When a teacher falls in love with an artist, they live in a place called Easel Town… Paul and Lisa Miller have been combining their talents for over 14 years as they raise 3 boys and spread their love of the arts and teaching with the Memphis community.

Paul is a working artist who specializes in the figure. He holds a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Memphis with a concentration in painting. Paul has been leading the After School Art program at the University of Memphis Campus School since 2012. In addition, he is also the art teacher at St. Luke’s Day School. Paul’s instruction is fine arts based with a heavy emphasis on the elements of art. Being a big kid at heart, he understands the importance of selecting projects that are meaningful and engaging to his students. 

With a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Memphis, Lisa has taught/tutored since 2005. Her teaching and tutoring experience includes pre-k through 6th grade. During her time as a supervising teacher at The University of Memphis Campus School, she was recognized as an “irreplaceable” for attaining a TEM 5 status with evaluation scores in the top 10%. She also works part time as an early interventionist providing developmental therapy in homes for children birth to 3. Lisa believes that children should be actively engaged in the learning process through hands on experiences that allow them to make meaningful connections to the world around them. She finds joy in the authenticity of children and their unique perspective. 

They built Easel Town with the purpose of providing unique, high quality fine art instruction for children in an environment that encourages authentic creativity born through problem solving and a willingness to risk mistakes. Their goal is to cultivate a community where the experiences and skills gained through the art process are viewed as important tools for future success. The student centered approach of their classes allows art to be a true expression of the childhood imagination.

Easel Town understands the integral role art plays in improving problem solving, critical thinking and reasoning skills in children. They create classes that challenge and appeal to children while providing them with a meaningful experience that creates a life long appreciation of the arts and learning.