Growing up in Columbia, Tennessee, with an art teacher as our mother, we always practiced creativity & imagination in our house.


Every summer and school holiday, we spent hours painting, drawing, making playdough, creating found object collages, and much more.

While we played, we were encouraged to reflect on our experiences in art-making to increase curiosity and  grow intellectually.  

These warm memories of risk and reward fueled by imagination are what motivated us to create the Little Art House.

We hope to provide inviting opportunities for people to imagine, explore, and create in a comfortable, encouraging environment. Please join us in this adventure as we continue to grow.

We look forward to meeting you and our future students!


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Emma Bradford

teacher & founder


Favorite Nashville spot?  Martin's BBQ

Favorite artist? Paul Klee

The moment when you know you were an artist? When I re-created this impressionist drawing with colored pencil in high school, I realized I loved figuring out how to apply color, texture or lines as an intro to art making.

Favorite thing about running a business with your sister? As sisters, we know each other so well we usually find a way to understand each other quickly and we have the same innate goals for Little Art House.

Why you love teaching? I love how as the student or the teacher, it's all about problem-solving, learning something new, and relating to others.

What is the most frustrating art project you've ever worked on? It was super cool to write you name in a "fancy" font in 5th grade.  That's when I learned that handwriting is not my strength. 

Piece of work you are most proud of? I loved my sketch book when I was little and was so proud when I drew the American Girl Doll, Samantha.  As an adult, I would say the oil painting of my grandmother.

University of Mississippi: BA in Art Studio, 2005-2009

Belmont University: MAT in Arts of Teaching, 2009-2010


  • 2014-2016 Treehouse Kid & Craft, Athens, GA
    • Ages 6mo-13yo & adults with special needs
  • 2010-2014 Antioch High School
    • Art I, II, III, AP Studio Art, Digital Art
    • Trained IB Art Teacher


  • Academies of Nashville Awards - Academy Teacher of the Year: General Education 2013
  • NAEA Teacher of the Year nominee 2012-2013
  • Frist Education Council Member 2013-2014
  • Near perfect passing rate for students in AP Studio Art with Drawing and 2D

Leighton Lancaster

teacher & founder


Favorite Nashville spot? The Ryman & Our Studio

Favorite artist? Marc Chagall

The moment when you knew you were an artist? When I first used one of those spiraling paint machines, I thought I had created magic!

Favorite thing about running a business with your sister? I love building our dream career together.

Why do you love teaching? The relationships you build with all kinds of students from babies to adults.

What is the most frustrating art project you've ever worked on? For the Science Fair, I could always make the boards look pretty and interesting but that never seemed to help me get a Blue Ribbon for the content... 

Piece of work you are most proud of? My Senior series in college- I created thinned down oil paintings of my sister and I as kids. When I was younger, I’d say my hand collaged works, I collaged everything from wooden paintbrushes to magnets to handmade cards.

Vanderbilt University: BA in Art Studio and BA in Art History, 2004-2008

Belmont University: MAT in the Arts of Teaching, 2008-2009


  • Hillsboro High School, 2013-2017
    • Art 1 Teacher & IB MYP Coordinator
  • Kelly Dillon at Fear No Art, 2010-2014
    • Private lessons, ages 5-13yo
  • John Trotwood Moore Middle School, 2011-2013
    • Art Teacher, 5th-8th Grade
  • Napier Enhanced Options School, 2008-2011
    • Art teacher, K-4th Grade


  • Serving on the Nashville Education Foundation Teacher Cabinet with Mayor Megan Barry. 2016-Current
  • Received tenure for being a level 5 teacher with MNPS for two years in a row. 2015
  • Blue Ribbon Teacher Award Recipient. 2014


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Caitlin Kinser
Lead Teacher



Ashely Smiley
Lead Teacher


Anna Ball
Teacher Assistant



Maggie Morgan
Teach Assistant