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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12-Hour Drawing Marathon on September 8

Sharpen your pencils and grab your newsprint pads! Our Drawing Marathon Fundraiser is the forth and final event in The Art League’s “30-Something” Summer Series of events. From 10:00am-10:00pm on Saturday, September 8, artists may come to The Art League’s Duke Street Annex and draw for as little or as long as they like Read more →

Two New Video Demos: Hammered Metal & Silk Screen Printing

We’ve just added two new instructor demos to our video demo playlist on YouTube! In the first with Michael Brehl demonstrates how to raise a copper bowl for his class, “Pound It Out: All Things Hammered.” You can watch him demonstrate the first round of raising below: In the other new video, Nancy McIntyre Read more →

Paint the Fall Foliage with Bobbi Pratte

Autumn in Pennsylvania: Painting Hickory Bridge Farm Plein air painting with Bobbi Pratte October 17–18, 2012 After June’s successful lavender-themed painting workshop in Pennsylvania, instructor Bobbi Pratte is returning to the area in October for another colorful event: the fall foliage at Hickory Bridge Farm. The workshop, October 17 & 18, “was a no-brainer,” Read more →

Free Ceramics Demo and Lecture This Sunday!

FREE Demo/Slideshow/Discussion with Lindsay Oesterritter Sunday July 29, 10:00 am in the Ceramics Studio at The Art League’s Madison Annex Lindsay Oesterritter is a functional potter who teaches at Western Kentucky University. She attended grad school at one of the nation’s premier schools for ceramics, Utah State University. Her work has been exhibited internationally Read more →

Video Demo: Abstract Painting

For our latest video demo, instructor Joyce McCarten let us stop by her Tuesday night class, Abstract Drawing and Painting. Joyce used charcoal, oil pastel, and acrylic to paint up an abstracted, Cubist-influenced still life. Watch the video for tips on how to start your own abstract piece: You can watch all of the Read more →

The Art League Returns from Provence

Last weekend, artists returned from the latest Art League travel workshop, where they spent two weeks painting en plein air in the beautiful landscapes of Provence, France. Susan Abbott led the latest edition of the long-running workshop, June 22–July 7. The workshop focused on daily independent painting work (in oil, acrylic, or watercolor) and Read more →