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In-person Classes Resume at The Art League

The Art League is welcoming students back into the studio just in time for the spring term. In-person classes start Monday, April 5, at The Art League Madison Annex located at 305 Madison Street in Alexandria. Over 40 classes are being offered in an array of disciplines from drawing, painting, ceramics, and sculpture to metal jewelry design, stained glass, and steel furniture design and construction.

Courtesy of the Art League.

“We can’t wait to welcome back our students to in-person classes at The Art League!” says Executive Director Suzanne Bethel. “While we love our Zoom sessions and all the new inspiration and creativity they’ve sparked, we missed that magic that happens in our classrooms. We’re eager for this fresh start and new phase for our in-person art students and teachers.”

The Art League continues to follow CDC and Alexandria and Virginia Health Department guidelines, including a mandatory mask policy, six-foot social distancing protocols, and other safety measures such as regular cleaning and air filtration units in all League facilities. “Right now, at what we hope is the beginning of the end of the pandemic’s current wave, our community’s safety remains the top priority,” Bethel says.

Instructor Lisa Semerad is eager to get back into the classroom and is pleased with the safety measures. “The Art League is doing screening, temperature checks at the door, and mandatory masks, and it is easy for everyone to be six to ten feet apart,” says the artist who will be teaching Drawing and Painting Projects, a course where viewing her student’s artwork in-person and up close is ideal. “I wouldn’t be there if I didn’t feel safe.” Moreover, she says, “I am hearing from my students that they are looking forward to getting out of the house, seeing classmates, and returning to the artwork that gives them joy.”

Students still have the option of enrolling in the League’s virtual classes via Zoom. Registration for spring term in-person and virtual classes is currently open. Browse the catalog here.