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.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Rust Dyeing, Mark Making and Botanical Prints

Michele Vaughan will be teaching a one day workshop starting soon! Learn how to create one-of-a-kind botanical prints. Find out how to use old rusted objects to create beautiful shapes or edges on printing paper.

Create unique marks or textures that can not be duplicated in traditional drawing or painting. Spend the day with an instructor, who will demonstrate each technique, get you up and running in no time, encourage you to play, or will allow you to enjoy the process. At the end of the day, you will have a stack of creations, use them as collage elements, backgrounds for other art pieces or they may turn out to be individual works all on their own. No experience is necessary, simply be open to exploring a variety of new tools or an innovative approach.

Michele Vaughan
Michele Vaughan

Michele Vaughan is a mixed media artist that works with paper or cloth. A lot of her free time is dedicated to practicing "Art Journaling," a technique that is all about self-expression. Michele loves to teach absolute beginners or those who do not have any previous art training or background in art. She feels that art is for everyone and everyone IS creative, so she makes it her priority to create an encouraging community environment where students can learn from each other and feel empowered.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Welcome Jill Bauman!

It is an honor to have Jill Bauman join our team of instructors and we're looking forward to her class this fall! Jill moved from New York to Tucson in the fall of 2019 and discovered us through the Art Verve Village. We immediately fell in love with her and asked her if she could teach with us.

Unfortunately, soon after we had to shut down for the entire duration of the pandemic. The anticipated wait for Jill's "Drawing in Colored Pencil" class is over, it begins the first week of September 2021.

Prior to Jill's move into southern Arizona, Jill's been a freelance illustrator and designer for over forty years. During this time, she produced hundreds of covers for horror, mystery, fantasy, science fiction, and bestselling books.

Jill Bauman

She has also illustrated works by famous authors such as: Harlan Ellison, Stephen King, Peter Straub, Lilian Jackson Braun, Charles L. Grant, Robert McCammon, Richard Laymon, Jack Williamson, Hugh B. Cave, Fritz Leiber, Pamela Sargent, Michael Resnick, J. G. Ballard, Steward O'Nan and Justin Cronin and many more as well as other products for publishers such as: Ace Books, Tor Books, Avon Books, Doubleday Science Fiction Book Club, TSR, White Wolf, Inc., DAW Books, Berkley/Putam Publishing, St. Martin’s Press, Cemetery Dance Publications, Easton Press, Amazing Stories magazine, Fantasy and Science Fiction Magazine, The Horror Express magazine, Dark Discoveries magazine and Weird Tales magazine.

Jill's work has exhibited at the Delaware Art Museum, the Moore College of Art, Art Students League of New York the Illustrators Society of New York, and the Science Fiction Museum of Seattle. She has also been nominated for the World Fantasy Award five times and has been nominated for the Chesley Award several times. To see more of Jill's artwork visit her instructor page or visit to read more or follow her on social media...

Sunday, May 23, 2021

COVID-19 Update

We will reopen on September 4, 2021 and remain eager to serve our community with health as a top priority.

We will work diligently to implement protocols as recommended by the ADHS and CDC.

For the safety of our instructors, students or staff, the Art Verve Academy will require anyone who comes to class to wear facial masks, until further notice.

Instructors have been vaccinatied however will accommodate for social distancing or health measures, as recommended by the ADHS and CDC. Instructors will use a microphone so everyone can hear them. Stay tunned for more