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Youth & Teen Art Classes
Join us for youth and teen art classes designed to foster creativity and self-expression. Students have the opportunity to explore a range of media in a supportive environment where the experience is as important as the finished product. Classes are available for ages 5 through teen, with beginner through advanced programs.
Adult Art Classes
Explore art at any age with our classes for adults! Join us for a short workshop or an 8-week class as you explore your artistic potential in a creative and supportive environment where the experience is as important as the finished product. For artists of all experience levels from beginner through advanced, CREATE offers something for everyone.
No School Day Camp
CREATE offers camps on days throughout the year when school is closed, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Veterans Day, teacher conference days, spring break, winter break, and February break. Calendars align with MCPS and DCPS schedules and also include local private schools. Don’t see a date? Contact us to create a camp.
MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
CREATE’s licensed art therapists provide confidential and compassionate support to children, teens and adults living with mental health issues, including grief, depression, trauma and addictions, as well as developmental disabilities and autism. No prior art experience needed to benefit from our treatment programs. We offer individual and group therapy for all ages.
Camp CREATE! is a summer camp for youth ages 8-12 years with minor to moderate behavioral, emotional and functioning differences who benefit from extra attention and support. It is designed to teach campers mindfulness techniques, flexible thinking habits, healthy expression of emotions, improved social interactions, and positive self-image through artistic expression.
CREATE’s smARTkids free afterschool program helps young students from low-income schools, English learners with emotional or developmental challenges, who benefit from a curriculum that builds critical thinking skills, resilience, peer skills, language and literacy skills in a highly supported setting. Since 2009, smARTkids has benefitted over 1,200 young students.
Partnerships & Impact
CREATE works with diverse and non-traditional partners across our mental health services and art education programs, including Community Bridges, Shepherd’s Table, A Wider Circle, Montgomery County Public Schools, Linkages to Learning, YMCA, & other nonprofits and businesses.
Art is the perfect inspiration for engaging and fun events. From workplace team building to unicorn birthday parties, we will customize your event to optimize fun, inspire creativity and promote bonding.
Named after CREATE’s founder, the Tamar Hendel Gallery hosts art exhibitions, receptions and artist talks featuring unique artwork from diverse local artists. Exhibitions are held throughout the year and are free to the public.
CREATE ARTS CENTER NEWS
Summer Camp 101
Summer is almost here and that means 11 weeks of fun, creativity, and summer art camp at CREATE! While we’re here to make art, what’s even more important to us than the final product is the experience. If your child comes home from camp happy, we consider it a job...
The Art of Alliances: Five Rules for Creating Powerful Partnerships
AM I SMARTER THAN A 7-OR 8-YEAR OLD?! When my kids were seven and eight-years old, I wanted to share with them my passion for community organizing and partnership building. But how to explain a decade of my work in a way that had...
Supplementing your Child’s Art Education
Parent to parent, let’s talk about art for our kids. While at my day job I’m CREATE’s Deputy Director, I’m also the parent of an elementary schooler and a middle schooler, so I understand the value of arts education both personally and professionally. Let’s face it,...
Art Classes in Silver Spring, MD
CREATE achieves its mission through quality arts education classes that engage all ages and levels of experience in the joy of art-making. We recognize all forms of creativity and diversity in artistic expression. CREATE is committed to broad-based, inclusive partnerships that help to inform our programming and decision-making so that we can better serve the needs of our very diverse community. We believe that inclusion and equity in access to the many benefits of CREATE’s art education and mental health programs enrich people’s lives, strengthen families and build sustainable community connections.