Discovery

Fine Art School

JOY

Possibility

 Fine Art School

Hands Create offers uniquely crafted, engaging arts classes for emerging to experienced artists.

Our arts classes are full of discovery, joy, and possibility. Our high quality art instruction is diversified to foster artistic growth in a fun atmosphere. Experience the joy in creating with your hands.

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CHILDREN’S CLASSES

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TEEN CLASSES

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ADULT CLASSES

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EVENTS

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CHILDREN’S CLASSES

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TEEN CLASSES

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ADULT CLASSES

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EVENTS

Fall Sessions

Experience Fall Weekly Classes starting September 13th!!!

We are still accepting new students for the fall semester!
Hands Create will prorate the tuition fee for the total cost of course.

During our Fall weekly classes our students explore a variety of media and techniques in 10 or 12 week courses or 2-1/2 hour evening workshops. An important part of our philosophy at Hands Create is that students get a chance to show off the creativity and hard work they put into their artwork. Therefore at the conclusion of the courses, our studio will transform into a gallery for a COLLABORATIVE ART SHOW that will be open to the public.

Download Printable Fall Schedule PDF

UPDATE – FALL SCHEDULE TIME CHANGE FOR ART I and ART III ON WEDNESDAYS.
See Fall schedule for details!

AGES 2-12
AGES 13-18
AGES 18+

What People Say About Us

My wife and I just want to thank you for the great instruction you provide our daughter Lily. For a family who appreciates art, to see their child develop under your tutelage is just a joy.

Bill & Viviane Bechtler-Smith, Parents

Our daughter attended a week of summer camp in this bright and sunny art studio. She loved the intricate projects and keepsake worthy art made with her own hands. Highly recommend and I’m sure we’ll be back for more.

Jenny and Paul M.,, Parent

I want to thank you for making a positive impact on my second grader. I was on the internet and he saw a picture of an artist. He blurted out, “I know that artist! That’s Gustav Klimt”. I am amazed.

Marla W., Parent

Joann’s classroom and lessons are fun and engaging. She is patient, knowledgeable, encouraging, and always professional. The work Joann elicits from her students is nothing short of magical.

Kelly Willis, Parent, teacher & administrator

Joann’s joyful creativity in teaching pulls you into her heart.
She will make you want to dance!

Kathy Bruen, Artist, Greenbelt, MD

Thank you for taking your time and not only teaching me art but teaching all of us the history of art. I love that you tell us the little details that make our art projects really cool! You are an amazing artist!

Sam F., Art Student
We love Hands Create! My daughter had an amazing time at the art camps here this summer. We have also participated in adult ‘Arty Parties’ as a way for the unique social gathering. Our youngest will be participating in the fall classes and is so excited! Joann and Tim have created a special place and we are grateful to be a part of it!
Linsey H., Art Student and Parent

Ms. McDaniel helped make my son’s first year of school the very best. He has shown an interest in art that he never has before. It is so fun to see him come home so eager to create!

Jordan W., Parent

We had our socks knocked off this a.m. when James looked at one of our paintings (of water lilies) and asked if Claude Monet was the artist. It is amazing that you are exposing them to such an early age.

Jennifer & Jamie D., Parents

Thank you for not only helping the girls create their beautiful treescapes, but for how warm and loving you are when you share your art talents with them. They are still talking about their time with you.

Leslie W., Parent

Airy, open space at a very convenient Arboretum location. Joann really loves what she does and it shows. Because she was trained as a teacher, she knows how to engage her students. I really appreciate the mini art history lesson behind each project.

Rachel Y., , Parent

My 9 year old daughter had a great experience at Hands Create summer camp. Her projects were varied, age appropriate and allowed her creativity to shine. The owners/teachers were professional and organized and the space is beautiful! I highly recommend Hands Create!

Annie L.,, Parent

I was so impressed with the student art. You have really done a wonderful job in teaching the students about works of art as well as teaching them the specific skills to create beautiful pieces of art.

Cheri E., Teacher, Cape Fear, NC

I am amazed by the quality of art work and the variety of artistic techniques the students learn in your art class. It is a pleasure to work with such a dedicated, talented and passionate colleague.

Russell B., Teacher, Bali International School, Indonesia

Ms. McDaniel, some of your words made it home tonight. We were thrilled to hear what Charlie had to say about Kandinsky and non-figurative art! Thank you for sparking his interest!

Kimbrel & Trip M., Parent, 1st grade artist

The student examples are very striking. I love the use of subtle color and experimental, layered techniques. Even more than that, I love how generous you are with your time and expertise!

Kandise H., Art Educator

Art inspired by your creative mind adorns our walls. Ms. McDaniel, here is a sincere THANK YOU for all your years of originality and genius.

Sarah W., Parent

Joann is a masterful art teacher who uncovered a love of art in my son.  She has inspired a passion and honed a talent that we never knew existed all while having a great time.

Shirley C., Parent

As an art teacher, Joann pays attention to how the creative spirit can emerge in all of us! As a mentor, she continues to inspire my journey.

Fran Kohlmeier, Artist/Art Educator, New Bern, NC

I’ve been meaning to tell you for years, but we have been so impressed with the caliber of art that our kids bring home! Really, it’s amazing to see an “average” art student produce such amazing work.

Gigi E., Parent
Joann McDaniels

About Joann

What sets us apart is experienced instruction. Our owner and primary instructor is Joann McDaniel. Joann is an national award-winning artist and art educator, with more than 28 years of professional fine art experience. She has taught art to students as young as 2 and as old as 99 in national and international settings, including Georgia, Illinois, Vermont, North Carolina and Italy.

“Through the exploration of ideas, permission to play, and a thirst for knowledge, I am on a journey in search of ways to communicate my connection with people and places I love. I enjoy creating art that imbues my creative spirit through movement of stroke and vivid colors. That being said, my true talent, deepest inspiration and first love lies in the joy of teaching art. I will never tire of observing the awe and wonder of a student discovering for the first time the power and fulfillment of the creative process.”

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Joann McDaniels

About Joann

What sets us apart is experienced instruction. Our owner and primary instructor is Joann McDaniel. Joann is an national award-winning artist and art educator, with more than 28 years of professional fine art experience. She has taught art to students as young as 2 and as old as 99 in national and international settings, including Georgia, Illinois, Vermont, North Carolina and Italy.

“Through the exploration of ideas, permission to play, and a thirst for knowledge, I am on a journey in search of ways to communicate my connection with people and places I love. I enjoy creating art that imbues my creative spirit through movement of stroke and vivid colors. That being said, my true talent, deepest inspiration and first love lies in the joy of teaching art. I will never tire of observing the awe and wonder of a student discovering for the first time the power and fulfillment of the creative process.”

Learn More