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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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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 provided and used in conjunction any other visual art medium for artistic training or study.

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

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 circumstance, no exceptions!

What do I need to bring with me?
Supply lists are available online at the bottom of each course page or the "Questions About This Course" form on the bottom of each course page, it will message your instructor.