Firstlight Art Academy

Firstlight Art Academy


Because we want to develop each individual artist, we offer 2 kinds of art courses: Long-term training, and short summer sessions. Our school-year training courses are the primary focus. We have discovered ways to open up artists to their own creativity and show them techniques and insights that help remove the fears and frustrations that are common to artists. The Summer session fills the gap for dedicated artists and allows new people to try us out.

Summer Program

There are 3 types of classes offered in our Summer session. CampClasses and our Drop in Summer Art Buffet offer short-term projects that are fun and engaging. Workshops focus on specific areas for artists who want to hone their skills. 

Summer workshops – Various special interests are covered, like perspective and portraiture. (teens & adults only)

Summer Drop in – The Art Buffet (ages 6 & up)

Summer CampClasses – small groups meet for a week and have super summer fun. (several different CampClasses are offered from age 4, up to 14)

School Year Program

These are designed for artists! People who want to find their own expression and not be frustrated by lack of training or poor materials. We have a school-year term, with a 36-week curriculum that rotates for 2 years and can be begun at any point in the cycle. (These classes are designed to be taken for 2 school-years to get all of our 72 basic Foundation lessons). Our classes focus on traditional art methods that are updated with easy-to-remember insights and strong foundational techniques. There is room for plenty of self-expression too. When a student reaches the end of the 72 lessons, the artist move up to next level in the same class.


Foundations & Creations • age 8-adults


KidsART • ages 4-5 and 6-7


Toons (cartooning) age 10 & up


Adult Classes

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Advanced classes for kids, teens & adults


Founded in 2006 by Dennas Davis, illustrator of the Beginner's Bible and Betty Crocker Kids Cook, Firstlight has mentored over 1300 students in the middle Tennessee area.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to bring continuing art instruction and mentoring to children and adults in the areas of visual art, and to help them realize the full potential of the gift that God has blessed them with. We want to encourage, to nurture, to provide answers, to challenge, and to inspire artists of all ages.

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