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Professional Development Seminars & Workshops

Watercolor by Art League instructor Gwen Bragg
Watercolor by Art League instructor Gwen Bragg

Along with the slate of fall art workshops, The Art League is happy to offer some resources for working artists this fall on photographing your art, matting and framing, and handling your taxes. Check out these workshops and free seminars on the business of art, and tell your friends!

  • September 8: Photographing Your Artwork with Pete Duvall ($95)
    With many exhibits juried from digital images and many collectors looking for art online, having quality photos of your artwork has never been more important. Photographer Pete Duvall shows students how to make their art look their best using a film or digital camera. More info is in this blog post, and find the registration page here.
  • September 13: Creative Matting and Mounting with Eileen and Ron Yeager ($95)
    Presentation is critical to any artwork’s success, and Eileen and Ron Yeager teach framing workshops regularly to show artists how to present 2-D artwork at its finest. This workshop covers float mounting, spacers, shadow box mounting, and creative ways to cut and decorate mats. Click here for details.
  • September 14, 1:00 pm: Critique with Bobbi Pratte (Free — RSVP required)
    Join Art League instructor Bobbi Pratte for a group critique of up to two of your pieces. Critiques offer members a unique opportunity to get feedback from Art League instructors. You can bring in up to two pieces of their own work, finished or unfinished, for a professional examination and discussion (you do not need to be enrolled in a class). Our critiques are limited to 10 people per session and it is a group discussion. Members must sign up in advance to attend — email gallery@theartleague.org to reserve your spot.
  • September 14–15: Basic Matting and Framing with Eileen and Ron Yeager ($175)
    This workshop covers the basics of matting and framing for 2-D artists and collectors. Eileen and Ron Yeager emphasize preservation techniques and archival materials such as UV-blocking conservation glass, suitable tapes for paper art, and acid-free conservation mats. Students will learn how to avoid browning artwork and peeling tape. The two-day workshop starts with a discussion on design, and also covers mounting techniques and fitting — click here for details.
  • October 3: Taxes for Visual Artists (Free — RSVP required)
    Pursuing your art as a business can be daunting, and one of the biggest challenges is understanding the tax laws. Between the many types of federal and state taxes that apply to your business, it is easy to make a mistake that can set back your business for years. Ben Takis, founder and principal attorney at Tax-Exempt Solutions PLLC, and an active musician, will help you understand how to run your business to save on taxes and stay out of trouble with Uncle Sam. Ben will provide a general overview of the different types of taxes that apply, the different business structures you should consider, as well as more advanced topic relevant to artists in Washington DC. Space is limited — email gallery@theartleague.org to register.

For future workshops and seminars like these, keep an eye on The Art League School homepage and our Lecture Series & Enrichment page. We also post them on our events calendar.

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