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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create, & Cultivate the Visual Arts!

Our Story

In the summer of 2015, a local art organization received an unexpected donation. The non-profit organization, "Singles & Friends" donated their entire building to the Tucson Pastel Society (TPS) after providing a dance hall and community location for seniors every Saturday night since 1972.

Conveniently located at 1st and Grant and a large open space spanning 1,832 square feet, this building was perfect for Visual Art practice, classes or workshops. Upon receiving this generous donation and valuable gift, the Tucson Pastel Society (TPS) would call upon the aid of the surrounding community to help raise funds to renovate the building, bring it up to city code and transform it into the new TPS Art Center.

The Tucson Pastel Society Art Center

In the spring of 2016, a small group of independent artists began renting the building from Tucson Pastel Society to teach art classes and help the 501(c)(3) non-profit sustain it's facility operations or monthly maintenance costs.

Those classes were successful and well received, students requested they teach more classes and the Art Verve Academy was born. Our mobile art school operates as a small local service oriented business and continues to support the vibrant arts community, the local economy, & other art organizations around Tucson, Arizona.

We Are We Dedicated to Do?

  • Create a warm, welcoming, encouraging & respectful classroom environment, where students can make meaningful connections, develop or improve their skills.

  • Provide quality instruction in drawing, sketching, art journaling or painting.

  • Provide opportunities or support for the self directed individual learners to make meaningful connections or practice within a group setting.

  • Raise the awareness of the Visual Arts as a source of self-fulfilment and personal challenge that enrich your life.

  • Improve the diversity of visual art classes offered in Tucson, Arizona.

  • Provide support for professional development in the Visual Arts.