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

Upcoming Shows

Kimberly Yourick

Saturday, August 7 – Sunday, August 8, 2021
Gallery hours 10AM-8PM
The reception will be on Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 5-8PM

Cheryl Bearss

Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22 , 2021
Gallery Hours 12 – 5pm
Stay posted for more details about these upcoming shows
August 21-22 Cheryl Bearss
August 28-29 Penny Mause
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 Louise Parmele
Oct 9-10 Ann Schlesinger
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
Dec 4-19 Annual Members Show

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor $96.00
Vian Borchert
Monday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Advanced Painting Art Club $105.00
Vian Borchert
Tuesday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Oil Painting- The Figure in the Landscape $210.00
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
Colored Pencil Painting $195.00
Lis Zadravec
Wednesday, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
Painting Flowers for Beginners $145.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Wednesday, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
Advanced Exploration in Drawing Art Club $105.00
Vian Borchert
Thursday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Beginning and Intermediate Drawing $96.00
Vian Borchert
Friday, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $250.00
Walter Bartman
Friday-Sunday, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Learning to Work with Color Workshop $220.00
Walter Bartman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Cow Workshop $220.00
Walter Bartman
Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

Personal critiques of your artwork by Walt 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

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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