project Underway!

Renovation work started last month on the Madison Annex Project, a consolidated facility to meet the needs of all of The Art League’s 2D and 3D classes starting this fall, and we have updates! As you can see in the photos below, demolition has been mostly completed and the framework for the new classrooms Read more →

Studying Color with Danni Dawson

Art League instructor Danni Dawson, whose work you may recognize from the front of The Art League School catalog, let us stop by her portrait painting class last week to see a very interesting portrait painting demonstration. The demo was all about building up a portrait by layering planes of color. Here’s part one: Read more →