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CREATE Arts Center CREATE Arts Center

816 Thayer Ave. Floor 1, Silver Spring, MD 20910
301-588-ARTS (2787) ·

Who We Are

CREATE Arts Center is a nonprofit visual arts organization that has been bringing Art Classes, Camps, Workshops & Art Therapy programs to Montgomery County & the DC metro area for over 25 years. Our Art Camps & Classes are designed to foster creativity and enthusiasm for the arts while promoting personal and artistic growth, skill development and self-esteem. At CREATE, experienced art teachers nurture the development of each individual's creative process.

Art Camps: When school is OUT, art is IN at CREATE! We offer Art Camps for children ages 6-12 during winter, spring and summer breaks, as well as more than 20 'No School Day' Camps on dates throughout the school year when school is out.

Every day is a new art adventure - no two days of Art Camp are the same! A typical day or week at CREATE always includes exploration of a variety of art techniques and materials led by our experienced staff of Art Teachers. Projects may include cartooning, collage, bookmaking, recycled sculpture and construction, painting, drawing, mask-making, pottery, and more!

Our camp schedule lines up with the MCPS, DCPS, and local private & public charter schools' calendars. Our standard camp day runs from 9 AM - 3PM; Before Care is available at 8:30 AM & After Care is available from 3 - 6 PM. Visit to see the dates we're currently offering.

If your child is 13 or 14 years old and would like to take on more responsibility, he or she can apply to be a CIT (Counselor in Training). CITs get to make their own art while building leadership skills, assisting art teachers with daily activities, helping younger campers with their art projects, building interpersonal relationships with campers and staff, and setting a good example for younger campers.

Art Classes: CREATE offers a variety of art classes year-round for children ages 2-16. Our classes meet once a week, typically for 8-week sessions.

In our Art Classes, students are able to explore their own creativity and imagination in a supportive environment where the experience is as important as the finished product.

Some of our Art Classes include:

  • Adventures in Art (ages 4-6)
  • Beyond Creativity (ages 12-15)
  • Drawing and Painting (ages 6-8 & 9-12)
  • Family Pottery (ages 7+ with an adult)
  • Kids Pottery (ages 7-12)
  • Mixed Media Art (ages 7-10)
  • Paint Pals (ages 2-3)
  • Storytelling through Cartooning (ages 8-12)
and more!

visit to see which classes we're offering this season!

At A Glance

Activity Type

Activities Pottery, drawing, painting, cartooning, collage, sculpture, puppetry, bookmaking, weaving, mixed media art, recycled art, sewing, and more!
  • Classes: ages 2-16.
  • Camps: ages 6-14.
Sessions Year-round Art Camps & Classes - visit for the dates of our upcoming programs!