The Art Students League of Denver (ASLD) is an inclusive and inspiring art community where members of all abilities are guided by professional artists to reach their highest potential.
The Art Students League of Denver was founded in 1987 by a group of dedicated artists and arts enthusiasts. Modeled after the Art Students League of New York, the Denver League opened as a non-accredited fine art school with a philosophy of teaching based on a "master/apprentice" Atelier method in a variety of media.
The organization underwent major changes in 1992, when ASLD purchased the two historic Sherman School buildings and a large lot in the West Washington Park neighborhood from the Denver Public School District. Purchasing this property gave ASLD room to grow into the valuable community space that it is today. Our facility at 200 Grant Street now houses a two-level public gallery; ceramic studios equipped for both hand-building and wheel-throwing; electric, gas-fired, and raku kilns; six multipurpose studios; a fiber arts studio; a printmaking studio; as well as communal space and administrative offices.
ASLD has evolved into a vital and unique arts education center in our region. We offer an expansive range of classes and workshops in a wide variety of genres and media, including conceptual, abstract, modernism, and classical approaches. Currently, ASLD engages with more than 900 adults and children each month, with over 150 paid professional artists and art educators. We provide opportunities to exhibit and sell art, as well as offer a supportive creative community to artists of all abilities.
"ASLD has been incredible to my life. I have always believed that creative outlets help foster imagination, hope and inspiration. The classes offered at ASLD are exactly that to me. My life can sometimes be a hectic mess being a caregiver, and the classes at ASLD provide a refuge to create and build my skills in so many mediums. I constantly learn something new about myself."
-ASLD Scholarship Recipient
"I love to see the community that grows in my classroom. Friendships form, art gets made, we all support each other."
-Victoria Eubanks, ASLD Faculty
"Our partnership with ASLD is invaluable. Our business appreciates being involved with their events and there's the added benefit of having students visit us to buy their supplies for classes."
-Lin Takeuchi, Marketing & Development Director, Meininger Art Supply
"There's something majestic about walking up the steps into the historic building on Grant Street. The high ceilings, big windows, and professional studios set a mood for serious, yet playful art expression that is contagious to teachers and students alike. There's a camaraderie amongst all participants who share the special quality of this place."
-Deb Rosenbaum, ASLD Faculty
"Teaching here is pure teaching. There are no politics, no pressure, no doctrines, just space and time to make amazing things with students. I love taking a group of students of any age and facilitating their vision and ideas into reality. Where else can you make table sized food sculptures with ten year olds?"
-Julia Brown, ASLD Faculty
"Teaming up with the Arts Student League of Denver to provide our members at the Gathering Place, (a refuge and Resource Center for women, transgender individuals, and their children), with instructional art classes has been an incredible experience for all of us. The teachers were informational, compassionate and knowledgeable, and they were able to connect with the participants in a meaningful way. I would have the Art Students League at the Gathering Place on a permanent basis if possible!
-Steve Hartbauer, Art Program Manager at The Gathering Place
"It was a fun way to connect with my creative side. It was stress free and a great way to feel more like a human and less like an inmate."
-Art in Prison Workshop Participant