Founder of the Goldfinch Studio and Instructor Walt Bartman_goldfinch

Walter Bartman, Director, resident artist and instructor, has assembled a team of dedicated, accomplished, and qualified instructors to compliment the studio’s programs and classes. Our studios celebrate the diverse philosophy of their faculty. Each instuctor brings years of experience working successfully with students. Teaching a wide range of classes in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and drawing, our instructors are chosen for their artistic and educational expertise.

Walt believes it is the invisible that needs to be found, the clue is in the visible.

Click on an instructor’s name below to learn more and link to their class and registration page.

Walt Bartman2020-02-29T08:05:33-05:00

Walter BartmanThe founder and director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Walt Bartman teaches landscape, still life and figure painting classes and workshops, here and abroad. His career spans four decades. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from American University and he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Belgium and Holland. His philosophy of painting centers on personal interpretation and the unique approach to the ordinary. For him, a great painting includes all the arts. He works with all levels of students and challenges them to ‘see’ more. Walt’s own work is representational in subject, but with an abstract approach to seeing and expressing his thoughts on canvas. He is a colorist and he shares his knowledge with his students.

It is the invisible that needs to be found, the clue is in the visible.

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Christine Lashley2020-02-29T11:37:04-05:00

Christine LashleyChristine Lashley teaches studio and plein-air (outdoor) classes at the Yellow Barn in both oil and watercolor. Christine teaches a flexible approach to creating art with special techniques for achieving loose brushwork and clean colors. Her oil classes also focus on how to apply wet layers and non-toxic ways to use oil paints.

Christine’s impressionistic images are filled with merged color, lush brush strokes and a sense of sparkling light. She studied in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne and continued on to earn her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis. Christine continued her studies in advanced workshops with artists such as: Skip Lawrence, Charles Reid, and Scott Christensen.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and she has been selected to participate in dozens of prestigious outdoor painting competitions such as Plein Air Texas, Olmsted, Plein Air Easton, and Telluride. She has won numerous awards for her work including “Best of Show” for both landscape and portrait paintings. Her most recent award for “Best Landscape” was at Oil Painter’s of America 27th National juried show. Her work has been featured in numerous publications including: Plein Air Magazine (cover and feature article); Outdoor Painter, Oil Painters of America Blog, The Artist’s Magazine, the Washington Post, and North Light Books. An art teacher for 20 years, Christine is a member of several juried art groups, including: Oil Painters of America, Salmagundi Club NYC, Plein Air South (PAP-SE); and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

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Bonny Lundy2020-02-29T07:55:48-05:00

Bonny LundyBonny Lundy is a contemporary impressionist interested in color, shape, movement, atmosphere and light.

Bonny Lundy is one of the most highly regarded watercolorists in the Washington DC area. She owns Pleasant View Studio in Brookeville, Maryland where she creates expressive watercolor and oil landscapes, florals, figure and still life. Lundy’s connection with nature is conveyed through emotional color, flowing, impressionistic brushstrokes, movement of elegant shapes, and brilliant color energy. Her paintings are included in private and the public collections of Geico, US Council on Aging, Sandy Spring Museum, Nat Institute of Health, Glen Echo Nat Park. Lundy’s Art has been featured in The Washington Post, Artworks This Week, Frederick Magazine and the Olney Gazette.

Lundy has BFA in painting from Lake Erie College. She exhibits at The Artists Gallery and with Countryside Artisans Tour. Her award winning artwork is included in juried competitions and solo shows. Lundy has taught drawing and watercolor for thirty-five years at Glen Echo National Park in Bethesda, Maryland. Other teaching venues have included Smithsonian Associates, Frederick Community College, the Delaplaine Art Center, and Artists and Makers Studios. A juror, she offers popular art talks, demonstrations and critiques. Lundy coordinates and leads plein air painting workshops to Honduras, Italy, France, Sedona, Santa Fe, Costa Rica, Lewes, Delaware, the Shenandoah Mountains and many other beautiful locations.

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Vian Borchert2020-02-29T08:12:22-05:00

Vian BorchertVian Borchert is an award winning contemporary artist who has shown both internationally and nationally in many group and solo exhibitions. Vian is a graduate from The Corcoran College of Art and Design at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. Vian shows her paintings in museums and galleries in major cities throughout the world such as: NYC, Maryland, Rome, London, Miami, LA, Washington DC, Germany.

Borchert’s artwork has been featured in many press such as The Washington Post, The Town Courier, Culture Spot MC, The Huffington Post, Potomac Almanac, Miami Art Scene, Modern Luxury magazine DC, NPR’s Art Beat, Culture Capital, Maniera District magazine and others.

Borchert has been teaching art classes in painting and drawing for over a decade to students of all levels of experience.

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Maude Taber-Thomas2020-02-29T08:11:58-05:00

Maud Taber-Thomas is an oil painter specializing in portraits and scenes inspired by literature and history. She earned her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College and Oxford University, where she studied Victorian Literature as well as the fine arts. Maud has had paintings in such New York City galleries as Sloan Fine Art, Flowers Gallery, and Dacia Gallery, and has also shown at the Scope Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland. In 2011, Maud was awarded a residency by the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, where she completed a series of plein air paintings of the town where Monet had his studio. She works and teaches in the Washington, DC area.

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Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro2020-02-29T08:23:10-05:00

Gonzalo Ruiz NavarroGonzalo Ruiz Navarro received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Valencia, in his native Spain and followed courses at many prestigious schools, including the University of Toledo, the University of Alcala de Henares, the Foundation of Contemporary Art and Artists and the Taller del Prado Academy.

He has been working as a professional artist and art instructor for more than 20 years helping students of all ages and levels to build solid artistic foundations and discover their unique creativity.

Gonzalo’s works have been exhibited in numerous venues throughout Europe and the U.S. He has received several awards and has been featured in media such as the New York Times and Fine Art Views where he has been described as A master at evoking a mood and a sense of time and place.

I believe that intuition and feelings are paramount to art but that academic instruction is the key of your artistic education. I show clear concepts that apply to all and foremost I give you highly individualized advice that applies to you. I think that working from life should be the daily diet of a representational artist but I also teach you how to work from photos and memory to get the most of every source.

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Gita Mirshahi2020-02-29T08:26:18-05:00

Gita MirshahiGita Mirshahi earned her BFA in drawing & sculpture from Trinity college and her MFA from George Washington University. She works in a wide range of two and three dimensional media – from drawing to print making and painting, to creating sculpture, ceramics or jewelry. Gita has focused of late on spontaneous, free flowing, vibrant paintings, which, though based on the physical world are near calligraphic abstractions. Each painting reflects her own personal brand of ‘automatic’ rhythms & shapes. She has taught many disciplines and her hallmark is helping the student develop their own vision and techniques. My joy in making art is launching in to uncharted waters, looking for the unexpected approach to the world around us & with in . This means taking risks, investing yourself in the process of discovery, and watching your subject reveal it self. See yourself in different light as you learn to paint with no inhibitions, under Gita’s generous tutelage.

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John Murray2020-02-29T08:29:02-05:00

John MurrayJohn Murray is a contemporary artist who works primarily in oil. His subject matter includes figure, landscape, still-life and portraiture. Inspired by the classical masters as a boy, his traditional training and artistic development has lead to work of quality. His paintings carry an appealing sense of clarity and color. Murray was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. In 1991 he studied at the John Michael Angel Studio in Florence, Italy. Upon graduation, he became one of four banknote designers at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he drew presidential portraits and worked on currency designs for 16 years. In 2005, he decided to leave the Bureau to pursue his art career full time.

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Marcie Wolf-Hubbard2020-02-29T08:31:55-05:00

Marcie Wolf HubbardMarcie Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast. She has illustrated for magazines and books and worked as a courtroom artist. Marcie is an instructor at Glen Echo Park, the Yellow Barn Studio and The Smithsonian. She is also a teaching artist in the community, working with children and adults including individuals with special needs and seniors with dementia.

Marcie and her husband, David Hubbard, are collaborating on a series of books of David’s short stories and poems and her encaustic paintings, which have inspired David’s writing. Poems From Within is the first book in the series.

Artist’s statement

I have always loved to draw. Like most artists, I look and take in what’s around me. For the past six years, I have been working in encaustic (hot wax) painting. Painting in encaustic highlights the lines and tonal quality of my charcoal drawings of the figure and nature. Up close, I see the texture on the surface, further emphasized by oilstick on the drawn lines and brushstrokes. Adding collage elements gives more texture, dimension and depth to the paintings. My drawing is an appreciation of the life, personality, spirit and beauty of humanity and nature.

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Elisabeth Vismans2020-02-29T08:36:15-05:00

Elisabeth VismansElisabeth is an Award-Winning artist, born and raised in the Netherlands. After an international corporate career she chose to follow her life long passion for painting. She took as many workshops and classes as she could fit into her busy schedule, participated in many juried shows and soon began to get recognition for her colorful and vibrant oil paintings. She showed her work in Denver, Longmont, Louisville in CO, Rockville, Frederick, Baltimore in Maryland, Berryville, Waterford in VA and New Orleans, LA as well as in the Netherlands.

Elisabeth is passionate about helping student to find their own unique painting style by taking away fear for the unknown and failure. Painting should be a fun activity at any age.

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Carol A. Jason2020-02-29T08:38:54-05:00

Carol A. JasonWe learn from instructors, but at some point we need to step back and appraise what direction to pursue to find what interests us the most. This class offers a place to explore abstract painting using water-based media for intermediate and advanced artists. Carol A. Jason is the class coordinator but there is no instructor; we benefit from the free flow of ideas from fellow artists.

Carol A. Jason studied acrylic abstract painting at the Yellow Barn with the late Helen Corning. She received her BA and MFA degrees in sculpture from the American University. She studied ceramic hand-building and printmaking at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, and ceramics at Eastern Market Pottery. She holds a diploma in advertising design from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

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Tory Cowles2020-02-29T09:17:13-05:00

Tory CowlesExperience as a woodworker, carpenter, stonewall builder, and representational painter have influenced Tory Cowles’ abstract paintings. She’s interested in the conversations that happen between juxtaposed colors, textures and shapes; of spontaneity versus structure; and of boldness versus subtlety.

Represented at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA and Longview Gallery, 9th St. NW DC. Cowles also shows widely in the mid-Atlantic region.

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Karen Norman2020-02-29T09:19:35-05:00

Karen NormanKaren Norman’s work as an undergraduate led her to the University of Edinburgh where she received her last college credits and took part in the Edinburgh Arts Festival. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland in College Park in color lithography. Her love of color led her to watercolor. She began to explore its possibilities and subtleties and became totally absorbed in the medium. She has won several first place awards in shows at the Baltimore Watercolor Society and is also a member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists and several other area art associations in the DC area. Her pencil illustrations appear in the soon-to-be-published book, Cyberpsychology, second edition.

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Denise Dittmar2020-02-29T09:21:53-05:00

Denise DittmarDenise has been teaching art at classes and camps for four years at Glen Echo. Long involved with design and art education, she now focuses on children’s art at the Crystal Pool Studio and a teen drawing and painting class through the Yellow Barn. Adult, and Adult/children’s classes include collage, drawing and painting in deconstruct books, and block printmaking. In addition, Denise works part-time at Little Echoes and Playgroup in the Park.

Before moving to the DC area, Denise taught 11 years as a senior high school art teacher in Plano, Texas. Classes included beginning & intermediate art, art appreciation, AP Art History, and AP 3D Design. While there she also served as a reader for the ETS in Art History. While a teacher, Denise earned a MA in Humanities, Visual Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Prior to this time, Denise earned a MLA at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for 15 years as a Landscape Architect in Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and Plano, Texas.

In her own work, Denise has been painting for several years both representational and abstractly. She has been involved with shows through the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, with the League of Reston Artists, and at local venues in Loudoun County, VA.

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Michael Shibley2020-02-29T09:24:29-05:00

Michael ShibleyMichael Shibley is a fine artist whose watercolors and oils focus on light, shape and color in the natural and man-made landscape. His work can be found in both public and private collections in the Washington area and across the country. His use of color attracts attention at local art galleries and group shows. His colorful urban landscapes depicting people participating in urban life have proved increasingly popular and have resulted in numerous commissioned works. Michael offers personal tutoring in watercolor as well as larger classes. He is currently an art instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park. His class, ‘Finding Your Watercolor Style’ offers students painting techniques and approaches for application to the student’s preferred subject matter. Michael is also an active participant in the Washington, D.C., area art community including the Montgomery Art Association (MAA) serving two years as president and three years as the coordinator of their 125 artist ‘Paint the Town’ Show; the Takoma Watercolor Group; the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, and is a Friend of the Yellow Barn. He has also served as a juror at local art exhibitions.

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Susan Hostetler2020-02-29T09:27:51-05:00

Susan HostetlerEco-Artist influenced by nature and travel

After earning her fine arts degree in painting and printmaking, Hostetler added hand papermaking as a skill while working at Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Indiana. Hostetler started her overseas travel setting up a hand papermaking mill in Germany. Her work in Germany led to exhibitions at the Gutenberg and Klingspor Museums. Her move to Barcelona, Spain, changed her palette and imagery due to the light, fauna and flora of the Mediterranean regions. Whether working in gouache and mixed media on handmade paper or working three dimensionally with clay, Hostetler has always been inspired by nature. From her New York City studio Hostetler traveled to Africa, Europe and the South Pacific gathering further inspiration for her works.

Hostetler received her Masters degree in Art Education from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. As an art educator, Hostetler has worked in Washington DC museums and schools. She was honored with the Robert Rauschenberg Power of the Arts award for innovation in teaching art to students with learning challenges in 2012. Still active in the DC Art Education chapter of the National Art Education Association, Hostetler was a member of the first Executive Board, 2012-2014.

Hostetler’s work hangs in a number of private and corporate permanent collections, and includes large, multi-panel site-specific commissions for the Federal Reserve Bank. Susan Hostetler exhibits both nationally and internationally. Her works have been featured in the film, ‘You’ve Got Mail’, the TV series, ‘Beverly Hills 90210’ and in publications including the Boston Globe Magazine, MetroLife Magazine (Washington Post), Frankfurter Rundschau and the New York Hotelier. Hostetler’s studio is in …

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Ann Schlesinger2020-02-29T09:30:04-05:00

Ann SchlesingerAnn Schlesinger is a painter in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Virginia, her MFA in Painting from American University, and had a year of postgraduate study at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany.

Schlesinger has been the recipient of a Fulbright in Painting, the Annette Kade Fine Arts Fellowship, the David Lloyd Kreeger Award, and the Art Prize from the University of Virginia.

She has taught at several schools in the area including American University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program. After spending twelve years in Prague, Czech Republic, she returned to this area with her family. Currently Schlesinger teaches drawing and painting at Georgetown University and Northern Virginia Community College.

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Eric Westbrook2020-02-29T09:32:30-05:00

Eric WestbrookEric Westbrook is a painter, illustrator, and art instructor living and working in the Washington DC area. Current and former teaching venues include The Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, VisArts in Rockville, and the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase.

Eric’s landscape and portrait paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows, and are held in public and private collections. He is an experienced judge of art shows and competitions.

His illustration work has appeared in the publications of prominent corporate, government, and editorial clients nationwide.

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Web Bryant2020-02-29T11:41:33-05:00

Web BryantI turned to oil painting and fine art after a long career designing and illustrating some of the great newspapers in our country, including USA Today. The deadline-driven world of journalism required mediums that could be executed quickly. I started out with watercolors and then mastered digital painting with pixels. Now, I’m using oil glazing and other techniques of the Old Masters, and learning to be patient.

My paintings combine a journalistic eye for the narrative, and an intimate view of the passing moment. I paint real places and real people. Places you want to go, and people you would like to meet.

My studio is in suburban Washington, D.C.

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Monica Pittman2020-02-29T09:42:48-05:00

Monica PittmanMonica Pittman is a local painter and interior designer; she has studied and painted all her life and brings her life long enthusiasm for art and design to the classroom.

Monica has found the Yellow Barn to be a haven for artistic pursuits.

‘I believe that it’s fundamental that artists should gather and learn together. We will learn and develop fundamental principles of color and design thru creative exercises that will set the foundation for your unique painting style. All levels are welcome.

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Lis Zadravec2020-02-29T09:51:00-05:00

Lis ZadravecFor all artists, beginner to professional, who want to add colored pencils to their arsenal. Artists will explore the amazing capabilities, uses and techniques of colored pencils through hands-on experimentation/demonstration with various types of pencils and products. Learning several blending methods and how to create a variety of textures. We will discuss surfaces and methods for image transfer. Beginning a project which can be continued and brought back to the workshop. Colored pencils are very labor intensive and can be hard on the hands, so the workshop is continued the following week, giving the participants time to go home and work further on the project, do a homework assignment. We will also learn important layering & finishing techniques. For more information, visit: or email Minimum age 14.

Lis Zadravec is a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, Colored Pencil Community of Australasia and Best Loudoun artist 2018. Her award-winning narrative colored pencil artwork is internationally recognized and has been published, among other places, in the book “Draw Portraits in Colored Pencil”. Having studied oil painting and portraiture at the Corcoran School of Art, her approach to colored pencils reflects the layering technique used in the Maroger method of painting. Colored pencils lend themselves to precise detail and photo realism, Lis also aims is to make subjects look as if they were painted. Her approach is unique even among other colored pencil artists and her standards of excellence have been confirmed by many curators and jurors. She has been teaching for over 2 decades and working wish colored pencils more than 30 years. She brings experience and enthusiasm to a medium that has now caught the world’s attention.

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Mariana Kastrinakis2020-02-29T11:43:30-05:00

Mariana KastrinakisMariana first explored watercolors while working as a physician in the DC area. Over time her work has evolved to incorporate acrylics, collage techniques, drawing, and printmaking. She is now a full-time artist and teacher.

Her work explores the interactions between light and natural elements that produce colors, textures and patterns. Mariana’s paintings express her perceptions of the physical environment in semi-abstract ways. Abstraction allows viewers to add their own experiences in interpreting her work. Her paintings, drawings, and prints feature unique design elements, such as stencils, hand-carved stamps, and hand-embellished and gelatin-printed papers.

Mariana’s classes provide a supportive environment in which students can unleash and exercise their innate creativity. She believes that expression through art media can promote healing and personal growth.

Mariana has studied with local and nationally renowned artists at the Yellow Barn, the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, among others.

Mariana’s art has received multiple awards and she has exhibited extensively in the Washington DC metropolitan area. Her work is included in collections in Maryland, DC, Virginia, New York, Massachusetts and abroad. She joined the Stone Tower Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo in 2018 and currently teaches intermediate-to-advanced drawing and painting at the Yellow Barn at Glen Echo.

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Irina Stotland2020-06-02T15:23:35-04:00

Irina StotlandIrina Stotland received her doctorate in the History of Art from Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr PA. A specialist in nineteenth-century French art, her research interests include Post-Impressionism and self-portraiture. Her article on Paul Gauguin’s self-portraits appears in Gauguin’s Challenge. New Perspectives After Postmodernism (ed. Norma Broude, 2018). She is currently teaching at Montgomery College LLI, Rockville MD and lecturing at various museums and educational organization.

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Kate Lanxner2020-02-29T10:08:26-05:00

Kate LanxnerKate Lanxner has been an art instructor in the D.C. region since 2016, and previously in Burlington, Vermont and Geneva Switzerland for more than twenty-five years. As a printmaker and an illustrator (books, magazines, newspapers), Kate has also completed calligraphy projects, outdoor signs, and co-produced an award-winning children’s neighborhood newspaper of children’s creative art and writing, with her daughter, Sierra. (The South End Good News was published in Burlington, Vermont in 2001-2.)

Kate graduated from the Maret School in D.C. and then received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia in Art Education and Printmaking. She went on to study color etching at the international studio, Atelier 17 in Paris, France (now called Atelier Contrepoint) under the well-known printmaker and painter, Stanley William Hayter. As well as teaching in public and private schools and camps, she was on the staff of the Community Education Program of the H.F. Johnson Museum of Art of Cornell University.

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Erich Keel2020-02-29T10:12:30-05:00

Erich KeelErich Keel served as The Kreeger Museum’s Head of Education for fourteen years. Before joining the Museum in 1999, Keel was involved in the arts in Washington, DC and New York: he volunteered and freelanced at Corcoran Gallery of Art and worked for the Museum of Modern Art.
Keel was born and raised in Zürich, Switzerland, where he began his university studies in English, Philosophy, and Art History. He earned a Ph.D. with a dissertation on the French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty from Emory University, Atlanta, GA. Keel is the author of “David Lloyd Kreeger: A Collector’s Journey,” in The Kreeger Museum (2009) and co-author of “Linking Art and Geography Education: A Museum Model for Elementary and Middle Schools” in Journal for Cultural Research in Art Education, volume 31 (2014). Since leaving The Kreeger Museum in 2013, Keel has been lecturing and leading art tours in Europe. He taught five courses for OLLI at AU on 19th and 20th -century art; gave talks at the Swiss and Austrian Embassies; and presented a lecture on the art of Max Beckmann, John Heartfield, and Felix Nussbaum to Smithsonian Associates. On separate art history tours, Keel led groups on visits in Germany (2013) Andalusia (2014), France (2015) and the UK (2016). Last year’s trip focused on museums in Prague, Vienna and Krakow, including the Art History Museum of Vienna, where Keel gave a gallery talk on Flemish painting.

Photo by Gary Peck, taken in the Tate Britain.

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Marcia Klioze2020-02-29T10:14:31-05:00

Marcia KliozeAfter enjoying a long career, spanning over 30 years, including senior staff positions; editorial and medical illustrator, freelancing for major newspaper, magazine, and institutional publications and markets, Marcia is now immersed in traditional oil painting. Marcia is a portrait and figurative painter; “People fascinate me, which, I feel contributes to my ability to capture a likeness. Through illustration, I’m drawn to the narrative in portrait and figure painting. I like to think that my paintings are more than just mirroring a person’s features, that I capture a moment, or their essence that depicts who we are. People are all about their relationships with each other, their pets, and the surrounding landscape of our lives. Incorporating the landscape, still life, our loves and sorrows fascinate me. I look to translate the extraordinary ordinary, in my paintings, which I find so intriguing… “

Marcia’s oil painting journey started in 2012 when she traveled to Italy for a painting workshop. Through a serendipitous meeting in an art store, she was intrigued by a conversation she overheard about a fast figure workshop going on….Marcia signed up for the class on the spot, joined the class the following day, and followed the instructor to Italy a few weeks later for his painting workshop. Says Marcia, “I followed my muse, and haven’t looked back!”

Marcia teaches in Leesburg, Loudoun Co., Great Falls, and the DC area and also enjoys portrait and painting commissions. Her paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows and are held in public and private collections and shows.

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Ally Morgan2020-02-29T10:40:28-05:00

Ally MorganAlly Morgan is a visual artist and art teacher working in Montgomery County, Maryland.  In 2010 she received her BFA in painting from Salisbury University and she received her MFA in drawing and painting from Arizona State University in 2014.

Ally is a mixed media artist, focusing on watercolors, pens, and colored pencils.  Inspired by the lectures of the French philosopher Jacques Derrida, she endeavors to explore the identity of the “Animal Other” as well as her own personal relationship with them.  Derrida suggested that “the animal looks at us and we are naked before it… thinking perhaps starts here.”  This statement about seeing the animal and the animal confronting our gaze of them has continued to lead Ally’s artistic investigation.

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Bethany Lee2020-02-29T10:33:05-05:00

Bethany LeeBorn and raised in Minnesota, Bethany is a sculptor for whom painting is an integral part of her creative process. She holds a BA in sculpture (’03) from the University of Dallas, and she is a 2019 graduate from the drawing and painting program at the Florence Academy of Art (Jersey City location). Bethany currently resides in Washington, DC where she can be found plein air painting on the streets, sculpting and carving in her basement studio, or out strolling with her young niece and nephew.

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Kim Richards2020-02-29T11:47:25-05:00

Kim RichardsThis class will introduce students to the fundamentals of acrylic painting. Through demonstrations and personal attention, students will learn to effectively use photographic reference, while also learning the basics of color, composition, value and paint handling. You may bring photographs of your own, or use one from the instructor’s collection. Minimum age 16.

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Gavin Glakas2020-05-10T20:28:07-04:00

Gavin Glakas

Gavin Glakas grew up in Bethesda, MD, and started drawing about the time he started walking. He studied with Walt Bartman in high school and at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London.

After graduation, Glakas spent a year and a half working on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer. He had planned to go to law school, but after an eight-month illness culminating in the removal of a tumor from his lung at the age of 24, he decided to pursue his lifelong ambition of a career as an artist.

Glakas began showing his work in galleries almost immediately and spent six years studying portrait and figure painting on Thursdays and Fridays.

His paintings hang in the permanent collections of the United States Capitol, the Virginia State Capitol, universities, museums and numerous other collections both public and private.

Glakas is represented by Principle Gallery in Alexandria, VA and Charleston, SC, Palm Avenue Fine Art in Sarasota, FL, and Hubert Gallery in New York.

He has won numerous honors for his artwork, including awards from the Portrait Society of America and the Butler Insti- tute of American Art. His paintings have been featured on NBC News and in The Washington Post, as well as American Art Collec- tor, Plein Air, International Artist, The American Scholar, Art Busi- ness News, The Strand and Elan magazines, and exhibited at mu- seums and galleries throughout the country.

Glakas teaches painting and drawing at the Yellow Barn Studio and lives in McLean, VA, with his wife and two sons.

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Elaine Nunnally2020-05-10T21:33:17-04:00

Elaine Nunnally is an award winning watercolor artist from Leesburg, Virginia, who has been painting for over 30 years.  After a 40 year career teaching high school art in Loudoun County, VA, she retired to pursue painting full time.  While she embraces experimental approaches to the use of watermedia, she often returns to the pure and traditional methods with which she first started.  She is enthusiastic about teaching art and helping students of all ages tap into their own natural creativity. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art from Radford University and Virginia Commonwealth University, respectively.


She has been juried into some of the most prestigious national and international watercolor exhibitions including the American Watercolor Society, the Missouri Watercolor Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and the International Society of Experimental Artists, etc.  She is a signature member of 7 watercolor societies, including the American Watercolor Society.  She is currently serving as President of the Virginia Watercolor Society.

Her paintings are as diverse and varied as the medium itself.  While she has continued to paint what is known as her abstract “Highway Series” since 2007, she also enjoys traditional topics and themes; landscape, portrait, and still life.

“I think it is the most exciting medium in painting!  One never quite knows how a work will turn out, since it is a creative process with the artist working hand in hand with the watercolor.  The paint will show you what it wants you to do!”

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