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Drawing Classes

Drawing classes near Washington, DC
Lisa Semerad

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To register, use the drop-down menu to the left to search for courses, or click here for all drawing classes and workshops in the catalog (use the tabs to select between classes and workshops). Please contact the School with any questions at 703-683-2323. 

The school schedule for 2018–2019 is:

  • Fall Term 2018: 
    Registration opens August 6 | Classes begin September 17
  • Winter Term 2019:
    Registration opens November 5 | Classes begin January 7
  • Spring Term 2019:
    Registration opens February 11 | Classes begin April 1
  • Summer Term 2019:
    Registration opens May 6 | Classes begin June 17
  • Summer Art Camp 2019:
    Registration opens January 1 | Camps begin June 17


Check a course's description for its specific start date.

Recommended for beginners 


The Art League School in Old Town Alexandria, VA offers drawing classes and workshops for beginning to advanced students. Basic drawing students work with pencil and charcoal, learning to use line, value, gesture, and perspective. Students work with a variety of subjects, including the figure, still life, and landscape. There are nine different sections offered. More advanced students learn to integrate other media into their work, including pen, ink, and watercolor, and begin to focus on more complex and advanced techniques. Courses are offered year-round, during the week, weekend, day and evening.

The Art League also offers open life drawing sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, for students who wish to draw or paint from a live model in a quiet, monitored environment. Click here for the open life drawing schedule.

Watch instructor Lisa Semerad demo for her drawing class:


About The Art League School

The Art League School is a non-accredited institution, open to all, that provides instruction to nearly 6,000 students annually. Weekly classes and shorter-term workshops meet at the Torpedo Factory Art Center and at our Madison Annex in Old Town Alexandria, VA, convenient to the entire Washington, DC area. Our expanded Madison Annex opened in Fall 2012.

Courses are offered quarterly in virtually all of the fine arts, and a wide variety of crafts, with some of the most talented and well-known professional artists and instructors in the country. Whether for the beginner or a skilled professional, courses are offered for every skill level and for every age — five and up! 

What students said

  • “The Art League is one of the most important venues for art instruction in the Washington metropolitan area.” — Stephen G.
  • “I'm not an artist, but The Art League has helped me become much more of one!” — Donna F.
  • “The Art League is a haven for me. I can step out of my daily chores and into art mode. The teachers are first-rate.” — Chris B.
  • “The Intro Drawing course is wonderful. This is my first art class of any type, and it is not intimidating or over my head.” — Justin L.
  • “The instructors are capable, patient and talented and have given me the desire and confidence to expand my skills.” — Sally B.

Contact The Art League School

703-683-2323 / school@theartleague.org
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