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)

--Pottery Club - Usually 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.


     Homeschool classes start Monday, Sept. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. Classes are for 4 year olds to teenagers. We are offering two choices for children in public school. Kem Wiggins will teach a class starting Saturday, September 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. for 5th graders to teens. Eileen Dunavan will teach a class starting Tuesday, Sept. 18 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for first graders to 6th grade. Cost is $55 for 8 weeks of classes. There are scholarships available and we are still offering a discount if payment is received at least one week in advance of the starting day. Register by phoning the Art League at 442-9264.

October 19 - Acrylics & Mixed Media Workshop - 6:30-8:30pm

     Taught by: Sandy Bacon from Golden Paints

     Cost: FREE!     

     Join us for a fun, fast paced overview of GOLDEN paints and how they are used in mixed media: to glue, add texture, transfer, mix with paper and paint on unusual materials. Many new examples, and free samples will be featured. 

October 20 - Mixed Media Workshop with Golden Acrylics - 10am-4pm

     Taught by: Sandy Bacon

     Cost: $55

     This is an amazing chance to try hands-on GOLDEN acrylics in a variety of mixed media techniques. In the morning, students will lay out texture with molding pastes, and gels and prepare surfaces and papers to make into sample mixed media pieces. In the afternoon, students will then bring it all together . Each participant will leave with a series of small artworks in which we have sampled transfers, drawing on unusual surfaces (including plexiglass), collaging papers and fabrics and more. All paint supplies and most surfaces will be supplied by GOLDEN. A class list of (inexpensive) supplies will be provided. Bring your imagination and enthusiasm. This is a unique opportunity to not only understand how to work with a variety of acrylics, but also to push the limits. Potluck lunch, drinks and meat provided. Bring something to share with the group. 

October 24 - Culver's Fundraiser - 5-8pm

    We are also having a fundraiser at Culver's on Wed., Oct 24 from 5 to 8 pm. People will need a flyer for us to get 20% of sales. The flyers are available at the Art League.

November 10 - Using New Surfaces Workshop - 10-3pm

     Taught by: Carol Garver

     Cost: Free; only pay for boards you use

     We usually think of watercolors on paper and oils and acrylics on canvas, but there are several new products that break those rules. What about watercolors that need no glass for presentation? Carol Garver will demonstrate how to use these new boards and each student will be able to experiment using the media of their choice. Claybord, aquabord, scratchbord, pastelbord and wood panels will all be available for you to use for a project of your choice. (We haven’t made a spelling error - bord is a brand name.) Bring your own supplies and ideas. (There will be Art League supplies available also.) Cost for the boards is $2.00 to $5.00 for 5x7” boards. You may want to try more than one. There is no cost for the workshop, just pay for the boards you use. Lunch with be another potluck with drinks and meat provided. If you have never come to one of our potluck workshops, you have really missed out. We have wonderful cooks. Please register at least one week in advance so there will be enough supplies provided for you.