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Art Verve Academy

Learn, Create & Cultivate!

Who We Are

We are a mobile visual art school, maintained by professional artists. We offer adult art classes and workshops to anyone who would like to learn, create or cultivate their skills in sketching, drawing or painting within a variety of mediums, subject matter or techniques!

We are known for our professional instructors, who share their expertise, skills & knowledge both in person and online. We create a respectful supportive classroom environment, where students can make meaningful connections or develop camaraderie.

We are unique! We do not have a dedicated building, we rent spaces locally around town. This allows our small service oriented business to be mobile and helps keep our overhead costs down as our funding comes solely from our enrollments.

We also take some of our classes into the wild! We teach sketching on location, plein air and provide workshops overseas through our very own Art Verve Excursions program.

The Art Verve Academy is a concept manifested into reality by a group of independent artists and creative entrepreneurs, who are super passionate about art.

You are sure to find an experience with us that will take your skills to the next level!

Our Story

In the summer of 2015, a local art organization received an unexpected donation. After providing a dance every Saturday night since 1972, "Singles & Friends" a non-profit organization decided to donate their entire building fit for a dance hall to the Tucson Pastel Society (TPS) a non-profit 501(c)(3).

Conveniently located at 1st and Grant with a large open space spanning 1,832 square feet, this building was perfect for studio art classes, workshops or events.

Although a generous and valuable gift, the Tucson Pastel Society would call upon the aid of the surrounding community to help raise funds in order to renovate the building and bring it up to city code.

In addition, the building also required ongoing monthly utility fees and needed labor resources for maintenance and to assist with renovations. 

In the spring of 2016, a small group of independent artists started renting the Tuscon Pastel Society building and teaching classes to help support the upkeep of their new location.

Those classes were so well received and successful that students requested they teach more! Instructors pooled their equipment, incorporated and formed the Art Verve Academy.

This privately owned small service oriented business now operates as a member-managed LLC. 

Founders (Left to Right):
Christy Olsen, Meredith Milstead & Linda Chappel