DanNie Studio (Since 1987) 704-574-1815

Art Lessons at DanNie Studio, Northern Va

 DanNie Art Studio

We serve  Northern Virginia,  Maryland, and Washington DC. 

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

Please call the instructor Daniel Nie for details: 704-571-1815 

Yes, You Have Found the Right Place!  If you want the best, you come to DanNie Studio

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

Our teaching philosophy: Click here to learn

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


First, Watch this clip just for the fun: 




Please click here to tour our studio

About the Instructor: Daniel Nie is a full time artist, living in Belmont Community in Ashburn, Northern Va. Nie received his Master of Fine Arts from American University, D.C. and B.A. in Art from Wake Forest University. With 25 years of teaching experience, Mr. Nie has taught art at St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Piedmont Community college and the N.C. Governor’s School. He was the recipient of the Sam Ragan NC Fine Arts Award in 2000. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Ragan_Awards

The Text Book: 

To order this textbook, please go to Amazon:






Artist Daniel Nie has given private art lessons for more than 25 years, and he understands the frustrations that most students face. He has gathered in this book the answers to questions that his many students have most frequently asked.


Outline Art Lessons are available on Zoom.
Please contact the instructor Mr. Daniel via texting:
707-574-1815 or send your inquiry to DanielNie@aol.com
Please click here to see a painting demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZEGllWEz4U
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 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  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 kill 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 future, he or she can set his or her current priorities at right places.


In order to be a good artist, I encourage each student to establishing 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.




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

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: DICIPLINE, 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 an 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.




In a message dated 3/17/2014 7:38:24 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, amytbesh@gmail.com writes:

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

Please contact the artist  for your flexible lesson schedule:

For a free consultation please semd emil to: danielnie@aol.com

or visit this site: http://artlesson.webs.com/index.htm#865387563

Please enjoy this introduction clip on youtube:


Want to learn Cartooning? 

Students can learn basic animation skills in one lesson:

Birthday Party or Art Event for Kids?

Please visit: http://cartooningforkids.webs.com/

 Please click here to see some cartoons created by my students.



DanNie Studio the Best Private Art Education in Town

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.


        We welcome all ages at all levels! This studio room is reserved for you:



It's a fun learning experience for children.


You will be inspired and encouraged at DanNie Studio

Besides teaching all the art lessons, we also offer workshops on fun and educational projects.

Please enjoy this clip: The Doll House


Painting is great  way for stress reduction after a long day of work.


Would your child like to learn Cartooning?

DanNie art lessons are for all ages and all levels.

Art lessons build up self confidence and discipline for children and teenagers.


Find a friend to take lessons together.

        Please come to join us !


Please click here to tour our studio 

See Student Gallery: 

It's time to come to the best!


Please click below to learn how to register for DanNie Art Lessons.

*Courses Available

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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 varies subject matters

---- Landscape, Still Life, Animals, Human Figures, Portraits, etc.


Level III:

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

Creating your own master pieces 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 an 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, starting from 2015.)


Tour Our Studio






Besides learning painting, students will study sculpture as well before they completing level II studies.             The following sculpture was created by the same young artist who did the painting, "Dog," shown above:



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