The Yellow Barn Studio & Gallery
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, Maryland 20812

Join us at The Yellow Barn Studio, a creative oasis in Glen Echo Park, where community and artistic guidance converge in our nationally-recognized artists’ programs. Founded by acclaimed artist Walter Bartman, The Yellow Barn Studio is a haven for budding artists and experienced painters alike. We offer classes in watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing, and printmaking, with a special emphasis on plein air painting.

The Yellow Barn Studio has gone virtual

 this fall and winter 2020

Students who would like to take classes at the Yellow Barn Studio can now work with their instructors online. Continue working with your favorite teacher or take a class you’ve always wanted to try it will now be online. Students who are challenged, don’t worry, we will have support staff available to help you learn to use our user-friendly platform on your computer.

We guarantee that you will be satisfied or we will give you a refund. Students who live out of the area can now study with our distinguished faculty.

Virtual Fall classes are expected to start on time online. Fall classes are enrolling as of August 13th.  All classes will be virtual until further notice.

Online Registration for Fall 2020 Classes

 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

• Online Registration will open at 12am Thursday, August 13. (Late night Wednesday)

• Registration for Fall 2020 Classes will be totally online; no walk-in services will be available

• There will not be a printed Glen Echo Park Catalog; all classes and workshops will be available for online viewing on Tuesday, August  11, through a digital catalog.

• The Fall Catalog will cover classes starting in September, October and November; a Winter Online Catalog will be available in November.

Please note: As we prepare for the start of Fall 2020 registration, online registration for ALL Summer classes, camps, and workshops will be unavailable from 5pm on August 12 until 11:59pm August 12.

View our Fall Classes here

View our Fall Newsletter by clicking “About” in the navigation menu and selecting 2020 Newsletter.

Click on this link to read more about our online curriculum due to the Coronavirus.

Learn how we’re teaching online using Zoom

How to use Zoom

Here’s an example of how we teach art using Zoom

Our online virtual classes are now up and running. We have over forty classes and workshops for you to choose from. If you are looking to enroll in an art class you can register online on our page or go to glenechopark.org.   We will be running our fall term virtually 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 the government shutdown.

Register here
To watch the video, click here

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.

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.

REGISTER

Submit your artwork for our Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio 26th Annual Juried Members Show

Each December the Friends hold a well-attended, competitive art exhibition to honor the outstanding talent of our members and their commitment to painting, drawing, and mixed media work and study. Artists submit their best work for this popular and competitive show with multiple prize awards. The selected juried-in works will be exhibited in our virtual gallery. There is no commission for this show (see eligibility requirements).

We are proud to announce, Harry Cooper, Senior curator of the National Gallery of Art and head of Modern Art, as our Judge for this year’s show. Multiple prize awards will be awarded to Friends in the following categories:

AWARDS:

Best of Show: $500

Best Watercolor/Gouache: $150

Best Oil/Acrylic: $150

Best Drawing:  $150

Best Mixed Media: $150

Honorable Mentions: $50

INFO: Friendsoftheyellowbarnstudio.org

Due to the CDC standards of social distancing, each participant or couple will choose a numbered spot. Masks are required.

REGISTER

Virtual Classes

Click on a day to see the classes that begin on that day of the week; some meet on one day and some on multiple days. The months indicate the duration of a given class. Click on the instructor’s name to visit the Glen Echo website where you may register.

Click here for a list of all Fall classes.

Pastel Painting   $305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
M, 1-3:30pm
Sep 14-Nov 16

Painting from Photos   $295
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 1-3:30pm
Sep 21-Nov 23

Virtual Landscape Painting (on Zoom)  $310
Walter Bartman
M, 10am-12:30pm
Sep 14-Nov 16

Basic and Intermediate Drawing   $285
Susan Hostetler
M, 4:30-6:30pm
Sep 21-Nov 16

Finding Your Style in Watercolor   $295
Michael Shibley
M, 7-9:30pm
Sep 14-Nov 23

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor   $228
Vian Borchert
M, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 21-Nov 16

Creating a Likeness: Portrait Painting Techniques   $295
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 21-Nov 23

Abstract Expressionist Painting – Acrylic   $330
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30am-12:30pm
Sep 15-Nov 10

Painting from Photos and Sketches   $305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tu, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 15-Nov 17

Learn to Paint Dogs and Cats   $260
Ally Morgan
Tu, 10-12pm
Sep 15-Nov 3

Virtual Landscape Painting  (on Zoom)  $310
Walter Bartman
Tu, 10am-12:30pm
Sept 15-Nov 17

Painting with Gouache   $250
Joan Tycko
Tu, 1-3:30pm
Sep 15-Nov 17

Beginning and Intermediate Drawing   $305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tu, 1-3:30pm
Sep 15-Nov 17

Learn to Paint Horses   $260
Ally Morgan
Tu, 1-3pm
Sep 15-Nov 3

Virtual Sunset Painting (on Zoom)   $310
Walt Bartman
Tu, 6:30-9:30 pm
Sept 15-Nov 17

Art History: Neo-Impressionism: Georges Seurat and His Followers in Belgium and Italy   $120
Erich Keel
Tu, 2-3:30pm
Oct 20-Dec 1

Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture   $295
Ann R Schlesinger
Tu, 4-6:30pm
Sep 22-Nov 10

Portrait Painting   $279
Eric Westbrook
Tu, 4-6:30pm
Sep 22-Nov 17

Basic Painting through Still Life and the Figure   $290
Marcia Klioze
Tu, 7-9:30pm
Sep 29-Nov 17

Color, Composition, and Design   $260
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7-9:30pm
Sep 29-Nov 17

Creative Watercolor    $280
Michael Shibley
W, 10am-12:30pm
Sep 9-Nov 4

Painting from Photos and Sketches   $305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
W, 1-3:30pm
Sep 16-Nov 18

Beginning/Intermediate Drawing   $220
Ally Morgan
W, 1-3:30pm
Sep 16-Oct 28

Flowing Watercolor   $300
Bonny Lundy
W, 1-3:30pm
Sep 16-Nov 18

Introduction to Acrylic Still Life   $250
Kim T. Richards
W, 1-3:30pm
Sep 23-Nov 11

Landscape Painting from Photos and Other Sources   $319
Eric Westbrook
W, 1:30-3:30pm
Sep 23-Nov 18

Landscape and Studio Painting   $310
Walter Bartman
W, 4-6:30pm
16-Sep-18-Nov

Flowing Watercolor   $280
Bonny Lundy
W, 4:30-6:30pm
Sep 16-Nov 18

Visual Journaling   $195
Elisabeth Vismans
W, 6:30-8:30pm
Oct 7-Nov 11

Foundations of Drawing with Charcoal   $250
Joan Tycko
W, 7-9:30pm
Sep 16-Nov 18

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting   $318
Gavin Glakas
W, 7-9:30pm
Sep 23-Nov 25

Basic Drawing: Start at the Beginning   $300
Web Bryant
Th, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 17-Nov 19

Pastel Painting   $305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Th, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 17-Nov 12

Mixing It Up: Combining Representation and Abstraction   $285
Susan Hostetler
Th, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 24-Nov 12

Abstract Representation of Flowers   $265
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 1-3:30pm
Oct 1-Nov 19

Intermediate Drawing and Beyond   $300
Web Bryant
Th, 1-3:30pm
Sep 17-Nov 19

Gouache Watercolor, Watercolor, and Drawing   $310
Walter Bartman
Th, 1-3:30pm
Sep 17-Nov 19

Plein Air Outdoor Sketching for Teens      $135
Kate Lanxner
Th, 4-5:30pm
Sep 10-Sep 24

Painting Flowers from Still-Life   $265
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 4-6:30pm
Oct 1-Nov 19

Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture   $295
Ann R Schlesinger
Th, 4-6:30pm
Sep 24-Nov 12

Painting Exploration   $290
Denise Dittmar
Th, 6:30-9pm
Sep 24-Nov 19

Acrylic Painting   $295
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7-9:30pm
Sep 24-Nov 5

Beginning Drawing   $293
Vian Borchert
F, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 25-Nov 20

Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced   $295
Mariana Kastrinakis
F, 9:30am-12pm
Sep 18-Nov 13

Color Alive: Still Life & Landscape   $295
Ann R Schlesinger
F, 10am-12:30pm
Sep 25-Nov 13

Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced   $295
Mariana Kastrinakis
F, 1-3:30pm
Sep 18-Nov 13

Approaching Abstract in Watercolor   $295
Ann R Schlesinger
F, 1-3:30pm
Sep 25-Nov 13

High School Portfolio   $310
Walter Bartman
F, 4-6:30pm
Sep 18-Nov 20

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting   $295
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10am-12:30pm
Sep 19-Nov 21

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting   $295
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 1:30-4pm
Sep 19-Nov 21

Acrylic Painting   $295
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4-7:30pm
Sep 26-Nov 14

Emerging Young Artists   $280
Denise Dittmar
Su, 2-4:30 pm
Sep 27-Nov 15

Colored Pencil Portraiture   $250
Lis Zadravec
Su, 2-4pm
Oct 18-Nov 22

Virtual Workshops

Click on a day to see the workshops that begin on that day of the week; some meet on one day and some on multiple days. The months indicate the duration of a given class. Click on the instructor’s name to visit the Glen Echo website where you may register.

Drawing & Painting in Collage and Mixed Media Workshop    $220
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Th, F, 10am-4pm
Nov 19-Nov 20

Fall Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island    $230
Walter Bartman
F, Sa, Su, 10am-5pm
Oct 9-Oct 11

Leaf Patterns & Textures through Gelliprinting    $60
Kate Lanxner
Sa, 1-4pm
Sep 19-Sep 19

Dog Watercolor Mixed Media Workshop    $160
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10am-2pm
Sep 26-Sep 26

Intuitive Painting    $105
Elisabeth Vismans
Sa, 10am-12:30pm
Oct 3-Oct 3

Intuitive Painting/Life Coaching Workshop    $183
Elisabeth Vismans
Sa, 9:30am-4pm
Oct 10-Oct 10

Dog Watercolor Mixed Media Workshop    $160
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10am-2pm
Oct 24-Oct. 24

Cow Painting Workshop in Middletown Valley    $230
Walter Bartman
Sa, Su, 10am-5pm
Nov 7-Nov 8

Flower Painting Workshop    $230
Walter Bartman
Sa, Su, 10am-4pm
Nov 14-Nov 15

Workshop: Wood Panel Painting/Collage    $60
Kate Lanxner
Sa, Su, 2-4pm
Nov 14-Nov 15

Blockprint Workshop: Leaves and Acorns    $60
Kate Lanxner
Su, 1-4pm
Sep 13-Sep 13

Leaf Patterns & Textures through Gelliprinting    $60
Kate Lanxner
Su, 1-4pm
Oct 18-Oct 18

Teen Workshop: Print a Dragonfly    $60
Kate Lanxner
Su, 2-5pm
Oct 25-Oct 25

Geometric Mandala Workshop    $60
Kate Lanxner
Su, 2-5pm
Nov 8-Nov 8

History of the Yellow Barn Studio

The Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, operating in cooperation with the National Park Service and The Glen Echo Partnership for Arts & Culture, is one of the anchor residences of Glen Echo Park, Maryland. The Yellow Barn was founded in 1994 by Walter Bartman, a nationally recognized teacher and artist whose aim was to establish a community of artists. Our mission at the Yellow Barn is to provide opportunities to artists of all ages and backgrounds to grow as artists, work in collaboration, and show and sell artwork.

We accomplish this mission by offering art classes and workshops throughout the year to students of all levels and abilities. The studio provides a friendly and encouraging atmosphere in which to learn, explore, and grow. Walter Bartman, resident artist and Director of the Yellow Barn, has assembled a team of dedicated, accomplished, and qualified instructors to complement the programs and classes offered at the Yellow Barn. Class and workshops listings can be found on this page.

We pride ourself on the diverse philosophy of our faculty. Each member brings years of experience successfully working with students. The instructors are chosen for their artistic and educational expertise, and teach a wide range of classes in oils, acrylics, watercolor, drawing, printmaking, art history, and mixed media.

The Yellow Barn has been a great success. Since 1994 thousands of students have taken classes and workshops through the Yellow Barn Studio and today, the Yellow Barn Studio ranks as one of the best places to study painting and drawing in the Washington, Northern Virginia, and Baltimore areas.

Join us at the Yellow Barn Studio!

Click on the images to step inside.

Are you looking to exhibit and sell your artwork? 

The Yellow Barn Gallery is booking for 2020 & 2021

Since 1994, over two thousand emerging artists have had shows at the Yellow Barn Gallery. The Yellow Barn Gallery is a great place to sell your artwork. Not many galleries can say they have sold three hundred paintings a year. People come to buy paintings! Many prominent Washington D.C. artists have had their start here. The Yellow Barn Studio becomes a gallery every weekend. It is a great place to exhibit and sell your paintings. You will need at least thirty paintings to exhibit. All work must be framed to professional standards and be for sale. The Yellow Barn Gallery takes a 35% commission on work sold. Exhibitions are well attended. The Yellow Barn Gallery has 15,000 visitors per year. Make sure you get the dates you want. Sign up now.

Exhibits will be posted virtually. Click here to see our virtual gallery.

For more information or to schedule a show, contact Alex Bartman at alex.bartman@outlook.com.

BENEFITS OF JOINING THE FRIENDS

Friends of the Yellow Barn Member Services

www.friendsoftheyellowbarnstudio.org

To fulfill its mission the Friends, through the generosity of its many members,  donors and sponsors, will  to continue to provide  education opportunities for aspiring artists of all ages. Through your generosity,  the Yellow Barn Studio  will be here for future generations of artists of all ages, the Friends encourage you to join us.

Submit your artwork for the Friends Virtual Drawing & Water MediaExhibition

For information or questions about membership contact Lee Ann Howdershell leeannhowdy@gmail.com

Friends of the Yellow Barn

The Friends of the Yellow Barn was incorporated as a nonprofit organization in 1994. Its mission is to support The Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park. In its infancy, the Friends, with a band of committed volunteers, helped create a functioning art studio out of a dilapidated yellow car barn – the warmly and appropriately titled Yellow Barn Studio. The original Board of Directors were Walt Bartman, President; Dick Beers, Vice President; Jane Matz, Treasurer; Michael Shapiro; and Phyllis Lieberman. With their help, the Yellow Barn Studio became a reality.

In a few short years, the Yellow Barn Studio earned its reputation for a high quality of instruction and affordable art classes, for all ages and levels of experience, in a supportive atmosphere. The Yellow Barn is more than an art school – it is an inclusive art community.

As a not-for-profit organization, the Friends of the Yellow Barn’s mission is to raise money through donations and grants for renovation and programs associated with the Yellow Barn art studio. The Friends’ philosophy, consistent with the spirit of the late 19th Century Chautauqua movement upon which Glen Echo Park was founded, is that art is universal and thus, should be accessible to all. The Friends’ goal is to encourage all area residents, of all ages and all means, to experience the wonder of the visual arts through drawing and painting.

Today, over 600 members have joined the Yellow Barn Studio. As Friends, they have strongly supported the programs and classes at the Yellow Barn.

As times change, so has the Board of Directors. Our present Board is made up of Jim Kettler, President; Susan Galego, Secretary; Lee Ann Howdershell, Membership; Larry Schlaifer, Treasurer; Pat Choquette, Fundraising, Michel Escalant, Website, and Walt Bartman, founding member.

In 2003, the restoration of Glen Echo Park coincided with the Yellow Barn outgrowing its studio. Friends responded by undertaking a major capital campaign to replace the endearing, but lacking (and often cold) studio with the “New” Yellow Barn – a state-of-the-art studio more suited for the quality of its instruction and its students’ work. Today, over sixty classes a week are taught in the Yellow Barn, making it one of the largest painting and drawing programs in the metro area.

In order to reach residents with limited resources, Friends supports outreach programs such as its yearly competition and public art exhibition at the Yellow Barn Studio for all area high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors. This exhibition honors and encourages young talent while providing the public the opportunity to view and enjoy the work of emerging artists. The exhibition is supported by the generosity of the Friends of the Yellow Barn, area businesses, and art lovers. A Jeanne North and Mitzi Yater Fuller scholarships are awarded yearly to deserving students.Many community outreach projects are sponsored by the Friends of the Yellow Barn throughout the year. The Annual Members Show, the Small Works Show, and the Drawing Show offer members of our community the opportunity to display and sell their work.Each year, the Friends sponsors a distinguished artist/speaker. Victoria Wyeth (granddaughter of Andrew Wyeth), Mary Whyte (noted watercolorist), and Wolf Kahn (painter), have spoken to our community.

Over the years, the Friends have run fundraisers to benefit those in need.

As a Friend, you are entitled to have a show in the Yellow Barn Gallery.

If you are interested in becoming a friend / member of the Yellow Barn, contact us here.

Your tax-deductible donations will guarantee that the Yellow Barn will be here for future generations of artists. To make a donation, please make your checks payable to the Friends of the Yellow Barn and send them to:

Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio
P.O. Box 158
Glen Echo, MD 20812