Young Creative Spirit













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The Young Creative Spirit is the children's fine arts residency at Glen Echo Park.


Coordinated by artist and instructor Katherine T. Andrle, and assisted by instructor Denise Dittmar, the center’s goal is to serve the community by providing art instruction to children and broadening their appreciation of the world by giving them an outlet for creative expression. Every child has both a tremendous visual awareness of the world outside and a wonderfully imaginative inner eye. The program encourages children to trust in their own interpretations and uses a wide variety of media to expand their experience. Small classes, taught in the Crystal Pool Studio, serve ages 5 through 12 and focus on the individual.



  Resident Artists/Instructors & Classes:

Katherine T Andrle

Metro DC artist and fine art photographer, Andrle has been a resident artist at Glen Echo Park since 1986.  Co-Director of the Young Creative Spirit program offering after-school courses, summer camps, and parent/child workshops.  Andrle has presented family workshops for the Hirshhorn Museum Education Department and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC.  Andrle earned a Bachelor of Science in Art at the University of Wisconsin/River Falls, and Masters of Fine Arts from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.




Denise Dittmar

Denise has been teaching art at classes and camps for four years at Glen Echo. Long involved with design and art education, she now focuses on children’s art at the Crystal Pool Studio and a teen drawing and painting class through the Yellow Barn. Adult, and Adult/children’s classes include collage, drawing and painting in deconstruct books, and block printmaking. In addition, Denise works part-time at Little Echoes and Playgroup in the Park.