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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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 →

Video Demo: Fashioning Fascinators

This past Saturday and Sunday, while some Art League-rs were busy painting at the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival, others were at the Madison Annex learning how to create fascinators — the eye-catching headpieces sighted everywhere from last year’s royal wedding to the Kentucky Derby. Jan Wutkowski, a milliner with a workshop and store in North Read more →

Capturing the Color of the Pennsylvania Lavender Festival

Just in time to catch the yearly lavender bloom on this side of the Atlantic, a group of artists joined instructor Bobbi Pratte for a travel workshop to Willow Pond Farm in Pennsylvania for plein air painting in the sweeping lavender fields. This past Saturday and Sunday, Bobbi and her students painted the landscape, Read more →

Ted Reed Video Demo: Painting a Hand

In our latest video demo with an Art League instructor, Ted Reed shows his Oil Painting class how to start a painting of a hand by blocking it out and finding the gesture. The finished painting appears at the end of the video. You can watch all of the demos so far in this Read more →