Youth / Teen Classes

The following programs, with the exception of Doodle Bug,and where otherwise noted  run throughout the academic school or by semester year.  A full year program allows for a stable class grouping, continuity and a safe, predictable working environment that allows for student and teacher to develop a relationship of trust. We allow students to enroll at any time and accept students at all skill levels, but we suggest scheduling a trial class if your child has not attended classes with us before.

* denotes new class


Doodle Bug

(Ages 5-6) 45 min. weekly

Theme based class focuses on building motor skills, exploration of materials and learning about the elements of art. Drawing, painting, sculpture and printmaking projects are used to teach students about line, shape, color and texture, and how we can use them to make wonderful works of art. 

Saturdays (9 am - 9:45 pm) 

 10 weeks  Sept.14- Nov. 17

Little Dabbler

(Grades K-3) 2 hours weekly

Basic concepts and materials are used to create real works of art. Students create a portfolio of work that includes drawing, painting, printmaking and collages. Sculpture and work with clay is also included in the curriculum. Students refine motor skills, develop their artistic vocabulary and have fun using real artist materials. 

Tues. (4:30-6:30 pm)      Begins Nov 20th
Wednesdays (4:30-6:30 pm) 
Fridays (4:30-6:30 pm)
Saturdays (10:00 am-12:00 pm) WAIT LIST
Saturdays (1:00 pm-3:00 pm) WAIT LIST
Saturdays (especially for K and grade 1) 3:30-5:30

Art Essentials:

Young Artists

(Grades 3-6) 2 hours weekly

This program teaches the essentials of Art and their application in a variety of media, such as painting, design and drawing. The works of the great masters are used to help students learn about various art movements and ways of finding creative meaning in various forms of art.  

Students create their own interpretations of master works. This program fosters intellectual and emotional growth as well as communication and relationship building skills. It is appropriate for children of all developmental levels. 

Tue. (4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Wed. (4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Fri.(4:30 - 6:30 pm)  

Sat. (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) WAIT LIST 

       (1:00 pm -3pm)   


Art Essentials:

Young Masters

(Grades 6+) 2 hours weekly

This Program is designed for students who wish to learn or refine their skills in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture and Design. In this survey program students will learn foundation drawing skills, proper use of tools. 

Tues. (4:30 - 6:30 pm)

Wed. (4:30 - 6:30 pm)  

Thur. (4:30 - 6:30 pm)   

Sat. (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) WAIT LIST 

      ( 1:00-3:00pm) WAIT LIST 


(Grades 5+ ) 2 hours weekly

This class explores materials used to create sculptures, which include plaster, clay, wire and various other materials . Students refine their use of fine motor skills as they  learn how to manipulate these materials and use sculpting tools safely. They analyze works of sculpture through, discussion and critique and learn  how to apply  elements of art  with 3 dimensional forms

Fridays (4:30-6:30 pm) *

Studio Art Program

(Grades 8+) 2 hours weekly

The courses in this program are designed for students who wish to refine their drawing, design, painting, and composition skills with the goal of completing portfolio ready pieces or for deeper personal enrichment. This program offers students the benefit of multiple teachers and blends classical drawing, painting, color theory, design, illustration and digital art.  This Program is suitable for students who have completed one or more years in the Young Masters program, High school students as well as beginning level adult learners. 

classes are offered on a semester with the exception of:

portrait short course

           The new course is designed to introduce students to concepts and skills essential  to good design practice and help encourage self-expression and awareness. This  course is a foundation in the fundamentals of pictorial design. It will introduce the concept of the picture plane, figure/ground relationships, scale and proportional transformation, patterning, composition, value, color, methods for conveying time, and spatial illusion


Design Foundation the course concentrates on the foundation elements

Graphic Design 

Visual identity -Package Design-Print- illustration for Graphics -Product design

Foundation studies and projects: 

  • Postcards and flyers

  • Magazine and newspaper ads

  • Posters 

  • Brochures (print and digital)

  • Signage and trade show displays

  • Email marketing templates

  • PowerPoint presentations

  • Menus 

  • Social media ads, banners and graphics

  • Images for websites and blogs

  • Product design for manufacturing 

       Drawing: Figure/Portrait 15+ (6:45-9:15)

                   Spring -01/28

       Drawing: Foundations (6:45-8:45pm) 

Wed.-Drawing Foundations (6:45-8:45pm) 

        Painting/color (6:45-8:45 pm) 

Sat.- Drawing foundations  (1-3pm) WAIT LIST

       Drawing  (3:30-5:30 pm)

       Figure Drawing (1-3:00pm) 

       Portrait Drawing  (3:30-5:30 pm) 9 weeks (intensive for portfolio students)


Fashion Design

(Grades 9+) 4+ hours weekly

This year long basic design course encompasses the fashion design process from inspiration to construction. The course focuses on terminology, design elements and principles, the creative process and design experimentation. This course is offered in conjunction with one semester of Fashion/Figure Drawing. The course is a combination of lectures, presentations and demonstrations.


Saturdays 1pm through 5:30 pm 

* For Students interested in Fashion Design

please contact us :

Portfolio Development

Fall 2019- Spring 2020 (Grades 11-12/ Gap Year )

(34 weeks ( 2 hours instruction weekly+ 4 hours additional required independent  studio time)  

This full year  program is comprised of three areas of concentration emphasizing strong technical and communication skills for storytelling. Each concentrated area of study combines conceptual, critical and creative thinking in the development of a personal vision and fosters the growth of a verbal/visual vocabulary  crucial in developing  quality works of art. Students are required to attend 34, 2hours instruction sessions and addition 4 hours of independent studio work supported by our highly qualified instructors.

Observation Drawing -12 weeks Focused topics include composition, proportion, value relationships, edge relationships, modeling, materials, stylization and perspective drawing, narrative construction within the drawing.

Figure Drawing/Portrait -12 weeks Fosters development of work that represents observation, representation skills of the study of human body. 


2D Design- Conceptual Art *10 weeks Methods, processes, and conceptual thinking regarding solving graphic design problems. Study of color and mastery in concept, composition, and execution of ideas.

​**While we recommend students enroll in the full year program,  the option to enroll in individual areas of concentration is available**




Accelerated Portfolio Development Program *(Sept17-Dec 14)

(3 hour instruction+6 hours supervised studio work weekly)


This course is designed for students who are in the final phases of college application and portfolio submission. The programs’ topics will be assigned in specific areas of each students’ needs and their chosen college requirements. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to choose a concentrated work plan in one or more of the following topics; Painting, Observation Drawing, Figure Drawing and Conceptual Design/Visual thinking. Students are required to attend a 3 hours instruction session and minimum 6 hours of supervised, in studio work weekly.

Late enrolling students may be accepted : please contact program coordinator Nahid Linares for information or to schedule an interview


Drawing for Comic (6th grade+) 


Tues. 4:30-6:30  

Thur. 4:30-6:30

Sat. 10-12


Intro to Comic 


Tues. 4:30-6:30  09/17 9 weeks  

Friday 4:30-6:30 09/13  9 weeks 


 Thursdays 4:30-6:30 11/14  9 weeks  

 Saturday 10am-12   09/14    9 weeks 


Anatomy for Comic  

Wed. 4:30-6:30 01/30-03/27  9 weeks  



for older teens....

Comic Anatomy (15+)

Wed. 7-9pm 09/18 9 weeks  


Comic (15+) 

Thur.   7-9pm 09/17 9 weeks  


Learn to create storyboards for animation or live-action films, titles, commercials, or music videos.  All aspects covered including visualization, cinematic composition, rendering styles and techniques, tips & tricks, and more.  Students will storyboard scenes from a real un-produced Hollywood script, or a film or video idea of their own.


Wednesdays  7-9pm 10/2  10 weeks



Covers all basics including using Photoshop tools , style vs. content, reference materials, image resources, and

Photoshop tips and tricks. Learn to create Photo Collages, Illustrations and Optical Illusions all with a computer and your imagination!   

SAt. 10-12am  10/05  10 weeks


Learn to design an animated cartoon character and bring it to life! 

Each student will write, design and create their own animated short story.

A hands-on course taught using the traditional Hollywood techniques and styles of the Disney, Warner Brothers, and Fleischer Studios, students will study the basic principles of motion, three-dimensional form, weight and personality.  

No prior experience necessary, all skill levels are welcome!


10 Saturdays

12:30 to 3:30pm  (30 hours)

October 5 to December 14 (except 11/30)

For any questions call:

(301) 294-3600

Stone Branch Arts

1331-M Rockville Pike

Rockville, MD 20852

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