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FAQs about Art Classes

Sculpture instructor George Tkabladze talks with a student in Wood & Stone Sculpture.
Sculpture instructor George Tkabladze talks with a student in Wood & Stone Sculpture.

So you read yesterday’s post, “6 Reasons to Take an Art Class in the New Year.” We convinced you, and you’re ready to sign up. But maybe you have a few more questions.

We asked Ariane in the School office to answer some of the most frequently asked questions from our students. And of course, if you have a question about choosing a class, signing up, or anything else, you can ask us in person (room 217 on the second floor of the Torpedo Factory), on the phone at 703-683-2323, or by email at school@theartleague.org. We’re open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.

How do I choose a class or workshop?
Browse our catalog here or pick up a catalog at the Torpedo Factory. Call us during office hours if you need a recommendation (703-683-2323).

I’m a first-time art student — what class should I take?
This is the most asked question we get at The Art League School. The short answer is a Basic Drawing class. It is foundational for anyone interested in becoming a painter or a printmaker.

That said, in all the other departments (photography, sculpture, fiber, ceramics, etc.) there are beginner classes that are appropriate for anyone with no previous arts experience. Everybody in the school office is happy to help discuss choosing classes with new students (in person, by phone, or email at school@theartleague.org.)

Trying out silk screen printing at Artfête.
Trying out silk screen printing at Artfête.

How do I register?
Prospective students may register online, in person, by mail or by fax. Unfortunately, we cannot register students over the phone.

Where will my class or workshop meet?
All of our classes meet in Old Town Alexandria, either in the Torpedo Factory building (105 N. Union St) or at the Madison Street Annex (nearby at 305 Madison St). We send confirmation e-mails to all enrolled students with the location of their building and classroom number.

Are materials included in tuition prices?
Most classes do not have materials included in their tuition. Unless specifically noted in the class description, students are expected to bring their own supplies to class.

Where do I find a supply list and supplies?
Supply lists are kept in hard copy at The Art League Store. In order to find the correct list, please be sure to have the name of your class and instructor.

What if I can’t pick up a list in person before classes begin?
If you know you won’t be able to stop by The Art League before your class begins, you can send a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Art League Supply Store. Please include a note indicating your class title and instructor’s name. The list will be mailed to you. The store is unable to email, fax or read lists over the phone.

What happens if I miss a class?
For most classes, if you cannot attend a class, it is up to you to coordinate with your teacher for missed assignments.

Nancy Freeman demos for her new class, Apps for Artists.
Nancy Freeman demos for her new class, Apps for Artists.

How do I buy a class as a gift for someone?
We recommend purchasing a gift card so that the recipient may choose the exact class they wish to take. The Art League Gallery (703-683-1780) sells gift cards that are good for the purchase of classes, workshops, gallery artwork, and art supplies.

Where do I park for classes at the Torpedo Factory?
We recommend parking at Solo parking at the intersection of Duke and Union Streets or at Alexandria’s City Hall underground parking at the intersection of King and Fairfax Streets.

Where do I park for classes at the Madison Annex?
Free parking is available evenings and weekends at Colonial Parking on 267 Montgomery Street. During the weekday there is free two hour parking on the streets surrounding the Madison Annex, and paid parking at Colonial Parking.

How do I purchase weekday student parking at Crowne Plaza Hotel?
Please note: These parking passes are no longer available.

How to contact The Art League School:

  • in person at the Torpedo Factory (105 N. Union St. in Alexandria) in room 217 on the second floor. Hours: 10:00 am–5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday
  • call 703-683-2323
  • email school@theartleague.org

Here’s the link to the online catalog. Enjoy!

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