The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore

Calendar of Events and Classes

We welcome familiar and fresh energy to our upcoming public events, workshops, seminars, and classes. 
As Ben Richardson said, "The more painters there are out there, the more screens there are."

 If you would like to volunteer to help at future events, please contact us.


2021 Calendar at a Glance

All workshops and programs are subject to change, based on State guidelines around COVID-19.
While many public events have been postponed until further notice*,
artists across Maryland and the United States are creating virtual classes and exhibits for your enjoyment (V).

Be safe. Stay healthy.

American Visionary Art Museum, Year-round Exhibition, Baltimore Painted Screens & Rowhome Theater,
Jim Rouse Visionary Center - 1st floor, Wed - Sun, 10 am - 5 pm
March- April  Carroll County Art CenterWestminster, MD (Dates TBS)
May 24 - June 6B&O Railroad MuseumPainted Screen exhibit and classes in the B&O Education Center,  Baltimore, MD
July 2 - Aug 25  Off Track Art Gallery, Exhibit and workshops! Open weekends Fri, Sat & Sun, Westminster, MD 
Sept 10-12,  National Folk Festival, Salisbury, MD

July 2 - August 25, 2021

Off Track Art Gallery

Exhibit open weekends Fri, Sat & Sun, Westminster, MD 

Classes and Demonstrations

Our next workshop is August 14th (10 am to 12 noon) at Liberty & Main Streets parking lot, Westminster MD. 

Returning to the B&O Museum May 24 - June 6, 2021!

Did we miss seeing you there? 

Screen painting exhibit, sales, classes and demonstrations  

 Two of Baltimore’s proudest traditions – screen painting and railroading – come together for two weeks at the B&O Railroad Museum! See painted screen works by artists from the Painted Screen Society of Baltimore on-display each day in the Museum’s Roundhouse, and on select dates, enjoy screen painting demonstrations with artist Michael Siepp! And, if you’re feeling inspired to try your hand at screen painting, we’re holding Sip & Screen Paint Classes for adults, as well as Screen Painting classes for the kids! See schedule and purchase your tickets for Sip & Screen Paint and Kids' Screen Painting Workshops below.

The iconic painted rowhouse screens of Baltimore date back to 1913, when Czech grocer William Oktavec introduced his “red bungalow” scene. Since then, the practice of painting rowhouse screen doors has become a symbol of Baltimore’s rich cultural and historical heritage.

Painted Screens On-Display

Mon, May 24 - Sun, June 6

Included with admission

Screen Painting Demonstrations with Michael Seipp

Sat, Sun, & Mon, May 29-31, 12 Noon

Sun, June 6, 12 Noon

Included with admission

Sip & Screen Paint Classes (21+)

Sat, May 29, 6:30 PM

Thu, Jun 3, 6:30 PM

B&O Members $50, Non-Members $55


Kids’ Screen Painting Workshops

Sat, Sun, & Mon, May 29-31, 1:30 PM

Sun, June 6, 1:30 PM  


The 80th  National Folk Festival will be held September 10-12, 2021, in Salisbury, Maryland. 
We look forward to seeing you at the National Folk Festival in September. 

Classes and Workshops

 What better way than to carry on a tradition than to teach it to others?

Classes are regularly offered at sites around Baltimore and the surrounding region.
On-going programs taught by Master Screen Artists are offered on demand and seasonally.
Consider a private screen painting party featuring a class in your own home to teach adults and children.
No matter the venue, you will have the secrets and a finished screen in hand at the end of the class

Contact the school or the instructor for additional details

Instructor: Amanda Smit-Peters, with Felicia Zannino-Baker of Highlandtown Gallery

April 18, 2019, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Join Amanda Smit-Peters in a virtual mini Painted Screen workshop!
Sign up and we'll mail you a screen, work station, frame and link to our online session--you JUST ADD PAINT!
(Register by Fri. April 10, as we need time to mail you supplies!)
$20 - $25


Instructor:  John Iampiericontact John here 

            websites: www.PaintedScreensOnline.comYoung Audiences, Maryland State Arts Council Artist in Residence



Screen painting workshops with John Iampieri:


Friday, Dec 11, 7 pm - 7:15 pm
Virtual LAUNCH event on Facebook

Join us for the major announcement of Bella Designs' "Screen Painting with Mr. I"
This live broadcast will include a brief feature telling the story of screen painting and it's unique place in Maryland history. After the history lesson, learn about Bella Designs' new instructional film "Screen Painting with Mr. I." John Iampieri (Mr. I) is one of the few remaining screen painters and he is here to keep the legacy alive for generations to come!
"Screen Painting with Mr. I" marks our debut into instructional video. Watch our promo and learn how you can order this one-of-a-kind instructional DVD, or digital download, accompanied by your very own screen painting kit. 
Also get to know your master screen painter, John Iampieri.

Instructor: Lisa Marie Penncontact Lisa here

Screen Painting Folk Art with Lisa Marie Penn
are usually held the third Tues of each month, 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
Look for upcoming on the Art League Calendar here.

Visit Lisa Penn Art on Facebook for instructional art videos online. 
Watch Lisa's First Kids Paint PartyApril 3, 2020 

Instructor: Clare Chesvanage, email 


with instructor Clare Chesnavage

4 sessions:
 M/W, Dec 7, 9 & 14, 16

Screen Painting virtually* with Clare Chesnavage on December 7, 9, 14, 16 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.  Painted screens are canvases with holes. Imagine a window or door screen with a picture painted on the exterior side only. The paint does not cover or clog the holes. The colorful image stops the gaze of people on the sidewalk from seeing inside the darkened room. The view to the street from the house is unobstructed. The screen still functions perfectly for ventilation and as a barrier to flying insects. These screens originated in Baltimore neighborhoods in 1913.  You will create your own painting on a screen.  Supplies may be picked up at the Lifelong Learning Office.  

Cost is $60 per class for Silver members; Free to Gold members; plus $15 for supplies.  

To register, contact Karen Rice at or 304-876-5135.

Let's Paint Our Town: Window Screen Paint ‘n Sip Workshop 

at the Creative Alliance, Eastern Ave, Baltimore

Saturday, April 18 in the Marquee Lounge, 1pm - 4 or 5* pm


Instructor: Michael Seipp, email  

Michael will be curating exhibits at the B&O Railroad Museum in May and at Off Track Art Gallery this summer.

Painted Screen Workshop with Michael Seipp 

July 6th - 10th
Five Sessions, 1pm  to 3:45 pm
McDaniel College

Instructor: Monica Broere,  email 


Chesapeake Collectibles
AIRDATE:  MONDAY, JANUARY 20TH, 7:30PM only on MPT-HD. The show repeats : SATURDAYS, 7:30PM ON MPT-2. 
Watch Elaine Eff discuss painted screens starting at minute 12:11.

Painted Screens Exhibit, Tours and Workshops

WYPR logo

Friday, March 13

On the Record talk show

9:30-10:00 am on 88.1 WYPR FM

The Painted Screens Of Baltimore

Elaine Eff and Highlandtown Gallery owner Felicia Zannino-Baker go on On the Record"

Listen Now

Highlandtown Gallery 

A Diverse Collection of Baltimore's Painted Screens

248 South Conkling Street • Baltimore, MD 21224

(410) 327-7035

New Business Hours for Fall 2020

Tues/Wed/Thurs 12 pm - 6 pm, Fri & Sat  8 am - 6 pm

Virtual or private, one-on-one appointments only during regular business hours

Highlandtown Painted Screen Guided Tour

Saturdays at 10 -11 am.

Buy art and take lessons and tours online. 
Stay safe.


Past Events, 2020

Mon, Jan 20 & Saturdays, 7:30 pm  MPT'S Chesapeake Collectibles Series, Feature Story About Painted Screens
Throughout the year: Highlandtown Gallery Painted Screens Exhibit, Tours and Workshops Baltimore, MD
March 8, Screen painting workshop at Rehoboth Art League, 1pm - 4pm, with John Iampieri, Rehoboth, MD
March 19 thru April 23Thursdays, 1:30 - 3 pm, Lifelong Learning Screen Painting Class at Shepherd University, W. Va            Shepherdstown, W. VA, with Clare Chesnavage, postponed*
March 13, Friday’s “On the Record” talk show, 9:30-10:00 am on 88.1 WYPR FM (Listen now)
(V) Apr 3, First Kids Paint Party online with Lisa Penn. Virtual screen painting lessons coming soon! 
Apr 4,   Paint & Party with a PurposePaint Night Fundraiser, 6-11 pm, Local 734 Union Hall, Balto, MD, postponed*
Apr 13-19,  B & O Railroad Museum  Painted Screen Exhibit and Demonstrations, Baltimore, MD, rescheduled for October 2020*
(V) Apr 18Virtual Mini Painted Screen Workshop with Amanda Smit-Peters, courtesy Highlandtown Gallery, Balto, Register by April 10th
(V) Apr 19, Live Painted Screen Tutorial with Lisa Marie Penn, 12 noon on Facebook
Apr 18Let's Paint Our Town: Window Screen Paint ‘n Sip Workshop with Anna Pasqualucci, Creative Alliance, Balto, postponed*
May 5,  Ocean Pines Library Screen Painting workshop  2pm - 5pm, with John Iampieri, Ocean Pines, MD, postponed*
May 9,  The Art of Screen Painting  10 am - 2 pm, with John Iampieri at Highlandtown Gallery, Baltimore, MD, postponed*
July 6-10 Painting workshop at Tradition Weeks 2020 at Common Ground on the Hill with Michael Seippe, Westminster, MD
Aug 25,   In-person Screen Painting Folk Art: Paint an Octopus with Lisa Penn,  12:30 - 3:30 pm, Art League of Ocean City
Sept 11-13 National Folk Festival, Salisbury, MD, postponed* and rescheduled for September 2021. Hope to see you next year!
Oct 5-11Painted Screen Exhibit at the B&O Railroad Museum, Mon-Sat, 10 am - 4 pm; Sun, 11 am - 4 pm, Baltimore, MD
Oct 27,   In-Person Screen Painting Folk Art: Paint a Bee with Lisa Penn, 12:30 - 3:30 pm, Art League of Ocean City
Nov 17,   In-Person Screen Painting Folk Art: Paint a Heron with Lisa Penn, 12:30 - 3:30 pm, Art League of Ocean City
(V) Dec 7 - 16Lifelong Learning Screen Painting Class, with Clare, M/W, 6:00 - 7:30 pm, Shepherd University, W. Va. 
(V) Dec 11, Screen Painting with Mr. I, Virtual LAUNCH event on Facebook, 7 pm - 7:15 pm

Details below.

The American Folklore Society Meeting
Thank you for visiting our displays in the Hyatt Regency lobby on October 16–19, 2019.

Sept 7-9. 2018, The Painted Screen Society and the Maryland Traditions Festival were part of the National Folk Festival! 

Maryland State Arts Council's 2017-2018 Maryland Traditions apprentice team Anna Pasqualucci and Lisa Penn  presented and demonstrated the art of Baltimore screen painting at the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, Sept 8 and 9, 12 noon -6pm. 

Elaine Eff presented on a narrative stage on Sunday, Sept 9. 

Smithsonian National Building Museum 
House & Home Exhibit  featured a painted screen door by Master Painter Dee Herget, 2012 - 2017 

Pop-Up Shop! 

June - October 2018. CLOSED for the season.

Presented by The Painted Screen Society of Baltimore  and Highlandtown Arts
Location: 3522-A Bank Street @ Conkling St

                                                                                      Artscape 2019


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