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Instructors

Walter Bartman, Director, resident artist and instructor at the Yellow Barn, has assembled a team of dedicated, accomplished, and qualified instructors to compliment the studio's programs and classes. The Yellow Barn prides itself on its diverse philosophy of its faculty. Each member brings years of experience successfully working with students. These instructors are chosen for their artistic and educational expertise. They are experts in their fields. They teach a wide range of classes in Oils, Acrylics, Watercolor, and Drawing. To learn more about a particular instructor and his/her class schedule, click on the instructor's name below.

Walt Bartman (Director), Walt Michael Bartman III (Assistant Director), Jordan Bruns (Manager), Lida Stifel, Gavin Glakas, Vian Shamounki Borchert, Maude Taber-Thomas, Martha Spak, Christine Lashley, Bonny Lundy, Mary Fanning, Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro, Gita Mirshahi, John Murray, Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, Elisabeth Vismans, Carol A. Jason, Katherine Nelson, Ricky Sears, Tory Cowles, Barbara Gruber, Karen Norman, Lesa Cook, Denise Dittmar, Anka Zaremba, Alexandra Michaels, Joshua Highter, Michael Shibley, Susan Hostetler, Kiki McGrath, Cherie M. Redlinger, Ann Schlesinger, Alexandra N. Sherman, Eric Westbrook, Joanne Wasserman

WALTER BARTMAN, Founder and Director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery

Walt teaches landscape, still life and figure painting classes and workshops, here and abroad. His career spans four decades. He received a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Art History from American University and he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in Belgium and Holland. His philosophy of painting centers on personal interpretation and the unique approach to the ordinary. For him, a great painting includes all the arts. He works with all levels of students and challenges them to “see” more. Walt’s own work is representational in subject, but with an abstract approach to seeing and expressing his thoughts on canvas. He is a colorist and he shares his knowledge with his students.

It is the invisible that needs to be found, the clue is in the visible.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Spring Landscape on Location $430
Monday,Wednesday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Apr 12-Jun 14

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Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting $430
Monday,Wednesday, 4-6:30pm
Apr 12-Jun 14

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Painting the Figure in the Landscape Week $298
M-F, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jul 17-21

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Learn How to Draw the Figure "Getaway Weekend" on the Chesapeake Bay $215
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
Apr 15-16

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Learn How to Paint the Figure "Getaway Weekend" on the Chesapeake Bay $230
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
Apr 22-23

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Cow Painting Workshop South Mountain Creamery- Frederick County $215
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-4pm
May 6-7

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Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $230
Friday,Saturday,Sunday, 10am-5pm
Jun 9-11

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Learn to Paint on Location Workshop $215
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday, 10am-12:30pm
Jun 20-22

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Cow Painting at Sunset $215
Saturday,Sunday, 4-9pm
Jul 8-9

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Flower Painting Workshop $215
Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday, 10am-2pm
Jul 11-13

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Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $230
Friday,Saturday,Sunday, 10am-5pm
Jul 14-16

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Landscape Painting Workshop on the Chesapeake Bay at Tilghman Island $230
Friday,Saturday,Sunday, 10am-5pm
Aug 25-27

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walt@yellowbarnstudio.net
Website: www.yellowbarnstudio.com/bartman.htm

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J. Jordan Bruns

J. Jordan Bruns received BFA degrees in painting and illustration form the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MFA in painting from Indiana University. He teaches classes for all levels such as “Basic Principals of Drawing” and “Fundamentals of Painting: Beginner to Intermediate” for those with no or little experience, to more advanced courses such as “Abstract Representation”. While his work currently borders abstraction, his classical background stresses a strong foundation in the fundamentals of drawing and painting in order to maximize creativity and personal voice.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Fair Weather or Figure: Intermediate to Advanced $295
Thursday, 9:30am-12pm
Apr 13-Jun 8

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Alla Prima Oil Painting: Intermediate to Advanced $295
Thursday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 13-Jun 8

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Experimental Drawing: Intermediate to Advanced Drawing $295
Friday, 9:30am-12pm Apr 14-Jun 9
Jun 23-Aug 18

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Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced $295
Friday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 14-Jun 9

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Abstract Representation: Intermediate to Advanced $295
Friday, 1-3:30pm
Jun 23-Aug 18

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Oh, the Colors! A Color Theory Workshop $165
Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Jun 22-29

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Painting Under the Knife Workshop $165
Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Jul 13-20

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The Way of the Pencil Workshop $165
Thursday, 9:30am-3:30pm
Aug 10-17

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MARTHA SPAK, Basic Landscape Painting/Oil Instructor

Martha Spak teaches a Basic Landscape Painting class. Learn the fundamentals of composition, color, form and some not-so-basic oil painting techniques in creating atmosphere in seascapes and landscapes. Painting exercises will focus on a different element of land/seascape: trees, clouds, skies, earth, rocks, and water. Students will explore the possibilities of using varnishes and mediums to increase the brilliance and depth of a painting. Artist’s Statement: I strive to create works that convey a sense of peace and give the viewer a chance to pause.

MarthaSpak@gmail.com
Website: www.MarthaSpak.com

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LIDA STIFEL

I have been on a creative journey for over 40 years. Every painting creates a different set of circumstances so I don’t have any formulas. I believe that working directly from life is necessary in order create spontaneous and energetic work. Although I experiment with different techniques and subject matter, I maintain a strong respect for the traditions of art

Educated at Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in Art History and painting, I continued studying painting and drawing at The Corcoran School of Art under William Christenberry.

I have had over 18 solo exhibitions and been selected in over 30 juried exhibitions. I have participated in Paint Annapolis, Wayne Plein Air Festival and Ellicott City “Paint It” I have won 8 Jurors Choice Awards including “Strokes of Genius” at the Maryland Federation of Art and most recently, first place in the Ellicott City Juried Plein Air Competition in July of 2015.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Redefining the Figure $295
Thursday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 13-Jun 1

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lidarose@comcast.net
Website: www.lidart.com

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CHRISTINE LASHLEY

Christine Lashley teaches studio and plein-air (outdoor) classes at the Yellow Barn in both oil and watercolor. Christine teaches a flexible approach to creating art with special techniques for achieving loose brushwork and clean colors. Her oil classes also focus on how to apply wet layers and non-toxic ways to use oil paints.

Christine's impressionistic images are filled with merged color, lush brush strokes and a sense of sparkling light. She studied in Paris at the Parsons Art Institute and the Sorbonne and continued on to earn her BFA at Washington University in St. Louis. Christine continued her studies in advanced workshops with artists such as: Skip Lawrence, Charles Reid, Frank Serano, and Scott Christensen.

She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and has been in a number of juried prestigious outdoor painting competitions such as Easels in Frederick, Plein Air Easton, and Telluride. She has won numerous awards for her work including "Best of Show" for both landscape and portrait paintings. Her most recent award was at Principal Gallery's international juried show "Root to Bloom." Her work has been featured in several publications including: Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine), Oil Painters of America Blog, The Artist's Magazine, the Washington Post, and North Light Books. An art teacher for 20 years, Christine is a member of several juried art groups, including: the Potomac Valley Watercolorists (where she served as President), American Women Arists, Oil Painters of America, Baltimore Watercolor Society, Salmagundi Club NYC, and the Washington Society of Landscape Painters.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Plein-Air Oils $280 /b>
Tuesday, 10am-12:30pm
Apr 25-Jun 13

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Fresh Style Watercolor: Beginning/Intermediate $140
Thursday, 9:30am-12pm
Jul 6-Jul 27

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Fresh Style Oils: Beginning/Intermediate$140
Thursday, 1-3:30pm
Jul 6-Jul 27

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Plein-Air Watercolor (Lashley) $280
Friday, 10am-12:30pm
Apr 28-Jun 16

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lashleystudio@yahoo.com
Website: www.lashleyart.com

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W. MICHAEL BARTMAN III

Bartmanimage BartmanW. Michael Bartman III teaches Learning to Draw and Paint on Tuesdays and Thursdays. W. Michael Bartman III received his art education degree from Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated on teaching and painting. Thereafter, Mr. Bartman was employed by Montgomery County Public Schools; during his tenure, he served as Director of the largest Advanced Placement Art program in Montgomery County. Presently, he is the Painting Instructor at the Landon School, a private school located in Bethesda, Maryland. Mr. Bartman is also the Assistant Director of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery located in Glen Echo Park, Maryland. He has been a two-time Outstanding Teacher of Excellence recognized by the Maryland Art Education Association and the Landon School. Mr. Bartman’s painting travels have taken him to Antietam, Frederick, Middletown Valley, Tilghman Island, St. Michaels, and Crisfield…MD; Chincoteague, VA; Santa Fe and Taos, N.M.; Sedona, AZ; the Bahamas; Bermuda; Italy; Spain; and Eastern European cities including Prague, Bratislava, and Budapest.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Learning to Draw & Paint $315
Monday,Wednesday, 1-3pm
Jun 19-Jul 19

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Learning to Draw & Paint $285
Monday,Wednesday, 4-6pm
Aug 7-30

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Learning to Draw & Paint $290
Tuesday, 4-6pm
Mar 28-May 23

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Basic Painting $310
Tuesday, 7-9pm
Mar 28-May 30

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Walt_Bartman@landon.net
Website: www.waltbartmaniiipaintings.com

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Gavin Glakas

Gavin Glakas is a professional artist who paints portraits, cityscapes, figures and modern life. He studied with Walt Bartman at Walt Whitman High School and then at Washington University in St. Louis and the Slade School of Fine Art in London. He is represented by Principle Gallery of Alexandria, VA. and Charleston, SC. His work hangs in the US Capitol, Georgetown and George Washington Universities, among other places, and he has been teaching at the Yellow Barn Studio since 2004.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Landscape, Figure & Studio Painting $318
Tuesday,Thursday, 1-3:30pm
Jun 27-Aug 1

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Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $318
Wednesday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 12-Jun 14

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Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $295
Saturday, 10am-12:30pm Apr 15-Jun 24

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Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $235
Saturday, 10am-12:30pm
Jul 1-Aug 5

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Portrait and Figure Drawing and Painting $295
Saturday, 1:30-4pm
Apr 15-Jun 24

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Summer Landscape Painting $235
Saturday, 1:30-4pm
Jul 1-Aug 5

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gavinglakas@yahoo.com
Website: www.gavinglakas.com

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Bonny Lundy

An artist all her life, Bonny Lundy has taught watercolor classes and workshops at the Yellow Barn Studio for over eighteen years. Her Wednesday classes have ranged from beginning to en plein air. Bonny paints impressionistic still life, landscape, flowers, and figures, encouraging her students to use expressive color and fluid movement through wet on wet and direct painting, and to experiment, strengthening their own unique visions. Making art is our response to our soulful, poetic lives. Art is our gift to others. Bonny has exhibited widely in the US and abroad. Her watercolors, gouache, oil paintings, batiks and ceramic art are included in public and private collections. She has a BFA in painting and has studied with several impressionist painters. Being part of this supportive arts community at Glen Echo and Yellow Barn continues to be a pleasurable learning experience.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Flowing Watercolor $310
Wednesday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 12-Jun 14

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Flowing Watercolor (Lundy) $160
Wednesday, 4-6:30pm
Jul 5-Aug 2

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bonnylundyart@aol.com
Website: bonnylundy.com

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Vian Borchert

Vian Shamounki Borchert is an award winning contemporary artist who has shown both internationally and nationally in many group and solo exhibitions. Vian's expressionistic artwork recently has been on exhibit at “Art Basel Miami Beach” at “Spectrum Miami”. Also, she has shown in prestigious places such as the United Nations General Assembly, Public Lobby Gallery in NYC, NY, and in galleries and private collection throughout the world such as Dubai, Manchester, Paris and Amman. Vian is a graduate from The Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, D.C. and has a Master Web Design degree. Vian’s expressionistic art illustrates a poetic mood and a thoughtful journey in the world of painting. Borchert has been teaching art classes in Painting, Watercolor, Acrylic and in Drawing for over ten years to students of all levels. Borchert's work has been featured in many press such as “Aesthetica” magazine, WAAVE+DADA publication, “Maniera District” magazine, "HERLIFE" magazine, the Washington Post, The Huffington Post, DC Modern Luxury magazine and NPR's Art Beat and many others. For more about the artist visit: Website: www.vianborchert.com, instagram: vianborchert, Facebook: Vian Borchert Fine Arts, Twitter: ViansArtCorner.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Beginning and Intermediate Watercolor $228
Monday, 9:30am-12pm
Apr 24-Jun 12

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vianborchert@gmail.com
Website: www.vianborchert.com

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Maude Taber-Thomas

Maud Taber-Thomas is an oil painter specializing in portraits and scenes inspired by literature and history. She earned her MFA in painting from the New York Academy of Art. She completed her undergraduate studies at Bowdoin College and Oxford University, where she studied Victorian Literature as well as the fine arts. Maud has had paintings in such New York City galleries as Sloan Fine Art, Flowers Gallery, and Dacia Gallery, and has also shown at the Scope Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland. In 2011, Maud was awarded a residency by the Terra Foundation in Giverny, France, where she completed a series of plein air paintings of the town where Monet had his studio. She works and teaches in the Washington, DC area.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Creating a Likeness: Portrait Painting Techniques $282
Monday, 9:30am-12pm
Apr 17-Jun 12

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Painting From Photos $282
Monday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 17-Jun 12

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Portrait Painting Week $198
M-F, 9:30am-12pm
Jun 26-30

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Discover Painting Techniques Week $198
M-F, 9:30am-12pm
Aug 21-25

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Portrait Painting from Photos Week $198
M-F, 9:30am-12pm
Aug 28-Sep 1

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Charcoal Drawing from Photos Workshop $178
Saturday,Sunday, 10:30am-4:30pm
Aug 26-27

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m.taber.thomas@gmail.com

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Mary Fanning

Mary Fanning is a watercolorist who studied at the Ontario College of Art and has been painting watercolor for over 20 years. Her interest in art began as a teenager when she decided that she wanted to paint in watercolor and began to study art and painting. She took time off for medical school and a career, but returned to art school and has since leveraged an international career to paint all over the globe showing and selling her work. This is her debut as an instructor and she adds a unique approach to using this wonderful medium – working to emphasize shapes and optimize the impact of rich colors.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Watercolor Painting: Beginners and Intermediates $273
Thursday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 13-Jun 15

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Watercolor Painting Workshop: Beginners and Intermediates $205
Saturday,Sunday, 9:30am-4pm
May 6-7

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marymfanning@gmail.com

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GONZALO RUIZ NAVARRO

Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro received a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Valencia, in his native Spain and followed courses at many prestigious schools, including the University of Toledo, the University of Alcala de Henares, the Foundation of Contemporary Art and Artists and the Taller del Prado Academy.

He has been working as a professional artist and art instructor for more than 20 years helping students of all ages and levels to build solid artistic foundations and discover their unique creativity.

Gonzalo’s works have been exhibited in numerous venues throughout Europe and the U.S. He has received several awards and has been featured in media such as the New York Times and Fine Art Views where he has been described as A master at evoking a mood and a sense of time and place.

I believe that intuition and feelings are paramount to art but that academic instruction is the key of your artistic education. I show clear concepts that apply to all and foremost I give you highly individualized advice that applies to you. I think that working from life should be the daily diet of a representational artist but I also teach you how to work from photos and memory to get the most of every source.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Pastel Painting $298
Monday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 17-Jun 19

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Painting from Photos and Sketches $298
Tuesday, 9:30am-12pm
Apr 18-Jun 13

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Beginning and Intermediate Drawing $298
Tuesday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 18-Jun 13

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Landscape Painting $298
Wednesday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 19-Jun 14

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Painting from Photos and Sketches $298
Friday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 21-Jun 16

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GonzaloFineArt@gmail.com
web site: www.gonzaloruiznavarro.com/

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Gita Mirshahi

Gita Mirshahi earned her BFA in drawing & sculpture from Trinity college and her MFA from George Washington University. She works in a wide range of two and three dimensional media - from drawing to print making and painting, to creating sculpture, ceramics or jewelry. Gita has focused of late on spontaneous, free flowing, vibrant paintings, which, though based on the physical world are near calligraphic abstractions. Each painting reflects her own personal brand of 'automatic' rhythms & shapes. She has taught many disciplines and her hallmark is helping the student develop their own vision and techniques. My joy in making art is launching in to uncharted waters, looking for the unexpected approach to the world around us & with in . This means taking risks, investing yourself in the process of discovery, and watching your subject reveal it self. See yourself in different light as you learn to paint with no inhibitions, under Gita's generous tutelage.

Current & Upcoming classes:

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Acrylic Painting $310
Tuesday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 18-Jun 13

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Acrylic Painting $310
Tuesday, 7-9:30pm
Jun 27-Aug 22

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Acrylic Painting $310
Saturday, 4:30-7pm
Apr 15-Jun 17
Jun 24-Aug 19

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pandouart@yahoo.com

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John Murray

John Murray is a contemporary artist who works primarily in oil. His subject matter includes figure, landscape, still-life and portraiture. Inspired by the classical masters as a boy, his traditional training and artistic development has lead to work of quality. His paintings carry an appealing sense of clarity and color. Murray was educated at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. In 1991 he studied at the John Michael Angel Studio in Florence, Italy. Upon graduation, he became one of four banknote designers at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, where he drew presidential portraits and worked on currency designs for 16 years. In 2005, he decided to leave the Bureau to pursue his art career full time.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Still Life Painting for All Levels $278
Wednesday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 12-Jun 7

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Figure Drawing and Painting $343
Thursday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Apr 13-Jun 8

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The Oil Sketch: Loosen Up and Make Your Paintings Come Alive $328
Friday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 14-Jun 9

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lenak@concentric.net

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Marcie Wolf-Hubbard

Marcie Wolf-Hubbard received her B.A. from the University of Maryland in Studio Art and studied Fine Art and Illustration at the Maryland Institute, College of Art. Her paintings have been exhibited widely on the East Coast. She has illustrated for magazines and books and worked as a courtroom artist. Marcie is an instructor at Glen Echo Park, the Yellow Barn Studio and The Smithsonian. She is also a teaching artist in the community, working with children and adults including individuals with special needs and seniors with dementia.

Marcie and her husband, David Hubbard, are collaborating on a series of books of David’s short stories and poems and her encaustic paintings, which have inspired David’s writing. Poems From Within is the first book in the series.

Artist's statement

I have always loved to draw. Like most artists, I look and take in what’s around me. For the past six years, I have been working in encaustic (hot wax) painting. Painting in encaustic highlights the lines and tonal quality of my charcoal drawings of the figure and nature. Up close, I see the texture on the surface, further emphasized by oilstick on the drawn lines and brushstrokes. Adding collage elements gives more texture, dimension and depth to the paintings. My drawing is an appreciation of the life, personality, spirit and beauty of humanity and nature.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Encaustic (hot wax) + Mixed Media Workshop $150
Friday, 12-5pm
Apr 28

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Encaustic (hot wax) + Mixed Media Workshop $150
Sunday, 12-5pm
Jun 11

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marcieplusart@gmail.com
web site: www.marciewolfhubbard.com

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Elisabeth Vismans

Elisabeth is an Award-Winning artist, born and raised in the Netherlands. After an international corporate career she chose to follow her life long passion for painting. She took as many workshops and classes as she could fit into her busy schedule, participated in many juried shows and soon began to get recognition for her colorful and vibrant oil paintings. She showed her work in Denver, Longmont, Louisville in CO, Rockville, Frederick, Baltimore in Maryland, Berryville, Waterford in VA and New Orleans, LA as well as in the Netherlands.

Elisabeth is passionate about helping student to find their own unique painting style by taking away fear for the unknown and failure. Painting should be a fun activity at any age.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Expressive Painting $275
Monday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 17-Jun 12

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Expressive Painting $240
Monday, 1-3:30pm
Jun 26-Aug 7

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Painting Flowers with Imagination $205
Sunday, 10am-12:30pm
Apr 23-Jun 18
Jul 9-Aug 13

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Intuitive Painting Workshop $105
Saturday, 10am-12:30pm
Aug 19

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Intuitive Painting and Life Coaching Workshop $183
Sunday, 10am-3:30pm
Aug 20

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evismans@qualitywithin.com
web site: www.qualitywithin.com

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Carol A. Jason

We learn from instructors, but at some point we need to step back and appraise what direction to pursue to find what interests us the most. This class offers a place to explore abstract painting using water-based media for intermediate and advanced artists. Carol A. Jason is the class coordinator but there is no instructor; we benefit from the free flow of ideas from fellow artists.

Carol A. Jason studied acrylic abstract painting at the Yellow Barn with the late Helen Corning. She received her BA and MFA degrees in sculpture from the American University. She studied ceramic hand-building and printmaking at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, and ceramics at Eastern Market Pottery. She holds a diploma in advertising design from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Advanced Acrylic Abstract Painting $160
Monday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Apr 10-Jun 19

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Advanced Acrylic Abstract Painting $96
Monday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jun 26-Jul 31

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jasonc02@verizon.net

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Katherine Nelson

My drawings spring from the inspiration of living and traveling in some of the most spirit-embodied places in the world. I focus on the iconic American Palouse and mysterious Old World Europe, intent on depicting the delicate environmental balance of nature and its relationship to agricultural production and human consumption. My preferred medium is charcoal; with it I’m able to explore the interplay of light and shadow, softness and edge. I graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Science in Art Education from Skidmore College in 1985 and earned a Master of Arts in 1990 from SUNY Albany in Drawing. I’ve lived on both the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and exhibit my drawings in many solo, invitational, and juried exhibitions in the United States and Europe.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Learning to Work with Versatile Charcoal and Pastel $300
Wednesday, 10:30am-12:30pm
Mar 29-May 31

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Dry Media Workshop: Combining Dynamic Atmosphere and Abstraction $150
Saturday, 10am-3:30pm, Apr 1

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White on Black Pet Portrait Workshop $150
Saturday, 10am-3:30pm
May 6

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Katherine@katherinenelsonart.com
Website: www.katherinenelsonart.com

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Ricky Sears

A native of Chevy Chase, Ricky Sears, MFA Fine Arts, BA Studio Art cum laude honors, has five years college teaching experience in studio art and currently teaches drawing and painting at Landon School. He provides encouragement and shows examples to ensure students do their best in his fun and engaging classes.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Observational Drawing and Painting for the High School Student $295
Saturday, 1-4pm
Apr 8-29

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Mindful Watercolor Workshop $45
Saturday, 12-2pm, Mar 11

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rickysears@aol.com

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Tory Cowles

Experience as a woodworker, carpenter, stonewall builder, and representational painter have influenced Tory Cowles’ abstract paintings. She’s interested in the conversations that happen between juxtaposed colors, textures and shapes; of spontaneity versus structure; and of boldness versus subtlety.

Represented at the Torpedo Factory, Alexandria VA and Longview Gallery, 9th St. NW DC. Cowles also shows widely in the mid-Atlantic region.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Abstract Expressionist Painting- Acrylic $300
Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Apr 18-Jun 13

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torycowles@comcast.net
Website: www.torycowles.com

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Barbara Epstein Gruber

Barbara Epstein Gruber currently teaches drawing and painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art, The Center for Visual Art at the Johns Hopkins University and the Kentucky College of Art and Design. Her paintings and drawings can be found in private and corporate collections throughout the Unites States, the UK and Europe, and she has been awarded best in show and honorable mention by such esteemed jurors as Samuel Hoi, Klauss Kertees, Bernard Chaet, George Gurney and Doreen Bolger of the BMA. Most recently she was a finalist for the William And Trafford Klots residency in Lehon, France. Ms. Gruber is a member of the Creative Alliance in Baltimore.

My goal in teaching is to convey my own passion and enthusiasm for a working practice, an understanding that no matter how what else is going on in life, looking, exploration and discovery continues indefinitely. Classes are grounded in observational skills that allow students to transfer concepts and ideas on to paper, canvas, or any chosen surface, and include lecture, critique, museum visits and demonstrations.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Color Mixing/Color Theory Workshop $120
Tuesday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 18-May 2

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Master Painting Workshop in Oil or Acrylic $120
Tuesday, 4-6:30pm
Apr 18-May 2

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Intensive Master Painting Workshop $160
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-5pm
Apr 22-23

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Intensive Master Painting Workshop $160
Saturday,Sunday, 10am-5pm
Aug 26-27

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barbgruber@gmail.com

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Karen Norman

Karen Norman's work as an undergraduate led her to the University of Edinburgh where she received her last college credits and took part in the Edinburgh Arts Festival. She received her Masters of Fine Arts at the University of Maryland in College Park in color lithography. Her love of color led her to watercolor. She began to explore its possibilities and subtleties and became totally absorbed in the medium. She has won several first place awards in shows at the Baltimore Watercolor Society and is also a member of Potomac Valley Watercolorists and several other area art associations in the DC area. Her pencil illustrations appear in the soon to be published book, Cyberpsychology, second edition.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Creative Watercolor $240
Wednesday, 10am-12:30pm
Apr 12-May 31

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waterkart@gmail.com
Website: karennorman.net

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Lesa Cook

Lesa Cook grew up in South Carolina and received a degree in studio art from the University of South Carolina in 1987. In 1990/91 she pursued graduate work in computer graphics at George Mason University. She continued her fine art studies part-time at the Maryland Institute College of Art and The Corcoran. For 10 years she studied at The Art League in Alexandria, Virgina. She continues to pursue her studies and thinks of herself as a perpetual student. She has been teaching for the last ten years throughout the Md/Va area.

Her work has been shown both regionally and nationally. Currently, she resides in Burkittsville, Maryland with her husband where she paints and sculpts. She considers herself a classical realist, drawing inspiration from the great masters and trying to capture not only the natural form but the emotional reality as well.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Beginning Oil Painting $260
Tuesday, 4-6:30pm
Apr 25-Jun 13

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Drawing the Portrait in Tri-Colored Chalk $260
Tuesday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 25-Jun 13

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Pet Portraiture in Oil $260
Thursday, 4-6:40pm
Apr 20-Jun 15

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Figure Drawing in Charcoal Week $150
M-F, 4-6:30pm
Jun19-23

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Drawing in Silverpoint Workshop $135
Saturday, 10am-4pm
Jun 17

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lesacook@gmail.com
Website: www.lesacook.com

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Denise Dittmar

Denise has been teaching art at classes and camps for four years at Glen Echo. Long involved with design and art education, she now focuses on children’s art at the Crystal Pool Studio and a teen drawing and painting class through the Yellow Barn. Adult, and Adult/children’s classes include collage, drawing and painting in deconstruct books, and block printmaking. In addition, Denise works part-time at Little Echoes and Playgroup in the Park.

Before moving to the DC area, Denise taught 11 years as a senior high school art teacher in Plano, Texas. Classes included beginning & intermediate art, art appreciation, AP Art History, and AP 3D Design. While there she also served as a reader for the ETS in Art History. While a teacher, Denise earned a MA in Humanities, Visual Studies at the University of Texas, Dallas.

Prior to this time, Denise earned a MLA at the University of Pennsylvania and worked for 15 years as a Landscape Architect in Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and Plano, Texas.

In her own work, Denise has been painting for several years both representational and abstractly. She has been involved with shows through the Art League at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, with the League of Reston Artists, and at local venues in Loudoun County, VA.

Current & Upcoming classes:

From Landscape Photo to Painting $260
Wednesday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 12-May 31

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Emerging Young Artists $175
Sunday, 1:30-4pm
Apr 23-May 21

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denise.dittmar@gmail.com

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Anka Zaremba

Anka Zaremba has a degree in literature from The School of African and Asian Studies at the University of Sussex, UK. This was followed by study at Warwick University and Leicester, where she discovered her passion for education in the arts and particularly how we communicate across generations and cultures.

She has lived and worked as a teacher in Papua New Guinea, the Sudan, Hong Kong, the UK and the US, and had a childhood filled with family visits to Poland and France. Painting and drawing became Anka’s natural lifeline, way of always having a piece of home with her to share in each new place.

In the DC metro area, Anka is a Teaching Artist at The Kreeger Museum, and has worked in education and public relations for the Corcoran, and other museums and galleries.

Anka studied painting with Gene Davis, and Walt Bartman amongst several inspiring teachers in the US, and worked with artists at the Camden Arts Centre, and Hampstead Institute, London UK.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Artist's Sketchbook $200
Monday, 1-3:30pm
Apr 17-Jun 12

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Pure Pastel $220
Thursday, 4-6:30pm
Apr 13-Jun 8

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Pure Pastel $225
Thursday, 4-6:30pm
20-Jul-31-Aug

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Fundamentals of Watercolor Painting Week $150
M-F, 7-9:30pm
Aug 7-11

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Fundamentals of Watercolor Painting Wee $150
M-F, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jul 31-Aug 4

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a2m2z@hotmail.com
Website: www.azarembaart.com

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Alexandra Michaels

Alexandra Michaels is a local artist who has exhibited at many locations including artist-in-residence at the Stone Tower at Glen Echo Park, Artomatic, Artery 717, Magical Montgomery in Silver Spring and the Yellow Barn. Recently she had a mixed media watercolor in an exhibit entitled “Earth and Fire” at the Del Ray Artisans Gallery in Alexandria, VA.

Ms. Michaels taught art, including the advanced placement studio art classes, in the Montgomery County Public Schools for 27 years. Ms. Michaels is now retired from the school system and pursues drawing and painting in her studio. She completed 30 Graduate credits in the Directed Studies Program at the UMD art program where she completed a series entitled “Dress as Icon.” Ms. Michaels has experience in all types of media including drawing, watercolor, acrylic painting, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics and b&w photography. The Maryland Art Education Association has honored her with the Educator of the Year award both in 1994 and in 2013.

Ms. Michaels is the author/illustrator of The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book, 1993, Williamson Publishing Co., Vermont also published in Czechoslovakia in 1995. The Kids’ Multicultural Art Book has been currently re-released in full color by Ideals Publishing, 2007. She also is the Illustrator for Jazzy Jewelry, by Diane Baker, 2002, Williamson Publishing Co., Vermont.

Ms. Michaels is an instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery, Glen Echo Park, where she teaches summer classes and workshops. She currently has a shared studio space at Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Journaling Mixed Media Workshop $50
Monday, 7-9pm
Jun 26

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Watercolor for Beginners Workshop $80
Wednesday, 7-9pm
Jun 28-Jul 12

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Principles of Drawing Workshop $60
Monday, 7-9pm
Jul 10-17

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alexmichaels127@verizon.net

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Joshua Highter

Josh is a painter and MFA graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington and is currently living in Washington, DC. For the past three years Josh was living in Berkeley, California where he served as a visiting lecturer teaching drawing and painting at the University of California, Davis and was a studio artist at Root Division, a visual arts non-profit. Prior to moving to California, he taught drawing and painting at Herron College of Art and Design in Indianapolis. Even though Josh has been transient, he is originally from Vermont and will always call the Green Mountains “home.”

Josh Highter is an artist whose work focuses on the intersection between observation and memory, utilizing the processes of drawing, painting, and printmaking. The spaces constructed play at the tension between the familiar, observed experiences and the foreign, distant memories that are what remain of these experiences once they are over. His paintings are process driven and the surface of the painting is of primary interest.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Figure Painting $270
Monday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 17-Jun 12

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Figure Painting $180
Monday, 7-9:30pm
Jun 26-Jul 31

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Painting: Abstracting the Figure $300
Thursday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 20-Jun 15

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Objective Abstraction (Highter) $180
Thursday, 7-9:30pm
Jun 29-Aug 3

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jhighter@gmail.com

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Michael Shibley

Michael Shibley is a fine artist whose watercolors and oils focus on light, shape and color in the natural and man-made landscape. His work can be found in both public and private collections in the Washington area and across the country. His use of color attracts attention at local art galleries and group shows. His colorful urban landscapes depicting people participating in urban life have proved increasingly popular and have resulted in numerous commissioned works. Michael offers personal tutoring in watercolor as well as larger classes. He is currently an art instructor at the Yellow Barn Studio at Glen Echo Park. His class, “Finding Your Watercolor Style” offers students painting techniques and approaches for application to the student’s preferred subject matter. Michael is also an active participant in the Washington, D.C., area art community including the Montgomery Art Association (MAA) serving two years as president and three years as the coordinator of their 125 artist “Paint the Town” Show; the Takoma Watercolor Group; the Fredericksburg Center for the Creative Arts, and is a Friend of the Yellow Barn. He has also served as a juror at local art exhibitions.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Finding Your Style in Watercolor: Beginner to Intermediate $275
Monday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 17-Jun 12

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Finding Your Style in Watercolor: Beginner to Intermediate $275
Wednesday, 9:30am-12pm
Jun 21-Aug 16

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mfs-art@comcast.net

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Susan Hostetler

Eco- Artist influenced by nature and travel

After earning her fine arts degree in painting and printmaking, Hostetler added hand papermaking as a skill while working at Twinrocker Handmade Paper in Indiana. Hostetler started her overseas travel setting up a hand papermaking mill in Germany. Her work in Germany led to exhibitions at the Gutenberg and Klingspor Museums. Her move to Barcelona, Spain, changed her palette and imagery due to the light, fauna and flora of the Mediterranean regions. Whether working in gouache and mixed media on handmade paper or working three dimensionally with clay, Hostetler has always been inspired by nature. From her New York City studio Hostetler traveled to Africa, Europe and the South Pacific gathering further inspiration for her works.

Hostetler received her Masters degree in Art Education from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. As an art educator, Hostetler has worked in Washington DC museums and schools. She was honored with the Robert Rauschenberg Power of the Arts award for innovation in teaching art to students with learning challenges in 2012. Still active in the DC Art Education chapter of the National Art Education Association, Hostetler was a member of the first Executive Board, 2012-2014.

Hostetler's work hangs in a number of private and corporate permanent collections, and includes large, multi-panel site-specific commissions for the Federal Reserve Bank. Susan Hostetler exhibits both nationally and internationally. Her works have been featured in the film, “You’ve Got Mail”, the TV series, “Beverly Hills 90210” and in publications including the Boston Globe Magazine, MetroLife Magazine (Washington Post), Frankfurter Rundschau and the New York Hotelier. Hostetler’s studio is in

Current & Upcoming classes:

Color Interaction $150
Monday, 4-6:30pm
Jun 26-Jul 31

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Hybridization in Art: Combining Representation and Abstraction $275
Monday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 10-Jun 12

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Hybridization in Art: Combining Representation and Abstraction $150
Tuesday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jun 20-Jul 25

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Basic Drawing Skills $275
Thursday, 7-9:30pm
Apr 13-Jun 1

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Web site: www.susan-hostetler.com
shostetler91@gmail.com

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Kiki McGrath

Kiki teaches painting, drawing and mixed-media classes locally and in Italy. Focusing on basic skills and experimentation, she encourages students to build on what they already know and explore new ways of working with materials. She graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a BA and the George Washington University with an MA in Exhibition Design, with further studies at the Corcoran School of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and she is a member of Studio Gallery in Dupont Circle.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Abstract Painting $195
Tuesday, 1-3:30pm
Jul 11-Aug 15

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Drawing Basics $195
Tuesday, 4-6:30pm
Jul 11-Aug 15

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Web site: www.kikimcgrath.com
kikimcgrath1@outlook.com

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Cherie M. Redlinger

C.M. received her BA in Art History from the University of Maryland, European Division. She returned to the United States to study printmaking and received her MA in Art from California State University, Northridge. C.M. has shown in a number of national and international fine art exhibits and has been an Educator. She has supported the Women’s Caucus of Art, and was the Co-Chair for the WCA Conference 2016. Ms. Redlinger’s artwork can be found in private collections and museums national and worldwide.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Printmaking: Monotypes $275
Tuesday, 1-3:30pm Apr 11-Jun 13

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cmredlinger@gmail.com

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Ann Schlesinger

Ann Schlesinger is a painter in the Washington, D.C. area. She received her BA in Studio Art and Art History from the University of Virginia, her MFA in Painting from American University, and had a year of postgraduate study at the Fine Arts Academy in Munich, Germany.

Schlesinger has been the recipient of a Fulbright in Painting, the Annette Kade Fine Arts Fellowship, the David Lloyd Kreeger Award, and the Art Prize from the University of Virginia

She has taught at several schools in the area including American University, the University of Maryland, and the Smithsonian Institution Resident Associate Program. After spending twelve years in Prague, Czech Republic, with her husband Pepi Lustig, she returned to this area with their family.

Currently, Schlesinger teaches drawing and painting at Northern Virginia Community College.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Dynamic Painting $295
Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Apr 14-Jun 9

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arschlesingerart@gmail.com

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Alexandra N. Sherman

Alexandra Sherman enjoys teaching drawing and painting in a number of different settings and formats. She focuses on teaching technique and theory in order to enable her students to realize their own visions. Alexandra favors demonstrations and tailors each class to its members. She received her MFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2005 and continues to create, and exhibit her watercolor paintings. Recently, in addition to more traditional watercolor practices, Alexandra has been painting on alternate surfaces such as synthetic non-absorbent paper, colored backgrounds, and aluminum. She is drawn to positive and negative space and their role in composition and considers herself a colorist.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Learn the Fundamentals of Watercolor $180
Tuesday, 4-6:30pm
Jul 18-Aug 22

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The Figure in Watercolor $180
Wednesday, 1-3:30pm
Jul 19-Aug 23

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Watercolor: From Preparatory Drawing to Painting $270
Thursday, 4-6:30pm
Apr 20-Jun 15

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Learn the Fundamentals of Watercolor $180
Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jul 14-Aug 18

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website: www.ansherman.com
alexandransherman@gmail.com

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Eric Westbrook

Eric Westbrook is a painter, illustrator, and art instructor living and working in the Washington DC area. Current and former teaching venues include The Yellow Barn at Glen Echo, VisArts in Rockville, and the Women’s Club of Chevy Chase.

Eric’s landscape and portrait paintings are frequently exhibited in solo and group shows, and are held in public and private collections. He is an experienced judge of art shows and competitions.

His illustration work has appeared in the publications of prominent corporate, government, and editorial clients nationwide.

Current & Upcoming classes:

From Drawing to Painting: Fundamentals of Figure and Still Life $279
Tuesday, 7-9:30pm
Jun 20-Aug 15

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website: www.ericwestbrook.com
ewestbrook@earthlink.net

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Joanne Wasserman

Joanne C. Wasserman has been creating original works of art, illustration, and branding information design products in metro Washington, DC since 1979. Artist and Graphic Designer---Joanne conceptualizes and produces spirited art and design vehicles that reflect her clients’ experiences with their good and diverse missions. Calligraphy, Drawing, Painting, and Design form the locus of research intensive creativity to vividly express ideas and knowledge. Within these realms she draws out the particularities of meaning which belong to the subjects, conveying character and showing their nature in art to be perceptible, harmonious, and beautiful in individual complexity---

*Portrayals of the Society    *Testimonial Art    *Books and Covers

*Architecture Mural, Landscapes, and Interiors    *Special Events, Invitations, and Collateral

Examples of work by Joanne C. Wasserman can be seen at http://www.wassermandesign.com

This Summer, Joanne Wasserman teaches at the Yellow Barn Studio---an expansive creativity lesson through a very special imaginative historical art realm—of illuminating alphabet letter forms.

Current & Upcoming classes:

Modern Illumination Initial Capitals $290
Monday, 1-3:30pm
Jul 24-Aug 21

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Modern Illumination Initial Capitals $290
Wednesday, 1-3:30pm
Jul 12-Aug 16

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Modern Illumination Initial Capitals Workshop $180
Thursday,Friday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jun 22-23

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Modern Illumination Initial Capitals Workshop $180
Sunday, 10am-4:30pm
Jun 25

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Modern Illumination Initial Capitals Workshop $180
Wednesday, 9:30am-12:30pm
Jul 12-19

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website: www.wassermandesign.com
jcw@wassermandesign.com

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