Danville Art League

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Upcoming Events

From time to time, scholarships are available for students in need of financial aid for Danville Art League classes.  To apply download our scholarship form.

Pottery Wheel Classes

Pottery Wheel classes are scheduled by contacting the instructor.  Reservation is required. Groups of three may be accepted.  Participants must be 16yrs or older (younger ages may be considered upon request). Class must be paid two weeks in advance. Cancellation refund will be in credit for future pottery class. For one-day workshops, no refunds or rescheduling if cancelled within 3 days of workshop.For more information on a class, please contact Sue Moudy at 442-9264.

Beginning Wheel-Throwing

Wheel 101 is a great introduction to creating bowls on the pottery wheel. You'll experience the basics of how to 'throw' & make a bowl on the wheel. This hands-on class lasts two hours, taught by DAL expert instructor. You will select the glaze color at the end of the session and the bowls will be glazed & fired for you. The piece will be ready for pick up within approximately two weeks.
Class Fee is $75 per person and includes personal instruction, clay, trimming, glaze and firing fees. For students making a second bowl, there is a small additional fee of $12.00.

Pottery Wheel Throwing Class
(Private 1 1/2 hr classes)

  This class takes the student through the steps of wedging, centering, opening, and pulling up a wall of a beginning cylinder.  This is a step-by-step process to learning how to throw on the pottery wheel. You will receive personalized instruction. The class includes two hours (weekly) studio time for students to practice on their own. In this class you will also learn DAL studio requirements, equipment, and elements of trimming a pot, how it is fired and glazing techniques.
These lessons can take place during daytime or evening hours. With 1-on-1 lessons, your learning is accelerated and the quality of the work is quite high.
Following this class the student, with a DAL membership, is qualified to work anytime in the DAL Pottery Studio.

     Cost: Four Lessons $180
              Six Lessons $255

Pottery Wheel Throwing Class
(2-hour Group Classes)

   This is a six week class that will introduce students to the wheel techniques of wedging clay, centering, building a cylinder wall, bowls, introduction to trimming, techniques of glazing, and DAL policies and regulations.
Following this class the student, with a DAL membership, is qualified to work anytime in the DAL Pottery Studio.
A minimum of three students are required for this class. In the event registration is short of the minimum, students will have the option of taking a future class or accept a slightly higher fee based upon registered students.
The class fee includes personalized instruction, clay, glaze, tool kit, glazing brush, and all firings.

      Cost: $150

Pre-register a week ahead and receive $5 off your class!

This allows us to have enough space and supplies on hand.  Please call (217) 442-9264 to register, and leave your name, address, phone number, and e-mail.  Registration and payment must be made a week before the class to qualify for the discount.  You may pay in person during open hours or mail your payment to Danville Art League, P.O. Box 772, Danville, IL 61834.  Online payment is not available for classes at this time.  (Color Splash and Memberships only)

--Art Jam for Teens (and the Young at Heart) - Wednesdays 6-8pm

     Bring your own project or work on the project of the day!    

     No cost for members except open studio fee ($5/mo or $50/year)

--Pottery Club - 2nd & 4th Saturdays of the Month - 10-2pm

     You don’t have to be a member of the Art League to join. You must be at least 16 years old (no exceptions).  Cost for Art League members is $5.00 per class or $7.00 per class for non-members. Supplies will be available for purchase. Sue Moudy will be the instructor.


SUMMER CAMP!                                    --CLICK FOR REGISTRATION FORM--

Save the date! It’s not too early to start thinking of summer camps for children. This year’s theme is “Exploring Cultures Around the World”.

Europe week will be June 19-22. 

Africa week will be June 26-29.

Asia week will be July 10-13. 

Each class is held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. These camps are for children who have finished grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6.

Kinder Camp will be July 17-20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. This class is for children ages 4 years to have finished kindergarten.

Teens are also welcome during every session of camp. These camps are for children 13 years old or older.

June 10, 24, July 8 - Acrylics: Advanced Class: Creative Techniques - 10am-12pm
     Instructor: Kem Wiggins

     Cost: $55
You must have a working knowledge of how to use acrylic paints before taking this class. You will learn spattering, pouring, texturing, and many other different techniques that can be done with acrylic paint. You will also learn different surface preparation techniques for the best adhesion of the paint. This class is all about exploring new possibilities in the world of Acrylic painting.


- Acrylic Paint - Get the best quality paint you can afford. Aim for artist quality, not student quality.A limited palette of basic colors is great for starters. To start with a very limited palette, you can get four colors: alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow, and titanium white. You can obtain black mixing the three primary colors together.(Or you can purchase payne's grey- a warmer black or ivory / mars black- a cooler black.)This class is where you can add any other colors you want to use. (Its fun to add magenta and cyan at this point.)

- Brushes – Whatever preference you have. (large, small and detail brushes)

- Painting surface –One 18”x24” canvas or canvas board (make sure it’s primed with acrylic gesso.)

- Water - Two big buckets (like the size of a Country Crock margarine tub)

- Paper towels – 1 Roll of absorbent paper towels (Bounty or equivalent)

Suggestions for applications:

- toothbrush, or stencil brush

- 1 small jar each - pour-able acrylic gloss medium, clear tar gel, acrylic modeling paste

- small seal-able containers (to hold paint mixes if you want to share with classmates)

- palette knife(s)

- Miscellaneous – comb, gauze, string, rag, bubble wrap, metal objects, Credit cards, old combs, sand paper, pieces of boards, spoons, bottle caps, kitchen knives, etc. They all can be used to apply paint and create textures. So before you throw anything away, think how you could use it in this class.

- Natural and Synthetic sponges

- Masking tape

- Stencils


     Instructor: Robi Rew

     This is a demonstration using assorted molds and forms to create varied sizes of dishes and bowls. Learn how these pieces may be augmented with design utilizing a wide variety of texture items such as tools, stamps, fabric or mats.

     By using these techniques you can create sets or individual designed dishes. The texture techniques may be accented with underglazes or stains to create a piece unique to your own style.

     There will be a 45 minute demonstration showing how various forms may be used, including the application of texture. This will be followed by another 30 minute demonstration of how to stain a bisque fired pottery piece. Anyone is welcome to use their own clay to create their own pieces afterwards by rolling slabs and practice with assistance available.