About Us

My name is Melanie Gilbert and I am the owner and primary teacher at Hands-On Art Barn. I have been teaching art in schools for almost 25 years. Throughout that time I have offered instruction through camps and classes outside of school and discovered that people, young and old, find great satisfaction and joy in creating art. What seemed to be lacking was not the desire to “make art” but the instruction, supplies, and place to make it happen. It was with this in mind that I began to conceive of a place where anyone with the desire could learn, explore and create great art.


Open since June 2012, Hands-On Art Barn is a one of a kind art studio located just North of Westerville in Galena, Ohio. Offering camps, classes, and a fully equipped pottery studio, the Art Barn offers a fun environment where anyone can tap into their inner creativity, develop skills, and make art. I hope you will stop by and visit us soon!