ABOUT US

 

Monroe Street Studio is a unique professional and educational art center serving the vibrant multicultural community of Northern Virginia. We offer a warm, friendly, and creative small group atmosphere for our Art classes, workshops, and private/public events. Students of all ages have come to appreciate the community in which we Learn, Create, and Celebrate Art with professional, educated, experienced teachers in Acrylic Painting, Academic Drawing, Hand-Built Pottery & Clay Art, Printmaking, and much more. Additionally, we support the only fully-equipped Glass Art space in the area, allowing us to make mesmerizing Mosaic Art and stunning Stained Glass Art.

 

Located in the historical downtown of Herndon, we are within walking distance to restaurants, shops, and services near the Old Town Hall.

History

 

The original building on the Monroe Street site in Herndon was constructed in 1900.  After undergoing many changes and enhancements over the next 100+ years the building was purchased in 2014 with the vision for it to become the home of a new center for an Art school, gallery space, and event venue for children and adults.  To prepare the aging building for its role it has undergone extensive refurbishment.  The transformation was designed to preserve the site’s historical roots while outfitting it as a creative Art center for Northern Virginia.

Founder, Director, and Art Teacher

 

Yana Farmer founded Monroe Street Studio based on a vision that developed over many years as a professional artist and trained art teacher.  She earned her degree at the Vitebsk Arts College, originally founded in 1905 by noted artist Marc Chagall who was a distinguished European modernist and member of the modernist avant-garde community in France and Russia. Chagall was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints.  Yana’s broad interests across artistic mediums were first developed under the enduring influence of Chagall’s artistic approach.  Yana began her career teaching art to students of all ages in Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania.  She came to America in 2004 and for several years taught art while developing her own vision for combining the remarkable freedom and flexibility she found in America with her traditional European educational style.  Her professional vision is to help children and adults of all ages achieve their highest potential through the appreciation of art.  Monroe Street Studio represents the realization of that vision.

Teachers

 

Monroe Street Studio strives to offer a diverse range of art programs.  To do this well we recruit experienced teachers who specialize in the subject matter of each course.  We draw from teachers, artists and experts throughout the region to provide the richest programs possible.

Meaghan Busch spent most of her adolescent life in Sarasota, Florida, which is known for its rich history and involvement with the Ringling Circus. She uses personal childhood narrative, nature and fiction for creative inspiration.  She came as a transplant to D.C. in 2004 and She received her BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in 2008. Meaghan then received her MFA in Critical Art Practices at George Mason University 2011. Her focus is in printmaking and sculpture, with her printed imagery often becoming the blueprints for her sculptural installations.  She currently lives in VA and produces art on her own Press named “Blue Cat Press”.

Staff

 

Dawn Haptonstahl joined the staff of Monroe Street Studio in November 2016 and currently serves as Art Events Coordinator, helping with class, workshop, and event scheduling and registration. She manages the Studio website, contributes to social media presence, and handles much of the e-mail communication and announcements.

Facilities

 

Monroe Street Studio is home to studios and classrooms designed to support high quality programs in the arts.  The facility is fully equipped for programs in drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and stained glass.  There is a kiln for firing hand built pottery, a press for printmaking, and there are cutters, grinders and hand tools for stained glass work.

Open Studio

 

The Studio’s facilities are available for use by experienced artists.  You are not required to enroll in any classes to use these facilities.  We offer hourly Studio rental rates for local artists, producers, developers and hobbyists.  A significant portion of our weekly studio schedule is available for “Open Studio”, which is the best time for individual artists to use the facilities.  Open Studio varies depending on the specific studio and may change from time to time based on scheduling of new workshops or classes.