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) (Ages 5-6)

Repeating every 10 weeks Jan 28-May 30

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)      
Wednesdays (4:30-6:30 pm) 
Fridays (4:30-6:30 pm)
Saturdays (10:00 am-12:00 pm)
Saturdays (1:00 pm-3:00 pm)
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) 

       (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) WAIT LIST 

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) * New session begins Jan 31

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 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.  The course explores Visual identity Package and Product Design, Print, Illustration for Graphics and design. The course is offered in conjunction with Digital  Lab.(Photoshop)

Classes offered include: 2D Design, Painting/Color, Printmaking, Drawing topics; Figure, Portrait, Foundation, and Observational.

Tue.- 2D Design - Brand Design (6:45-8:45 pm) - Lab - Saturday 4:00 - 6:00

        Drawing: Figure 15+ (6:45-8:45)

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

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

         Drawing: Portrait 15+ (4:30-6:30)        

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

Thur.- 2D Core Design ( 5:00-8:00)

The class is designed to introduce students to concepts and skills essential  to                  good design practice and help encourage self-expression and awareness. Similar              in content as 2D design this course will prepare students interested in entering any            of our focused design courses offered in Fall 2020 such as Fashion and Interior                Design.

Sat.- Drawing: Foundations  (1-3pm) WAIT LIST

       Drawing: Observational (3:30-5:30 pm)

       Drawing:Figure (Structure)  (1-3:00pm) ( Offered Fall 2020)

       Drawing:Figure (Gesture)  (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 3:30 - 5:30 pm 

* For Students interested in Fashion Design

please contact us :

Portfolio Development Program

 (Grades 11-12/ Gap Year )

(34 weeks, instruction sessions per topic, 2 hours instructional, 6 hours independent studio work weekly)

*Program is offered as yearlong (September - May) and as an accelerated semester long program (January - May)

Designed for students who are preparing to submit their portfolio for college or job application. The program provides the opportunity for students to work on their skills and to produce portfolio quality artworks in Observation Foundation Drawing, Figure/Portrait Drawing and 2D Conceptual Design/Visual Thinking.

Each concentrated course combines conceptual, critical and creative thinking for the imagination crucial in developing a personal vision to create quality works of art and promotes verbal/visual vocabulary, strong technical and communication skills for storytelling.

Students are required to attend 34 2 hour instruction sessions and an additional 6 hours of

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 *(Jan 28 - May 30)

(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 


Saturday 10am-12 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.


To Be Determined.



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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