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School Policy

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 fine arts and in a number of highly skilled crafts. The Art League instructors are professional artists. The school also offers youth classes for ages 5 through teens and popular art camps throughout the summer.

No student will be denied admission on the basis of race, sex, or ethnic origin. 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 class group due to disruptiveness, or for any impediment to the learning process of the group as a whole.

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.

Payment is due upon time of 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 Calendar

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, as well as 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.


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.


In case of inclement weather, 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.


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

The cost of classes does not include supplies unless specifically noted in the class or workshop description. You may obtain supply lists from the instructor 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 the first day. Bring any supplies you have to your first class.

Due to limited staff, and large enrollment, we are unable to mail, email, fax, or read supply lists over the phone.

As a non-profit organization, The Art League sells supplies at a discounted rate to League members and students. The Supply Store makes every effort to stock items requested by The Art League teachers, as well as other popular materials for the fine artist.

Our Mission

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.