Party Time!

Alright parents, let’s talk. Birthdays should be a joyous, carefree celebration right? But how many of you have hosted a party and then looked around at the aftermath afterwards with your jaw on the floor? Kid’s birthdays are no doubt a ton of fun, but they can be a TON of work as well.

Good news! We can help with that! We absolutely love hosting birthdays in our space and have it down pat. We move from activity to activity and all you have to do is show up with whatever cake, cookie, or donut treat you like. Watching the kids create and celebrate brings us so much joy- they are enthusiastic and just so happy to have a room full of people celebrating them.

We get a kick out of planning each birthday completely to the birthday child’s interests and have yet to meet a theme we didn’t like. From Monster Trucks to Rainbow Unicorns, we accept any theme as a challenge to use our own creativity and ingenuity and are thrilled when little ones are proud of what they make. While we have our in studio parties locked down, we also love a trip outside of the studio to personal homes or other locations where we bring the creativity to the birthday kiddo! These are even more personalized and we do as much as we can to make it as easy as possible on the hosts including bringing a trash bag along :).

Perhaps one of the most fun additions to our (hopefully) easy birthday options is our Add-On party favor options. We recently partnered with Creative Crayon Workshop, a locally owned business in Columbia, TN, who design and create beautiful unique crayons to be given as gifts. We knew when we discovered Shannon’s designs, that this business was a natural fit with ours and these little party favors are just the cutest. From aprons to crayons, coloring books to our homemade playdough, we have something for every price range! As your child’s birthday approaches, we hope you consider choosing us to help you host. We would love to continue partying!



Love of Learning

What a weekend this will be! It is Valentine’s Day, always a day of love and generosity, and we are also embarking on our annual professional development trip- this year to Philadelphia. Last year, we took our first work trip and visited Paducah, KY. It became clear that we need to protect one weekend a year to set our goals and dreams while also seeking out inspiration.

It is incredibly important to us to keep learning and exploring, especially in the arts, and travel plays a big role in this desire to learn. We have been fortunate enough to be raised in a family that values travel and the two of us have traipsed through many countries and cities around the globe. As we continue to grow our studio, we want to be sure to bring fresh ideas in as often as we can and what better way is there to feel refreshed and energized with new ideas than to travel to find some?

As we plan on professional development in Philadelphia, we are balancing our time between organized art exploring like museums and galleries as well as simply walking around and letting the city inspire us. We’ll include plenty of work time, of course, as we determine what the next few months will hold at Little Art House as well as our hopes and dreams for this year. As we take this time to center ourselves and find some sparks of inspiration, we hope you find time as well!

A Different Kind of Family Time

As I’m sure you’ve heard, there are countless studies that show how eating dinner together as a family can directly influence a child’s success in life. Why is fairly simple - when we spend time with those we love, we can be inspired or pushed to be our best selves. When we were growing up, dad went in to work by 7:00am most days so that he could be home and at the dinner table by 5:30 (we loved to eat early :)). We never thought much about it until we realized that not everyone did that.

Looking back, it really did create a consistent opportunity for us to have conversations and discussions that otherwise might’ve not happened. As adults now, we see how important it is to have intentional time together and while the dinner table is a wonderful, daily opportunity to be together, we hope we have some opportunities for your family to spend time together at a different table!

We recently added a unique, creative opportunity to our class schedule called Family Masterpieces. Families of all ages and age ranges can come together to create on either one canvas together or on a series of canvases meant to be displayed as a diptych or triptych. Our first class of this nature, we watched as a mom created with her sons ages three and six years old and another father, mother, and ten year old daughter set. Both families approached the same concept in incredibly different ways but both canvases were beautiful in the end.  By using layers of drawing, collage, and painting, families can either design a concept and work together in creating a finished product or they can simple use colors, lines, and layers to freely create a more abstract work.

For the New Year, we approached the concept as a “New Year, New Dreams” concept and each family answered questions to help them dream up what they hope comes to fruition in 2019. These ideas were then embedded into their artwork and now hold as a reminder to what they hold dear during this time. For our next Family Masterpieces, we’ll lean into similar ideas but overall, the concept will always be about each other.  We hope you find a time to come and create with us in this unique way!



New Year Celebrations and Resolutions Continue!

We’re continuing our new year celebrations & resolutions into February this year!  Between the Chinese Arts Alliance heading up the Chinese New Year Celebration and our offerings for adults with the University School of Nashville, we have a busy few weeks!

Beginning with the Chinese New Year Celebration in Hillsboro Village, we’re looking forward to more new year fun February 9th, from 12-3pm!   You are welcome to join and to meet us at the Vanderbilt University Corner Park, between 21 Ave. and Blakemore Ave. for some fun. There will be professional jugglers, Chinese dance, music & songs, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese naming, arts & crafts for children, bamboo dance, martial arts, Chinese language students’ presentations in addition to the traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance.  For our arts & crafts option, we’ll provide a dragon puppet base that you can color, and decorate to have your own dancing dragon! Around 2:00pm, you can join in on the Dragon Parade that goes up and down Hillsboro Road!

Continuing our resolutions for being brave and keeping up with some self-care, we’ve got lots of classes coming up at USN.  This is by far one of our favorite partnerships as the classes help raise money for education and encouraging lifelong learning in adults.  These classes are on USN’s campus with more than half of the proceeds going to support USN. We’d love to see you in one of these classes!

THURS, 2/7, Lino Cuts with Emma Bradford

MON 2/11, Drawing 101 with Emma Bradford

MON 2/25, Fluid Watercolor with Elizabeth Braswell

MON 3/4, Acrylic Landscapes with Elizabeth Braswell





Drop In to Create!

With so many different activities and so many choices out there, we are constantly impressed with how parents maintain kids’ schedules!  Weekly classes are amazing and so fun but we totally get it - committing to a weekly attendance doesn’t always work. That’s why we also have Drop In Classes!  And it gets better, if it’s your first time in our studio, enjoy the First Class Free option for Drop In Classes!!

We’re excited to begin SUNDAY Drop In Classes and a broader range for ages as well as adding more sections to our hits.  Here is our NEW Schedule for Drop Ins…

Creative Play, 10mo-4yrs.

Fridays or Saturdays // 9-9:45am or 10-10:45am

$5/class with Membership*

$10/single class

Art Class, 4-8yrs.

Saturdays, 11:15am-12pm or Sundays, 1-1:45pm

$10/class with Membership*

$15/single class

Art Class, 9-13yrs.

Sundays, 2-3pm

$15/class with Membership*

$20/single class

We have membership options for each of these classes which offers a discount similar to class packs.  It’s more flexible with attendance though because you can use the 6 classes over 3 months (aka, if you come twice a month, all classes are completed before it expires!).

These classes are a little larger and more focused on fun creating/crafting rather than the traditional style of  academic art classes offered weekly. Each week’s project is sure to be creative and fun! You can attend when you can or even join weekly if weekends are a better fit for your schedule!  

It is first come first serve, so you cannot reserve a seat in advance for these classes.  If you prefer to purchase a single class, you can pay for that in studio! We open the doors for class 5 minutes before it begins because we have to reset between classes.

* Memberships expire 3 months after activated (activated with the first paid class)



Grateful for 2018!! We're ringing in 2019 with NEW Session III Schedule and Adult Classes

Looking back at 2018, we could not be more grateful and filled to the brim with full hearts and creative souls.  This is all due to our fellow artists and creatives who help make Little Art House possible. This year, we experienced quite a few growth spurts: increasing our team from a handful of teachers to over 20, running simultaneous summer camps in the studio and at other schools, participating in wonderful events in our neighborhood (including a Hillsboro Village Holiday and the Fannie Mae Dees Park Dragon Reveal to name a couple) and Leighton is even the lead for the neighborhood group of local businesses!

All that amazingness doesn’t even include the joy we’ve experienced in the studio.  We loved adding classes for homeschooled kiddos during the mid-afternoon. So much so, we’re adding a couple more for Session III!  We’ll have an Explorers class for 5th-8th grade on Wednesdays from 1-2pm and additional section of K-3rd on Fridays too! Same goes for Petite Painters (new class on Mondays & additional section on Tuesdays).  Another class that is always exciting and rewarding (for the student & the teacher) is our Portfolio Building class. We’re adding another section to Thursdays in Session III as well as bringing back our K-2nd class, Courageous Creatives, on Thursdays as well!  Check out our line up here!

On top of that, we’ve revamped our Adult Classes a little bit too!  We have single classes or class series, which include 2-4 classes. They are designated respectively on our Adults Page and you can easily view the medium you’ll be working with from our new look for 2019 :)

In these past few months, we’ve had a number of private events which is another exciting new avenue for creating in the studio!  Form corporate events, family get-togethers, or just a few friends who want some quality time together, we loved planning each and every event just for to be exactly what they wanted.  You may not have a full plan or idea but that’s what we’re here for! If your interested in having some creative time in the studio with friends, family or co-work ers, simply email us and we can plan it together!  Our only limit is scheduling, so the earlier the better for working out your event :)

Happy Holidays!

In just a few days, we’ll make the quick drive back down to Columbia for the holidays and we are definitely excited. Some traditions have remained the same, some have changed, but one thing that will always be part of our holiday is spending time together (preferably in stretchy pants).

When we were little, we’d go to the 6:00pm service on Christmas Eve, sing a beautiful rendition of Silent Night and light candles, and then pick up some food and drive around to see Christmas lights. Columbia isn’t famous like some towns for light displays, but it wasn’t the lights that made this time special - it was being together (though getting to stay up late and eat was part of the fun too). Christmas morning always came FAST since our older brother refused to sleep past 6:00am even in high school- he’s still an early bird to this day :). We would hear our parents, aunt, and grandparents downstairs moving around while we hovered around upstairs waiting for the call to “come on down, Santa’s been here!”.   We’d start down the steps but every year we’d have to stop halfway down for the traditional “PJ picture” while we excitedly tried to see over our parents’ heads to see what Santa brought. We would then spend the rest of the day playing and eating and playing some more before we headed out to our grandparents’ houses for other celebrations.

The holidays have always been a whirlwind of fun and great conversations supported by movie breaks and naps. A fire always seems to be going in the fireplace, candy is everywhere, and responsibilities are minimal. We realize as adults now that our parents intentionally created a safe and special holiday break for us and while we may not have worked much, they certainly were. Now, we join in on the cooking and baking, the gift idea brainstorming, and other parts of Christmas that magically were done when we were little. As grownups, we spend more time talking and playing games than ever before and are building new memories that will continue as our family continues to grow. As everyone says, it’s the most wonderful time of the year and we definitely agree! We hope you and your family and friends have a beautiful holiday together and we look forward to seeing you as the New Year comes around!

Family Art for the New Year!

We realized we had a uniquely creative upbringing when we started sharing with others all of the activities our mom designed such as hand drawn coloring sheets personalized to our interests. Looking back, we think “HOW did she do that with three kids only one year apart?” and are in awe of her ability to multi-task.

We strongly remember a coloring sheet that had to do with dinosaurs and how much fun it was to color that in. We have several other examples but perhaps what really mattered most from these activities and moments is that she was creating for and WITH us.

She’d show us how to color in a different way or how to rearrange a collage or how to add different details as we grew up. Our dad created with us in a very different way through writing, but we have strong memories of working with him as well and all of these memories are positive. With this idea of creating together in mind, we wanted to develop an opportunity for other families to do so - not only a family-friendly event but also one that is designed to give the artists a project they can proudly display afterwards.

We are excited to introduce our new Family Art classes where families of all age ranges can come together to create on a single canvas or multiple canvases intended to be displayed as diptychs or triptychs. These projects will be abstract mixed media pieces using paint, drawing mediums such as oil pastel and pen, and paper, and created through layers over an hour or two depending on the ages of the participants. We highly encourage whole families to create together much like sitting down to the dinner table together.

You may not feel like you have a creative bone in your body but if you can move your fingers, we can help you create something beautiful together! To start, we have our first opportunity to take this class on December 29th and this first class will be guided as an opportunity to design a work of art either to remember 2018 by or a work of art with dreams for 2019. We will guide you through the planning and implementing of each layer and help you along the way. We hope to see you soon!

AND have you heard about our create your own class option??  If you have some kiddos who are antsy to get out of the house, or family in town and looking for something fun to do together, we’ve got you covered - let’s create at the studio! You can choose what you’d like to do or we can help you come up with a project :)

Session II Round Up!

Session II has been even bigger than we could have imagined!  With our new, mid-afternoon classes for homeschool students and kids with flex schedules, we have seen a whole new surge in artists.  Those classes range from K-3rd, 2nd-5th and soon to be 5th-8th grade. These classes are so sweet and it’s another way for us to deliver art education for students who are just ready to soak it up and create!

Students in our Portfolio Building classes for both 3rd-5th & 6th-12th grade are really finding their artistic voices.  It is so fun to see them explore different mediums and even begin to hone in on specific areas to explore more complex art concepts.  The capacity for higher level thinking, self-esteem building, and friendships developing is something to be admired in these classes.

And finally, our littles in the morning are as cute and curious as ever!  We have had lots of new and old kiddos join this session. So much so we’ll be adding two more Petite Painters sections for Session III.  Some of these artists may be ready to graduate from Mini Makers to Petite Painters, and others are really getting the hang of the class structure and practicing their motor skills to create :)

With all the overflowing creative and engaging fun we’ve been experiencing at the studio, we’re ready to add even MORE classes and class sections.  Below are all the additions and a few slight changes to Session III schedule.


SESSION III SCHEDULE: January 7-March 1

Mini Makers, 1-4yrs. // TUES, WED, THURS, 9-9:45am

Petite Painters, 2-3yrs. // MON, TUES, WED, THURS,10:!5-11am & TUES, 11:15am-12pm

Explorers, K-3rd Grade // FRI 12:15-1:15pm & 1:30-2:30pm

Explorers, 2nd-5th Grade // TUES, 2-3pm

Explorers, 5th-8th Grade //  WED, 1-2pm

Awesome Artists, 3-6yrs. // TUES, WED, THURS, 3:30-4:15pm

Courageous Creatives, K-2nd Grade // THURS, 4:30-5:30pm

Portfolio Building, 3rd-5th Grade // TUES, 4:30-5:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm & THURS, 5:30-6:30pm

Portfolio Building, 6th-12th Grade // MON, 3:30-5pm or 5-6:30pm & WED, 4:30-5:30pm or 5:30-6:30pm


DROP IN CLASSES

Drop In, Creative Play, 10mo-3yrs. // FRI 9-9:45am, 10-10:45am & SAT, 9-9:45am

Drop In, Art Class, 4-12yrs. // SAT, 10:15-11am & 11:15am-12pm





Building Houses & Creating Memories

You may have heard us mention our grandmother’s gingerbread before (see previous Thanksgiving post) but today, we are SO excited to talk about new ways we are planning to use her gingerbread recipe in the studio this year!

We’re going to give her recipe to you below (guess what, it is fail proof and easy as can be!) and this year, we are using her gingerbread to build little houses for our first ever Gingerbread House classes! We have a beginner level and intermediate level for kids ranging in age from two to 14 yrs.

We have been hard at work accumulating various items to use for decorations such as Hershey Chocolate squares for shutters and we’ve been practicing the perfect royal icing for detail and glue. We remember participating in the Gingerbread House competition at our elementary school when we were little and LOVED making our dream house (and of course eating it after). We have no idea who won but it was worth it regardless. We are looking forward to helping others create beautiful, funky, unique gingerbread houses that start with our dough!

If it isn’t already clear, we LOVE, LOVE this time of year and are ready to basically live at the studio. Wit that, we invite you to create at Little Art House with just your group of family or friends!  Beginning at $100/hr plus materials, the options are endless for private events in the studio or on the go.  Email us at create@littlearthousenashville.com if you’re interested to reserve a time and plan your project! A few examples of projects include simple acrylic paintings, encaustic painting, mixed media and collages, gingerbread houses, and more :)

Let’s not forget THIS SATURDAY’S A Hillsboro Village Holiday! Come make an ornament or two with us from 4-6pm, drop in for all ages and for Adults, we’ll have an Open House 6-7pm with beverages, and refreshments. Come chat with us and our artists about our offerings, processes or just enjoy a glass of wine and check out the studio!

A HILLSBORO VILLAGE HOLIDAY 2018

December 8, 4-7pm

Businesses in the village are participating in various ways and we welcome families and friends to come by between 4:00-7:00 to explore. From deals and discounts, to free hot chocolate and face painting, to Santa at Fido’s, and crafts at Little Art House, Belmont Methodist Church, and the Dog and Donut, we have a bit of everything for all ages! It is a wonderful afternoon and we look forward to seeing you there!

 

Grandmother’s Gingerbread Recipe

  • 1/4 cup of warm water

  • 1 box of Betty Crocker Gingerbread Mix

Yep, that’s really it! Simple and easy and always cooks up just right :) Happy Baking!