Create in various mediums, using various techniques or subjects within a studio environment guided by adult art classes, workshops, or events face-to-face within a group setting.

Creativity takes courage!

Henri Matisse

In the Studio

"Studio Art" means working in a place set up for using art supplies or various materials. Easels, tables, and chairs are provided and used with any other visual art medium for artistic training or study.


Studio art classes occur within a space where students work on their pieces under supervision from the instructor.

Materials are posted on the enrollment form. If materials are not posted on the enrollment form, don't worry, the instructor will email or text you a list. 

Expect this communication the week before the first session. Please check your spam folder, phone messages, or text for any communications from the instructor or administration.

Shop Local Art Supplies

If you are currently enrolled in an Art Verve Academy class, most locally-owned art supply stores will give you a 20% off discount, be sure to call ahead and ask or inquire at check out.

We partner with local art suppliers in Arizona!

Partnerships are brokered between the Art Verve Academy and small businesses within Arizona to provide awareness, leverage collective resources, or introduce new products, materials, or art supplies. Our local promotional partners include:

Arizona Art Supply Store
Posner's Art Store

Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on standing at an easel. Depending on the medium, you may get dirty, so bring an apron or an old shirt suitable for getting stained, soiled, or ruined.

If you are taking an 'On Location' or Plein air class, bring a hat, plenty of water, and wear sunscreen or insect repellent. The instructor will email you the location, address, directions, or instructions the week before the class or workshop begins.

We rent spaces around Tucson, AZ that include the following locations. Be sure to check each location for where to park or enter the classroom.

Tucson Pastel Society (TPS)

Tucson Pastel Society (TPS)

Address: 2447 N. Los Altos Ave. Tucson, Arizona 85705
Parking & Entrance: Park behind the building and enter through the back door next to the parking lot.

International Wildlife Museum

International Wildlife Museum

Address: 4800 West Gates Pass Boulevard. Tucson, Arizona 85745
Parking & Entrance: Park in front of the building and enter through the front door. Turn left into the cafeteria.

Yume Japanese Gardens

Yume Japanese Gardens

Address: 2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, Arizona 85712
Parking & Entrance: Park in front. Enter the through the door from the parking lot. If the lot is full, please park behind the shopping center on the southeast corner of Grant Road. Do not park on the street.

On Location

On Location

Address: Will be provided before the first session.
Parking & Entrance: Will be provided before the first session.


We strive to maintain a safe environment when using equipment or working in the studio. If you need clarification, just ask the instructor.

We strive to maintain a safe environment for all. If you need clarification, just ask. We are not responsible for injuries sustained due to careless or improper use of tools or equipment.

Please pay careful attention when using sharp tools, such as cutting tools, razor blades, or X-ACTO knives.

We follow Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS) laws and regulations.

  • Do NOT pour chemicals down the sink at any time or location.
  • NO dumping chemicals in the storm sewers at any time or location.
  • Any brush cleaning should be done in a janitorial sink or at home.


We do NOT allow Turpentine to be used or stored anywhere. It is a solvent used for thinning oil-based paints.

Instead, odorless minerals or white spirits must be used, a common organic solvent or petroleum-derived clear liquid allowing oil painters to utilize traditional techniques without compromise. Gamblin Gamsol is recommended as one of the safest odorless mineral spirits.

Oily Rags

Dispose of oily paper towels or painter's rags in the red can marked for safe disposal of solvent-soaked materials. They are highly flammable and may ignite without a spark within severe heating conditions.

Oil Paints

To clean your palette, wipe any extra paint off with a paper towel and throw it in the red can marked for safe disposal of solvent-soaked materials.

Publicity Waiver

We retain the right to photograph or video any event, activity, or student work at its discretion without incurring obligations.

Unless informed otherwise, we will consider photographs or videos taken in class or any workshop permissible for publication for informational, marketing purposes, web, or social media.

No Photography of Nude Models

Live Model Nude Photography is NEVER allowed. Refer to the section on live models for more information on policy versus etiquette.

Find Reference Photographs

When working with reference photography, look for a Creative Commons license.

What is a Creative Commons License?

It is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted "work." This license is used when an author wants to give others the right to share, use, and build upon a work they have created.

  1. Pixaby is a site that offers images that have a creative commons license.
  2. Unsplash has freely usable images powered by creators everywhere.
  3. MorgueFile free images for creatives, by creatives

Copyright Laws

The general rule in copyright law is that the work's author is also the copyright owner. Photographers hired on an independent contractor basis or for a specific job are usually the copyright owner of the photographs, even if the pictures were taken for a client.

Etiquette or Guidelines

We strive to maintain a respectful environment when working in the studio.

Painters, inkers, or printmakers are encouraged to use the provided drop cloths over tabletops or underneath their work or palettes.

Once you are done working for the day, please clean the areas where you have worked.

No worries if you make a mess, but please clean it up. If you need help or cleaning supplies, just ask.

Do not leave the water turned on. Ensure the faucet is turned off after using any sink. 

Some consumable materials are available for experimentation. This includes paint, ink, glue, etc.

For classes or workshops, materials are posted on the enrollment form. If none are posted, don't worry, the instructor will email or text you a list.

Expect this communication the week before the first session. Please check your spam folder for any communications from the instructor or administration.

If you do not hear from us the week before the first session, all supplies will be provided for you by the instructor.

Easels, drawing boards, tables & chairs are provided. Other studio equipment, such as spotlights and some still-life objects, are available for life drawing.


"The Arts" is a modern umbrella term for a broad category that includes some of the artist's disciplines, such as the performing arts, conceptual art, and the "visual arts." This includes some vocabulary to get you acclimated.

The "Visual Arts" category includes fine art and applied decorative arts or crafts. Traditional 2D includes drawing, painting, design, printmaking, and calligraphy. Traditional 3D includes sculpture, metalsmithing, woodworking, jewelry making, origami, glass blowing, glass cutting or fusing, ceramics, monuments, and architecture. Modern includes assemblage, collage, mixed media, fiber art, photography, digital art, and installations.

"Studio Art" means working in a place set up for using art supplies or various materials.

A single "studio" is an artist's or worker's workroom. The word 'studio' is derived from the Italian word that means to study: studio, from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to examine.

It refers to a studio environment where individuals work hands-on or independently to practice the Visual Arts. When working with other creative individuals, you observe the work that others produce and benefit or receive the vitality achieved.

Life Drawing Class

Students observe the work that others are producing within the session or share information while the model takes breaks. It's a great way to keep in practice if you can't take a class.

It refers to an event inviting the general public to visit an artist's studio. This gives artists a chance to show & sell their work while the public gets an opportunity to learn more about the individual artist and the artistic process and support the local arts community!

A detailed analysis or evaluation of your work where other students and the instructor provide position opinions and constructive feedback.

In the past, training in the traditional visual arts was through a variation of an apprenticeship, a workshop system called an "Atelier" under a master artist, or in modern times, through an art school or an art program under a university or college. However, in the 21st century, art education has forged a new path with various options, including in-person classes or online tutorials.

Live Model

Figure drawing or live model drawing is an academic tradition that evolved in the 18th century.

Live model drawing session allows students to practice sketching, drawing or painting within a studio setting while observing directly from life outside of a formal class, where artists can learn from each other. However, some modern formal classes may use a live model and include a model fee.

Life Drawing Class from École des Beaux-Arts, French Art School

Each session has clothed, costumed or nude model that will pose for a set amount of time. A facilitator or moderator is present at all times and will set a timer for each pose.



  • NEVER touch the model or correct the model’s pose.
  • Photography is NEVER permitted during a nude session. Taking a shot of any model while posing nude is NOT permitted under any circumstance, with no exceptions, even if the model agrees! We will ask you delete the image and leave immediately.


Live Model Etiquette refers to some basic guidelines when working with a live model.


  • Tip the model, it is encouraged. If you liked the model's poses or felt they did well, please tip them when the session ends.
  • Be quiet while they are posing. Too much movement or noise makes it hard for them to hold the pose.
  • Remember, the model is here to do a job, please respect their break time and limit your conversations accordingly.

Situational Awareness

  • Photography is ONLY permitted during a clothed or costumed session and at the model's discretion. If you want to take reference photographs of them, please ask them first! They may or may not charge a fee for each picture, as this is their profession, and they are entitled to do so.

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