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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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 →

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 →