About Us


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


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



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 & Fine Craft 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.



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.



Najah Carroll is a local homeschooling mama and seamstress with 20 years of sewing experience. Her background includes roles in early childhood education, leading after school programs, and business project management. She enjoys working with people of all ages, sharing her enthusiasm for sewing, and making the craft meaningful & accessible. Her current passion is custom sewing for her personal wardrobe with pattern drafting and slow, couture techniques. She lives in Herndon with her family and sews with her hands, a thimble, and two Husqvarna machines.



Dawn Haptonstahl joined the staff of Monroe Street Studio in November 2016 and currently serves an administrative role, helping with class, workshop, and event scheduling and registration. She manages the Studio website, contributes to social media presence, and handles much of the student record keeping and e-mail communication.



Monroe Street Studio is home to creative spaces designed to support high quality programs in Art & Fine Craft.  The facility is fully equipped for classes, workshops, and special events in Drawing, Painting, Clay, Mosaic, Printmaking, Sewing, Fiber Arts, and more.


Our exclusive Glass space is available for cutting, crushing, grinding, and soldering Stained Glass creations. Use of our in-house kiln is by special arrangement.


Our multipurpose spaces can be rented by artists and craftspeople for short- or long-term use. Organizations and individuals are welcome to rent spaces for public and private events such as parties, celebrations, and other gatherings.