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.

Spring Registration is Open!

View the Glen Echo Classes 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

Personal critiques of your artwork by Walt 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.

2024 Yellow Barn Gallery Shows

April 13-14 Shirin Shahram Badie
April 20-21 James Vissari
May 4-5 Angela Iovino
May 11-12 Palisades Village Artists
May 25-27 Memorial Day Friends Small Works Show
Aug 31-Sep 2 Labor Day Friends Drawing & Water-based Works Show
October 5-6 Stephen Cozza
October 19-20 LeeAnn Howdershell
October 26-27 Ann Schlesinger
Nov 2-3 Kimberly Yourick
Nov 9-10 Walt Bartman
Nov 16-17 Gaithersburg Fine Arts Association
Nov 23-24 Renee Lachman, Seana Gallagher & D’Lisa Turner
Nov 30-Dec 1 Jenny Wilson
Dec 7-23 Friends of the YB Members Show

First Place Winner of the 2023 Annual Members Show
“Living Room” by Susan Sinclair Galego

Join Walt Bartman in Europe on a Painting Workshop!

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

SPRING

Portugal

Lisbon, Porimao and the Algarve Region
March 27 – April 2, 2024, 7 Days
$2,899 per person, single supplement $300

Southern Spain, Andalusia

Cordoba, Seville, Granada, and Malaga
April 2 – 11, 2024, 10 Days
$3,595 per person, single supplement $650
Click here for an itinerary and to register
Click here for an itinerary and to register

SUMMER

Norway

Pre tour Bergen, Norway
June 28 – July 1, 2024
$2,195 per person
Main Workshop
Bergen and the Lofoten Islands
July 1-10, 2024
Min 16-Max 22
$4,295 per person
Single supplement $650
Click here for an itinerary and to register

FALL

Italy

Venice and the Dolomites
September 2 to 11, 2024
$3,595 per person
Single supplement $550
Click here for an itinerary and to register

SPRING CLASSES

Classes are sorted by day of the week and time.

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

MONDAY CLASSES

Palette Knife Painting with Oils Virtual $215.00
Ann Wallace
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/15/2024-5/20/2024
Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor Onsite $225.00
Vian Borchert
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/29/2024-6/10/2024
Landscape Painting Mondays Virtual $350.00
Walt Bartman
M, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
4/29/2024-6/24/2024
Action Painting and Learning to Block in Color Onsite $125.00
Charlotte Harron
M, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
5/6/2024-5/20/2024
Explorations in Oil and Cold Wax Painting Onsite $120.00
Jennifer Hughes
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/15/2024-5/6/2024
Exploring Pastels Onsite $325.00
Ann Wallace
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/15/2024-6/17/2024
Exploring Watercolor Virtual $325.00
Michael Shibley
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/22/2024-6/3/2024
Still Life Painting Simplified Onsite $270.00
Mark Giaimo
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/22/2024-6/24/2024
Anatomy Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/15/2024-6/24/2024

TUESDAY CLASSES

Paint Flowers with Color Virtual $280.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
2/6/2024-3/26/2024
Play with Abstraction Virtual $280.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Tu, 6:30 PM-9:00 PM
2/6/2024-3/26/2024
Acrylic Abstract Expressionist Painting Onsite and Virtual $330.00
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/11/2024
Pastel and Gouache Painting Virtual $215.00
Ann Wallace
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/16/2024-5/21/2024
Plein Air Watercolor Offsite $275.00
Bonny Lundy
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/30/2024-6/25/2024
Drawing 2 Onsite $210.00
James Vissari
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/16/2024-5/21/2024
Landscape Painting Tuesdays Virtual $350.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/25/2024
Gouache Painting Onsite $325.00
Ann Wallace
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/11/2024
Portrait Painting Virtual $305.00
Eric Westbrook
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/11/2024
Beginning and Intermediate Oil Painting for Teens and Adults Onsite $240.00
Kimberly Yourick
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/11/2024
Color Theory Onsite $210.00
James Vissari
Tu, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
4/16/2024-5/21/2024
Draw & Paint the Still Life, Landscape, and Figure Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/25/2024
Creative Drawing for Beginners to Intermediates Onsite $210.00
Kimberly Yourick
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/4/2024
Sunset Painting Virtual and Offsite $350.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/25/2024
Color, Composition and Design Onsite $240.00
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/11/2024

WEDNESDAY CLASSES

Landscapes in Colored Pencil Mini-Session Virtual $145.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
2/28/2024-3/13/2024
Express Yourself with Drawing & Multimedia Virtual $185.00
Katherine Nelson
W, 9:30 AM-11:30 AM
4/17/2024-5/15/2024
Introduction to Digital Painting Virtual $270.00
Penny Mause
W, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/12/2024
Intermediate to Advanced Drawing Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/26/2024
Landscape on Location Offsite $350.00
Walt Bartman
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/24/2024-6/26/2024
Exploring Hardedge Geometric Painting in Acrylic Onsite $300.00
Charlotte Harron
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
5/1/2024-6/26/2024
Flowing Watercolor Onsite $270.00
Bonny Lundy
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/19/2024
Painting from Photos and Sketches Onsite $300.00
Leo Ramos
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/12/2024
Landscape Painting from Photos and Other Sources Virtual $325.00
Eric Westbrook
W, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/12/2024
Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting Onsite $350.00
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/24/2024-6/26/2024
Visual Fitness: Workouts for Seeing More Virtual $160.00
Renee Sandell
W, 4:00 PM-6:00 PM
5/1/2024-5/22/2024
Draw Horses in Colored Pencil Mini-Session Virtual $95.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
4/10/2024-4/17/2024
Colored Pencil Exotic Birds Mini-Session Virtual $95.00
Lis Zadravec
W, 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
5/8/2024-5/15/2024
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting Onsite$318.00
Gavin Glakas
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/19/2024

THURSDAY CLASSES

Basic Principles of Drawing Onsite $325.00
Leo Ramos
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/18/2024-6/13/2024
Introduction to Digital Painting Virtual $300.00
Penny Mause
Th, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/20/2024
Intermediate Watercolor Still Life and Portrait Painting Onsite $240.00
Julia Rosenbaum
Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/13/2024
Plein Air Landscape Offsite $325.00
Ken Conley
Th, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
4/18/2024-6/27/2024
Alla Prima Still Life and Landscape Oil Painting Onsite $295.00
Dipali Rabadiya
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/6/2024
Learn to Work with Opaque Watercolor- Gouache Virtual $350.00
Walt Bartman
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/20/2024
Oil Painting with Unconventional Tools Onsite $325.00
Ann Wallace
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/13/2024
Abstract Art Through the Ages Virtual $210.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/25/2024-5/30/2024
Learning to Draw and Paint Onsite $300.00
Justin Pyles
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/20/2024
Artistic Fusion Virtual $210.00
Elisabeth Vismans
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/25/2024-5/30/2024
Acrylic Painting Virtual $295.00
Gita Mirshahi
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/4/2024-5/23/2024
Portrait Painting from Life Onsite $270.00
Mark Giaimo
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/6/2024

FRIDAY CLASSES

Beginning and Intermediate Drawing Onsite $225.00
Vian Borchert
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
5/3/2024-6/7/2024
Dynamic Figure Drawing: The Expressive Gesture Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/19/2024-5/10/2024
Joy of Painting Onsite $325.00
Ann Schlesinger
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/14/2024
Dynamic Figure Drawing: The Expressive Gesture Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
5/24/2024-6/14/2024
Alla Prima Still Life and Landscape Gouache Painting Onsite $295.00
Dipali Rabadiya
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/7/2024
Friday Painter’s Studio Onsite $325.00
Ann Schlesinger
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/14/2024
Heads, Hands, and Feet Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/19/2024-5/10/2024
Heads, Hands, and Feet Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
5/24/2024-6/14/2024
Learning to Paint Onsite $300.00
Justin Pyles
F, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/21/2024
Figure Drawing Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
F, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/28/2024

SATURDAY CLASSES

Garden Painting en Plein Air Offsite $135.00
Holly Buehler
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/20/2024-5/11/2024
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting Onsite $254.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/20/2024-6/22/2024
Figure Drawing Onsite  $325.00
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/20/2024-6/22/2024
Acrylic Painting Virtual $295.00
Gita Mirshahi
Sa, 4:30 PM-7:00 PM
4/6/2024-5/25/2024

SUNDAY CLASSES

Color Theory and Color Mixing Onsite $135.00
Holly Buehler
Su, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/21/2024-5/12/2024
Emerging Young Artists- Teens Onsite $180.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/7/2024-5/12/2024
Potomac River Plein Air Workshop- Teens & Adults Offsite $60.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 2:00 PM-5:30 PM
5/19/2024-5/19/2024
Principles of Drawing and Painting Onsite $270.00
Mark Giaimo
Su, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/21/2024-6/23/2024

WORKSHOPS

In order by date

FEBRUARY
Paint Now Workshop Onsite $150.00
James Vissari
W, Th , 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
2/21/2024-2/22/2024
Sunflower Painting Workshop Onsite $120.00
Monica Pittman
Sa, Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
2/24/2024-2/25/2024
APRIL
Visual Journaling: Intensive Creativity Workout Workshop Virtual $80.00
Renee Sandell
Sa, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
4/20/2024-4/20/2024
Learn to Paint Ships and Seascapes Workshop Virtual $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
4/20/2024-4/21/2024
Paint en Plein Air on the Potomac River- Lock 29 Workshop Offsite $125.00
Kimberly Yourick
Sa, Su, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM
4/20/2024-4/21/2024
Acrylic Paint Workshop Virtual $150.00
Ann Wallace
Sa, Su, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/27/2024-4/28/2024
Contemplative Flower Painting Workshop $178.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Sa, Su, 2:00 PM-6:00 PM
5/11/2024-5/12/2024
MAY
Contemplative Flower Painting Workshop Online $178.00
Maud Taber-Thomas
Sa, Su, 2:00 PM-6:00 PM
5/11/2024-5/12/2024
Pastel Portraits Workshop Online $150.00
Ann Wallace
Sa, Su, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
5/18/2024-5/19/2024
Watercolor Flowers Workshop Onsite $75.00
Bonny Lundy
Sa, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
5/18/2024-5/18/2024
Cow Painting on Location Workshop Offsite $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
6/1/2024-6/2/2024

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.

MONDAY
Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor Onsite $225.00
Vian Borchert
M, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/29/2024-6/10/2024
Action Painting and Learning to Block in Color Onsite $125.00
Charlotte Harron
M, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
5/6/2024-5/20/2024
Explorations in Oil and Cold Wax Painting Onsite $120.00
Jennifer Hughes
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/15/2024-5/6/2024
Exploring Pastels Onsite $325.00
Ann Wallace
M, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/15/2024-6/17/2024
Still Life Painting Simplified Onsite $270.00
Mark Giaimo
M, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/22/2024-6/24/2024
Anatomy Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
M, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/15/2024-6/24/2024
TUESDAY
Acrylic Abstract Expressionist Painting Onsite and Virtual $330.00
Tory Cowles
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/11/2024
Plein Air Watercolor Offsite $275.00
Bonny Lundy
Tu, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/30/2024-6/25/2024
Drawing 2 Onsite $210.00
James Vissari
Tu, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/16/2024-5/21/2024
Gouache Painting Onsite $325.00
Ann Wallace
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/11/2024
Beginning and Intermediate Oil Painting for Teens and Adults Onsite $240.00
Kimberly Yourick
Tu, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/11/2024
Color Theory Onsite $210.00
James Vissari
Tu, 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
4/16/2024-5/21/2024
Draw & Paint the Still Life, Landscape, and Figure Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/16/2024-6/25/2024
Creative Drawing for Beginners to Intermediates Onsite $210.00
Kimberly Yourick
Tu, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/4/2024
Sunset Painting Virtual and Offsite $350.00
Walt Bartman
Tu, 6:30 PM-9:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/25/2024
Color, Composition and Design Onsite $240.00
Monica Pittman
Tu, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/23/2024-6/11/2024
WEDNESDAY
Intermediate to Advanced Drawing Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/26/2024
Landscape on Location Onsite $350.00
Walt Bartman
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/24/2024-6/26/2024
Exploring Hardedge Geometric Painting in Acrylic Onsite $300.00
Charlotte Harron
W, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
5/1/2024-6/26/2024
Flowing Watercolor Onsite $270.00
Bonny Lundy
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/19/2024
Painting from Photos and Sketches Onsite $300.00
Leo Ramos
W, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/12/2024
Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting Onsite $350.00
Walt Bartman
W, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/24/2024-6/26/2024
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting Onsite $318.00
Gavin Glakas
W, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/17/2024-6/19/2024
THURSDAY
Basic Principles of Drawing Onsite $325.00
Leo Ramos
Th, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
4/18/2024-6/13/2024
Intermediate Watercolor Still Life and Portrait Painting Onsite $240.00
Julia Rosenbaum
Th, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/13/2024
Plein Air Landscape Offsite $325.00
Ken Conley
Th, 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
4/18/2024-6/27/2024
Alla Prima Still Life and Landscape Oil Painting Onsite $295.00
Dipali Rabadiya
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/6/2024
Oil Painting with Unconventional Tools Onsite $325.00
Ann Wallace
Th, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/13/2024
Learning to Draw and Paint Onsite $300.00
Justin Pyles
Th, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/20/2024
Portrait Painting from Life Onsite $270.00
Mark Giaimo
Th, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/18/2024-6/6/2024
FRIDAY
Beginning and Intermediate Drawing Onsite $225.00
Vian Borchert
F, 9:30 AM-12:00 PM
5/3/2024-6/7/2024
Dynamic Figure Drawing: The Expressive Gesture Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/19/2024-5/10/2024
Joy of Painting Onsite $325.00
Ann Schlesinger
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/14/2024
Dynamic Figure Drawing: The Expressive Gesture Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
5/24/2024-6/14/2024
Alla Prima Still Life and Landscape Gouache Painting Onsite $295.00
Dipali Rabadiya
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/7/2024
Friday Painter’s Studio Onsite $325.00
Ann Schlesinger
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/14/2024
Heads, Hands, and Feet Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/19/2024-5/10/2024
Heads, Hands, and Feet Onsite $150.00
Samantha Stover
F, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
5/24/2024-6/14/2024
Learning to Paint Onsite $300.00
Justin Pyles
F, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/21/2024
Figure Drawing Onsite $325.00
Ken Conley
F, 7:00 PM-9:30 PM
4/19/2024-6/28/2024
SATURDAY
Garden Painting en Plein Air Offsite $135.00
Holly Buehler
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/20/2024-5/11/2024
Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting Onsite $254.00
Gavin Glakas
Sa, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/20/2024-6/22/2024
Figure Drawing Onsite $325.00
Eric Westbrook
Sa, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/20/2024-6/22/2024
SUNDAY
Color Theory and Color Mixing Onsite $135.00
Holly Buehler
Su, 10:00 AM-12:30 PM
4/21/2024-5/12/2024
Emerging Young Artists- Teens Onsite $180.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
4/7/2024-5/12/2024
Principles of Drawing and Painting Onsite $270.00
Mark Giaimo
Su, 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
4/21/2024-6/23/2024
WORKSHOPS
Paint Now Workshop Onsite $150.00
James Vissari
W, Th , 4:00 PM-6:30 PM
2/21/2024-2/22/2024
Sunflower Painting Workshop Onsite $120.00
Monica Pittman
Sa, Su, 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
2/24/2024-2/25/2024
Paint en Plein Air on the Potomac River- Lock 29 Workshop Offsite $125.00
Kimberly Yourick
Sa, Su, 3:00 PM-8:00 PM
4/20/2024-4/21/2024
Watercolor Flowers Workshop Onsite$75.00
Bonny Lundy
Sa, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
5/18/2024-5/18/2024
Potomac River Plein Air Workshop- Teens & Adults Offsite $60.00
Denise Dittmar
Su, 2:00 PM-5:30 PM
5/19/2024-5/19/2024
Cow Painting on Location Workshop Offsite $250.00
Walt Bartman
Sa, Su, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM
6/1/2024-6/2/2024

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

In the Garden by Joanie Grosfeld

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 seventy 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!

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