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

 Spring Term 2021

Classes are currently enrolling for April 2021

List of spring classes

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.

Spring classes are enrolling as of February 2.  All classes will be virtual until further notice.

Online Registration for Spring 2021 Classes

 WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

• Online Registration will open at 12pm February 2.

• Registration for Spring 2021 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 through a digital catalog. https://glenechopark.org/classes

• The Spring Catalog will cover classes starting in April-May, 2021

View our Spring 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 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

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

Dr. Harry Cooper, Senior Curator and Head of Modern Art  at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC is our Judge

Watch the interview with Harry Cooper and Walt Bartman, founder of the Yellow Barn Studio. Click here to see the interview

Spring 2021 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 Spring classes.

Creating a Likeness: Portrait Painting Techniques 285
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 9:30am-12pm
04/12/2021-06/14/2021

Landscape Painting Mondays 315
Walt Bartman
M, 10am-12:30pm
04/19/2021-06/28/2021

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor 195
Vian Borchert
M, 10am-12pm
04/19/2021-05/24/2021

Art History: Diego Velazquez Of Gods and Kings 120
Irina Stotland
M, 12-2pm
05/03/2021-05/17/2021

Drawing Perspective 285
Margaret Lashley
M, 1-3:30pm
04/05/2021-06/07/2021

Pastel Painting 305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
M, 1-3:30pm
04/19/2021-06/21/2021

Exploring Watercolor Techniques 305
Michael Shibley
M, 1:30-4pm
04/05/2021-06/14/2021

Painting From Photos 285
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 1:30-4pm
04/12/2021-06/14/2021

Painting Techniques with Gouache and Acrylics I 275
Joan Tycko
M, 4-6:30pm
03/29/2021-04/26/2021

Everyday Drawing 285
Margaret Lashley
M, 4-6:30pm
04/05/2021-06/07/2021

Painting Techniques with Gouache and Acrylics II 275
Joan Tycko
M, 4-6:30pm
05/03/2021-06/07/2021

Painting Methods and Materials 256
Craig Amaral
M, 6-9pm
04/05/2021-06/14/2021

Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic 330
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30am-12:30pm
04/20/2021-06/15/2021

Imaginative Portrait Painting 285
Maud Taber-Thomas
Tu, 9:30am-12pm
04/13/2021-06/15/2021

Painting from Photos and Sketches 305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tu, 9:30am-12pm
04/20/2021-06/15/2021

Landscape Painting Tuesdays 315
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10am-12:30pm
04/20/2021-06/22/2021

Still Life Painting Can Be So Much More 300
Kevin Berlin
Tu, 1-3:30pm
04/13/2021-06/15/2021

Beginning and Intermediate Drawing 305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tu, 1-3:30pm
04/20/2021-06/15/2021

Learn to Paint Animals with Watercolors 260
Ally Morgan
Tu, 1-3pm
03/23/2021-05/11/2021

Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture 295
Ann Schlesinger
Tu, 4-6:30pm
04/13/2021-06/01/2021

Portrait Painting 295
Eric Westbrook
Tu, 4-6:30pm
04/13/2021-06/08/2021

Color, Composition and Design 280
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7-9:30pm
04/06/2021-05/25/2021

Finding Your Style in Watercolor 285
Michael Shibley
Tu, 7-9:30pm
04/06/2021-05/25/2021

Sunset Painting 315
Walt Bartman
Tu, 7-9:30pm
04/20/2021-06/22/2021

The Portrait and Figure in Oil-Painting a Narrative 295
Marcia Klioze
Tu, 7-9:30pm
04/20/2021-06/15/2021

Creative Watercolor 280
Karen Norman
W, 10am-12:30pm
03/17/2021-05/12/2021

Painting Flowers from Photos 249
Elisabeth Vismans
W, 10am-12:30pm
04/14/2021-05/26/2021

Art History: Henri Toulouse-Lautrec 120
Irina Stotland
W, 12-2pm
05/05/2021-05/19/2021

Basic Drawing: Start at the Beginning 300
Web Bryant
W, 1-3:30pm
04/07/2021-06/09/2021

Flowing Watercolor 300
Bonny Lundy
W, 1-3:30pm
04/07/2021-06/09/2021

Painting from Photos and Sketches 305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
W, 1-3:30pm
04/21/2021-06/16/2021

Basic Landscape Painting from Photos & Other Sources 319
Eric Westbrook
W, 1:30-3:30pm
04/14/2021-06/09/2021

Play with Abstraction 249
Elisabeth Vismans
W, 2-4:30pm
04/14/2021-05/26/2021

Dynamics of Drawing 295
Ann Schlesinger
W, 4-6:30pm
04/14/2021-06/02/2021

Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting 315
Walt Bartman
W, 4-6:30pm
04/21/2021-06/23/2021

Flowing Watercolor 240
Bonny Lundy
W, 4:30-6:30pm
04/07/2021-06/09/2021

Visual Journaling 195
Elisabeth Vismans
Wednesday, 6:30-8:30pm
02/17/2021-03/24/2021

Expressive Drawing with Charcoal and Conte 100
Joan Tycko
W, 7-9pm
03/31/2021-04/21/2021

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
W, 7-9:30pm
04/21/2021-06/23/2021

Expressive Drawing with Charcoal and Conte 100
Joan Tycko
W, 7-9pm
03/31/2021-04/21/2021

Painting Flowers from Photos 265
Elisabeth Vismans
Thursday, 1-3:30pm
01/28/2021-03/25/2021

Acrylic Painting 295
Gita Mirshahi
Thursday, 7-9:30pm
01/28/2021-03/18/2021

Pastel Painting 305
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Th, 9:30am-12pm
04/22/2021-06/17/2021

Landscapes with Watercolor 150
Elaine Nunnally
Th, 10am-12:30pm
04/08/2021-05/13/2021

Self-Portrait and Portrait Painting 300
Kevin Berlin
Th, 10am-12:30pm
04/15/2021-06/10/2021

Intermediate Drawing and Beyond 300
Web Bryant
Th, 1-3:30pm
04/08/2021-06/10/2021

Learning to Work with Opaque Watercolor- Gouache 315
Walt Bartman
Th, 1-3:30pm
04/22/2021-06/24/2021

Draw Animals in Color 260
Ally Morgan
Th, 1-3pm
03/25/2021-05/13/2021

Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture 295
Ann Schlesinger
Th, 4-6:30pm
04/15/2021-06/03/2021

Drawing & Mixed Media- Birds and Other Animals 195
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Th, 4-6:30pm
04/22/2021-05/27/2021

Acrylic Painting 295
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7-9:30pm
04/01/2021-05/20/2021

Still-Life Painting in Oil 295
Marcia Klioze
Th, 7-9:30pm
04/22/2021-06/17/2021

Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced 295
Mariana Kastrinakis
Friday, 9:30am-12pm
02/05/2021-04/02/2021

Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced 295
Mariana Kastrinakis
Friday, 1-3:30pm
02/05/2021-04/02/2021

Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced Drawing 350
Mariana Kastrinakis
F, 9:30am-12pm
04/09/2021-05/28/2021

Color Alive: Still Life & Landscape 295
Ann Schlesinger
F, 10am-12:30pm
04/16/2021-06/04/2021

Beginning and Intermediate Drawing 195
Vian Borchert
F, 10am-12pm
04/09/2021-05/21/2021

Approaching Abstract in Watercolor 295
Ann Schlesinger
F, 1-3:30pm
04/16/2021-06/04/2021

Plein-Air Outdoor Sketching for Teens (Ages 13-18) 120
Kate Lanxner
F, 4-5:30pm
04/02/2021-04/16/2021

Plein-Air Outdoor Sketching for Teens (Ages 13-18) 120
Kate Lanxner
F, 4-5:30pm
05/07/2021-05/21/2021

Learn to Prepare a Portfolio 315
Walt Bartman
F, 4-6:30pm
04/16/2021-06/18/2021

Life Drawing and Painting Online Open Studio 300
Craig Amaral
F, 6-9pm
04/16/2021-06/18/2021

Art History: Neoclassicism in Italy, France, and Northern Europe 160
Erich Keel
Sa, 10:30am-12pm
04/17/2021-06/12/2021

Beginning Painting 285
Margaret Lashley
Sa, 10am-12:30pm
04/10/2021-06/05/2021

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10am-12:30pm
04/17/2021-06/26/2021

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 1:30-4pm
04/17/2021-06/26/2021

Acrylic Painting 295
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4:30-7pm
03/27/2021-05/15/2021

Play with Abstraction 285
Elisabeth Vismans
Sunday, 10am-12:30pm
01/31/2021-03/21/2021

Plein-Air Outdoor Sketching for Teens (Ages 13-18) 240
Kate Lanxner
Su, 1:30-3pm
04/11/2021-05/16/2021

Emerging Young Artists 245
Denise Dittmar
Su, 2-4:30pm
04/11/2021-05/23/2021

Fine Art of Colored Pencils 170
Lis Zadravec
Su, 2-4pm
03/21/2021-04/18/2021

More Fine Art of Colored Pencils 170
Lis Zadravec
Su, 2-4pm
05/02/2021-06/06/2021

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.

Inspiration: Through New Media Combinations Workshop 185
Susan Hostetler
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday, 9:30am-12pm
02/23/2021-02/25/2021

Cow Painting Workshop in Middletown Valley 250
Walt Bartman
Friday,Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
05/21/2021-05/23/2021

Paint the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island Workshop 250
Walt Bartman
Friday,Saturday,Sunday, 10am-5pm
06/04/2021-06/06/2021

Learn to Paint Flowers Workshop 233
Walt Bartman
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
02/06/2021-02/07/2021

Color, Composition and Design Workshop 195
Monica Pittman
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
02/06/2021-02/07/2021

Mixing It Up: Combining Representation and Abstraction 165
Susan Hostetler
Saturday,Sunday, 1-4pm
02/06/2021-02/07/2021

Figure in the Landscape Workshop 233
Walt Bartman
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
02/13/2021-02/14/2021

Pet Portrait Workshop 100
Ally Morgan
Saturday, 10am-2pm
02/13/2021-02/13/2021

Cow Painting Workshop 233
Walt Bartman
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
02/20/2021-02/21/2021

Spring Landscape Paintings Gouache and Acrylics Workshop 60
Joan Tycko
Saturday,Sunday, 1-3pm
03/27/2021-03/28/2021

Small Paintings in Watercolor Gouache and Acrylics Workshop 45
Joan Tycko
Saturday, 12-3pm
04/03/2021-04/03/2021

Pet Portrait Workshop 100
Ally Morgan
Saturday, 10am-2pm
04/10/2021-04/10/2021

Flower Painting Workshop 220
Walt Bartman
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
05/01/2021-05/02/2021

Pet Portrait Workshop 100
Ally Morgan
Saturday, 10am-2pm
05/08/2021-05/08/2021

Learning to Work with Color Workshop 220
Walt Bartman
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
05/15/2021-05/16/2021

C&O Canal Lockhouse Workshop 175
Monica Pittman
Saturday, 9:30am-2pm
06/12/2021-06/19/2021

Drawing Portraits, Pets & Other Creatures + Collage! Workshop 110
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Sunday, 12-5pm
02/28/2021-02/28/2021

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.  Due to the Covid Pandemic, the gallery has been closed. Plans are to  start Spring shows after April 1, 2021 on site and virtually.  We are now  booking for April 1, 2021. 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.yellowbarn@gmail.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.

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,  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