Our Core Values
The Art Students League of Denver provides an inclusive art community where professional artists guide individuals of all abilities to reach their highest potential.
We believe that art is for everyone. Whether you just want to add some creativity to your everyday life or want to make a living as an artist, the Art Students League of Denver has something for you.
At the Art Students League of Denver, every student has the opportunity to study with regionally and nationally recognized working artists in a wide selection of media. There is no set curriculum, so you are free to explore what interests you! Our ongoing classes, workshops and summer camps provide hands-on experiences for all ages and ability levels. In all studio classes, instructors have the latitude to facilitate individualized learning in a style that fits their personal philosophy and integrates demonstrations, study of master artists and critique.
Outreach into diverse communities is central to the Art Students League’s mission and realized through partnerships with performing arts groups, public schools, museums and other art centers.
Modeled on the famous Art Students League of New York, The Art Students League of Denver first opened its doors in 1987 with a handful of recognized artists teaching over one hundred students within its first year. Today, located in the historic Sherman School in the West Washington Park area at 200 Grant Street, the League engages over 900 students a month with over 200 noted artists who teach diverse fine arts classes throughout the year. A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, the League is supported by private donations, tuition, foundation grants, and the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District.
Built in 1893, the Sherman School is a prominent landmark that represents the grandeur and pride that was once part of the public school image. Rising above the surrounding residential neighborhood, the main Richardson Romanesque structure features a sandstone base and arched portico entries that welcome students today as they have for 110 years. The building was designed by architect Henry Dozier, and is one of only a few of his structures that are still in existence.
The Annex building on the North side of the main building was built in 1920 and is typical of the “bungalow school.” It was designed with a decidedly homey character to accommodate kindergarten children, featuring fireplaces in its two rooms that today are spacious multipurpose studios.
Once covered in blacktop and surrounded by a rusted chain link fence, the surrounding gardens were landscaped in 2001 and have since been lovingly designed, planted through the hard work of our esteemed volunteers. The gardens include many native Rocky Mountain Region perennials. Funding was generated through private donations and foundation contributions.