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.

Events and Exhibitions

Click on an image to download a PDF for the event and click the links below the image to register.

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.

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor
Vian Borchert
Monday
9:30 AM – 12 PM
April 20 – June 8
$228.00

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor
Vian Borchert
Monday
9:30 AM – 12 PM
August 10 – August 31
$130.00

Advanced Acrylic Abstract Painting
Carol A Jason
Monday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/13/2020 – 06/08/2020
$128

Landscape on Location
Walt Bartman
Monday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/13/2020 – 06/15/2020
$275

Landscape on Location
Walt Bartman
Monday, Wednesday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/17/2020
$430

Inspiration Through New Media Combinations
Susan Hostetler
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
07/13/2020 – 07/17/2020
$225

Creating a Likeness: Portrait
Painting Techniques
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/20/2020 – 06/15/2020
$265

Mastering the Art of Color Mixing Week!
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
08/24/2020 – 08/28/2020
$198

Learn to Paint Animals: Focus in Watercolor
Ally Morgan
Monday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
07/06/2020 – 08/24/2020
$295

Acrylic & Oil Painting Mini-Class for Teens (Ages 13-17)
Denise Dittmar
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
06/29/2020 – 07/02/2020
$120

Fine Art of Colored Pencils Teen Camp (Ages 13-17)
Lis Zadravec
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
06/22/2020 – 06/26/2020
$275

Pastel Painting
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Monday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/13/2020 – 06/15/2020
$305

Painting From Photos
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/20/2020 – 06/15/2020
$265

Drawing and Painting in Collage & Mixed Media
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Monday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
06/22/2020 – 07/27/2020
$225

Painting Flowers with Imagination
Elisabeth Vismans
Monday
1:00 pm – 3:30pm
07/13/2020 – 08/10/2020
$175

Art History: The Italian Renaissance in Florence
Irina Stotland
Monday
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
04/27/2020 – 06/01/2020
$228

Art History: Painters of the Italian Renaissance in Venice
Irina Stotland
Monday
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
08/17/2020 – 08/31/2020
$114

Fine Art of Colored Pencils Boot Camp
Lis Zadravec
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
08/03/2020 – 08/07/2020
$275

Portrait Painting from Photos Week
Maud Taber-Thomas
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
08/24/2020 – 08/28/2020
$198

Drawing Skills and Exploring Mark Making
Susan Hostetler
Monday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
06/29/2020 – 08/03/2020
$265

Abstract Representation of Flowers
Elisabeth Vismans
Monday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
07/13/2020 – 08/10/2020
$175

Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting
Walt Bartman
Monday, Wednesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/17/2020
$430

Finding Your Style in Watercolor: Beginner to Intermediate
Michael Shibley
Monday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/20/2020 – 06/08/2020
$285

Plein Air Painting (On Location)
Bethany Lee
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/21/2020 – 06/23/2020
$295

Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic
Tory Cowles
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/16/2020
$310

Mixing it up: Combining Representation and Abstraction
Susan Hostetler
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
06/30/2020 – 08/04/2020
$270

Advanced Acrylic Abstract Painting
Carol A Jason
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
06/30/2020 – 08/04/2020
$96

Painting from Photos and Sketches
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/09/2020
$305

The Art of Color Mixing
Maud Taber-Thomas
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/21/2020 – 06/09/2020
$235

Spring Landscape on Location in Middletown Valley, Frederick County, MD
Walt Bartman
Tuesday
9:30 am – 1:00 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/16/2020
$295

Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting
Gavin Glakas
Tuesday, Thursday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
06/23/2020 – 07/30/2020
$318

Beginning and Intermediate Drawing
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Tuesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/09/2020
$305

Printmaking: Monotypes
Clare Winslow
Tuesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/21/2020 – 06/09/2020
$280

Composition: Making All the Parts Come Together
Trisha Gupta
Tuesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/28/2020 – 06/02/2020
$254

Art History: Symbolism Crosscurrents in European Painting
Erich Keel
Tuesday
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
05/19/2020 – 06/09/2020
$100

Basic Painting
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/09/2020
$265

Portrait Painting
Eric Westbrook
Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/21/2020 – 06/16/2020
$305

Approaching Abstract Painting: Color & Texture
Ann Schlesinger
Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/21/2020 – 06/09/2020
$295

Plein Air Painting (On Location)
Bethany Lee
Tuesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
07/07/2020 – 07/28/2020
$118

Basic Painting
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
07/07/2020 – 07/28/2020
$120

Portrait Painting
Eric Westbrook
Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
07/21/2020 – 08/25/2020
$205

Basic Painting
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
08/04/2020 – 08/25/2020
$120

Summer Sunset Painting in Middletown Valley MD
Walt Bartman
Tuesday
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
06/23/2020 – 08/25/2020
$200

Color, Composition and Design (Pittman)
Monica Pittman
Tuesday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/02/2020
$280

Portrait & Still Life Painting Spring/Summer
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/14/2020 – 06/09/2020
$265

Portrait & Still Life Painting Spring/Summer
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
07/07/2020 – 07/28/2020
$120

Portrait & Still Life Painting Spring/Summer
Marcia Klioze
Tuesday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
08/04/2020 – 08/25/2020
$120

Landscape on Location
Walt Bartman
Wednesday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/17/2020
$275

Anatomical Drawing
John Murray
Wednesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/10/2020
$290

Ink Drawing and Washes
Vian Borchert
Wednesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/22/2020 – 06/10/2020
$260

Finding Your Style in Watercolor: Beginner to Intermediate
Michael Shibley
Wednesday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
07/08/2020 – 08/19/2020
$295

Creative Watercolor
Karen Norman
Wednesday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
03/18/2020 – 04/29/2020
$190

Intro to Acrylic Painting (Richards)
Kim Richards
Wednesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/03/2020
$225

Still Life Painting for All Levels
John Murray
Wednesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/10/2020
$290

Painting from Photos and Sketches
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Wednesday
1:00 pm  – 3:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/10/2020
$305

Flowing Watercolor
Bonny Lundy
Wednesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/10/2020
$270

Flowing Watercolor
Bonny Lundy
Wednesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
07/01/2020 – 08/05/2020
$200

Finish Your Painting
Eric Westbrook
Wednesday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
07/08/2020 – 08/26/2020
$305

Basic Landscape Painting from Photos & Other Sources -Spring
Eric Westbrook
Wednesday
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/03/2020
$319

Flowing Watercolor for Beginner to Intermediate
Bonny Lundy
Wednesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/15/2020 – 06/10/2020
$270

Flowing Watercolor for Beginner to Intermediate
Bonny Lundy
Wednesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
07/01/2020 – 08/05/2020
$200

Fine Art of Colored Pencils
Lis Zadravec
Wednesday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
07/08/2020 – 08/05/2020
$275

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting
Gavin Glakas
Wednesday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/22/2020 – 06/24/2020
$318

Composition: Making All the Parts Come Together
Trisha Gupta
Wednesday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
07/01/2020 – 08/05/2020
$254

Plein Air Painting (On Location)
Bethany Lee
Thursday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/23/2020 – 06/25/2020
$295

Pastel Painting
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Thursday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/11/2020
$305

Basic Drawing: Start at the Beginning
Web Bryant
Thursday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/11/2020
$295

Painting with Gouache
Joan Tycko
Thursday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/11/2020
$250

Basic Drawing: Start at the Beginning
Web Bryant
Thursday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
07/09/2020 – 08/20/2020
$195

Intermediate Drawing and Beyond
Web Bryant
Thursday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/11/2020
$295

Beginning Painting in Oils and Acrylics
Joan Tycko
Thursday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/18/2020
$275

Painting Flowers with Imagination
Elisabeth Vismans
Thursday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/30/2020 – 06/11/2020
$235

Intermediate Drawing and Beyond
Web Bryant
Thursday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
07/09/2020 – 08/20/2020
$195

Drawing: Beginners/Intermediates & Refresh Your Skills
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Thursday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/23/2020 – 05/28/2020
$195

Approaching Abstract Painting: Color & Texture
Ann Schlesinger
Thursday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/23/2020 – 06/11/2020
$295

Abstract Representation of Flowers
Elisabeth Vismans
Thursday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/30/2020 – 06/11/2020
$235

Life Drawing
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Thursday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
06/25/2020 – 07/30/2020
$195

Acrylic Painting
Gita Mirshahi
Thursday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/04/2020
$295

Learn to Paint Animals: Focus in Watercolor
Ally Morgan
Thursday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/16/2020 – 06/18/2020
$295

Acrylic Painting
Gita Mirshahi
Thursday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
06/25/2020 – 07/16/2020
$160

Plein Air Painting (On Location)
Bethany Lee
Thursday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm
07/09/2020 – 07/30/2020
$118

Acrylic Painting
Gita Mirshahi
Thursday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
07/23/2020 – 08/13/2020
$160

Beginning Drawing
Vian Borchert
Friday
9:30 AM – 12 PM
April 17 – June 12
$293.00

Beginning Drawing
Vian Borchert
Friday
9:30 AM – 12 PM
August 7 – August 28
$130.00

Plein Air Watercolor
Michael Shibley
Friday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
07/10/2020 – 08/21/2020
$275

Color Alive: Still Life & Landscape
Ann Schlesinger
Friday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
04/24/2020 – 06/12/2020
$295

Plein Air Watercolor
Michael Shibley
Friday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
04/24/2020 – 06/12/2020
$285

Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced Drawing – Spring
Mariana Kastrinakis
Friday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
04/10/2020 – 05/29/2020
$280

Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced
Mariana Kastrinakis
Friday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/10/2020 – 05/29/2020
$280

Painting from Photos and Sketches
Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro
Friday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
04/17/2020 – 06/12/2020
$305

Learn to Paint Animals: Focus in Watercolor
Ally Morgan
Friday
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
07/10/2020 – 08/28/2020
$295

Art History: Painting from Byzantine to Renaissance to Baroque
Irina Stotland
Friday
1:00 pm -3:00 pm
05/01/2020 – 06/12/2020
$265

High School Portfolio
Trisha Gupta
Friday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
04/24/2020 – 05/15/2020
$172

High School Portfolio
Trisha Gupta
Friday
4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
06/19/2020 – 07/10/2020
$172

Open Studio
Yellow Barn Faculty
Friday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/17/2020 – 06/19/2020
$200

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting
Gavin Glakas
Saturday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
04/18/2020 – 06/20/2020
$295

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting
Gavin Glakas
Saturday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
07/11/2020 – 08/01/2020
$215

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting
Gavin Glakas
Saturday
1:30 pm -4:00 pm
04/18/2020 – 06/20/2020
$295

Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting
Gavin Glakas
Saturday
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
07/11/2020 – 08/01/2020
$215

Acrylic Painting
Gita Mirshahi
Saturday
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
04/18/2020 – 06/13/2020
$295

Acrylic Painting
Gita Mirshahi
Saturday
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
06/27/2020 – 07/25/2020
$160

Acrylic Painting
Gita Mirshahi
Saturday
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
08/01/2020 – 08/22/2020
$160

Emerging Young Artists
Denise Dittmar
Sunday
1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
04/26/2020 – 05/24/2020
$190

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.

Block Printing 101 Workshop
Kate Lanxner
Monday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
04/27/2020 – 04/27/2020
$90

Learn to Paint on Location Workshop
Walt Bartman
Monday
10:00 am – 12:30 pm
06/22/2020 – 07/06/2020
$220

Acrylic & Oil Painting Workshop for Teens & Adults
Denise Dittmar
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
07/27/2020 – 07/30/2020 (not meeting 7/28)
$90

Painting the Figure in the Landscape Workshop
Walt Bartman
Wednesday
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
07/01/2020 – 07/15/2020
$298

Block Printing 101 Workshop
Kate Lanxner
Thursday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
05/28/2020 – 05/28/2020
$90

Water Reflections Workshop
Christine Lashley
Friday
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
05/29/2020 – 05/29/2020
$120

Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island
Walt Bartman
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
06/05/2020 – 06/07/2020
$230

Abstract Representation Workshop: Emphasis on Mixed Media
Mariana Kastrinakis
Friday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
07/17/2020 – 07/24/2020
$155

Block Printing 101 Workshop
Kate Lanxner
Friday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
06/26/2020 – 06/26/2020
$90

Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island
Walt Bartman
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
07/10/2020 – 07/12/2020
$230

Geometric Mandalas Workshop: Pastels
Kate Lanxner
Friday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
07/17/2020 – 07/17/2020
$90 

Abstract Representation Workshop: Emphasis on Mixed Media
Mariana Kastrinakis
Friday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
07/17/2020 – 07/24/2020
$155

Geometric Mandalas Workshop: Pastels
Kate Lanxner
Friday
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
08/14/2020 – 08/14/2020
$90

Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island
Walt Bartman
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
08/21/2020 – 08/23/2020
$230

Pastel Painting Jump-Start 2-Day Workshop
Lori Goll
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
03/21/2020 – 03/22/2020
$200

Introduction to Impasto Painting Workshop
Jane Walsh
Saturday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
04/04/2020 – 04/11/2020
$85

Intensive Weekend Painting & Drawing the Figure in Middletown, MD
Walt Bartman
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
04/25/2020 – 04/26/2020
$250

Paint the Historic Train Station in Point of Rocks, Maryland
Walt Bartman
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
05/16/2020 – 05/17/2020
$220

Cow Painting Workshop South Mountain Creamery- Frederick County
Walt Bartman
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
05/30/2020 – 05/31/2020
$220

Mastering the Art of Color Mixing Workshop
Maud Taber-Thomas
Saturday, Sunday
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
06/06/2020 – 06/07/2020
$178

Exploring Impasto Painting Workshop
Jane Walsh
Saturday
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
06/06/2020 – 06/13/2020
$165

Paint C&O Canal Lockhouse Workshop
Monica Pittman
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
06/20/2020 – 06/21/2020
$175

Flower Painting Workshop
Walt Bartman
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
06/20/2020 – 06/21/2020
$230

Intense Color Mixing Workshop
Elisabeth Vismans
Saturday, Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
07/25/2020 – 07/26/2020
$195

Charcoal Drawing from Photos Workshop
Maud Taber-Thomas
Saturday, Sunday
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
08/22/2020 – 08/23/2020
$178

Fine Art of Colored Pencils Workshop (Zadravec)
Lis Zadravec
Sunday
1:30 pm – 5:30 pm
04/19/2020 – 04/26/2020
$170

Intuitive Painting and Life Coaching Workshop
Elisabeth Vismans
Sunday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
05/03/2020 – 05/03/2020
$183

Intuitive Painting Workshop
Elisabeth Vismans
Sunday
9:30 am – 12:30 pm
05/17/2020 – 05/17/2020
$105

Watercolor Monotypes Workshop
Clare Winslow
Sunday
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
06/07/2020 – 06/07/2020
$100

Encaustic (hot wax) + Mixed Media Workshop
Marcie Wolf-Hubbard
Sunday
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
06/28/2020 – 06/28/2020
$150

Block Printing 101: Workshop for High Schoolers
Kate Lanxner
Sunday
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
07/12/2020
$90

Block Printing 101: Workshop for High Schoolers
Kate Lanxner
Sunday
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
08/15/2020
$90

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.

Yellow Barn Member Services

Friends of the Yellow Barn are invited to display their artwork on the Yellow Barn Virtual Gallery. This is a great opportunity for you to promote and sell your artwork.

This service is provided to our members at a reduced rate. Members can display up to 15 images of their artwork for one year for a fee of $100. Those who are already represented on our web site can renew their subscription for $50 a year, with the addition of up to 5 new images at no extra cost. There is no commission for displaying work for sale. You may also submit a link to your own website.

Any additional images will be $10 each.

All images must be provided in digital form with titles, dimensions, media, and (optionally) prices, and a short biography to include your email. You may attach your images to an email to alex.bartman@outlook.com.

If you are not yet a Yellow Barn Member, there will be an additional $70 tax deductible fee to join the Friends of the Yellow Barn.

Click here to contact us for more information.

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; and Walt Bartman.

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