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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create & Cultivate!

Art Classes in Tucson, Arizona

"We provide weekly courses and workshops for adults at any level, where they can learn, create & cultivate their skills in the visual arts!"

What's a 'Verve'?

No, it's not an energy drink or a rock & roll band, the word ‘verve’ is a noun that is synonymous with vitality, liveliness or vigor. Whether you are a writer, musician or artist, when you create or make something unique, you need it to get the momentum or those creative juices flowing.


"I've taken several classes from the Art Verve Academy and can't say enough positive things about the instructors! They are encouraging, supportive and knowledgeable." --Michelle

About Us

We are an art school unlike any other! 

We enable adults at any level to learn, create or cultivate the visual arts. We are a small service oriented business that offers courses in sketching, drawing & painting within Tucson, Arizona.

You are sure to find an experience with us that will take your skills to the next level!

We are known for our professional instructors, who teach the love of art as well as share their knowledge, skills & expertise both online and in person.

We are unique! We do not have a dedicated building, we rent spaces around Tucson, Arizona. This helps us keep our overhead costs down and allows us to be flexible.

A concept manifested into reality by a group of independent artists and creative entrepreneurs, who are super passionate about teaching art!

We also take our studios with us. We teach plein air classes on location around Tucson and we teach workshops overseas through our Art Verve Excursions program.


Courses in drawing, painting, design & art history!

Courses are available in a wide range of mediums including; oil painting, pastel, watercolor, gouache, mixed media, collage, encaustic painting, pen & ink, charcoal or graphite. Introductory courses in each medium are scheduled within a carousel format repeating every other year.

Our Story

In the summer of 2015, a local art organization received an unexpected donation. After providing a dance every Saturday night since 1972, "Singles & Friends" a non-profit organization decided to donate their entire building fit for a dance hall to the Tucson Pastel Society (TPS) a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Conveniently located at 1st and Grant with a large open space spanning 1,832 square feet, this building was perfect for studio art classes, workshops or events. Although a generous and valuable gift, the Tucson Pastel Society would call upon the aid of the surrounding community to help raise funds in order to renovate the building and bring it up to city code. In addition, the building also required ongoing monthly utility fees and needed labor resources for maintenance and to assist with renovations. 

In the spring of 2016, a small group of independent artists started renting the Tuscon Pastel Society building and teaching classes to help support the upkeep of their new location.

Those classes were so well received and successful that students requested they teach more! Instructors pooled their equipment, incorporated and formed the Art Verve Academy.

This privately owned small service oriented business now operates as a member-managed LLC.