CREATE Arts Center

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 816 Thayer Ave Silver Spring MD 20910 USA

Mission: The mission of CREATE Arts Center is to foster creativity, skill development, self expression and enjoyment in the arts. We believe art promotes growth, learning, and healing, as well as confidence and self esteem. An important part of our mission is to improve the lives of underserved, at-risk populations in the community through arts opportunities.
Geographic areas served: Washington DC metropolitan area, downtown Silver Spring, MD
Programs: Summer & Winter Arts Camp, Classes for children and adults, Workshops, Birthday Parties, Studio Downstairs Art Therapy Program

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I came to Create five years ago for the summer camp and loved it. I came back several times, and now I take weekly art classes here. I have greatly improved my technique, and I feel like I learn something new every time I come here. My teacher Heena has been a great help, and she clearly is very educated and skilled in the field.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

were very educated and skilled on the subject, and they clearly have a great love for it as well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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10 people found this review helpful

I had a really fun time both doing art and talking and laughing. We also learned a lot about art.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning a lot about art and about how colors are used in real life paintings

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very nice and helpful

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

have more supplies and more space to work in

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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12 people found this review helpful

I have been going to Create for seven years. it is a wonderful place to be. Everyone there is really into the work they are doing and it is a great environment. The teachers have a lot they share with us and every median we work with is a lot of fun. We learn technique and practice these skills.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

At create, your not just taking classes, your having an experience think like an artist, by learning to really express your self in your art work and use your "artist eyes".

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

At create arts i learned a lot. When I took the drawing class i learned about shading and a lot about proportion. In the painting class im taking now im learning about what makes a good composition and about mixing colors.And the teachers are really nice. They're very supportive and will always help you if you need it.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed a lot about it. I've made new friends and i love working with other people. I also really like the things we learn here.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

Taking classes at create has not only helped me become better at my art but better at understanding others.During class we not only learn new things about art but also learn about each other no matter what age we are.I enjoyed taking something that wasn't all that interesting and making it interesting by using different angles and perspectives.I think that create was really a great experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I like talking with my friends before class and doing final projects.I really Liked doing self portraits.

Ways to make it better...

We had more time in class.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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7 people found this review helpful

My experience with create has been really fun. When I come I have fun and learn different art techniques. I like that every one is really friendly and every one is an amazing artist from cartoonists to painters to sculptors.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I've enjoyed coming here with friends and making a lot of art.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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4 people found this review helpful

The experience I'm having are great. I really like the projects that we do and all the people are fun. In Create Arts I get to express myself in a visual way that is comfortable for me to do. I feel that Create Art is a great place.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I liked all of the things that I've done at Create. My favorite was contort line drawings.

Ways to make it better...

If the sessions were a little more longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

My daughter has taken classes at CREATE for six years. The classes have been well-suited to her interests at different age levels and she now really enjoys a class for preteen and teen girls. It has a great balance between working on art technique at higher levels and a relaxed atmosphere that allows the girls to talk while they work, which she really likes. As a board member, I really appreciate CREATE's outreach programs, especially the smARTkids program for at risk youth. We get great feedback from the school where we offer this program -- just recently one of a student's regular teachers expressed amazement that the student was actually talking and participating in the art class. She said "he never talks in class."

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the possibilities of a small organization with a small but dedicated staff really make a difference for children and adults, especially those with special needs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

outstanding.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

bring art to many more underserved children and adults.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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5 people found this review helpful

It is great to have a place like Create Art Center in my community as a local artist. I am able to make use of the kiln that the center has to fire my pottery as I don't have a kiln of my own. Whenever I go there I see so much art created by the children in the area, that I am amazed at the abundant talent and also how the center handles the needs of so many children who blossom in a center like this. Art is fun, but it is also medicine for the spirit, (the act of creating) so the center offers health and art!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the area of ceramics and support for the ceramic arts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get them a bigger space

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

you can teach and learn there. and it provides a service to those artist that need it... both young and old

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

attentive and dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build the art studio it deserves to provide the type of creative learning environment for the community it serves

Ways to make it better...

when I am able to contribute more time to do workshops

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

financial support, volunteers

One thing I'd also say is that...

thank you CAC

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I really value CREATE's approach to the art experience for children. It has just enoough structure but still allows for considerable freedom of expression, so that a child can learn to express themselves through art without having to stay within the lines. My daughter has participated in a couple of projects including creating a mask as well as a decorative plate, and she enjoyed herself both times.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Participating in the planning for the Spring Fling in 2009.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

meeting new pwoplw on the board and staff

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

experienced and dedicated to the mission

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

impact more lives with art

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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