“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 OPEN ON WEEKENDS

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

Current Exhibitions

Jenny Wilson

Contemporary Abstract Landscape

Saturday and Sunday, November 27-28, 2021
Gallery Hours:

Saturday 12-8PM
Artist Talk and Reception 3PM

Sunday 12-5PM
Artist Talk and Reception 3PM

Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio presents

The 27th Annual Members Show

Open weekends Dec 4-19, 2021
Gallery Hours:
Saturday 12-5
Sunday 12-5

2022 Exhibitions 

April 9-10 Marthe McGrath
April 23-24 Group of 11 – Flower Portrait Show
April 30-May 1 Ann Schlesinger
May 7-8 Lily Kak
May 14-15 Walt Bartman’s 75th Birthday Show
May 28-29 Friends Memorial Day Drawing Show
June 4-5 Bill Johnson and Amanda Coelho
June 11-12 Friends Paint Out
August 20-21 Leo Ramos
Sep 3-4 Friends Labor Day Small Works Show
Sep 10-11 Leni Paquet Morante
Oct 15-16 Ann Schlesinger – Jacob Memorial Show
Nov 12-13 Katherine Nelson
Nov 19-20 James Vissari
Dec 3-18 Annual Friends Members Show

Do you want to paint with your class at the Yellow Barn Studio?

We have in-person classes and workshops

IN-PERSON CLASSES
Onsite Painting From Photos $295.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/24/2022-3/21/2022
Onsite Pastel Painting $305.00
Leo Ramos
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/24/2022-3/21/2022
Onsite Still Life Painting $250.00
Leo Ramos
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/17/2022-3/28/2022
Onsite Figure Painting from a Live Model $325.00
Leo Ramos
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/17/2022-3/28/2022
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
James Vissari
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/18/2022-3/15/2022
Onsite Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic $330.00
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/25/2022-3/22/2022
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
James Vissari
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2022-3/15/2022
Onsite Color, Composition and Design Mini-Session $150.00
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
2/15/2022-3/8/2022
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
Leo Ramos
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/16/2022
Onsite Painting Landscapes, Figures & Still Lifes $300.00
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/23/2022
Onsite Drawing 2 $285.00
James Vissari
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/26/2022-3/23/2022
Onsite Basic Principles of Drawing $315.00
Jordan Bruns
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/20/2022-3/24/2022
Onsite Alla Prima Oil Painting: Intermediate to Advanced $315.00
Jordan Bruns
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2022-3/24/2022
Onsite Color Theory and Mixing $300.00
James Vissari
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/27/2022-3/17/2022
Onsite Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced $315.00
Jordan Bruns
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/21/2022-3/25/2022
Onsite Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced $315.00
Jordan Bruns
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/21/2022-3/25/2022
Onsite Figure Drawing $290.00
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/22/2022-3/12/2022
Onsite Drawing 2 $285.00
James Vissari
Sa, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/22/2022-3/12/2022
Onsite Color Theory and Mixing $300.00
James Vissari
Su, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/23/2022-3/13/2022
Onsite Emerging Young Artists $290.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/23/2022-3/13/2022
Onsite Drawing and Painting $325.00
James Vissari
Su, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/27/2022-3/31/2022
IN-PERSON WORKSHOPS
Onsite Seasonal Still Life Workshop   $190.00
James Vissari
Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
12/12/2021-12/12/2021
Onsite Encaustic & Mixed Media Painting Workshop $150.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Su, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
1/30/2022-1/30/2022
Onsite Portrait Painting Workshop $350.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
1/8/2022-1/9/2022
Onsite Portrait Painting Workshop $350.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
2/26/2022-2/27/2022

FULL LIST OF WINTER CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

MONDAY

Onsite Painting From Photos $295.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/24/2022-3/21/2022
Virtual Landscape Painting Mondays $300.00
Walt Bartman
M, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/17/2022-3/21/2022
Virtual Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor $230.00
Vian Borchert
M, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
1/31/2022-3/21/2022
Virtual Exploring Watercolor $295.00
Michael Shibley
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/24/2022-3/14/2022
Onsite Pastel Painting $305.00
Leo Ramos
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/24/2022-3/21/2022
Virtual Creating Imaginative Paintings from Photos $295.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
1/24/2022-3/21/2022
Onsite Still Life Painting $250.00
Leo Ramos
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/17/2022-3/28/2022
Onsite Figure Painting from a Live Model $325.00
Leo Ramos
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/17/2022-3/28/2022
Virtual Finding Your Style in Watercolor $295.00
Michael Shibley
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/24/2022-3/14/2022

TUESDAY

Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
James Vissari
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/18/2022-3/15/2022
Onsite Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic $330.00
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/25/2022-3/22/2022
Virtual Intro to Gouache Mini-Session $100.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12/7/2021-12/21/2021
Virtual Everyday Drawing $240.00
Margaret Lashley
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/18/2022-3/8/2022
Virtual Landscape Painting Tuesdays $300.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/18/2022-3/22/2022
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
James Vissari
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2022-3/15/2022
Virtual Drawing Perspective $240.00
Margaret Lashley
Tu, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
1/18/2022-3/8/2022
Virtual Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture $310.00
Ann Schlesinger
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2022-3/22/2022
Virtual Portrait Painting $305.00
Eric Westbrook
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2022-3/15/2022
Virtual Painting Flowers $245.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/25/2022-3/15/2022
Virtual Portrait and Figure in the Interior or Landscape $325.00
Marcia Klioze
Tu, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
1/18/2022-3/8/2022
Virtual Winter Sunset Painting On Location $300.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
1/18/2022-3/22/2022
Onsite Color, Composition and Design Mini-Session $150.00
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
2/15/2022-3/8/2022

WEDNESDAY

Virtual Explore Pastel Painting $150.00
Ann Wallace
W, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/19/2022-2/16/2022
Virtual Beginning Painting $240.00
Margaret Lashley
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/9/2022
Virtual Dynamic Pastels $310.00
Ann Schlesinger
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/23/2022
Virtual Flowing Watercolor $310.00
Bonny Lundy
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/23/2022
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches $305.00
Leo Ramos
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/16/2022
Virtual Landscape Painting from Photos & Other Sources $325.00
Eric Westbrook
W, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/16/2022
Virtual Colored Pencil Cats Workshop $75.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
12/29/2021-12/29/2021
Virtual Approaching Abstract: Watercolor, Gouache & Collage $310.00
Ann Schlesinger
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/23/2022
Onsite Painting Landscapes, Figures & Still Lifes $300.00
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/23/2022
Virtual Colored Pencil Portraiture Elements Mini-Session $245.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
12/1/2021-12/8/2021
Virtual More Fine Art of Colored Pencils $195.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
1/12/2022-2/2/2022
Virtual Drawing & Painting: Face and Form $260.00
Denise Dittmar
W, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/16/2022
Virtual Intro to Watercolors and Gouache $270.00
Ally Morgan
W, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
1/19/2022-3/16/2022
Virtual Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $318.00
Gavin Glakas
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/19/2022-3/23/2022
Onsite Drawing 2 $285.00
James Vissari
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/26/2022-3/23/2022

THURSDAY

Onsite Basic Principles of Drawing $315.00
Jordan Bruns
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/20/2022-3/24/2022
Virtual Pastel Painting $170.00
Ann Wallace
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/20/2022-2/17/2022
Virtual Landscape Painting Mini-Session $100.00
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
12/2/2021-12/16/2021
Onsite Alla Prima Oil Painting: Intermediate to Advanced $315.00
Jordan Bruns
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2022-3/24/2022
Virtual Gouache Watercolor, Watercolor, and Drawing $300.00
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2022-3/24/2022

THURSDAY

Virtual Paint Like Picasso Mini-Session $125.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
12/16/2021-1/13/2022
Virtual Landscape: Color and Light $310.00
Ann Schlesinger
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/20/2022-3/24/2022
Onsite Color Theory and Mixing $300.00
James Vissari
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/27/2022-3/17/2022
Virtual Teen Colored Pencils $195.00
Lis Zadravec
Th, 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
2/3/2022-2/24/2022
Virtual Acrylic Painting Mini-Session $150.00
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
12/2/2021-12/23/2021
Virtual Acrylic Painting $295.00
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/6/2022-2/24/2022
Virtual Mixed Media Approach to Portraits $270.00
Ally Morgan
Th, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
1/20/2022-3/17/2022

FRIDAY

Onsite Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced $315.00
Jordan Bruns
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/21/2022-3/25/2022
Virtual Beginning and Intermediate Drawing $260.00
Vian Borchert
F, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
1/28/2022-3/18/2022
Onsite Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced $315.00
Jordan Bruns
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/21/2022-3/25/2022
Virtual Composition for Painting $256.00
Craig Amaral
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/21/2022-3/25/2022
Virtual Drawing & Mixed Media- Portraits & Animals Mini-Session $120.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
F, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
2/11/2022-2/25/2022
Virtual Art History: Americans in Paris Mini-Session $120.00
Irina Stotland
F, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
1/7/2022-1/21/2022

SATURDAY

Virtual Play With Abstraction $245.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/22/2022-3/19/2022
Virtual Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $318.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/22/2022-3/26/2022
Onsite Figure Drawing $290.00
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/22/2022-3/12/2022
Onsite Drawing 2 $285.00
James Vissari
Sa, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/22/2022-3/12/2022
Virtual Acrylic Painting Mini-Session $110.00
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
12/4/2021-12/18/2021
Virtual Acrylic Painting $295.00
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
1/8/2022-2/26/2022

SUNDAY

Onsite Color Theory and Mixing $300.00
James Vissari
Su, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/23/2022-3/13/2022
Onsite Emerging Young Artists $290.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/23/2022-3/13/2022
Onsite Drawing and Painting $325.00
James Vissari
Su, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/27/2022-3/31/2022

WORKSHOPS

Onsite Seasonal Still Life Workshop$190.00
James Vissari
Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
12/12/2021-12/12/2021
Virtual Basics of Portrait Painting Workshop $95.00
Kevin Berlin
Tu, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
12/21/2021-12/21/2021
Virtual Market and Brand Your Art Workshop $125.00
Kevin Berlin
W, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
12/22/2021-12/22/2021
Virtual Colored Pencil Cats Workshop $75.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 3:00 PM-6:00 PM
12/29/2021-12/29/2021
Virtual Market and Brand Your Art Workshop $125.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
1/22/2022-1/22/2022
Virtual Market and Brand Your Art Workshop $125.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/5/2022-2/5/2022
Virtual Market and Brand Your Art Workshop $125.00
Kevin Berlin
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/12/2022-2/12/2022
Virtual Pet Portrait Workshop $90.00
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/19/2022-2/19/2022
Virtual Pet Portrait Workshop $90.00
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
3/19/2022-3/19/2022
Onsite Encaustic & Mixed Media Painting Workshop $150.00
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Su, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
1/30/2022-1/30/2022
Virtual Sunflower Painting Workshop $160.00
Monica Pittman
Sa-Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
2/12/2022-2/13/2022
Virtual Flower Painting Workshop $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa-Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
12/11/2021-12/12/2021
Virtual Composing the Still Life Workshop $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa-Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
1/15/2022-1/16/2022
Onsite Portrait Painting Workshop $350.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
1/8/2022-1/9/2022
Virtual Learning to Work with Color Workshop $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa-Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
2/12/2022-2/13/2022
Virtual Figure in the Landscape Painting Workshop $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa-Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
2/26/2022-2/27/2022
Onsite Portrait Painting Workshop $350.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
2/26/2022-2/27/2022
Virtual Line, Form and Mass for Painters Workshop $120.00
Craig Amaral
Sa-Su, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
12/4/2021-12/5/2021
Virtual Seeing Abstractly and Painting Realistically Workshop $120.00
Craig Amaral
Sa-Su, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
12/11/2021-12/12/2021
Virtual Value, Edge and Contrast for Painters Workshop $120.00
Craig Amaral
Sa-Su, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
12/18/2021-12/19/2021
Virtual Structures in Composition for Painting Workshop $120.00
Craig Amaral
Sa-Su, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
1/8/2022-1/9/2022
Virtual Color Mixing for Painting Workshop $120.00
Craig Amaral
Sa-Su, 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
1/15/2022-1/16/2022

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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