DanNie Art Lessons

Former Art Instructor for N.C. Governor's School;
Ten years college teaching experience;
B.A.., in Fine Art, Wake Forest University.;
M.A., Master of Fine Arts, American University, Washington, D.C.

Yes, You Have Found the Right Place! 

If you want the best, you come to

 DanNie Studio  (704-574-1815)

We serve Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC.

Now we have 2 locations: Ashburn, VA, and Ft. Belvoir, VA.

We also offer lessons online via Zoom. Please call or text the instructor Daniel Nie for details: 704-574-1815. 

Please enjoy this introduction clip first: https://youtu.be/3ywvrhERGts

We offer one-to-one Private Lessons, Art Therapy Sessions in the Beautiful Belmont Country Club Community in Ashburn, VA. https://www.belmontcountryclub.com/


In DanNie Studio, the student will not only learn the basic studio art knowledge but learn how to enhance a lifelong skill called "Creativity." One has better creativity can be a plus for whatever career he or she will pursue in the future. and critical thinking, a useful skill for a lifetime.

At DanNie Studio We Teach more than Just Art

Through art lessons, we provide a fun way for the student to learn important life skills: DISCIPLINE, CONFIDENCE, PATIENCE, FOCUS, and most of all, an ability to see that life as a whole picture which should be painted by the individual as beautiful and meaningful as it can be.

Art challenges people to think in new ways.

The fine arts provide a rich opportunity to connect with students in ways other subjects do not. At the same time, they provide cross-curricular connections that can strengthen critical thinking, cultural awareness, and student skills in subjects ranging from social studies to science to language arts.

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By studying Art, our young students grow into more well-round adults, and even giving them a unique dimension that makes them more attractive to colleges and universities. To parents, Your best investment is in your child's education, and we can offer your child the real education that you are looking for. You must come to see the difference.



Hello, Professor Nie! I was one of your Chinese Watercolor students about 23 years ago. I have been seriously pursuing a career as an artist for the past couple of years. You continue to be a great influence for me. I can hear you saying, "Paint fast, and paint a lot. " My website is www.amytbesh.com, if you'd like to take a peek. I will be posting some new stuff in a few days.

Amy T Beshgetoorian

We hope to see you soon 

Instructor's statement:

------ Beyond the Basics

Teaching art to children is totally different from teaching art to adults.

I teach children the basic principles of art in terms of concretes. For example, I guide them to see that a tree leaf is connected to a branch, the branch is connected to the trunk, and the tree trunk is rooted in the earth.

When I teach adults, I assume they possess common sense, so my emphasis is more on guiding them to think in terms of abstractions, such as aesthetics and iconography. With adults, a painting can just be a tree leaf without the branch. Furthermore, the painting could merely be a representation of the colors and textures of a leaf, without a concrete image of the object.

Even though some of my younger students have studied art with me for many years, most are still too young for me to discuss abstract concepts with them. However, through painting and drawing, they can learn the skills of critical thinking. For example, I often require them to think about what size and placement of the image should be in relation to the size of the canvas. That is a kill of planning management. I encourage the young student to visualize a finished picture before he or she starts to paint. I often encourage a young student to use this skill of visualization to see what he or she will be doing 10 or 20 years from now. Once a young person has such a vision for the future, he or she can set his or her current priorities in the right places.

In order to be a good artist, I encourage each student to establish his or her own painting style.

In the higher-level art lessons, we discuss composition, rhythm, balance, texture, and even philosophical symbolism in a work of art. Most importantly, I want my students to not only learn art just for art's sake but also to understand how they can apply the principles of art to their lives, to possess the ability to comprehend and handle challenges beyond the basics.


Please contact the artist for your flexible lesson schedule.

For a free consultation please send an email to danielnie@aol.com or send your text to 704-574-1815. 

You will be inspired and encouraged at DanNie Studio 

Please enjoy the following films:

Painting 101: https://youtu.be/R1XM12r1Z9I

The Doll House: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc8xdU90aY0

Summer Camp: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdFIetaTqOE


We teach what you want to learn

DanNie Studio offers Art lessons for
All levels, All ages. Your first visit is free, Affordable tuition, Free consultation, Classes available day time & evenings


Here is a list of courses we offer:

Drawing and Painting level 1 to 5

Photoshop/ Digital Art

Design Basics

3-D Design/ Sculpture

Chinese Watercolor/ Sumi-e

Creative Craft Making


Cartooning/ Comics

Art History in Western Civilization

Comparative Art East and West

Creative Thinking - Introduction to Coolligraphy 

Outline of DanNie Art Lesson Levels:

Level I:

Learning basic techniques in Drawing and Painting plus some knowledge in 3-D designs.

Level II:

Applying all the learned techniques to various subject matters ---- Landscape, Still Life, Animals, Human Figures, Portraits, etc.

Level III:

Searching for your own style. Be specialized in one or two subject matters.

Creating your own masterpieces that have a gallery quality.

Level IV:

Maturing your specialty in Painting or Drawing. Participating Art shows, , Art competitions, etc.

Level V:

Conducting Thesis Projects. Building portfolios. Using Photoshop and other software to compile a book of your art collections

and get it published. At that point, you are an accomplished artist!

(The instructor will issue Certificates to all students who accomplished each of the above levels, )

Registration Form

Please copy and paste to mail to danielnie@aol.com

DanNie Studio Art Lessons Tel 704-574-1815

Student's Name:_________________________

Tel # ( )_______________________
Mailing Address:______________________________________
E-mail address: __________________________________
Parent's Name (if the student is a minor): ________________________
Parent's Tel #:______________________________

Interested in work-study program ____. (for age 16 or above only ),
Interested in workshops______. (From time to time we will conduct special interest workshops, such as computer graphics, guest artist's demonstrations, etc.)


Private: $85/per lesson (one hr.), 

Semi-Private (2 students): $80/per lesson per student (1 hr.)
½ hr. Lessons (private), suitable for younger children---- $170 (4 lessons)

Group Lessons:

3 students ---- group type A ------- $75 per person per lesson

4 students ---- group type B ------- $70 per person per lesson

5 students ---- group type C ------- $65 per person per lesson

Emergency contact person: ____________________________, 

Please list the subjects you are interested to learn or the goals would like to achieve:

Text Book: Essential Art Techniques (DanNie Studio offers discounted prices to students). The book is also available at Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1496084098/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0

Yes_____, I would like to purchase one copy of the textbook (required).

Any other comments:

Release of Liability:
By signing this registration form, the student and/or the parent(s) hereby and forever discharge, release, and hold harmless,
the instructor(s) from all liabilities and lawsuits regarding any damage, loss, or injury resulting from the student's participation in art lessons/programs at Daniel Nie's Studio.

Signature :______________________________. Date_____________
You may e-mail your registration form to DanNie studio at danielnie@aol.com

DanNie Studio
704-574-1815 (cell)

Text book 

introduction: Artist Daniel Nie has given private art lessons for more than 25 years and understands the frustrations that most students face. He has gathered here the answers to questions that his many students have most frequently asked. With the author's conversational format and focus on the artistic essentials of drawing, painting, and sculpting, we think you will find this book to be an invaluable self-study guide for studio art. Along with the author's format and focus, the practical tips and illustrations included in this book may even make you feel that artist Daniel Nie is right there with you, guiding you through every step of your training. We celebrate with you as you become a better artist. To offer you personal artistic guidance in the course of your study, the author invites you to contact him at danielnie@aol.com. Serica Press 2012


Missed Lessons:
There will be no refund for any missed lesson, should the student be absent. However, make-up lessons should be available upon arrangement with the instructor.

Inclement Weather:
The instructor will contact students if lessons have to be canceled and rescheduled due to inclement weather. Fees for Canceled lessons will be automatically credited to the next make-up lessons.

Rescheduled or canceled lessons:
If lessons must be rescheduled or canceled by the instructor, the student has a choice of either having a make-up lesson or receiving a refund for the lesson(s) missed.


Each student must sign a liability release on the registration form before enrollment.


All students must fill out the new registration form and return it with payment before or at the end of the first lesson. Students who take private or semi-private lessons must pay for 4 lessons at a time. The student must make lesson appointments with the instructor ASAP. Lesson appointments are on a first-come-first-served basis. If any individuals need payment planning, please contact Daniel Nie.


The most important thing one needs to learn is not just art, but the way of seeing things; in this way, one may gain a true vision.

Cartooning workshop/birthday party with Mr.DanNie

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Student Gallery: Your work can one of these.


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