At Creative Minds Art Studios, we strive for our students...


  • To learn art skills and techniques

  • To be able to look at things from a unique perspective

  • To be good decision makers

  • To be creative thinkers

  • To be a productive person

  • To learn about different cultures and history

  • To be able to express ourselves in a safe environment

  • To be able to express ourselves without words

  • To be able to think for ourselves

  • To be able to solve problems in creative ways

  • To contribute positively to their community

  • To learn how to contribute sufficiently to a group effort

  • To be well-rounded

  • To have fun


Creative Minds Art Studios was started because of the belief that integrating problem-solving and the arts will increase children's developmental and cognitive skills.  Our goal is to create a round, self-thinking and self-motivating person.  Also, children will have access to creative outlets, safe spaces for self-expression and, most importantly, fun ways to learn!


Creative Minds Art Studios curriculum also integrates crafts and artists from all over the globe. We will spend time learning about the artistic traditions of different cultures. The children’s art creations will often incorporate recycled, green, and non-toxic materials.


Creative Minds Art Studios is also committed to fostering community involvement and philanthropy through the arts.  We will be partnering will several local artists and missions to cultivate relationships through art.

Our Goals


Leslie Ponder

     Hello and thanks for visiting Creative Minds Art Studios!  I am the founder and one of the teachers at Creative Minds. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Mississippi State University.  This is where my passion for teaching began.  I also have a Masters degree in Instruction and Curriculum from the University of Memphis.  I am currently persuing another Masters degree at the Memphis Collage of Art.  I truly believe that you never stop learning.  

     Teaching and art has always been my passion and that's why I decided to start Creative Minds Art Studios.  My mother was a painter, ceramist, and a sewer.  My grandmother was also a painter and a photographer.  As a child, I experimented with arts of all kind. I believe the skills and mind sets I used in art creation helped fuel my creativity as an adult.


Victoria Barrera has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Fine Art from the University of Mississippi in Oxford. During her time there, she taught Pilates. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing at the Memphis College of Art. There, she is a Teacher Assisstant for a Drawing II Foundations course. She speaks fluent Spanish and is originally from Chicago, IL where she has previously taught Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Tumbling to children ages 6-10. In the summer of 2010, she helped teach the fundamentals of basic drawing to a group of students at a private school in Chicago. She has had some of her work exhibited here in Memphis, Chicago, and Oxford.

Victoria Barrera