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Little with Great Intention

The word “little” is one of the most meaningful parts of why we chose to name our studio Little Art House. We have chosen smaller locations for our classes and camps in order to create a space that feels comfortable, personal, and private like the studios in our homes.  From the room at University School of Nashville where we host summer camps, to our space on Music Row, to our amazing studio in Hillsboro Village, our goal is to always have a warm and inviting environment.

Another reason we keep “little” in mind is the difficulty of being brave in a large group.  In a smaller group, our students feel like they can imagine, explore and create with less pressure.  Small groups are equally important in order for every participant to get solid feedback and guidance from the teacher during each class.  We love getting to know our students in weekly classes as well as adult classes for a few hours.  It allows us to ensure the experience and lesson is as enjoyable as possible for each student.

These smaller groups are also perfect for bringing in artists with unique mediums or processes.  Some artists are not experienced in teaching and others practice artmaking that is quite complicated.  With smaller groups, artists can get to know those in the class and really dig into their process with each student.   It is always exciting to have artists come and share their process in our studio with adult classes!

 

Art Making for All Ages

While we were growing up, our parents always encouraged Leighton and me to do what we love and follow our interests.  Like many kids, we changed our minds about that constantly.  Who knew exploring all the choices available to us would lead us to own and manage a business together?  

Little Art House is truly a family business: run by sisters and inspired by our mom.  Teaching is in our blood and that’s what we pursued for years while teaching art in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms.  After we both gained experience teaching art outside the classroom setting, we found a whole new way for connecting, teaching and learning within our community.  We believe that art is for everyone so our mission is to empower and educate the artist in everyone.  

Little Art House is unique because we offer consistent, personalized instruction to artists of all ages who are curious about art, and looking for opportunities to learn and be inspired.  We keep our classes small because, as Matisse says, “Creativity takes courage” and we want to honor the spirit of risk-taking to create by providing a safe, personalized space.  When we dive into the creative process by imagining, exploring, and creating, we open ourselves up to vulnerabilities and discoveries.  The creative process is praised, encouraged, and nurtured at Little Art House so we can all continue to improve our art making and problem solving skills while enjoying our creative community.