Laurels
Best Painting &
Drawing Teachers in
Washington DC
2017

Why These Painting & Drawing Teachers?

Our goal is to connect people with the best local experts. We scored painting & drawing teachers on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analysed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best painting & drawing teachers in Washington DC.

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Our Selection Criteria:

  • 1. Reputation

    A history of delighted customers and outstanding service.

  • 2. Credibility

    Building customer confidence with licensing, accreditations, and awards.

  • 3. Experience

    Masters of their craft, based on years of practical experience and education.

  • 4. Availability

    Consistently approachable and responsive, so customers never feel ignored.

  • 5. Professionalism

    Providing service with honesty, reliability, and respect.

Artists & Makers Studios

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, 43 studio spaces, and is also home to more than 120 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 is 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.

Rockville, MD(240) 437-9573

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Artworks Fine Art Studio

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.

Bethesda, MD(301) 656-0044

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Brambles

Brambles is a home decor and gift shop which also offers art classes for residents in the Washington D.C. metro area. They are located in the historic waterfront town of Occoquan, Virginia. Husband and wife team Dan and Sharon Prophet initially opened Brambles to showcase their hand painted furniture and artwork, but quickly expanded to slipcovered furniture, reclaimed pine furniture, home and garden accessories, jewelry, gifts, and more. Sharon leads evening art classes from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm and on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 11:00 am. Classes are kept to six to ten people maximum to ensure an intimate environment between Sharon and her students. They are highly reviewed on Facebook where customers speak highly of their captivating classes, cozy boutique environment, and professional and kind demeanors. Brambles is open on Mondays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday through Saturdays from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Occoquan, VA(703) 492-0401

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Darlene Kaplan

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.

Alexandria, VA(703) 922-4175

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Huckleberry Fine Art

Huckleberry Fine Art is an art gallery in the Washington D.C. metro area and specializes in featuring emerging artists locally and internationally. The gallery showcases a vast collection of vibrant oil and acrylic paintings, limited edition signed and numbered prints, sculpture, photography, art books and custom framing. Huckleberry Fine Art also offers art classes for children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old. Also, monthly Painting and Wine classes for adults are provided. Private group classes for bridal showers, girl’s night out, or any other celebratory events is also available.They are highly reviewed on Facebook where students and customers speak highly of their professionalism, experienced instructors, and well-curated events. Huckleberry Fine Art is open on Tuesdays through Sundays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Rockville, MD(301) 881-5977

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Jill Banks

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.

Great Falls, VA(703) 232-1575

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Monroe Street Studio

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.

Herndon, VA

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The Amazing Art Studio

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.

Gaithersburg, MD(301) 355-6830

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Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery

Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery provides art classes, workshops here and abroad, and lectures by nationally known speakers. Director and resident artist Walter Bartman established Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery over two decades ago and continues to strive to provide a friendly and encouraging atmosphere in which students can explore and grow. The Yellow Barn Studio provides an artistic community for students and artists of all levels in the Washington D.C. metro area. The studio prides itself on its diverse philosophies of painting and has 35 instructors, all chosen because they are distinguished artists who are passionate about teaching. This excellent team offers 60 classes and workshops per term for the over 2,000 students that take classes at the Yellow Barn yearly. Thousands of students have taken classes there since its founding and their community is made up of more than 700 members of the Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery. Workshops and classes offered specialize in oil, watercolor, pastels, acrylics, and printmaking. Classes in landscapes, sketchbook, life drawings, figure painting, painting from photography, acrylic abstract, and much more can be found in their online catalog and a full calendar is available for review on their website. Students and visitors speak highly of the Yellow Barn's warm and welcoming environment. The studio and gallery's mission is to provide opportunities to artists of all ages and backgrounds to grow as artists, work in collaboration, and show and sell artwork. Yellow Barn operates in cooperation with the National Park Services and The Glen Echo Partnership for Arts & Culture.

Glen Echo, MD(301) 964-1897

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