Creating More Space for More Creating!

Woohoo! We’re adding a second studio which means more classes, larger Creative Plays, and bigger birthdays!!  We are THRILLED to acquire our second studio space on Acklen Avenue! This enables us to continue to grow and spread out the love for our kids, families, and adults to have the best possible experiences they can.  April 13th will be a BIG celebration day and after that, some classes and birthdays will be moved to the new space known as Little Art House, Studio B. Below is our schedule for April 13th, we hope you can make it!

APRIL 13th: Open House in Studio B!

9:00 and 10:00am: Creative Play Sessions!

11:15-12:00: Drop In Art Class for 4-8 Yr Olds (parents are welcome to stay and check out the space)

1:00-2:00: Drop In Art Class for 9-13 Yr Olds (parents are welcome to stay and check out the space)

4:00-5:30: Open House to meet our Adult Teachers! Snacks and beverages provided as well as displays of our artists’ amazing work and more information about what they teach.

After this fabulous day, we will move all Creative Play sections to Studio B as well as our 11:15 Drop In Class on Saturday.  In Studio A, we will add some Saturday afternoon Drop In options once birthdays are moved to Studio B! This means, every Saturday we should have something for you and your family to come in and create.  

Birthdays- we now will have a morning option in Studio A for small parties, we encourage our littlest ones (2-3 yr olds) to book these while they are available! The party time is from 10:00-11:30 but for our littlest ones we host one hour parties :). In Studio B, we have our two afternoon times still available but they now can host slightly larger parties!  Yay! We have plenty of information on these options and are happy to fill you in, just shoot us a Birthday Inquiry form here!

Let’s talk SUMMER ADDITIONS!  We created our summer schedule before we finalized the expansion but now we are officially add some more options! We have added more K-2nd camps and every other week, you can sign up your creator for both a morning AND afternoon session and we will host them for the hour inbetween for a lunch and play break (a.k.a. It’s a full day option!).  We also have added 3rd-6th Grade Portfolio Camps in the weeks in between the regular 3rd-6th Grade Camps. In sum, we have something for every age allllll summer long and we would love to have your kiddo! We do not require full week purchases and you can register as close as 48 hours before the camp/class (though the later you wait, the greater the chance the camp is sold out :)).  We are a great option for families who have planned out their summer and those who are waiting to see how it all shakes out.

We would not be able to expand without all of our amazing families and friends supporting us and continuing to come create with us so a HUGE thank you to you all!!  We look forward to seeing you this Spring and Summer (and hopefully for years to come) in BOTH Studio A and B in Hillsboro Village!

Spring Break: Fun for All Ages

It’s Spring Break time!!  This always reminds us that we’re close to summer time which is SO exciting.  We’re three-quarters of the way through the school year and are now have one more break before the final stretch.  For those who are traveling, have fun, be safe, and remember to take your sketchbook! Some of our favorite memories are from sketching on the road :)

If you’re sticking around for you Spring Break, enjoy some time off, rest up, and come create with us!  In addition to playing outside, watching an occasional VHS, we created a lot during our spring breaks - lots of playdough, coloring, and painting.  As always, we want to offer a space for your kiddos to do the same with other friends too!

We have K-2nd Camps in the morning, extended classes for Portfolio Building in the afternoons, and a mix of Mini Camps & Mini Makers/Petite Painters!  Below is our full schedule for Spring Break and for those planning ahead, check out our Summer Camp options too :)

Spring Break 2019

March 11-15 & March 18-22

Monday-Friday // 9am-12pm,  K-2nd Camp

March 11, 13, 15, 19, & 21 // 1:00-3:00PM,  Portfolio Building, 7th-12th Grade

March 12, 14, 18, 20, & 22 // 1:00-3:00PM, Portfolio Building, 3rd-6th Grade

Mondays // 3:15-4pm, Mini Makers

Wednesdays // 4:15-5pm, Petite Painters

Tuesdays & Thursdays // 3:30-5pm, Mini Camp, 3-5yrs

Summer Break 2019

Adults, we’ve got classes for you during our SB2019!

FLUID WATERCOLOR LANDSCAPES with Elizabeth Braswell

DRAWING ALL LEVELS with Emma Bradford

SOFT PASTEL LANDSCAPES with Sarah Arace

Offering Our Services

We talk a lot about our family and the various beliefs they have instilled in us. One important aspect of our lives and therefore our business is the importance of being involved in our local community. From the beginning, we knew that giving back and being an accessible resource to those of all incomes and avenues was non-negotiable. Beyond offering a gift card for silent auctions, we are in a unique position to be able to offer our services to nonprofit organizations and other community events as often as we can.

When we opened our original location, we hosted a paint night with Big Brothers & Big Sisters pretty much immediately and continue to offer a class for the pairs once every three months. We also hosted the Preston Taylor Ministries to host a night of painting with mentors & mentees. Both of these organizations provide invaluable opportunities for the youth of Nashville to find inspiration and support from an older peer. Last May,  we partnered with the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to help launch the first annual Haute in the Hospital, which this year has become the Kids in Nashville Lab Coat Project. This event raises awareness of the amazing work done daily in the hospital and is continuing to grow into a collaborative, multi-day event that incompasses both patients, hospital works, families, artists, and more.

Over the holidays this year, we made a craft for the Crieve Hall Christmas Tree lighting, helped organize and participate in A HIllsboro Village Holiday, and  we also hosted a craft table at the Chinese New Year in Hillsboro Village. In addition to our other classes, we’ve added opportunities for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts to request private classes to complete their badges.

Each non-profit class we host is offered at a discounted price.  If you are a non-profit organization in the area and would like to apply for a private class or request a craft for your event, please let us know! You can complete a few questions here and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can :)

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!