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Frequently asked questions table of contents:


The Art League School

Is this the Torpedo Factory School?
This is The Art League School. This is the school you have heard about that is located in the Torpedo Factory Art Center. However, it is run through a separate organization, The Art League. The Art League offered art classes for over a decade before participating in the establishment of the Torpedo Factory as an art center. The School also holds classes at The Art League's Madison Annex in Old Town Alexandria.

How do I register for a course?
You may register online, by mail, fax, or in person. We accept check, cash, money order, Art League gift certificate, VISA or MasterCard. There are term registration dates for classes but you may register for workshops at any time. Upon receipt of your registration form and payment in full, you are registered. If the class is full or canceled (due to lack of enrollment), you will be notified.

Also see registration and school policy.

Who can take classes at the school?
The Art League School is non-accredited and open for all. The minimum age for our youth program is 5. The minimum age for our adult program is 18. You do not need to be a member of The Art League to take a class or workshop.

Do I have to be a member to take classes?
You do not need to be a member to take classes. Membership does offer many advantages. In the school, it entitles you to pay a drop-in rate and attend open life classes at your convenience.

Can I enroll after a class has begun?
You may register late for a class if there is still space available and the instructor agrees to add another student.

If I miss a class, can I make it up with another instructor?
Similar classes taught by different instructors are not interchangeable. Registration in a class only entitles the student to attend the specific section for which the student is enrolled.

Do I receive credits or certificates for completing a class or workshop?
Classes and workshops are for personal enrichment only and do not award credit or certificates.

Where can I get supplies?
The Art League Store, located on the second floor of the Torpedo Factory Art Center, maintains supply lists for our classes and tries to stock all of the items requested by our instructors. It is a non-profit store staffed by artists who are able to answer your questions about art materials. Come to your first class with your supplies prepared to work unless otherwise noted on your supply list.

Is your question not answered above? Call the school at 703-683-2323.

Art League Membership

What is New Membership?
New membership to The Art League Gallery provides members with the continual opportunity to have their work judged by esteemed local arts professionals, and to compete to exhibit their work in one of Washington’s largest art galleries. Other benefits include use of the Art League library, Solo Artist exhibitions, Bin Gallery opportunities, opening receptions, critiques and seminars.

What is Renewal Membership?
Renewal membership to The Art League Gallery allows previous members to continue their membership through the next membership year. The membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year.

What is the Bin Gallery?
The Bin Gallery is an opportunity for eligible members to regularly exhibit one framed or three-dimensional piece and up to five unframed pieces. The bins are a popular destination for visitors, especially those looking for affordable, unframed works. Members who have had artwork accepted into three juried Art League membership shows during the previous membership year (July 1–June 30) are eligible to join the Bin Gallery. Eligible members are contacted in early June. You must continue to be accepted into three juried Art League membership shows during each membership year (July 1–June 30) in order to renew your Bin Gallery membership in subsequent years. You can only join the Bin Gallery after the beginning of the following membership year. (Click here for more about the Bin Gallery.)

What is Junior Membership?

Junior Membership is regular membership to the Art League Gallery for artists who are under the age of 18. Junior Members are allowed to submit works to the monthly-juried exhibits and participate in all of the other benefits of membership.

As an Art League Gallery member, do I get any discounts in The Art League School?
No, there are no discounts unless you would like to take an Open-Life Drawing session. Current Art League members can “drop in” to the Open-Life Drawing class and pay the $20 fee directly to the monitor instead of signing up for the entire five-week session.

Click here to download the membership brochure. You can sign up to be a member in person, by mail, or online.

Exhibits and Jurying

What is the jurying and receiving process?
Receiving for our monthly exhibits is always the first Monday of the first full week of the month from 6:30-8:30 pm and Tuesday from 10:00 am- 12:00 noon in the Gallery. (Please check our online calendar or sign up for our email list for the exact dates.) Artists must bring in their actual works to be submitted at this time. No early or late entries will be accepted. When you enter your pieces into the juried exhibit, you will receive a receipt with your entry numbers.

The jurying process begins Tuesday after 12:00 noon. The gallery closes to the public to allow for complete privacy for the jurying process. The juror begins their decision-making and usually is completed late afternoon. We ask that all artists call the gallery after 5:30 pm on Tuesday for the results. The gallery is open until 7:30 pm to pick up work not accepted.

Who juries the monthly exhibits?
Jurors are visual arts professionals from the metropolitan D.C. area and beyond. They cannot be instructors of The Art League or Art League Members. Each show will reflect the opinions of its judge. Election of a different judge each month assures variety in successive exhibits and a broader opportunity for member artists. No judge is invited back for at least two years.

How do you submit artwork to be shown in the Gallery?
You must be a current Art League member to enter the monthly-juried shows. The artist can submit two pieces per show and if the juror accepts the artist’s work, he/she will choose only one of the two pieces. All works must be for sale. There is an entry fee for each piece of $5 payable at receiving.

What is the commission for selling your work in The Art League Gallery?
The artist receives 60% of the works sold. After a sale, gallery staff will call the artist to let them know their work has been sold. The commission check will be sent by the 15th of the following month.

Is your question not answered above? Call the Gallery at 703-683-1780.



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