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Programming @ The Art League

The Art League’s programs are regularly scheduled events that are free and open to the public. Connecting with the community to explore creativity and visual arts, these include lectures, meetups, movie screenings, receptions, and more. Most programs are located in The Art League Gallery or School, housed in the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia.

Mini Makers

Mini Makers is a FREE gallery based children’s program designed to engage toddlers and pre-school age children in art making and viewing. 

While we are closed, there will be regular posts on the blog with at-home art projects to help give you and your little artists a creative outlet! Click the button below to check it out!


Snow Day by Carol Stalun

Creative Practice Book Club


Looking for ways to jumpstart your creativity, or reinvigorate your artistic practice?

The Creative Practice Book Club may be just the thing to get you inspired!

We read a selection of books aimed at bolstering creativity and art making in daily life. Next up participants will read and discussing several books by cartoonist, writer, and educator Lynda Barry.

Reading List

Choose one or all of the books to read before the next meeting. Be prepared to discuss highlights and personal insights. In addition, the group has a show and tell of creative projects inspired by the reading. The projects may be exercises directly taken from the book, or inspired by what you read (not all the selections are project based) Happy reading!

About Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator, and teacher and found that they are very much alike. She lives in Wisconsin, where she is associate professor of art and Discovery Fellow at University of Wisconsin Madison.

Barry is the inimitable creator behind the seminal comic strip that was syndicated across North America in alternative weeklies for two decades, Ernie Pook’s Comeek, featuring the incomparable Marlys and Freddy. She is the author of The Freddie Stories, One! Hundred! Demons!The! Greatest! of! Marlys!Cruddy: An Illustrated NovelNaked Ladies! Naked Ladies! Naked Ladies!, and The Good Times are Killing Me, which was adapted as an off-Broadway play and won the Washington State Governor’s Award.

She has written three bestselling and acclaimed creative how-to graphic novels for Drawn & Quarterly, What It Is which won the Eisner Award for Best Reality Based Graphic Novel and R.R. Donnelly Award for highest literary achievement by a Wisconsin author; Picture This; and Syllabus: Notes From an Accidental Professor, and In 2019 she received a MacArthur Genius Grant. Barry was born in Wisconsin in 1956.

Professional Development Meet Up

Local working artists meet up to discuss strategies for creative and professional advancement in their careers.

Art History Book Club

This club is a monthly informal group discussion surrounding a particular book, artist, process, or theme from visual arts culture.

5-Minute Artist Talks

Artists exhibiting in The Art League Gallery discuss their work and process in quick succession, while also fielding audience questions. These talks precede the show’s opening reception.

Art Movie Night

Join us for some flicks, fun & light fare!  

The Big Draw

Grab a sketch pad and join us in the gallery for special drawing events. Featuring demonstrations and special guest models.

Did you know?

You can support The Art League every time you shop through AmazonSmile!

Simply set The Art League as your chosen charity, and every time you shop at smile.amazon.com, a portion of your purchase will be donated to support our mission to share the experience of visual arts with the community.