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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, & Cultivate the Visual Arts!

Upcoming Classes

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

Mantras in a Box

Art Journaling in Mixed Media

Art Class

What's your mantra? Express your own unique word or mantra, using art journaling techniques in mixed media. Learn how to size them for a box or bind them together. Demonstration will include, creating monoprints with a gel plate to create backgrounds and texture, embossing for a faux wax finish and using rust to create color and patterns. Add layers, borders, blend and create a focal point for each journal page.

Oct. 5, 12 & 19

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Meets: (3) Saturdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (3 hour duration)
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos. Tucson, AZ 85705)


Color Mixing Crash Course

All Painting Mediums Are Welcome!

Art Class

Do you mix colors together and get mud? Learn how to mix a wide variety of brilliant, rich & luscious colors in a few easy steps. Discover your own personal palette.

This class will be fun as it takes you through the basics of color mixing, warm tones, cool tones and complimentary colors. Create your own color references, paint different color combinations with certain themes in mind and lastly create your very own abstract painting with intuitive color mixing.

Oct. 5, 12 & 19

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Meets: (3) Saturdays, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3 hour duration)
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos. Tucson, AZ 85705)


Introduction to Encaustic

Workshop Includes all equipment, tools & consumables!

Art Class

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!

Oct. 19 & 20

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


Down to Earth Drawing Basics

Studio practice, tools & techniques!

Art Class

Learn how to draw? Yes! It is an amazing process that will enrich your life. Discover a wide variety of tools and techniques that will help you translate your observations onto paper in a realistic manner. Drawing is a unique, compelling form of communication! Whether a quick sketch on a napkin, schematic, or work of art, it can communicate or record your vision, ideas, designs, imagination, memory, feelings or beliefs. Come draw with us, we will cover simple steps to get you started! Or use this class as a refresher to practice in the studio on an assortment of natural forms. You will receive plenty of individual attention and feedback from the instructor.

Nov. 3, 10, 17, 24 in 2019

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


Oil Painting Landscapes

In the Studio!

Art Class

Ideal for anyone painting in oils, who would like to practice within a studio setting or learn from live demonstrations. Topics will include painting from outdoor sketches, creating compositions and the pitfalls of using any reference photograph. In class demonstrations will focus on how to use the building blocks of shape, value, edges or color to improve your landscape paintings. This class is open to all levels from beginner to intermediate.

Nov. 17, 24, Dec. 8, 15

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Meets: (4) Sunday Mornings 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)


Encaustic, Mixed Media & Paper Collage

Workshop Includes all equipment, tools & consumables!

Art Class

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!

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).


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Previous Offered Classes

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