Art Barn Studio in Hanover is a creative haven for artists

HANOVER – A big barn at 674 Webster St. fulfilled the dreams of artist and educator Robyn Thompson-Duong, who founded The Art Barn Studio. The airy, wooden interior bustles with adult and children’s classes and monthly sip-and-paint parties.

“I was looking in Boston for a space to rent out for painting parties and classes, but when I saw the barn in Hanover, it was perfect,” said the 43-year-old visual artist. 

There are classes on painting, drawing, collages, printmaking and nature journaling. It is a space where the owner combines her artistry and her passion for teaching. 

A portrait by Robyn Thompson-Duong. Her work evokes pride in Black culture and the spirit of femininity.

“Since 2008, I have been teaching art in some capacity in private and then public schools,” she said. “The pandemic changed my perception of things. I wanted to do something on my own.” 

Thompson-Duong is a contemporary realist painter.  She specializes in portraits and is busy with art commissions, exhibits and shows. She gave virtual classes through the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design and taught art at Pierce Middle School in Milton for 10 years.

She is the mother of two girls, ages 8 and 5, and her husband is An Duong. They moved to Hanover to be closer to her family members who live in Marshfield and Plymouth.  

Artist Robyn Thompson-Duong owns and operates The Art Barn Studio on Webster Street in Hanover, where she teaches classes for children and adults.

During the pandemic, when The Art Barn Studio opened, she began with online classes, then gave in-person lessons limited to one  or two students.  This summer is the first time The Art Barn is offering children’s classes. 

“I’m not sure who has more fun, me or them. I opened it to children because the space is so beautiful and it has a great energy,” she said. “I feel greedy not sharing it. Teaching kids keeps me young.”  

Adult clients leave insecurities behind, and being together is therapeutic, Thompson- Duong said. 

“You have conversations about life in general,” she said. “There’s a camaraderie that happens and you look forward to the classes.” 

Artist Robyn Thompson-Duong owns and operates The Art Barn Studio on Webster Street in Hanover.

Budding and seasoned painters share ideas and encouragement.

“It’s important to be around other artists, being with like-minded people; it’s beneficial all around,” she said. 

Portrait painting is her specialty, although Thompson-Duong does a range of artwork that includes landscapes, still life and more.

“I concentrate on portraiture. I love faces and I love the challenge to capture a person’s likeness. I want it to look like the person, and I want it to feel like the person.”