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Open Studio – Sat Oct 7

On the first Saturday of each month, come in and get some work done or make up for a missed class. It’s free for registered students. Bring a friend! It’s only $4 if they borrow your supplies, $8 to borrow ours.

3 Age Groups:

ADULTS – 9:00 to 11:00 AM

AGES 5-8 – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

AGES 8 & UP – 1:00 to 3:30 PM


Please call, text, or email your teacher directly. You should communicate by TEXT using the buttons below, if class is about to begin or in progress, unless you have an emergency.

Dennas DavisFounder
Illustrator, painter, teacher, and director of Firstlight, Dennas has been a professional artist for over 35 years. He has millions of books in print and is also the Founder of, an indispensable site for art educators.

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Betsy CaldwellTeacher
a talented and accomplished artist, painting in several different mediums for many years. With a background in both art and teaching, Betsy has been a huge part of Firstlight for most of our 10 years. She loves painting and drawing in all media, and sells her work and prints in several venues, including Firstlight. This is a photo of her in the classroom, doing what she does well. Betsy has written some of our curriculum for the KidsART program.

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Emily VenturinoTeacher
Emily has been at Firstlight for several years and teaches a large number of our classes in addition to working on our website and curriculum. She has shown her work in Nashville and Franklin galleries, and loves to use vibrant color in her work. Always smiling and encouraging, her classes have become a favorite of students.

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Carrie HullTeacher
Carrie is a teacher in her third year at Firstlight. She was a student at Firstlight for several years before graduating and moving into an assistant role, and finally teaching classes. Carrie also works on our curriculum.

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Open Studios. 

These are free for registered students. We have them once a month, for 3 different age groups:

  • Adults from 9 am to noon
  • Age 4-8 from 11am – 12:30pm
  • Ages 8 and up from 1 – 3:30 pm)

Always on the first or second Saturday of every month. Friends who are not students can come for $4 if they share your supplies, and $8 to use ours. This is where you can come in and just have a blast making art. You can catch up on projects or missed classes, or meet another student and just enjoy the studio time. Let the instructor know any classes that you missed.

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If your child runs out of an item during class, we may call you to go online and pay for them before class is over. That way supplies will be available when your student needs them. Online Store

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Our supplies are carefully selected to be at the lowest price, without causing frustration from poor materials that don’t work well.

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Tap the thumbnail to open the pdf in a new tab or window. Print and use to go through your supplies and make a list of what you are low on. Bring to class and purchase any time.

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