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Artists & Makers Studios

Rockville, MD 20852
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Artists & Makers Studios offers a variety of art classes and workshops for residents in the Washington D.C. metro area. Facilities consist of two locations in Rockville, 36,000 square feet, five galleries, four classrooms, 106 studio spaces, and is also home to more than 154 resident artists and teaching artists (including Glen Kessler's Compass Atelier) selected by studio founder, artist, and curator Judith HeartSong. Artists & Makers Studios is dedicated to providing a collaborative, supportive, and vibrant environment for artists and students who wish to communicate with an artistic community through studio practice, education, and opportunity. Workshops offered are photography, painting, pastel, and glass fusing. A calendar of events, exhibits, classes and much more are featured on their website. Artists & Makers Studios currently holds a five-star rating on Facebook where customers speak highly of their inspirational and friendly environment, experienced art teachers, and captivating exhibits. They are open on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

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Artworks Fine Art Studio

Bethesda, MD 20814
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Artworks Fine Art Studio specializes in painting and drawing classes for students of all ages in the Washington D.C. metro area for over 15 years. Classes run month to month throughout the year. Prospective students of all levels can start at any time since classes are designed to suit their ability. All students start off with the fundamentals of drawing and color class and then can choose to move into different mediums such as watercolors, sketching, or oils. Each class has a student to teacher ratio of 7:1 to ensure everyone receives enough encouragement and guidance. Parents and students speak highly of their creative teaching techniques, welcoming environment, and experienced instructors.

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Darlene Kaplan

Alexandria, VA 22310
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Darlene Kaplan is an Alexandria-based artist specializing in oriental brush paintings and workshops for residents in the Washington D.C. metro area for over four decades. All paintings derive from nature and subjects follow the four seasons. Darlene Kaplan can teach students how to paint animals, insects, flowers, landscapes and more using traditional rice paper and soft brushes. Darlene offers six-week class sessions at Soft Brush Studio every Thursday night from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Also Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes are available, which is an ancient Chinese healing energy exercise using traditional techniques. Darlene Kaplan is an award-winning artist and has also been featured on TV programs like Mature Living and Virginia Time Travel. A workshop schedule and an online portfolio of Darlene’s work is available on her website.

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Jill Banks

Great Falls, VA 22066
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Jill Banks is an oil painter who specializes in portraits, landscapes and still lifes, and offers painting classes for residents in the Washington D.C. metro area. Classes offered are still life, plein air landscapes, and evening painting courses. Jill Banks is an award-winning painter who has traveled to Spain, Italy, and throughout the United States finding inspiration from various types of scenery. She has won many plein air competitions and recently launched her 100 Faces in 100 Days project. She has also won the Best of Show award from the Catharine Lorillard World Art Club’s Members Exhibition, three Best of Show awards at the Art League in Alexandria, an honorable mention at Salon International, twice awarded Strauss Fellowship grants by the Arts Council of Fairfax County, and much more. A diverse portfolio of her work and a calendar of events are available on her website.

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Monroe Street Studio

Herndon, VA 20170

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Monroe Street Studio is a cultural center for art and technology which specializes in art education for residents in the Washington D.C. metro area. Professionally-trained instructor-artists provide courses for every age, from children to teens, to adults. All experience levels are welcomed to immerse themselves in a warm, friendly, and welcoming environment and use their in-house, state-of-the-art equipment. Classes offered are painting with acrylics, mosaics, hand-built pottery, academic drawing, Monday morning tea and art, and Friday night art. Also, private events for birthday, anniversary, engagement, housewarming, baby shower, retirement, and for other special occasions are available. Open studio times and equipment rental opportunities are offered for experienced artists, crafters, educators, entrepreneurs, and others who wish to use Monroe Street Studio facilities and equipment independently. Monroe Street Studio holds a five-star rating on Facebook where customers speak highly of their experienced and passionate teachers.

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The Amazing Art Studio

Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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The Amazing Art Studio specializes in art classes for residents in the Washington D.C. metro area. Classes offered range from paint your own pottery, glass fusing, mosaics, canvas painting, and glass painting. Also, children-friendly classes are offered, such as no school day classes, artist summer camps, and creative field trips. Party packages are available for all types of events - children and adult birthdays, bachelorette, baby, or wedding showers. They are highly rated on Yelp! where customers speak highly of their patience, experience, welcoming environment, and passion for art. The Amazing Art Studio is open on Mondays through Thursdays from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, Friday from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm, and Saturday and Sundays from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Introduction

Painting and drawing is a valuable skill and a great side passion. These activities can be soothing, stimulate the brain, and boost confidence. Even if you have a natural talent for painting and drawing, you likely could use lessons to help you improve. A teacher or an art class can help you improve your natural abilities and enhance your skills.

Of course, if you’ve never taken an art class before, it can be challenging to know which one to take. There are dozens of courses available in various formats: online, group classes, and one-on-one private lessons. Which one is right for you? Keep reading for answers to some of the most commonly asked questions

Can anyone learn to draw?

Yes, anyone can learn to draw. It’s a skill that can be taught and improved on. Of course, some people may have a natural talent and be able to draw well without training. Still, for those who think they can’t draw, lessons can significantly help.

How do I start learning to draw?

The best thing to do is just to start practicing. You can try freehand drawing or purchase practice sheets where you trace images. Another option is to jump straight into classes where a teacher can guide you in drawing lessons.

What do you learn in a drawing class?

In a drawing class, you’ll focus on the three basic skills of drawing:

  • Recognizing edges, lines, and angles
  • Learning how to reckon proportion and perspective
  • Deciphering shadows, highlights, and graduations of tone


What does it take to learn drawing?

As is the case with most skills, learning how to draw takes patience, determination, and practice. Drawing isn’t something that is picked up overnight. It takes a while to learn the necessary skills. The student must understand this, so they don’t get frustrated and immediately give up when they don’t notice an immediate improvement in their abilities.

How many hours a day should you practice drawing?

Experts recommend drawing between 1-2 hours every day if you want to see noticeable improvements. If you want to see quick, drastic improvements, consider drawing 5-6 hours every day.


However, you should really make this decision based on what makes you happy. If you draw to a point you get tired or frustrated, you might give up on drawing entirely.

What are the different drawing styles you can learn?

The seven main drawing styles you can learn are:

  1. Line drawing
  2. Doodling
  3. Cartoon
  4. Pointillism
  5. Photorealism (a.k.a hyperrealism)
  6. Architectural
  7. Anamorphic
  8. Fashion
Many new artists dabble in trying all of these styles until they find the type they like best.

How long does it take to learn to draw?

How long it will take to learn how to draw will depend on your commitment. The more a person practices regularly, the more quickly they will learn. Additionally, deciding when you’re “a drawer” can be very subjective. Two people at the same skill level may rank themselves very differently.

What does a beginner artist need?

There are some essential tools every beginner artist needs, including:

  • Good quality drawing pencils
  • A sketchbook
  • Good quality erasers
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Charcoal
  • Drawing pens or ink
  • Tortillion
  • Quality coloring pencils
  • A portfolio to store your art
  • A desire to learn and the commitment to practice

How do I learn to paint?

People can learn to paint in many ways, including teaching themselves by watching online tutorials, taking group classes, or booking private lessons. It can be good to try painting on your own at first to understand your skill level. From there, you can decide if you enjoy painting and want to build on the skill.

Should I learn to draw before painting?

Many experts recommend learning to draw before learning to paint. Drawing teaches a lot of the foundational skills that help artists in other areas, including painting. When learning to draw, you’re taught to understand light, shadow, shape, and form, all of which apply to painting.

Additionally, some argue that drawing should go first because you can erase mistakes while drawing.

How long does it take to learn painting?

If you practice regularly, it’s estimated that you can learn the painting fundamentals in just 5-12 months. Someone who practices more often may be on the faster end of that time range (five months), and those who practice less will take longer. Experts recommend practicing at least three to four times a week.

What are the different painting styles you can learn? 

There are many styles of painting that you can learn, including:

  • Watercolor
  • Acrylic
  • Oil
  • Pastel
  • Digital
  • Matte
  • Action
  • Sand
  • Texture
  • Graffiti art
  • Enamel
  • Miniature
  • Drip
  • Spray
  • Ink wash
  • Tempera
  • Hot wax
  • Anamorphosis
  • Underpainting
  • Fresco secco
  • Panel
  • Gouache
  • Velvet
  • Leaf
  • Reverse glass

Which type of painting is best for beginners?

Acrylic paint is considered one of the best types of painting for beginners. Acrylic paint is easy to work with, cleans up easily, and dries quickly. Additionally, acrylic paint works with most surfaces and is easy to paint over so you can hide mistakes.

What should I paint as a beginner?

Most beginners can benefit from painting objects or concepts that aren’t too complex and detailed. Some of the most popular painting concepts for beginners are:

  • Flowers
  • Silhouettes
  • Still life
  • 3D shapes
  • Clever lines
  • Abstract
However, note that artists enjoy themselves when they get to dictate what they want to paint. Remember, you’re painting for yourself, so paint what you want!

Is painting an expensive hobby?

Painting may feel like an expensive hobby in the beginning when you need to buy all the start-up materials and equipment. However, once you have the start-up costs down, the hobby is relatively inexpensive to maintain. Additionally, if you become skilled enough, you can sell your paintings and recoup some of your costs.

Are art lessons worth it?

Art lessons are worth it to some people and not to others. It’s recommended to try drawing or painting on your own before you pursue lessons. If you find you enjoy doing it at home and want to develop your skills, art lessons are a valuable investment.

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