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Five Professional Development Workshops

Walking Up From the River by instructor Susan Abbott.
Walking Up From the River by instructor Susan Abbott.

This month and into April, The Art League is offering workshops for emerging and professional artists who want to learn more about marketing, taxes, framing, and more — including a free group critique and free workshop on writing an artist statement. See below for links to register!

Acrylics Demo and Free Samples (Free!)

Thursday, March 20, 1:00–3:00 pm

Liquitex representative Tony Zatzick joins us again to share about color mixing, permanence, mediums, pigment characteristics, techniques and more. This year he is featuring new acrylic spray and markers. Free samples will be available. Register here →

Art*iculation: Writing an Artist Statement  (Free!) 

Saturday, March 22, 1:00–3:00 pm

How do you write an effective artist statement — one that speaks from the core of your personal vision?

Join David Hazard, a professional writing coach and publishing consultant who has worked with artists for more than 25 years, helping them communicate more effectively. This event is presented free of charge. Register here →

From Amateur to Professional  ($100) 

Saturday, March 29, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
Instructor: Susan Abbott

This very intensive workshop demystifies the business side of being a professional artist. Students learn about building a resume, approaching galleries, organizing shows, coping with rejection, slides, publicity, marketing, taxes, and many other topics. Each participant receives a booklet of worksheets and information. Register here →

Basic Matting & Framing  ($175) 

Saturday & Sunday, March 29–30, 10:00 am–4:00 pm

This two-day workshop covers the fundamentals of matting and framing, excellent for artists, collectors or anyone interested in getting into the framing business. Students learn design and preservation techniques, knowledge of tools, basic and custom mats, hands-on mat cutting, mounting, and pre-cut frame assembly. A $20 materials fee, payable to instructor, covers supplies and use of tools. Register here →

Critique with Joyce McCarten  (Free!) 

Friday, April 4, 1:00–3:00 pm

Joyce McCarten teaches drawing and painting classes at The Art League School. As a practicing artist and member of the Torpedo Factory, her work focuses on formal issues of rhythm and movement, structure and spacial and color relationships. Art League members working in all mediums and styles are welcome to participate in a critique with Joyce McCarten at the Art League Gallery.

Limited to 10 people. Bring 1–2 pieces of artwork for critique. Register here →

Joyce McCarten is also giving a free talk on the Washington Color School the evening of Thursday, March 27.

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