Every day someone new discovers the Washington Studio School. For 35 years, Washington Studio School has believed in the power of art education to change lives. For years, WSS was largely run by a dedicated group of part-time staff and volunteers who have shaped the distinctive community we are today. Today, WSS is a financially strong organization and a dynamic hub for artists of all skill levels and walks of life who come together to study art in an accessible and welcoming environment. 

Our vision of "drawing the artist out in everyone," shapes our distinctive studio-based curriculum, numerous free programs, rotating exhibitions, and financial aid programs organized throughout the year. WSS now serves more than 3,500 students and visitors from across the District and the region.

As a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, Our fee-based income only covers about 60% of the costs of keeping our class offerings affordable, programs free, equipment in good shape, and talented faculty and professional staff on board. The remaining  40% of our budget comes from the generosity of individual, foundation and corporate donors as well as grantmakers to help support our ambitious programs.

How has WSS and the arts sustained you over the last year?

Support our future by making a gift to our 2021 Summer Campaign.

WSS has much to celebrate, thanks in large part to your support. Your generosity, along with federal and DC COVID relief assistance, grant awards, support from our building owner, and careful management of expenses, has ensured WSS remains in a strong to weather the ongoing effects of the pandemic. Our faculty dove into new modes of teaching, visiting artists came to WSS in new ways, we increased funding of the WSS scholarship program, and expanded representation on the faculty and board of directors.

As we plan for our future return to in-person, indoor programming, we also know that we must integrate many of the new tools and technologies we have been using the past year into our traditional programs. We are grateful to have been able to work through the challenges of the past year, but more than that, we are excited about our future plans-fueled by your continued support. Will you help us raise $60,000 by the end of the summer to bolster our work in the coming months? 

A gift of any size will have an immediate and ongoing impact on our community. We hope you’ll continue to find comfort, community, and inspiration with us in art-making online and outdoors by attending a free event, class or workshop.

2019/20 IMPACT




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Thank you!


On behalf of all of us at WSS, thank you for your generosity and being a part of our future! We are where we are today because of the financial generosity and volunteerism of our community. To view a list of our generous supporters, CLICK HERE. 




Call or email WSS Managing Director, Laila Abdul-Hadi Jadallah at 202.234.3030 or laila@washingtonstudioschool.org

More Ways to Give

Interested in making a sustaining contribution? Click the button below to learn more about ways you can give by joining one of our Giving Circles, making a sustaining monthly contribution, or a qualified charitable distribution. ​​​

Washington Studio School is a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID 52-1345165. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent fully allowed by law. 

   What Our Students Say About Us


          "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." 



          "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."


          "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 classes with 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!"  

View Our Interactive

FY2020 Annual Report

Read about highlights from this past year, view galleries and videos featuring WSS students and their art, and learn more about our plans for the coming year. 

To view a full-sized version of the report, click on the button below.