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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create & Cultivate!

Art Verve Community

Learning is made up of enduring, ongoing interactions, relationships, and information exchanges. We practice art together. We want learners to engage with the content and begin applying it.

Art Verve Community


Sponsored by the Art Verve Academy, 'Meetups,' are free and give participants time to learn, create or cultivate their skills in visual arts or appreciate local artwork outside the classroom!

We practice drawing, sketching or painting in a variety of different mediums. Anyone at any level may work with us in a supportive environment, find other like-minded folks, build comradery or share tips, tools and techniques.

We also facilitate art demonstrations, museum tours, art events or art show openings. Lifelong learning is our goal & we strive to reach that goal.

Art Verve Meetup

Art Meetup May 5, 2018
Instructors (left to right) Linda Chappel, Michele Vaughan & Christy Olsen

Open Studio Art Nites

Faciliated by the Art Verve Academy for a full enrollment or individual drop-in fee. An Art Verve Academy instructor is present to answer questions, provide individual feedback and perform short demonstrations.

Ideal for anyone, who would like to learn, create or cultivate the visual arts independently or work on self-directed projects in a supportive environment.

Oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, mixed media, pen & ink or any other drawing mediums are welcome (Note that oil painters must use odorless mineral spirits). Still life set-ups will be provided. Easels, tables, chairs and drop cloths are available for use.

Open Studio Art Nites

Open Studio Art Nites

Attend a TPS Open Studio

The Tucson Pastel Society (TPS) holds life drawing sessions on the 1st Wednesday of each month in their building (2447 N. Los Altos. Tucson, Arizona 85705).  Open to the public. Fee for the entire day (both sessions) is $10.

Come for one or both session. Bring lunch or check out the restaurants in the neighborhood.  Refrigerator and microwave are available.

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Figure in Costume
**Lunch Break from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM  Still Life 

Note: Does not meet during the summer months

It's a great way to keep in practice if you can't take a class.  They offer a place for artists of every level to practice and improve their craft while they collaborate, share ideas and learn from each other in fun and the creatively supportive environment.  


Open Studio, otherwise known as 'Life Drawing' or 'Life Studies' is an 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.