“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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Special events and fundraisers

Our online virtual classes are popular. We have seventy-five classes and workshops for you to choose from. If you are looking to enroll in an art class you can register online here

Our spring term is virtual on Zoom, so it doesn’t matter where you live, you can now take a class at the Yellow Barn Studio. Yellow Barn Studio events have been postponed to a later date due to Covid-19 restrictions.

We are partnered with the Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio. friendsoftheyellowbarnstudio.org


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

Due to Covid restrictions, all visitors must wear masks, and please if you are sick, stay home. We will do our best to make it as safe as possible. All visitors acknowledge that they take full responsibility for their safety.  Staying at a safe distance of 6′ is recommended. No more than 15 visitors at a time can be admitted.

Our upcoming show:

Paul Zapatka’s “Multi-Still Lifes” 
Saturday, May 15 – Sunday, May 16, 2021.
The reception will be on Sunday, May 16, 2021 from 4 – 6 pm.

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

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



Yellow Barn Studio welcomes our new instructor! International dancer and choreographer Honorata Perzanowska.

 “Dancing for Painters” is specifically designed to help you become a better painter through creative dance, improvisation, some elements of yoga and meditation. Prepare your comfortable clothes, relax and improve your creativity, intuition and improvisation! Discover your personal “rhythm” and “color identity”. Paint with more freedom. Find your narrative voice and become a figure from a painting. Meditation- relax your mind while you’re painting. Yoga- easy ways to reduce back and muscle pain after your work. This mini course will change your life!

Info: honorataperzanowska@gmail.com | www.honorsa.com
all levels  |  14+ | $50

Wednesdays 3pm- 4:15pm

May 26 – June 16 (4 lessons)

Fridays 3pm- 4:15pm

May 28 – June 18 (4 lessons)

About the instructor:
Honorata Perzanowska

“My passion is to create inspiring shows and performances as well as artistic short films with people from different environments and backgrounds. I love discovering what is best in people and bringing out their greatest potential.”
-Honorata Perzanowska

Honorata Perzanowska is an international dancer and choreographer.

A dozen years of dance experience as a medalist of over 30 national ballroom dance competitions.
A successful audition brought me to Opus Ballet School in Florence, Italy where I could discover modern, contemporary and ballet from teachers from all over the world. I found out that my diet, my well-being and the right choice of exercises have a great influence on the quality of my dance as well as the mobility and efficiency of my body. That is why I recently completed training courses in the field of nutrition and sports,  personal trainer, bodybuilding instructor, as well as a yoga and stretching instructor.

honorataperzanowska@gmail.com  |  www.honorsa.com

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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