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.

Register for Winter classes!

Yellow Barn Studio onsite and virtual classes are listed below

View the Glen Echo Fall and Winter Catalog

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: 

• Registration is totally online; no walk-in services are available

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

Questions about your registration? Please call the registrar at (301)634-2255 or email registrar@glenechopark.org

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

Friends of the Yellow Barn

Members Show

Personal critiques of your artwork by Walt Bartman

Click here to sign up for a Critique

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.

2023 Show Schedule

March 25-26 Julia Casimira Sacasa
April 15-16 Holly Buehler
April 22-23 Shirin Shahram
April 29-30 Gavin Glakas
May 6-7 Alvin M Cohen Retrospective 1923-2003
May 13-14 Leni Gurin
May 20-21 Roger Perez and Carolyn Boccella Bagin
May 27-28 Friends of the YB Drawing Show
June 3-4 Folk Festival at Glen Echo Park
June 10-11 Marian Willinger & Wendy Smith
June 24-25 Eric Westbrook
Sept 2-3 Friends of the YB Small Works Show
Sept 9-10 Jen Sterling
Sept 16-17 Cheryl Bearss
Sept 23-24 Jean Schlesinger
Sept 30-Oct 1 Leni Paquet-Morante & Steve Moen
Oct 7-8 Paul Zapatka
Oct 14-15 Paul Bottini
Oct 22-23 Ann Schlesinger – Jacob Memorial Show
Oct 28-29 Alexandra Cheshire
Nov 4-5 Helene Patterson & Margie Alagia-Ingram
Nov 11-12 Walter Bartman
Nov 18-19 Anatol Woolf
Nov 25-26 Jenny Wilson
Dec 2-17 Friends of the YB Members Show

Are you looking to exhibit and sell your artwork? 

The Yellow Barn Gallery is booking for 2023

The Yellow Barn Studio becomes a gallery every weekend. Since 1994, over two thousand emerging artists have had shows at the Yellow Barn Gallery. Many prominent Washington D.C. artists have had their start here. 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!

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.

Visit the Yellow Barn Gallery here

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

FULL LIST OF WINTER CLASSES

The classes are sorted by day and time.

Have questions about your registration? Please call the registrar at (301)634-2255 or email registrar@glenechopark.org.

DECEMBER & JANUARY MINI-CLASSES

TUESDAY
Virtual Basic Principles of Landscape Painting Mini-Session $100
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12/6/2022-12/20/2022
Virtual Paint in Stripes Mini-Session $115
Elisabeth Vismans
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
12/6/2022-12/20/2022
Virtual Pastel and Gouache Painting Mini-Session 120
Ann Wallace
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/17/2023-2/7/2023
WEDNESDAY
Virtual Learn to Paint Snow Mini-Session $100
Walt Bartman
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12/7/2022-12/21/2022
Virtual Shiny Objects in Colored Pencil Mini-Session $95
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
12/7/2022-12/14/2022
Virtual Exploring Pastels Mini-Session 120
Ann Wallace
W, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/18/2023-2/8/2023
Virtual Winter Wildlife in Colored Pencils Mini-Session 95
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
1/18/2023-1/25/2023
THURSDAY
Virtual Creating with Light: Drawing on Our Virtues Mini-Session $160
Renee Sandell
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
12/1/2022-12/22/2022
Virtual Learning to Work with Opaque Watercolor- Gouache Mini-Session $100
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
12/8/2022-12/22/2022
Virtual Acrylic Painting Mini-Session $140
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
12/8/2022-12/29/2022
Virtual Paint Like Pablo Picasso Mini-Session  $110
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
1/5/2023-1/19/2023
SATURDAY/SUNDAY
Virtual Digital Painting Workshop $120
Penny Mause
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
11/19/2022-11/20/2022

MONDAY CLASSES

Virtual Introduction to Digital Painting with Procreate 270
Penny Mause
M, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/23/2023-3/27/2023
Onsite Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor 210
Vian Borchert
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/23/2023-3/6/2023
Virtual Contemplative Flower Painting 320
Maud Taber-Thomas
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
2/6/2023-3/27/2023
Virtual Landscape Painting Mondays 350
Walt Bartman
M, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/20/2023
Onsite Pastel Painting 325
Samantha Stover
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/13/2023
Onsite Landscape Painting and Drawing 270
Yupari
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/23/2023-3/20/2023
Virtual Exploring Watercolor 325
Michael Shibley
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/23/2023-3/27/2023
Onsite Still Life Painting 325
Leo Ramos
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/13/2023
Onsite Figure Painting from a Live Model 325
Leo Ramos
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/13/2023

TUESDAY CLASSES

Virtual Basic Principles of Landscape Painting Mini-Session $100
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12/6/2022-12/20/2022
Virtual Pastel and Gouache Painting Mini-Session 120
Ann Wallace
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/17/2023-2/7/2023
Virtual Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic 330
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/17/2023-3/21/2023
Virtual Everyday Drawing 270
Margaret Lashley
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/17/2023-3/14/2023
Virtual Landscape Painting Tuesdays 350
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/17/2023-3/21/2023
Alla Prima Oil Painting  150
Dipali Rabadiya
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
11/22/2022-12/20/2022
Virtual Portrait Painting 325
Eric Westbrook
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/17/2023-3/14/2023
Onsite Beginner Alla Prima Oil Painting 240
Dipali Rabadiya
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/24/2023-3/14/2023
Virtual Drawing Perspective 270
Margaret Lashley
Tu, 1:30 PM-4:00 PM
1/17/2023-3/14/2023
Virtual Paint in Stripes Mini-Session $115
Elisabeth Vismans
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
12/6/2022-12/20/2022
Virtual Paint Flowers with Imagination $295
Elisabeth Vismans
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/31/2023-3/21/2023
Virtual Approaching Abstract: Color & Texture 315
Ann Schlesinger
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/17/2023-3/21/2023
Virtual Fauvism—First “Insurgency” in Twentieth-Century Art 150
Erich Keel
Tu, 4:30 PM-6:00 PM
1/17/2023-2/28/2023
Offsite and Virtual Sunset Painting 350
Walt Bartman
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/17/2023-3/21/2023

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

Virtual Learn to Paint Snow Mini-Session $100
Walt Bartman
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
12/7/2022-12/21/2022
Virtual Exploring Pastels Mini-Session 120
Ann Wallace
W, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/18/2023-2/8/2023
Virtual Painting From Photos  320
Maud Taber-Thomas
W, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
2/8/2023-3/29/2023
Onsite Flowing Watercolor 320
Bonny Lundy
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/22/2023
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches 325
Leo Ramos
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/15/2023
Onsite Creating a Likeness: Portrait Painting Techniques 320
Maud Taber-Thomas
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
2/8/2023-3/29/2023
Virtual Landscape Painting from Photos and Other Sources 325
Eric Westbrook
W, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/15/2023
Virtual Approaching Abstract: Watercolor, Gouache & Collage 315
Ann Schlesinger
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/22/2023
Onsite Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting 350
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/22/2023
Virtual Visual Fitness Workouts for Seeing More 160
Renee Sandell
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2023-2/8/2023
Virtual Visual Fitness Workouts for Seeing More 160
Renee Sandell
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
2/22/2023-3/15/2023
Virtual Shiny Objects in Colored Pencil Mini-Session $95
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
12/7/2022-12/14/2022
Virtual Winter Wildlife in Colored Pencils Mini-Session 95
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
1/18/2023-1/25/2023
Virtual Colored Pencil Portraits 195
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
2/8/2023-3/1/2023
Virtual Ballpoint Pen Drawing 240
Ally Morgan
W, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
1/18/2023-3/8/2023
Virtual Painting the Landscape at Night 270
Nathaniel Williams
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/22/2023
Onsite Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/25/2023-3/29/2023

THURSDAY CLASSES

Onsite Basic Principles of Drawing 325
Leo Ramos
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/19/2023-3/16/2023
Virtual Introduction to Digital Painting with Procreate  300
Penny Mause
Th, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/30/2023
Onsite Still Life and Landscape Oil Painting 300
Dipali Rabadiya
Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/23/2023
Virtual Learning to Work with Opaque Watercolor- Gouache Mini-Session $100
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
12/8/2022-12/22/2022
Virtual Learning to Work with Opaque Watercolor- Gouache 350
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/23/2023
Virtual Making Traditional Comics 240
Utku Yavasca
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/9/2023
Onsite Painting from Photos- Yours or Mine 315
Marcia Klioze
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/9/2023
Virtual Landscape: Color and Light 315
Ann Schlesinger
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/23/2023
Virtual Creating with Light: Drawing on Our Virtues Mini-Session $160
Renee Sandell
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
12/1/2022-12/22/2022
Virtual Paint Like Pablo Picasso Mini-Session  $110
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
1/5/2023-1/19/2023
Virtual Acrylic Painting Mini-Session $140
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
12/8/2022-12/29/2022
Virtual Acrylic Painting 295
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/9/2023
Virtual Drawing and Painting the Still Life as a Practice 120
Denise Dittmar
Th, 6:00 PM-8:30 PM
1/26/2023-2/16/2023
Virtual Mixed Media Approach to Painting Animals 270
Ally Morgan
Th, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
1/19/2023-3/16/2023
Onsite Introduction to Portrait Painting From Life $295
Yupari
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/9/2023

FRIDAY CLASSES

Onsite Beginning and Intermediate Drawing 210
Vian Borchert
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/27/2023-3/3/2023
Onsite Dynamic Figure Drawing: The Expressive Gesture 305
Samantha Stover
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Onsite Joy of Painting 315
Ann Schlesinger
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Onsite Pastel Figure Drawing: Sketch to Finish 305
Samantha Stover
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Virtual Beginning Oil Painting  256
Craig Amaral
F, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Onsite Approaching Abstract in Painting 315
Ann Schlesinger
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023

SATURDAY CLASSES

Onsite Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/21/2023-3/25/2023
Virtual Play With Abstraction 258
Elisabeth Vismans
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
2/4/2023-3/25/2023
Onsite Figure Drawing 325
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/21/2023-3/18/2023
Virtual Learn from a Ballerina: How to Paint Movement Mini-Session 75
Honorata Perzanowska
Sa, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
2/11/2023-2/18/2023
Virtual Learn from a Ballerina: How to Paint Movement Mini-Session 75
Honorata Perzanowska
Sa, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
2/11/2023-2/18/2023
Virtual Acrylic Painting 295
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
1/21/2023-3/11/2023

SUNDAY CLASSES

Onsite Color Theory and Color Mixing 270
Holly Buehler
Su, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/15/2023-3/5/2023
Onsite Emerging Young Artists (Ages 13-16) 210
Denise Dittmar
Su, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/22/2023-3/19/2023
Virtual Learn from a Ballerina: How to Paint Movement 150
Honorata Perzanowska
Su, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
1/15/2023-2/5/2023
Virtual Learn from a Ballerina: How to Paint Movement 150
Honorata Perzanowska
Su, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
2/12/2023-3/5/2023
Onsite Drawing and Painting 270
Yupari
Su, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/22/2023-3/19/2023
Onsite Basic Drawing 305
James Vissari
Su, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/22/2023-3/19/2023

WORKSHOPS

In order by date

Virtual Learn from a Ballerina: How to Paint Movement Workshop $75
Honorata Perzanowska
Su, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
12/4/2022-12/11/2022
Virtual Pet Portrait Workshop 95
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
1/21/2023-1/21/2023
Visual Fitness: Intensive Creativity Workout Workshop 90
Renee Sandell
Sa, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
1/21/2023-1/21/2023
Virtual Digital Painting Workshop 120
Penny Mause
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
1/21/2023-1/22/2023
Virtual Learn to Paint Snow Workshop 250
Walt Bartman
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
1/21/2023-1/22/2023
Virtual Paint Seascapes Workshop 250
Walt Bartman
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/4/2023-2/5/2023
Onsite Sunflower Painting Workshop 150
Monica Pittman
Sa, Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
2/11/2023-2/12/2023
Onsite Encaustic & Mixed Media Painting Workshop 165
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Su, 12:00 PM-5:00 PM
2/12/2023-2/12/2023
Virtual Pet Portrait Workshop 95
Ally Morgan
Sa, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/18/2023-2/18/2023
Virtual Visual Fitness: Intensive Creativity Workout Workshop 90
Renee Sandell
Sa, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
2/25/2023-2/25/2023
Virtual Digital Painting Workshop 120
Penny Mause
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/25/2023-2/26/2023
Virtual Flower Painting Workshop 250
Walt Bartman
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-2:00 PM
2/25/2023-2/26/2023

IN-PERSON CLASSES

Do you prefer to paint in-person with other artists? This is a list of just our studio and outdoor classes. Click on the class title to visit the Glen Echo website where you may register. The classes are sorted by day and time.

Have questions about your registration? Please call the registrar at (301)634-2255 or email registrar@glenechopark.org.

ONSITE classes are in the Yellow Barn Studio
OFFSITE classes are on location

WINTER IN-PERSON CLASSES

MONDAY
Onsite Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor 210
Vian Borchert
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/23/2023-3/6/2023
Onsite Pastel Painting 325
Samantha Stover
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/13/2023
Onsite Landscape Painting and Drawing 270
Yupari
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/23/2023-3/20/2023
Onsite Still Life Painting 325
Leo Ramos
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/13/2023
Onsite Figure Painting from a Live Model 325
Leo Ramos
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/16/2023-3/13/2023
TUESDAY
Onsite Beginner Alla Prima Oil Painting 240
Dipali Rabadiya
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/24/2023-3/14/2023
WEDNESDAY
Onsite Flowing Watercolor 320
Bonny Lundy
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/22/2023
Onsite Painting from Photos and Sketches 325
Leo Ramos
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/15/2023
Onsite Creating a Likeness: Portrait Painting Techniques 320
Maud Taber-Thomas
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
2/8/2023-3/29/2023
Onsite Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting 350
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/18/2023-3/22/2023
Onsite Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/25/2023-3/29/2023
THURSDAY
Onsite Basic Principles of Drawing 325
Leo Ramos
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/19/2023-3/16/2023
Onsite Still Life and Landscape Oil Painting 300
Dipali Rabadiya
Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/23/2023
Onsite Painting from Photos- Yours or Mine 315
Marcia Klioze
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/9/2023
Onsite Introduction to Portrait Painting From Life $295
Yupari
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/19/2023-3/9/2023
FRIDAY
Onsite Beginning and Intermediate Drawing 210
Vian Borchert
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/27/2023-3/3/2023
Onsite Dynamic Figure Drawing: The Expressive Gesture 305
Samantha Stover
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Onsite Joy of Painting 315
Ann Schlesinger
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Onsite Pastel Figure Drawing: Sketch to Finish 305
Samantha Stover
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
Onsite Approaching Abstract in Painting 315
Ann Schlesinger
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/20/2023-3/24/2023
SATURDAY
Onsite Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting 318
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
1/21/2023-3/25/2023
Onsite Figure Drawing 325
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/21/2023-3/18/2023
Onsite Figure Drawing $325
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
9/24/2022-11/19/2022

SUNDAY

Onsite Color Theory and Color Mixing 270
Holly Buehler
Su, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
1/15/2023-3/5/2023
Onsite Emerging Young Artists (Ages 13-16) 210
Denise Dittmar
Su, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
1/22/2023-3/19/2023
Onsite Drawing and Painting 270
Yupari
Su, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
1/22/2023-3/19/2023
Onsite Basic Drawing 305
James Vissari
Su, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
1/22/2023-3/19/2023
IN-PERSON WEEKEND WORKSHOPS
Onsite Sunflower Painting Workshop 150
Monica Pittman
Sa, Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
2/11/2023-2/12/2023

THE FRIENDS OF THE YELLOW BARN

Please support the Yellow Barn Studio by becoming a member of the Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio

 BENEFITS OF JOINING THE FRIENDS

The Friends’ is dedicated to providing educational and exhibition opportunities to its members. The Friends’ relies on your membership dues to support the three annual member shows (the Drawing Exhibition, the Small Works Show and the Members Show), and to offer speaker and workshop events when possible. Your membership fee also supports the annual High School Exhibition, a juried show for all high school art students in the DMV region.

www.friendsoftheyellowbarnstudio.org

For information or questions about membership contact

Lee Ann Howdershell  leeannhowdy@gmail.com

Spot of Shade by Susan Sinclair Galego
In the Garden by Joanie Grosfeld

Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio Annual Members Show

The Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio welcome members from near and far who have submitted their best work to be accepted into the exclusive Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio Annual Members Show. 80 pieces were juried into this show from over 200 submissions. All work is original and for sale.

This year we are proud to announce, Ingrid Christensen, distinguished Canadian Impressionist, as our Judge for this year’s 28th Annual Members Show. ingridchristensen.com

To view the Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio Annual Members Show virtually, click here

To view Walt Bartman’s interview with Ingrid Christensen, click here

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.

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

Join us at the Yellow Barn Studio!

Click on the images to step inside.