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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, and Cultivate the Visual Arts!

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions specific to our classes or workshops, visit the classes page, for all other questions, see below.

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The Visual Arts

What are the Visual Arts?

"The Arts" is a modern umbrella term for a broad category which includes some the artist's disciplines such as the performing arts, conceptual art, and the "visual arts."

The "Visual Arts" category includes fine art as well as applied, decorative arts and crafts.

Training in the visual arts has been through variations of an apprenticeship; a workshop systems called an "Atelier" under a master artist or through an art school or an art program under a university or collage however in the 21st-century art education has forged a new path with a wider variety of options.

Traditional visual arts includes drawing, painting, printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture, metalsmithing, woodworking, jewelry making, origami, glass blowing, glass cutting or fusing, ceramics, monuments, and architecture.

Modern visual arts includes assemblage, collage, mixed-media, fiber art, photography, digital art and installations.

What is Studio Art?

Studio art means working in a place set up for using art supplies or various materials.

A single "studio" is an artist's or worker's workroom. The word 'studio' derived from the Italian word means to study: studio, from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to study.

In a studio environment or area for art classes, tables or easels are provided and used in conjunction any other visual art medium for artistic training or study.

What is a 'Group Critique'

A detailed analysis or evaluation of your work where other students and the instructor provide position opinions and constructive feedback.

Open Studio

What is 'Open Studio'

Otherwise known as "Life Drawing" is a very old academic tradition. It provides an opportunity for students to practice drawing or painting from a live model outside of a class.

Students work without an instructor, observe the work that others are producing within the session, or share information with each other while the model takes breaks.

It's a great way to keep in practice if you can't take a class. Here are a few around Tucson. Be sure to ask & pay the fee.

What is Live Model Etiquette?

Live Model Etiquette refers to some basic guidelines to follow when working with a live model.

Remember the model is here to do a job, so please respect their break time and limit your conversations accordingly. Please be quiet while they are posing. Too much movement or noise makes it hard for them to hold the pose.

If you liked the model's poses or felt that they did a good job, please give them a tip when the session is over. Some models charge money if you take reference photographs of them.

Photographing a model is ONLY permitted during a clothed or costumed sessions and at the model's discretion. Please ask first! Taking a shot of any model while posing nude is not allowed under any circumstances, no exceptions!

Art Classes

What is registration?

The process of signing up for a class or workshop is called registration. After learners are registered for a class or workshop, they will be charged tuition fees.

How can I register to take a class?

To register for a class, visit, click on the link to register for the class, then choose a payment method.

What is enrollment?

Learners are enrolled in a class or workshop after they pay the full tuition.

How do I enroll in a class?

Complete your enrollment online using a credit card or pay in person with cash, check or credit card.

What if I have a gift card or discount?

Gift cards or discounts must be redeemed by contacting our administration office, they will subtract those from your invoice.

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.

Expectations for All Classes

When learning a new skill, we all learn from each other. Please help us create a supportive environment!

  • Be respectful to your fellow students, everyone should feel free to ask questions without judgment or ridicule.
  • Turn off cell phones or put on vibrate; if you need to take a call, please do so outside the classroom
  • Come to class on time or set up your studio equipment after the lecture, demonstration or critique is over.
  • Bring a willingness to learn or at a minimum, a sense of humor. Attitude is everything!

Steps to Enrollment

What are the steps to take a class?

Here are the steps.

1) Get on the Roster

Please enroll in each class. It reserves your seat and helps the instructor prepare for your arrival.

2) Pay Your Tuition

You may pay with a credit card when you enroll online or your may pay your tuition on the first day.

3) Find Your Location

If you need driving directions, visit the 'Locations page'. If your class in 'On Location' or in a 'Private Studio' the instructor will email you with the location the week before the class begins.

4) Be Comfortable

Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on standing at your easel. You may get dirty depending on the medium, so bring an apron or an old shirt that is suitable to get stained, soiled or ruined. If you are taking a plein air class be sure to bring a hat and wear sunscreen.

5) Materials and Art Supplies

Instructors will email you during the week before the class starts or will provide you with materials upon your arrival. Please visit our education blog for more information on art supplies or to read about our instructor recommendations.

6) Provide Your Information

Fill out a student information form on the first day of class or use the online form.