The Art League School is non-accredited and open to all.
A full selection of day, evening, and weekend courses is offered in virtually all of the visual arts and in a number of highly skilled crafts. The Art League instructors who teach these courses are practicing, professional artists.
The school also offers youth classes for ages 5 through teen and popular art camps throughout the summer.
No student will be denied admission on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, or ethnicity. However, because of the need for group cooperation in classes, The Art League reserves the option of refusing admission to any person deemed incompatible with any learning group due to disruptiveness or any impediment to a safe, productive, and positive learning environment.
Safety precautions and proper use of art materials and chemicals are rigorously practiced. Please use discretion when registering for classes, as The Art League cannot be held responsible for adverse reactions that may arise in some individuals. If you are pregnant or think you may be, please consult a physician before registering.
Students are not permitted to photograph, digitally record or film models, teacher demonstrations, or critiques.
The Art League reserves the right to substitute an appropriate instructor when necessary. The Art League is not liable for personal injury or loss of property, including artwork belonging to students enrolled in the school.
Please note that payment is due upon registration.
Transfer Fees and Refunds
Transfers: Classes, not camps or workshops, are eligible for transfers within a term, early in the term. A transfer fee of $20 will be assessed for each transfer from one class to another, unless the transfer was a result of an administrative decision. All transfers must be made before the third meeting of the class.
Refunds: No workshop or camp refunds are given unless we are notified ten days prior to the start of the workshop. There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $20 (this fee is included in the tuition). No class refunds are given unless we are notified the Friday prior to the start of the term (see the “School Calendar” section below). There is a nonrefundable registration fee of $20 (this fee is included in the tuition). If you are ineligible for a refund, you may obtain an acknowledgment from the school office, which will enable you to claim your unused tuition as a tax-deductible contribution.
School terms are as follows:
- Fall Term 2019: September 23 – November 24, 2019
- Winter Term 2019: January 13, 2020 – March 15, 2020
- Spring Term 2020: April 13, 2020 – June 14, 2020
- Summer Term 2020: June 22, 2020 – August 23, 2020
- Summer Art Camp: June 15, 2020 – August 21, 2020
Some classes may start later or earlier than the first week of term, so check your class description for details. Workshops (one day to five days) take place year round. Classes do not meet on the holidays listed in the “Holidays” section below.
Distinguished visiting instructors and Art League instructors offer concentrated week or weekend sessions in a specific medium. Travel workshops to international and domestic locations are also offered year-round. You may register for workshops at any time.
Pandemic and Health Crisis Policy
During this health crisis, we must require additional practices to ensure a safer Art League student environment. We appreciate your community spirit, consideration, and patience with these heightened safety procedures. Students registering for Art League in-person activities will need to take note of and comply with the following:
Adherence to the League’s mandatory mask policy:
○ Masks must be worn at all times inside League facilities.
○ Acceptable masks on League premises include N95 or KN95 masks, surgical masks, or fitted cloth face masks.
○ For your safety and the safety of others, bandanas, scarves, and face shields in lieu of masks are not currently permitted at The Art League. Masks with vents/valves must be covered with another mask.
- Completion of the League’s COVID Health Screening Tool Survey with passing results (indicated by a √ green checkmark) before proceeding to the day’s class session or activity.
- Compliance with 6 ft. physical distancing and classroom occupancy requirements as indicated by signs, floor marking, and wayfinding at League facilities and by League staff.
- Participation in ‘at-the-door’ temperature checks for admission to League facilities. Access to facilities will require a temperature reading of below 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- No food consumption in League classrooms, galleries, or lobbies.
- Personal water bottles are permitted but should not be shared with others.
Safety precautions and proper use of art materials and chemicals are rigorously practiced. Please use discretion when registering for classes, as The Art League cannot be held responsible for adverse reactions that may arise in some individuals. If you are pregnant, or think you may be, please consult a physician before registering.
Weather & Emergency Closure
In case of inclement weather and other emergencies, temporary class cancellations are posted at the top of our home page. You can also call the school at 703-683-2323, or listen for cancellations on your radio: WMAL, 630 AM; WTOP, 1500 AM or 107.7 FM; Channel 5 Fox Morning News; and Channel 8 Morning News.
The Art League will make good faith efforts to provide make-ups and remote classes for classes canceled due to weather or emergency conditions.
However, those students registering for in-person courses should be aware that in the event of a longer shutdown, your class may need to be moved to an outline learning format to complete the course.
If you’re unable to participate in online learning, you can be issued a school credit for the remainder of the course.
If the class cannot be made up in-person or online, you have the option of a refund, credit, or tax-deduction for the remainder of the course.
Classes do not meet on Thanksgiving, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, July 4th, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. These holidays, or any additional days designated by the instructor, will have make-up dates.
Supplies for Art League Classes
As a non-profit organization, The Art League sells art supplies at a discounted rate as a service to its community. The League Supply Store makes every effort to stock items requested by The Art League teachers and other popular materials for the visual artist.
The cost of classes does not include supplies unless expressly noted in the class or workshop description. You may obtain supply lists from the instructor at the first class. Or, as a special service to Art League students, most teachers have copies of their supply lists on file in The Art League Store. We recommend that you shop early to avoid the rush. Most classes begin work on the first day. Bring any supplies you have to your first class.
Due to limited staff, and large enrollment, we cannot mail, email, fax, or read supply lists over the phone.
By nurturing the artist, we enrich the community. The Art League develops the artist through education, exhibition, and a stimulating, supportive environment, while sharing the experience of the visual arts with the community.