Washington DC has a thriving art scene and community, with several venues for everything from theater to fine arts. Seeing all this beautiful art can inspire you to make some art yourself. You’ll find plenty of art classes for children and students, but you can also find plenty for adults as well. Whether you want to paint casually or turn it into a profession, one of these classes can be your start.
Yellow Barn Studio
7300 MacArthur Blvd.
Glen Echo, MD 20812
(301) 634-2222

Going to college gives you the opportunity to learn about a variety of subjects, but depending on your focus, you may not have time to take a class just for fun. If painting was one of those things you always wanted to take up but never had a chance to, you should make the effort to do it now. Yellow Barn Studio will make it easy for you to jump right in, regardless of your skill level. Located in Glen Echo Park, the studio has been a welcomed addition to the community for over 20 years. They offer classes on watercolor, landscape, portraiture, acrylic and more. Students love the friendly environment, and so will you.

Dana Ellyn

Being able to make a living doing what you love is a goal for many in the arts, and local artist Dana Ellyn is doing just that. After setting up to pursue her art full time, Ellyn has been instructing others on how to express themselves through painting. Her small, flexible and affordable lessons have garnered the attention of the Washington Post and those looking for a different type of art class. Her classes are definitely for those looking to not just paint a bowl of fruit for six weeks. Bring out your inner Picasso with her help.

Art Jamz
1728 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 629-3780

Combining wine with anything is any easy way to get DC people to come to your event. Paint and Sip classes are a fun way for couples, friends or individuals to spend a night out. Drink a nice Chardonnay while you paint whatever comes to you. Or you can take a guided class if you want to actually learn a particular technique. If you want to paint casually and have fun, Art Jamz might be the place for you. Take you doodles off the scrap-paper and onto the canvas.

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Washington Studio School
2129 S St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 234-3030

Painting is a relaxing hobby for people of all ages. But for some people it is more than just a hobby — it’s what they want to do professionally. When you want to take painting more seriously, go to Washington Studio School for structured classes. Courses include Beginning Painting, Figure Painting, Mixed Watermedia and more. These are traditional classes so you will pay more than some other studios, but you will likely find it worth it. In this age of DIY, painting might be the one thing you aren’t good at teaching yourself.

7740 Old Georgetown Road
Bethesda, MD 20814
(301) 656-0044

A little over a decade ago, Erin Johnson helped bring more fine art to the DC area by opening Artworks. Known for their children’s art classes, Artworks has also helped with youth arts education; an important aspect of early education that is losing support. While your children are taking classes at the studio, you can too. As their program focuses mainly on drawing and painting, you are sure to learn the fundamentals to get your technique in shape. Show your kids the importance of art.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.