The Art League hosts special workshops, exhibits, and talks led by distinguished artists and arts experts throughout the year.
Best Practices in Painting
with George O’Hanlon and Tatiana Zaytseva
June 12–14, 2017, 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Natural Pigments, a specialty artist materials company, spent years developing this technical workshop to teach skills that are not taught in art school and universities: a thorough understanding of artists’ materials and tools, what they are designed to do, when to choose them and how to provide considerable longevity to one’s finished work. This information-packed workshop includes all aspects of constructing a painting from the support and ground to the final layers. The practical procedures to build an oil painting, based on conservation research during the past century, are clearly explained and demonstrated. This workshop is designed for painters of all mediums, but special emphasis is given to oil painting.
Still Life, Figure & Fabric
with Timothy J. Clark
January 6–8, 2017, 10:00 am–4:30 pm
Visiting artist Timothy J. Clark is known for his expressive watercolors, collected by museums from coast to coast. In this workshop, Clark teaches the classic lessons of painting with an eye to the unique expressive sense of each student. Participants spend one day focused on still life and color, one day on figure, fabrics, and form, and a day putting it all together.
The Artistic Frame: An Inquiry Into the Enhancement of Paintings
Exhibit dates: November 8 – December 4, 2016
Opening Reception: November 10, 2016. Curator's talk, 6:30 pm
Curator: William Adair
Juror: Clarice Smith
Frame conservator, frame historian, and master gilder William Adair began his career in frame conservation at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery. This special exhibit at The Art League Gallery features a collection of frames created by Art League students who have participated in Bill’s gold leaf workshops. Artists created their own artwork and then developed frame designs to complement and become extensions of the work.
*This juried exhibit honors the participating artists and is a gift to our community. It is free and all are encouraged to attend.*
Master Framer’s Tour at the Phillip’s Collection
with William Adair
Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm
Tour the Phillip's Collection with a renowned master gilder William Adair. Experience an insider's perspective of the museum's collection.
Gold Leaf Workshop Continued
Sgraffito, Granito, Pastiglia, and Advanced Toning Techniques
with William Adair
Friday, October 7, 2016
Work with a renowned master gilder in his studio, a converted carriage house in Dupont Circle, housing an extraordinary collection of gilding and frames from around the world. New and experienced students gain hands-on experience with the timeless decorative methods of sgraffito, granito, and pastiglia. Students produce sgraffito samples of classic designs on gilded frames. Students also learn granito, a decorative technique reminiscent of leather punch work, and pastiglia, low-relief decoration made from thickened gesso. Students also practice the initial application of metal leaf to an unfinished frame and learn advanced toning techniques. A materials fee of $60 is payable to Gold Leaf Studios.