Welcome to the homepage of Avenue Art Studio. If you’re looking for personalized art instruction for children, families, or other creative types in McLean, you’ve come to the right place!

What type of art instruction/experience are you looking for?

I offer both group sessions and individual instruction on-site at Avenue Art Studio in McLean, VA (near Chesterbrook Elementary School). Courses vary from year to year, but past sessions have ranged from introductory (e.g., exploring the six basic elements of art) to advanced (e.g., portraits or individual technical instruction).  Regardless of your previous art experience, there is a class for every skill level and all are welcome! Please peruse the course catalog for descriptions of specific classes and example projects. Depending on student interest, these on-site art classes can be scheduled during the day (perfect for home-schooled students) or in the early evening. Sessions are typically 6-8 weeks.

I am beyond thrilled to combine my background in therapeutic recreation with my love of teaching art. Across a wide variety of life situations, art has proven to be a vehicle that: enhances mood and perceived quality of life; improves imagination, abstract thinking, fine motor skills, and socialization; provides sensory stimulation and a safe environment to share ideas. Every situation is unique, so if you are an artist or a care partner, let’s talk about how I might help art be a pleasant part of your life. 

The sky is the limit for your custom art event! Maybe your middle schooler wants an artist-inspired birthday party. Maybe your organization is looking for an out-of-the-box corporate team-building event this quarter. Maybe your summer camp could use an Art Director or a one-time art project. Maybe your religious community would like to gather together to learn about a shared value and create a beautiful keepsake related to that theme. If you have a creative vision, we can work together to make it a reality.

In addition to the options listed above, I am also proud to be involved with Falls Church Arts Academy (where we offer on-site youth art classes in Falls Church, VA) and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (where we offer virtual art/history-themed field trips to classrooms outside the DMV area). Please visit the linked pages to learn more or sign-up.