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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, & Cultivate the Visual Arts!

About Our Classes

We offer weekly art classes & workshops in Tucson, Arizona.

What We Offer

We offer sketching, art journaling, drawing or painting classses in a wide range of mediums, subject matter & techniques.


Adults, ages 16 & up (or accompanied by a guardian) are welcome to enroll.

How Many Classes Do We Offer?

We do not have a set amount of classes that are offered. We schedule classes based on when instructors are available or when a specific location is available.


Students may enter our carousel curriculum at any time based on their own comfort level or skill and are more than welcome to repeat any class as many times as they like based on their interest.

Art Verve Carosel

Classes for Beginners?

Drawing classes offered annually for beginners, such as "Down to Earth Drawing" or perspective.

We believe that anyone can learn to sketch, art journal, draw, or paint with knowledge, practice and a supportive comunity! Whether you are an absolute beginner, novice or professional artist, you will find an experience with us that will take your skills to the next level.

Classes on Demand?

Specialized classes are on demand, offered by a need or student's request. Some classes are offered in series, revolving around a specific topic or technique.


Yes we are! The majority of our classes are held in the fall, winter or spring. The best times to find a class with us would be September to early December or January to May. We so occasionally offer one or two classes during the summer within a well air conditioned location.


Most of our classes are offered on the weekends or at night in the following time slots.

  • Mornings from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Afternoons from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Evenings from 6:000 PM to 9:00 PM

Length of Weekly Scheduled Classes?

Maybe offered in 2, 3, 4 or 6 week sessions.


Weekly class sessions are 3 hours long, including a 15 minute break. Workshop sessions are from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, including a 1 hour lunch break.

Class Size?

The maximum class size is thirteen.


Materials are included in some classes, please check the registration form for more details.

What do I need to bring with me?

General supply lists are available on each class enrollment form, listed at the bottom of the page. Some instructors will email a more detailed supply list, prior to the start date of the class. This email routes to the email that you provided when you enrolled. Please check your spam folder.

Read about materials via our blog,

Drawing Mediums?

Drawing mediums include charcoal, graphite, pen & ink, pastel pencils or monotypes.

Painting Mediums?

Painting mediums include watercolor or gouache (opaque watercolor), oil, encaustics, or pastel.

Subject Matter?

Subject matter includes animals or wildlife, portrait or figure, abstract, landscape and still life or floral.

I had put down my art interest for more than two years. I needed something to 'kick-start' it again. I took two classes from Art Verve Academy. They were 'Drawing the Human Head' with Christy Olsen and 'Exploring Watercolor Textures' with Stacy Egan. Both of these classes & their instructors were very, very good & just what I needed to 'kick-start' my art activities again. I would strongly recommend these classes & the Art Verve Academy!!!

John Liebert
a.k.a. Artist Wannabe!
Regarding "Exploring Watercolor Textures" & "Drawing the Human Head" class