“I don’t want you to come with an idea, I want you to find
an idea.”

Walt Bartman

Come home to your inner artist in a supportive environment as you learn to hone and trust your natural creativity. For over 40 years, our nationally-recognized programs have been a haven for those seeking a place to express themselves. Our studios foster a community of artists that will help you find consistency and joy while sharpening your artistic intuition and skills. Founded by acclaimed artist Walter Bartman, our four studios offer programs in watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, and printmaking. Walt and his faculty create a nurturing space for new and experienced students alike to learn and thrive. Our student Susan’s words sum it up perfectly, “I never imagined I would learn and develop as much as I have. I am fortunate to have such a passionate teacher who brings out the best in every student.”

Four Studios, One Purpose

We are guided by the principle that all students possess innate talent, and that with the proper instruction and nurturing, that talent can express itself in many wonderful ways.

Coronavirus Update

We’ve gone virtual in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. The panel below shows how we’re doing it. Visit the four studio pages to learn about our instructors and to sign up for our classes. Contact us if you have questions.

Learn how we’re teaching online using Zoom

How to use Zoom

Here’s an example of how we teach art using Zoom

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Middletown, Maryland

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Leesburg, Virginia

Special events and fundraisers

THE YELLOW BARN GALLERY IS NOW OPEN!

Join us at the Yellow Barn Gallery to see the exciting work of our local artists.

Upcoming Shows

Landscapes, Portraits, and Other Works by Barry Galef

Saturday, June 19 – Sunday, June 20, 2021
Gallery hours 12PM-8PM
The reception will be on Saturday, June 19, 2021 from 5-8PM
Stay posted for more details about these upcoming shows
July 24-25 Abbigail Harris
August 7-8 Kimberly Yourick
August 21-22 Cheryl Bearss
Sept 4-5 Emil Markulis
Sept 11-12 Leni Paquet-Morante
Sept 18-19 Harlene Bernstein
Sept 25-26 Robert Biedrzycki
Oct 2-3 Alexandra Treadway-Hoare & Crystal Lousise Parmele
Oct 16-17 Regina Williams
Oct 23-24 Margie Ingram & Helene Patterson
Nov 6-7 Walt Bartman
Nov 13-14 Marie-Victoria Checa
Nov 20-21 Group of Five with Makarand Dehejia
Nov 27-28 Jenny Wilson

Personal critiques of your artwork by Walt Bartman

Walter Bartman

Walt Bartman is founder and director of the Yellow Barn Studio. His career spans fifty years and he has taught thousands of students. Many are important artists, curators, designers, animators, photographers, and educators. Walt has been recognized personally by three U.S. Presidents for his outstanding teaching. His work is represented by the Bridge Gallery in Shepherdstown, W.Va.

Now for the first time, Walt will be available for personal critiques. Each critique will be limited to one hour with a maximum of ten paintings.  The fee will be one hundred dollars. Each critique will be recorded and available as a personal copy to the student.  Walt will show annotated notes on each work discussed.  Registrations are now being scheduled. Click here to sign up for a Critique

Walt Bartman recently lectured and demonstrated to the Montgomery County Art Association on setting up and painting a symbolic still life. If you are interested in taking classes virtually, the video of the lecture will help you understand this new media. To watch the video, click here

SUMMER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
MONDAY
Everyday Drawing $225.00
Margaret Lashley
Monday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
6/21/2021-8/2/2021
Virtual Landscape on Location $252.00
Walter Bartman
Monday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
7/5/2021-8/23/2021
Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor $96.00
Vian Borchert
Monday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
8/9/2021-8/23/2021
Still Life Painting $300.00
Craig Amaral
Monday, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
6/21/2021-8/30/2021
Drawing Perspective $225.00
Margaret Lashley
Monday, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
6/21/2021-8/2/2021
Painting from Photos $185.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
7/5/2021-7/26/2021
Figure Painting $300
Deborah Jaffe
Monday, 4:00pm-6:30pm
07/05/2021-09/06/2021
Art Drawing and Painting Methods $200.00
Craig Amaral
Monday, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
6/21/2021-8/30/2021
TUESDAY
Learn to Paint Like Willem De Kooning $160.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Tuesday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
6/15/2021-6/24/2021
Virtual Landscape on Location $252.00
Walter Bartman
Tuesday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
6/29/2021-8/17/2021
Advanced Painting Art Club $105.00
Vian Borchert
Tuesday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
8/10/2021-8/24/2021
Painting with Gouche & Acrylicas $300
Deborah Jaffe
Tuesday, 10:30am-1:00pm
07/06/2021-09/07/2021
Finish Your Painting $298.00
Erik Westbrook
Tuesday, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
7/6/2021-8/24/2021
Introduction to Drawing $325
Deborah Jaffe
Tuesday, 1:30pm-4:00pm
07/06/2021-09/07/2021
Summer Sunset Painting Virtual and On Location $252.00
Walter Bartman
Tuesday, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
6/29/2021-8/17/2021
Oil Painting- The Figure in the Landscape $210.00
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
7/6/2021-8/3/2021
WEDNESDAY
Exploring Watercolor $295.00
Michael Shibley
Wednesday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
6/30/2021-8/18/2021
Learn to Draw Animals with Colored Pencils $325.00
Ally Morgan
Wednesday, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
6/16/2021-8/18/2021
Flowing Watercolor $250.00
Bonny Lundy
Wednesday, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
6/30/2021-8/4/2021
Draw with your Eyes + Mixed Media $130.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Wednesday, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
7/7/2021-7/28/2021
Painting Landscapes, Figures and Still Lifes $252.00
Walter Bartman
Wednesday, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
6/30/2021-8/18/2021
Colored Pencil Painting $195.00
Lis Zadravec
Wednesday, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
8/4/2021-8/20/2021
Flowing Watercolor $250.00
Bonny Lundy
Wednesday, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
6/30/2021-8/4/2021
Marketing Your Art: Drawing and Painting $300.00
Craig Amaral
Wednesday, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
6/23/2021-8/25/2021
Painting Flowers for Beginners $145.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Wednesday, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
8/4/2021-8/25/2021
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $225.00
Gavin Glakas
Wednesday, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
7/7/2021-8/4/2021
THURSDAY
Advanced Exploration in Drawing Art Club $105.00
Vian Borchert
Thursday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
8/12/2021-8/26/2021
Mixed Media Approach to Drawing People and Animals $325.00
Ally Morgan
Thursday, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
6/17/2021-8/19/2021
Gouache Watercolor, Watercolor, and Drawing $252.00
Walter Bartman
Thursday, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
7/1/2021-8/19/2021
Multi Media Expressive Drawing $325
Deborah Jaffe
Thursday, 4:00pm-6:30pm
07/01/2021-09/02/2021
Art Drawing and Painting Materials $200.00
Craig Amaral
Thursday, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM
6/24/2021-8/26/2021
Acrylic Painting $325
Deborah Jaffe
Thursday, 7:00pm-9:30pm
07/01/2021-09/02/2021
FRIDAY
Beginning and Intermediate Drawing $96.00
Vian Borchert
Friday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
8/13/2021-8/27/2021
Realistic Abstraction in Drawing & Painting $130.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Friday, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
6/18/2021-7/9/2021
High School Portfolio $189.00
Walter Bartman
Friday, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
6/25/2021-8/6/2021
Beginning & Intermediate Drawing $325
Deborah Jaffe
Friday, 4:00pm-6:30pm
07/09/2021-09/10/2021
Life Drawing Virtual Open Studio $300.00
Craig Amaral
Friday, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
6/25/2021-8/27/2021
SATURDAY
Beginning Painting $255.00
Margaret Lashley
Saturday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
6/12/2021-7/31/2021
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $225.00
Gavin Glakas
Saturday, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
7/10/2021-8/7/2021
Taking Care of Business! How to Market your Art and Get in a Gallery $200.00
Kevin Berlin
Saturday, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
7/3/2021-7/24/2021
Colored Pencil on Black $125.00
Lis Zadravec
Saturday, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
6/12/2021-6/26/2021
Acrylic Painting $325
Deborah Jaffe
Saturday, 4:00pm-6:30pm
07/10/2021-09/11/2021
WEEK-LONG MINI-CLASSES
Drawing and Painting Mini-Class for Teens (Ages 13-18) $150.00
Denise Dittmar
Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
6/28/2021-7/2/2021
Portrait Painting from Photos Week $148.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday-Friday, 1:30 AM-4:00 PM
7/12/2021-7/15/2021
Inspiration Through New Media Combinations Week $215.00
Susan Hostetler
Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
7/12/2021-7/16/2021
Mastering the Art of Color Mixing Week $225.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
7/12/2021-7/16/2021
Drawing Explorations $205.00
Susan Hostetler
Monday-Friday, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
7/19/2021-7/23/2021
Drawing and Painting Mini-Class for Teens (Ages 13-18) $150.00
Denise Dittmar
Monday-Friday, 11:00 AM-1:30 PM
7/26/2021-7/30/2021
Drawing and Painting Mini-Class $150.00
Denise Dittmar
Monday-Friday, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
7/26/2021-7/30/2021
FRIDAY-SUNDAY TILGHMAN WORKSHOPS
Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $250.00
Walter Bartman
Friday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
7/16/2021-7/18/2021
Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $250.00
Walter Bartman
Friday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
8/20/2021-8/22/2021
WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
Flower Painting Workshop $185.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
6/12/2021-6/13/2021
Encaustic Painting Workshop $90.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Saturday, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
6/19/2021-6/19/2021
Pet Portrait Workshop $120.00
Ally Morgan
Saturday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
6/26/2021-6/26/2021
Flower Painting Workshop $220.00
Walter Bartman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
6/26/2021-6/27/2021
Intuitive Painting Workshop $125.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Saturday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
7/10/2021-7/10/2021
Seascape Workshop $220.00
Walter Bartman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
7/10/2021-7/11/2021
Charcoal Drawing from Photos Workshop $178.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Saturday, Sunday, 12:30 PM-4:30 PM
7/10/2021-7/11/2021
Altered Photos--Mixed Media/Collage Workshop $70.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Sunday, 1:00 PM AM-4:00 PM
7/11/2021
Explore Your Inner Artist Workshop- The Element Series I $180.00
Monica Pittman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
7/17/2021-7/18/2021
Pet Portrait Workshop $120.00
Ally Morgan
Saturday, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
7/24/2021-7/24/2021
Contemplative Flower Painting Workshop $178.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Saturday, Sunday, 12:30 PM-4:30 PM
7/24/2021-7/25/2021
Learning to Work with Color Workshop $220.00
Walter Bartman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
8/7/2021-8/8/2021
Cow Workshop $220.00
Walter Bartman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
8/14/2021-8/15/2021

What our students are saying …

Several years ago I took a leap of faith by enrolling in an oil painting class with Walt Bartman at the Yellow Barn Studio. The minute I walked into the class my senses recalled art studios of long ago, and I immediately felt at home. I never imagined I would learn and develop as much as I have. I am fortunate to have such a passionate teacher who brings out the best in every student. The Yellow Barn Studio offers a myriad of classes and teachers, and there is something to fit everyone’s schedule and interests all year long. It is a local treasure where everyone can enjoy the arts and achieve their personal best.

Susan S.

Walt Bartman’s workshops on Tilghman Island are inspirational.  The beautiful setting of the Island is a perfect painting location due to its color, light, and beauty. After each workshop, I realized how much my observational and painting skills had grown. Through Walt’s instruction, guidance, and critiques, I was inspired to look closer at the world around me, and capture what I saw in different ways. In addition, the dinners and critiques he planned built community and it was great to socialize and paint with other artists. Be inspired, take a chance, take a workshop!

Jenny K.

I have been taking classes at the Yellow Barn Studio for five years. I love the atmosphere and camaraderie engendered by the excellent teachers.   So many amazing teachers!  It is hard to overstate how talented they are and how enthusiastic they are about teaching. It is wonderful to be encouraged to strive toward reaching a high level of expertise as an artist while still having some fun. 

Sarah D.

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