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Program Proposal Form
Workshop Proposal Form

Interested in organizing a workshop, program or event for Del Ray Artisans? Submit the proposal form to the Programs Director.
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Get the Word Out
Get the Word Out!

Attention workshop instructors and event coordinators: Review the process for approving and disseminating DRA information. View Details

Communications Packet
Preparing Your Integrated Communications Packet

Attention workshop instructors and event coordinators: follow this checklist to ensure your program is properly publicized. Download List

MeetUp at Del Ray Artisans

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Del Ray Artisans is an active organization hosting a dozen shows per year and a multitude of workshops, life drawing sessions, general member meetings, markets, and more. Check out our calendar for a list of all programs and to register for specific workshops.

     Recurring Programs            Calendar Calendar
Life Drawing Life Drawing Open Sessions
Held on most Wednesdays and select Sundays
These sessions operate on a drop-in basis so there is no need to register in advance. Bring your supplies and join us at the gallery to draw or paint our live models. The fee for each 3-hour session is $10 for DRA members and $12 for non-members. 2-hour sessions are $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Download the 2016 Schedule, but check the online calendar for any schedule changes: Contact Katherine Rand at if you have questions.
Partners In Art Partners In Art
Held one Monday afternoon per month
Looking for support as you strive to reach your art-related goals? Partners in Art is a group of artists that meets regularly to share goals, report on progress, obtain feedback on current artwork and discuss topics of interest to the group. Become a regular or drop-in with artwork if you are looking for feedback. Donations ($1-3) greatly appreciated. View the calendar for dates and details:
SocialLights SocialLights
Held on select Tuesday evenings from 7-9pm
An open forum for artists to come together to discuss concepts, participate in activities, and encourage more inspiration and art-making. Whether creating a collaborative piece, sharing ideas on current art events, or brainstorming for the next show, this program allows an open space to encourage a positive and motivational environment for artists to network and share ideas. This event is FREE; donations appreciated.
Alexandria Art Market Spring Art Market
Held on a Saturday in the Spring
Outdoors next to the gallery in the adjoining Nicholas A. Colasanto Park, a variety of original artwork (painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, glasswork and more!) is for sale—rain or shine! For more information, contact: or visit
Art Camp Art Camp
A 5-day program of art instruction every July
Kids will enjoy a multitued of media, including but not limited to, drawing, painting, sculpture, book-making and music. All art supplies are provided. Time is allotted for games and individual pursuits. Healthy lunches and snacks are provided. For more information, contact:
Grown-Ups Art Camp Grown-Ups Art Camp (GUAC)
A series of workshops packed into 2 weeks in July
GUAC is an intensive schedule of workshops (day, night, weekday, weekend, 4th of July holiday) for anyone and everyone. Register for each workshop individually to suit your schedule. For more information, contact:
Collage Cut Ups Collage Cut Ups
Held on select Tuesday afternoons
Do you feel overwhelmed with the deluge of junk mail and magazines that come in the mail? Well here's your chance to beat the paper avalanche. Come play with the Collage Cut Ups in a supportive environment that promotes an exchange of ideas, creativity and networking with beginner and experienced collage artists.
Card Making Card Making Parties
Usually held on a Sunday every 2-3 months
At DRA's card making events you will find a mixture of artists and non-artist types eagerly gathered around tables creating greeting cards you would never find anywhere else. Each card becomes it's own work of art as participants "treasure hunt" through papers, images and all sorts of supplies (stamps, inks, colored pencils, paints, etc.) and ephemera for embellishing. These cardmaking parties turn out to be a "creative jam session" for all who attend. One has the option to donate the cards made to DRA or a small monetary contribution for time and supplies. No experience necessary.
ATCs Artist Trading Cards (ATCs)
Usually held on a Sunday every 2-3 months
Absolutely anything goes with Artist Trading Cards as long as the finished piece is only 2.5" x 3.5" in size. Any medium or application is suitable: fabric, paper, metal, photography, painting, drawing or whatever you can think of is acceptable. Once a card is created, it is traded or swapped with someone else for their ATC. ATC's are never sold. To learn more about ATCs and their history, check out the original Swiss site: At DRA's ATC swaps a theme is usually determined and participants bring a small amount of supplies and/or prepared cards and share technique and inspiration with other traders. Usually, pre-cut matte board or card stock is available. No experience necessary.
First Thursday First Thursday
The first Thursday of the month from May through September
First Thursday is a Del Ray community event sponsored by the Del Ray Business Association from 6-9pm along Mount Vernon Avenue. The gallery stays open until 9pm!
Board Meeting Board Meetings
Held on the 2nd Tuesday of every month
Considering running for an office? Reserve the evening of the 2nd Tuesday of each month to attend the Board meetings. Active members are welcome to visit any Board meeting. If you wish to address the Board or bring something up to the Board during one of the meetings, contact in advance of the meeting to be included on the agenda.
Quarterly Membership Meetings Quarterly Membership Meetings
Held in February, May, August, and October
DRA's membership meetings are held quarterly to conduct official business—and also happen to be fun! Each meeting has a different program planned: in February, an Art Swap; in May, a special presentation; in August, a pie-baking contest; and in October, elections.
Yard Sale Yard Sale
Usually on a Saturday in May or September
Donate your unneeded treasures to this yearly yard sale to benefit Del Ray Artisans.
Holiday Market Fine Art & Fine Craft Holiday Market
In December
The market offers unique handmade fine arts and fine crafts from local artists (including pottery/ceramics, photography, jewelry, cloth, paper crafts, and glass). Admission is free! All artists donate a percentage of their sales to help support Del Ray Artisans.