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River Art Studio was founded in 2012 to serve the needs of students all over the Nashville area. Since we opened our doors, our Art School has helped adults and kids change they way they approach art.


Birthday Parties

Who needs a goody bag when each child leaves with their own painting!

Art Camps

Stay-cationers can enjoy a week of fun and creativity! Click the link for more details


Adult Classes

Interested in oil painting? River Art Studio is the perfect place. I teach traditional methods of oil painting, focusing on the fundamentals.

Adult Painting Parties

Painting parties are a great way to have fun with family and friends! Choose from many past painting examples, or come up with something new for your group! 

Kids Classes

Kids Classes

Do you have a young budding artist? Whether your child is homeschooled, desires additional art classes after school, or wants to improve their artistic skills, River Art Studio is here for you! Lessons are for third grade and up. 

Staci Garner- Spivak


River Art Studio first opened in January 2012 in Bellevue. I offer oil painting classes for adults, art classes for children, and painting parties for children and adults.


I have been involved with art my entire life. My mother J.M. Garner was a portrait artist who began teaching me at a very young age. My art education continued through my formative years, studying art and design at Auburn University, then receiving my BFA from MTSU.


I never thought about teaching until my mother decided to retire from teaching at Nashville State Technical Institute, and I took over. I taught oil painting and drawing classes there for 11 years, and during this time began painting murals for businesses, show homes and private homeowners. After I left Tech, I continued teaching privately and in different locations until the opening of River Art Studio, AND I LOVE IT!


Although I enjoy several mediums, oil is my passion. Following in my mother’s footsteps isn’t easy, but I am forging my own style of portraiture and plein air painting.

For more information about the studio, email me at, or come visit me at
8329 Sawyer Brown Rd 37221 in Bellevue.

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