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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, & Cultivate the Visual Arts!

Upcoming Classes & Workshops

We offer sketching, art journaling, drawing, mixed media or painting classes or workshops in a wide range of mediums, subject matter & techniques. Enroll today, inspiration awaits you!


2019 Classes or Workshops

Classes our announced in our mounthly eNewsletter. Sign up today!

Introduction to Encaustic

Workshop Includes all equipment, tools & consumables!

Explore the fascinating unbounded rich medium of encaustic with a comprehensive introduction! Discover techniques from the history of this ancient medium that date back thousands of years.

Create luminous paintings, using melted pigmented beeswax while you learn the simple steps to get started using an inexpensive setup and the minimal equipment. If you’ve ever been curious, this workshop is for you. No materials are needed, absolute beginners with no experience are welcome!

Dec. 14 & 15 in 2019

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
Meets: (2) days Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1 hour lunch break each day)
Location: Private Studio in Tucson, Arizona 85719, (Directions will be emailed by instructor prior to the first day of class).


2020 Classes or Workshops

Classes our announced in our mounthly eNewsletter. Sign up today!

Drawing with Pen & Ink

Studio practice, tools & techniques

Pen & ink is perfect for sketching on the go, you'll find that it's a medium definitely worth getting to know. Once you make a mark, it won't budge, it also dries quickly and is sure not to smudge. Switch to a brush and draw like a painter, work with ink washes to build values like it's a no-brainer. Practice with all the guidance that you seek, as you learn a variety of inking techniques. Whether you are a novice or an established inker, you may find that you're intrigued by colored inks hook line and sinker. During class you will have access to all the supplies needed and by the end you might even feel that drawings have succeeded!

Jan. 19 & 26 in 2020

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Meets: (2) Sundays 1:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


Printmaking, Mark Making & Rust Dying, Oh My!

Mono-types, Monoprints, Rust Dying & Mixed Media

If you love making art, learn through creative play. Practice new techniques, simply enjoy the creative process or the act of creating something. Learn several monotype and mark making techniques and make one of a kind prints. We will use a variety of tools and techniques and apply images and marks to several media, including various types of paper and textiles. This class will also cover rust dying on paper. Use your creations for collage elements, backgrounds for other art pieces, so save them just as they are! No experience necessary, just be open to trying new techniques and tools to create one of a kind prints!

Jan. 25 in 2020

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Meets: (1) day Saturday 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (30 minute lunch break)
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


Reflections, Hindsight is 2020

Art Journaling & Mixed Media

If you love making art, learn through creative play. Practice new techniques, simply enjoy the creative process or the act of creating something. Art journals are visual diaries used to explore ideas, express thoughts or practice with a focus on self-expression.

Create pages with expert guidance for a one of a kind bound book that will capture your reflections or thoughts on what’s to come in the new year! Use a variety of mixed media techniques to create layers, including collage papers, ephemera, stencil, text, words, paint or other bits and pieces of treasure. Don't miss this opportunity to express yourself in your own style!

Feb. 1 & 8 in 2020

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Meets: (2) Saturdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


Encaustic, Mixed Media & Paper Collage

Workshop Includes all equipment, tools & consumables!

Explore the fascinating unbounded rich medium of encaustic! Create luminous encaustic bound collages with an expert guide. Add in paper shapes or strips, solid or printed tissue, hair or thread.

Learn how to use lightweight porous papers as a base and how to bond your collage to a soft support. Discover encaustic paints, image transfers and post-collage sewing. Walk away with self-generated resource guide and a beautiful finished piece!

Feb. 22 & 23 in 2020

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
Meets: (2) days Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1 hour lunch break each day)
Location: Private Studio in Tucson, Arizona 85719, (Directions will be emailed by instructor prior to the first day of class).


Cold Wax Medium & Oil

Workshop Includes all equipment, tools & consumables!

Interested in oil painting but don’t want to wait so long for the paint to dry? You may be interested in using cold wax and oils as a medium. Find out more in this comprehensive workshop with the guidance of a renowned instructor. 

Experiment or make samples, using your artistic expression! Explore a gamut of techniques and materials used to work in this exciting and versatile medium. Complete a finished piece or if you have any old paintings you don’t like, this workshop will teach you how embellish, salvage or cover them.

Enroll today, inspiration awaits you!

Feb. 29 & Mar. 1 in 2020

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
Meets: (2) days Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (1 hour lunch break each day)
Location: Private Studio in Tucson, Arizona 85719, (Directions will be emailed by instructor prior to the first day of class).


Painting Landscapes in the Studio

Studio practice, tools & techniques

Ideal for anyone painting, who would like to practice within a studio setting, learn from live demonstrations and receive individual guidance. Topics will include oil or acrylic painting from outdoor sketches, creating compositions and the pitfalls of reference photography. In class demonstrations will focus on how to use the building blocks of shapes, values, edges and color to improve your landscape paintings.

Mar. 29, Apr. 5, 19 & 26 in 2020

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Meets: (4) Sundays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


Drawing: A Visual Vocabulary

Studio practice, tools & techniques

Expand your visual vocabulary with a variety of drawing techniques that will improve how you communicate your message. Drawing includes the basic "vocabulary" of line, shape & value used to develop complex ideas into paintings, mixed media, sculpture or works of art.

In this class, you will explore a variety of drawing mediums, find out how to get the most out of your medium and experiment with each on a small scale. Practice drawing from life, using preliminary sketches to clarify your ideas and discover a wide variety of new techniques. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or intermediate, this class will improve your skills, build your visual vocabulary and confidence!

Mar. 29, Apr. 5, 19 & 26 in 2020

Instructor: Linda Chappel
Meets: (4) Sundays 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


Animal Portraits

Studio practice, tools & techniques

Express your love for animals. Honor your beloved pet, domestic or favorite wild animal with a portrait in watercolor! This fun and exciting class will cover all the steps from start to finish, including excellent guidance and demonstration.

Learn how to select the best materials and choose a great reference photograph to work from. Discover new color mixing techniques and find answers to the ever-present question of how to treat the background.

You will also learn how to create animal fur and texture. By the end of this class, you will be empowered to paint your favorite animals with confidence!

Apr. 11, 18 & 25 in 2020

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Meets: (3) Saturdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


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Previous Offered Classes

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