MAKE A MATCHING GIFT TODAY. BE A PART OF OUR FUTURE.
Every day someone new discovers the Washington Studio School.
No longer a hidden gem, WSS is emerging as an exciting hub for artists of all skill levels and walks of life who come together to study studio art in an accessible and welcoming environment.
Over the last year, our supporters have enabled WSS to continue to grow, thrive, launch new initiatives, and reach out into the community. We've served more than 2,500 students and visitors by developing:
EXPANDED FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS through new partnerships with organizations across the District including
Halcyon House and the Friends of Peirce Mill.
A ROBUST SCHOLARSHIP AND WORK-STUDY PROGRAM to promote growth and diversity in our community, and
ensure art education is accessible to talented students regardless of socio-economic background.
A SPECIAL FREE WORKSHOP for K-12 DC-metro area art educators with visiting artist Ken Kewley.
There's never been a better time to support our journey.
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has just awarded WSS a $50,000, 1:1 matching general operating support grant for FY20.
You can fuel our momentum—Go 50/50 with us by making a matching contribution.
Your gift helps us match this award, cover operational costs and supports our ambitious goals for this year. You will:
IMPROVE CLASSROOM EQUIPMENT and enhance use of our building to better serve our students.
BOOST THE QUALITY OF OUR CURRICULUM through the creation of a faculty professional development program.
FORGE MORE COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS across the District to reach and engage more people.
What our students say about us.
MELVIN NESBITT JR. ARTIST
"Washington Studio School instructors are the best! As a student, they've given me the tools I need to transition from amateur to professional artist. They bring lessons that challenge and encourage creativity and growth,
plus they generously share the unique and valuable knowledge they've gained as working artists."
RACHEL HEISS ARTIST & ILLUSTRATOR / WORK-STUDY PARTICIPANT
"Taking courses at WSS made me feel like an art student again. My instructors taught me everything from
foundational skills such as setting up a palette and color-mixing, to more complex skills, strategies and thought
processes. Their courses helped me dust off the artistic cobwebs and gain confidence as a painter. I have a
deeper connection with the school because of my time spent as a work-study participant. WSS has outstanding
teachers, staff members, donors, and students, and I'm happy to be a part of their community."
SERENA MARTIN ILLUSTRATOR and DESIGNER
"I am a self taught Washington, DC based watercolor illustrator and stationary designer, and I began taking
classes at Washington Studio School in June 2018. I can tell that my skill level as an artist has improved
since taking classes, but also my appreciation for art history and ways of looking at art. The community of teachers, students, artists and volunteers also provide a warm and welcoming environment. The teachers I have taken are all phenomenal. They not only teach students the foundations, but they also show students new ways to look at their surroundings, subjects and how art responds and captures what we feel and see. It is a
truly comprehensive art education and experience!"
We Met Our Goal - Thank you!
ON BEHALF OF ALL OF US AT WSS, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY AND BEING A PART OF OUR FUTURE.
Call or email WSS Managing Director, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah at 202.234.3030 or email@example.com.