ArtVerveAcademy

Friday, October 15, 2021

Welcome Lisa Larrabee!

Lisa is passionate about teaching the visual arts. She has years of experience teaching adults to draw or paint in Tucson at Pima Community Collage (2003 - 2014) and Southwest Visual Univsity of Visual Arts (SUVA) (2014 - 2020). It is an honor to have her join our team of instructors, we look forward to taking her classes this fall!



Lisa Larrabee
Lisa Larrabee

Lisa Larrabee is most recognized for her unique figurative paintings that stylistically blur the boundaries between the figure and their environment. Her paintings visually convey the intangible connection between people, nature and the subconscious. Lisa creates artwork that allows us to slow down and contemplate our relationship to others and to the world around us.

Lisa builds an expressive and textured surface using oil and cold wax medium with improvised tools, rollers and pallet knives before refining her image with traditional oil painting methods.

The effect feels both timeless and contemporary. Specific details come into focus while others are left to be completed in the mind of the viewer. As you can see below, the result is ethereal poetry.

To see more of Lisa's work visit her instructor page or visit her website at LisaLarrabeeART.com

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Animal Portraits in Watercolor

Express your love for animals. Honor your beloved pet, domestic, or favorite wild animal with a portrait in watercolor! This fun and exciting class will cover all the steps from start to finish, including excellent guidance and demonstration.


Learn how to select the best materials and choose a great reference photograph to work from. Discover new color mixing techniques and find answers to the ever-present question of how to treat the background.

You will also learn how to create animal fur and texture. By the end of this class, you will be empowered to paint your favorite animals with confidence!


Stacy Egan
Stacy Egan

Stacy Egan is a self-taught watercolorist, urban sketcher, and fine artist. After taking an early retirement from her 22 year career in physics and engineering, a lot of her free time is now dedicated to practicing pen & ink with watercolor in the urban sketecher style. She purchased her first sketchbook in 2011 and has been sketching ever since. She loves to draw and paint places and things on travel, whether it be the majesty of the Grand Canyon, the humble flora and fauna of my homelands in the Sonoran Desert, or instruments of music. She believes that anyone can develop these skills.

Saturday, September 25, 2021

2021 Fall Session Updates

New Weekly Classes, Now Open for Enrollment

Use the link below to register or enroll in any class or workshop face to face within a group setting! Adults, ages 16 and up (or accompanied by a guardian) at any level from beginner to advanced are welcome to register.


Weekly Classes

Are offered once a week and lasts for a duration of three hours (includes a 15-minute break).

Drawing in Color
Learn to See

Sep. 4, 11, 18 & 25 in 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Jill Bauman
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Pen & Ink Toolbox
for Ink Challenge

Oct. 2, 9 in 2021
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Christy Olsen
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Painting Essentials
Expressive Brushwork

Nov. 1, 8, 15 & 22 in 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
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Animal Portraits
in Watercolor

Nov. 6, 13 & 20 in 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Stacy Egan
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Collage
Creations

Nov. 29 & Dec. 6 in 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
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Creative Pathways
Drawing & Painting

Dec. 4, 11 & 18 in 2021
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
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Workshops

Are offered daily, lasts for a duration of over three hours throughout the day (includes a one-hour lunch break).

Rust Dyeing, Mark Making & Botanical Prints

Sep. 12 in 2021
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
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Encaustic, Mixed Media & Paper
Collage

Nov. 13, & 14 in 2021
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Pen & Ink Toolbox for InkTober

Start the InkTober challenge with the Art Verve this October, we'll review the tools and show you some easy steps to get you up and running in no time! InkTober was created by artist Jake Parker, which focuses on improving skills and developing positive drawing habits. Anyone participating creates an ink drawing and it does not have to be a masterpiece, although you may see some on social media this October, with the hashtag #inktober.


Pen & ink is perfect for sketching on the go! You'll find it's medium worth getting to know. It dries quickly and won't smudge however once that mark is made, it will not budge. Switch to a brush and draw like a painter, work through the October/Inktober challenge as if it's a no-brainer. Practice with the guidance you seek, as you learn a whole variety of inking tools amp; techniques. Whether you are a novice or an established inker, you may find out that you're intrigued by InkTober practice hook line and sinker. During this class, you will have access to supplies you need, and by the end, you may even feel as if your InkTober practice will succeed!


Christy Olsen
Christy Olsen

Christy Olsen is a third-generation fine artist and painter. A lot of her free time is dedicated to practicing the visual arts within a community setting in all mediums. She loves to share information with others and has an enthusiastic approach to learning. She watched her mother teach visual art classes to adults at an early age and witnessed the long-lasting positive impact first hand that those classes had on their skills. She believes that drawing or painting is borne not of any particular innate ability, but of practice and anyone can develop these skills.