ABOUT US

 

Monroe Street Studio is a unique new center for art and creative technologies serving the vibrant multicultural community of Northern Virginia.  The Studio is located in the historical central commercial and arts district of Herndon, Virginia.  It offers a special combination of programs in traditional fine arts including drawing, painting and ceramics along with cutting edge creative technologies such as 3D design and printing.  There are programs and facilities for every age group, level of experience and artistic or creative interest.

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 studio arts and creative technologies for children and adults.  To prepare the aging building for its futuristic role it has undergone extensive refurbishment.  The transformation was designed to preserve the site’s historical roots while outfitting it as a creative center for Northern Virginia.

Founder and Director

 

Yana Farmer founded Monroe Street Studio based on a vision that developed over many years as an artist and 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 and creative technology 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.

Facilities

 

Monroe Street Studio is home to studios and classrooms designed to support high quality programs in the arts and creative technologies.  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.

 

Monroe Street Studio is also home to one of the most advanced 3D design, scanning and printing facilities in Northern Virginia developed in partnership with MakerBot Corporation.

Open Studio

 

The Studio’s facilities are available for use by experienced artists and technologists.  You are not required to enroll in any classes to use these facilities.  We offer monthly memberships and hourly studio rental programs 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.