Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing - Towson, MD

Located on the west side of York Rd, between the traffic circle (at Joppa Rd) and Pennsylvania Ave, directly across the street from the Rec Room, Torrent Lounge and Pho Dat Thanh. We offer 1 hour free validated parking at the Towson Library Parking Garage or the Cinemark Parking Garage. On Saturdays you get 3 hours of validated parking!

Plaza Artist Materials Towson


We validate for 1 free hour at either the Towson Library Parking Garage, located on Chesapeake Ave., or the Cinemark Parking Garage, located on Delaware Ave. A validation on Saturday will give you 3 hours of parking!

Metered parking is also available nearby, including directly across the street on northbound York Rd. Metered parking is FREE on Sundays and after 6pm from Monday through Friday.

Public Transportation

  • 1 - 2 blocks from bus stops for lines 8, 55 and quickbus 48.

Custom framing

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From your finest artwork to your newly earned diploma, Plaza frames it all! Our expert picture framing design team is ready and waiting for you to bring in your treasures.

Events in our Towson Store

Make Your Own ‘Jackson Pollock’ Painting with Abstract Acrylic!
Saturday, September 22: 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Sennelier Abstract Acrylic & Tips

On Saturday, September 22, come to any Plaza Art Store between 1pm and 4pm to make your own FREE Jackson Pollock painting with Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paints and Tips! Experiment with the color and texture you can achieve with the Abstract Acrylic paint pouches. Let your creativity run wild with the set of 8 tips that create thin, thick, double and triple lines! All supplies are provided, one painting per person, while supplies last.

Don’t miss the opportunity to WIN a set of Sennelier Abstract Acrylic Paints & Tips! Retail Value $47.00. Artwork will be juried by Plaza Art staff and the winner will be selected based on the final outcome of the artwork. *One winner per store.

Hands on Creativity 2018 - A Fun, Free, Art-Filled Day at Plaza Art Towson with 9 Free Demos!
Saturday, October 13: 11:00am - 4:00pm
FREE! No Registration Required
Hands on Creativity

Plaza Artist Materials & Picture Framing is excited to present the 2018 Hands on Creativity biannual event in Towson! On Saturday, October 13 from 11am-4pm, professional artists will demonstrate various media, techniques, and styles. Creative demos and hands-on activities will include painting, drawing, block printing, Sumi-e brush painting, paper marbling and more. Along with ongoing demos and activities for all ages and skill levels, there will be free samples and door prizes! There’s something for everyone at Hands on Creativity. If you’re looking for an artistic outlet on October 13, come to this annual event at Plaza Artist Materials. We can’t wait to get creative with you!

Fun with Marabu!

Join artist Gayle Mahoney and test out various Marabu products! Learn different application techniques for using the Art Crayons and Art Sprays. Experiment with blending, dry application, wet on wet, stencils, and other water-based paints/inks. Gayle will also demonstrate Easy Marble applications on 3D objects and marbling on paper, and techniques for using the Marabu Fashion Spray, Shimmer and Liner!

Illuminations – Painting on Gold

Speedball and Ampersand
Explore the luminosity of painting with acrylic on imitation gold-leafed surfaces! Artist Ed Moore will guide you through the process of creating your own mini masterpiece!

Golden Mixed Media Hands-On!

Golden Artist Colors
Join Amy Shawley Paquette from Golden Artist Colors for a few hands-on exercises that feature some of our favorite Mixed Media techniques! Discover some fun, layered printmaking ideas, learn about QoR Watercolor and which GOLDEN grounds and pastes are great for watermedia, and try out our High Flow Acrylics loaded into markers and pens to see how you can draw with acrylic paints! (This table will be available before and after the Golden lecture/demo)

Golden Mixed Media lecture/demo

12-2pm - Golden Artist Colors
Advance registration requested – please call the store at 410-823-6406 to register.

Learn about the wide range of Golden acrylic paints and mediums, along with the new QoR Watercolors, and discover how they can enhance your Mixed Media projects! Get a good understanding of each product, their different attributes, and how to make the right choices in grounds and colors for the best intended application. Learn what to put under paint, and how to layer, create washes, stains, and collage! We will cover a variety of tools and techniques including the use of stencils, paint markers, dry media, image transfers, iridescent colors, and how to create encaustic-like effects. This is a great place for beginners and experienced artists alike to learn new techniques and be inspired by innovative applications.

Halloween Blockprints!

You can ink a carved printing block and create your own block-printed Halloween card, choosing from two fun and spooky Halloween designs!

Liquitex All Day!

Join artist Tony Zatzick for the opportunity to use Liquitex acrylic colors - paints, inks, markers and sprays alongside an array of mediums to explore both traditional and contemporary techniques! Learn about glazing, suspending, embedding, spraying, dripping, pouring, carving, transferring and much more. You’ll learn new techniques with Liquitex paints and mediums to expand or develop your current studio practice - all levels of experience welcome!

Illustration with Brush Pens

Brush up on your inking skills with local illustrator, author and teacher Greg Houston, who will demonstrate how to use Pentel Brush Pens to enhance your pen and marker drawings. Try your hand at drawing with these unique pens, which can give you a wide range of line widths with a single stroke, also making them great for lettering!

Stillman & Birn Sketchbooks

Stillman & Birn
Explore Stillman & Birn’s luxurious notebooks with Michael Kalman! He’ll give a lesson on various quality papers and help you pick the perfect paper for your next project.xxxxx

Sumi-e Painting

Joan Lok is among the top Sumi-e artists in the country. Sumi-e is a unique type of East Asian brush painting and you’ll learn tons of techniques – try it yourself, or just watch and be mesmerized by Joan’s mastery!

PanPastel Demonstration
Friday, October 26: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Free! Please call the store at 410-823-6406 to register
Demonstrator: Gail Piazza

Have you ever wondered how to use PanPastel? Artist Gail Piazza will show you how! PanPastels are professional artists’ quality soft pastel colors packed in a unique pan format, able to be easily blended and layered. Watch Gail paint a still life while she explains how she creates light, form and color using this versatile medium. After the demo, participants will have a chance to discover the wonders of the medium with a variety of papers and applicators. Get ready to create with Gail during this lively PanPastel demo!!

A signature member of the Pastel Society of America, Maryland based artist, Gail Piazza, is best known for her award-winning pastel and colored pencil work. Originally a children’s book illustrator specializing in representing the ethnically diverse child, Gail’s latest work blends her uncanny ability to bring life to a page with her exquisite fine art portrait and still life technique. Gail now shares her skills at the university level. As an art professor, Gail’s passion and enthusiasm for art is contagious. Her ability to inspire students is fueled not only by her vast knowledge, but also by her belief that the only thing as rewarding as creating a masterpiece is helping others create their own.

Towson Classes & Workshops

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(September 2018 - February 2019)

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All information including but not limited to instructors, dates and fees are subject to change without notice.