“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.”

Three 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.

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Yellow Barn Studio
Glen Echo, Maryland

Summerduck Studio
Tilghman, Maryland

Goldfinch Studio
Middletown, Maryland

Classes and Exhibitions

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

Bob Biedrzycki

Crossing the Line

Saturday and Sunday, September 25-26, 2021
Gallery Hours: 12PM – 6PM
Reception Saturday 4PM – 6PM

Alexandra Treadaway-Hoare and Crystal Parmele

Saturday and Sunday, October 2-3, 2021
Gallery Hours: 10AM – 6PM
Reception Saturday 4PM – 6PM

Show Calendar

Oct 9-10 Ann Schlesinger
Oct 16-17 Regina Williams
Oct 23-24 Margie Ingram & Helene Patterson
Oct 30-31 Pam Betts, Holly Buehler, and the Plein Air Painters
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

FALL CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
MONDAY
Imaginative Portrait Painting $295.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
9/20/2021-11/15/2021
Virtual Landscape Painting Mondays $325.00
Walt Bartman
M, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/20/2021-11/22/2021
Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor $195.00
Vian Borchert
M, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
9/20/2021-11/1/2021
Pastel Painting $272.00
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/20/2021-11/15/2021
Exploring Watercolor $310.00
Michael Shibley
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/20/2021-11/22/2021
Painting from Photos $295.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 1:30 AM-4:00 PM
9/20/2021-11/15/2021
Figure Painting from a Live Model $300.00
Leo Ramos
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
9/20/2021-11/22/2021
Drawing & Mixed Media- Birds and Other Animals $130.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
M, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
10/25/2021-11/15/2021
Finding Your Style in Watercolor $310.00
Michael Shibley
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
9/20/2021-11/22/2021
Still-Life Painting in Oil or Acrylic $295.00
Marcia Klioze
M, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
9/27/2021-11/15/2021
TUESDAY
Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic $330.00
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
9/14/2021-11/9/2021
Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
9/21/2021-11/16/2021
Virtual Landscape Painting Tuesdays $325.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/21/2021-11/23/2021
Mixed Media for All Levels $195.00
Vian Borchert
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
9/21/2021-10/26/2021
Everyday Drawing $270.00
Margaret Lashley
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/21/2021-11/16/2021
Painting with Gouache & Acrylics $300.00
Joan Tycko
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/21/2021-11/23/2021
Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/21/2021-11/16/2021
Introduction to Acrylics $300.00
Joan Tycko
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/21/2021-11/23/2021
Drawing Perspective $270.00
Margaret Lashley
Tu, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
9/21/2021-11/16/2021
Portrait Painting $305.00
Eric Westbrook
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
9/21/2021-11/16/2021
Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture $295.00
Ann Schlesinger
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
10/12/2021-12/7/2021
Romanticism: An Introduction $80.00
Erich Keel
Tu, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
11/2/2021-11/30/2021
Fall Sunset Painting Virtual and On Location $325.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
9/21/2021-11/23/2021
Oil Painting the Figure and Portrait in the Interior $295.00
Marcia Klioze
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
9/28/2021-11/16/2021
Color, Composition and Design $280.00
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
9/28/2021-11/16/2021
WEDNESDAY
Landscape on Location $325.00
Walt Bartman
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/22/2021-12/1/2021
Beginning Painting $270.00
Margaret Lashley
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/22/2021-11/17/2021
Creative Watercolor $295.00
Ally Morgan
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/22/2021-11/17/2021
Play With Abstraction $320.00
Elisabeth Vismans
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/29/2021-11/17/2021
Flowing Watercolor $240.00
Bonny Lundy
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/22/2021-11/10/2021
Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/22/2021-11/17/2021
Paint Like Richard Diebenkorn $160.00
Elisabeth Vismans
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
10/13/2021-11/3/2021
Dynamics of Drawing $295.00
Ann Schlesinger
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
10/13/2021-12/8/2021
Basic Landscape Painting from Photos & Other Sources $325.00
Eric Westbrook
W, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
9/22/2021-11/17/2021
Painting Landscapes, Figures and Still Lifes $325.00
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
9/22/2021-12/1/2021
Dynamic Pastels $295.00
Ann Schlesinger
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
10/13/2021-12/8/2021
The Fine Art of Colored Pencils $285.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
9/22/2021-10/27/2021
Colored Pencil Animal Drawing $95.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:30 PM-7:30 PM
11/10/2021-11/17/2021
Design and Paint the Still Life $300.00
Craig Amaral
W, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
9/22/2021-12/1/2021
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $345.00
Gavin Glakas
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
9/29/2021-12/15/2021
THURSDAY
Basic Principles of Drawing $295.00
Jordan Bruns
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
9/23/2021-11/18/2021
Pastel Painting $305.00
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
9/23/2021-11/18/2021
Figure Painting $310.00
Kevin Berlin
Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
9/16/2021-11/4/2021
Paint Like Willem De Kooning $160.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
10/21/2021-11/11/2021
THURSDAY
Mixed Media Approach to Portraiture $325.00
Ally Morgan
Th, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
9/16/2021-11/18/2021
Gouache Watercolor, Watercolor, and Drawing $300.00
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/23/2021-11/18/2021
Fundamentals of Painting $295.00
Jordan Bruns
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/23/2021-11/18/2021
Russian Artists in Paris $120.00
Irina Stotland
Th, 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
10/7/2021-10/21/2021
Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and the Belle Époque $120.00
Irina Stotland
Th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
9/16/2021-9/30/2021
Multi Media Expressive Drawing $300.00
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
9/16/2021-11/18/2021
Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture $295.00
Ann Schlesinger
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
10/14/2021-12/9/2021
Basic Drawing and Painting $300.00
James Vissari
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
9/16/2021-11/18/2021
Acrylic Painting $295.00
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
9/30/2021-11/18/2021
FRIDAY
Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced $295.00
Jordan Bruns
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
9/24/2021-11/19/2021
Beginning and Intermediate Drawing $195.00
Vian Borchert
F, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
9/24/2021-10/29/2021
Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $250.00
Walt Bartman
F, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
10/15/2021-10/17/2021
Composition for Painters $256.00
Craig Amaral
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/24/2021-12/3/2021
Abstract Representation $295.00
Jordan Bruns
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/24/2021-11/19/2021
Approaching Abstract: Watercolor, Gouache & Collage $295.00
Ann Schlesinger
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
10/15/2021-12/10/2021
Learn the Skills of Drawing $300.00
James Vissari
F, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
9/24/2021-12/3/2021
High School Portfolio $195.00
Lis Zadravec
F, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
10/15/2021-11/19/2021
SATURDAY
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $345.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10:00 PM-12:30 PM
9/25/2021-12/11/2021
Figure and Portrait Drawing $325.00
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/25/2021-11/20/2021
Italian Renaissance: The Splendor of Venice $120.00
Irina Stotland
Sa, 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
9/18/2021-10/2/2021
Basic Drawing $300.00
James Vissari
Sa, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
9/18/2021-11/20/2021
Acrylic Painting $295.00
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
9/18/2021-11/6/2021
SUNDAY
Drawing 1 $240.00
James Vissari
Su, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
9/19/2021-11/7/2021
Emerging Young Artists $250.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
10/3/2021-11/21/2021
WORKSHOPS
Statue Painting in the City Workshop $120.00
Leo Ramos
Sa, 9:00 AM-2:00 PM
9/25/2021-9/26/2021
Basics of Portrait Painting Workshop $95.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
9/18/2021-9/18/2021
Cow Painting Workshop in Middletown Valley $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
9/25/2021-9/26/2021
Create Powerful Portraits Workshop $95.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
9/25/2021-9/25/2021
Pet Portrait Workshop $120.00
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
9/25/2021-9/25/2021
Market and Brand Your Art Workshop $125.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
10/2/2021-10/2/2021
Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $250.00
Walt Bartman
F, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
10/15/2021-10/17/2021
Tomato Workshop $95.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
10/9/2021-10/9/2021
Flower Painting Workshop $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
10/23/2021-10/24/2021
Pet Portrait Workshop $120.00
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
10/23/2021-10/23/2021
Abstracting the Landscape: Collage to Painting Workshop $195.00
Ann Schlesinger
Sa, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
10/23/2021-10/24/2021
Abstracting the Still Life/Interior Workshop $195.00
Ann Schlesinger
Sa, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
11/6/2021-11/7/2021
Pet Portrait Workshop $120.00
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
11/13/2021-11/13/2021
Figure Painting Weekend at Walt Bartman’s Tilghman Island Studio $300.00
Walt Bartman
Sa, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
11/20/2021-11/21/2021
Small Paintings with Gouache, Watercolor and Acrylics $150.00
Joan Tycko
Sa, 10:00 AM-1:00 PM
11/20/2021-11/21/2021
Mastering the Art of Color Mixing Workshop $185.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Sa, 10:30 AM-3:30 PM
10/16/2021-10/17/2021
Contemplative Flower Painting Workshop $178.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Sa, 12:30 PM-4:30 PM
11/20/2021-11/21/2021
Emerging Young Artists $250.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 2:00 PM-4:30 PM
10/3/2021-11/21/2021
Encaustic & Mixed Media Painting $150.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Su, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
11/14/2021-11/14/2021

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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