Whether you are an absolute beginner, novice, or professional artist, you will find an experience with us that will take your knowledge and understanding to the next level!

Take an Adult Art Class!

There are endless benefits, including:

Learn or Be a Lifelong Learner! Anyone can learn to draw or paint with some basic instructor, it is not a talent you are born with. If you wish to be a master, you only need practice.

Explore Your Skills! You may surprise yourself or uncover hidden talents you did not know you had!

Socialize or Connect with the Community! In-person classes are an excellent opportunity for getting to know other members of the visual arts community who may share similar interests!

Experiment or Improve Your Skills! When you learn under the guidance of a professional instructor, they will encourage you to experiment or take more significant creative risks.

Create! You may have a finished piece or artwork that you take with you to show or give to your family or friends.

Find Inspiration! Be surrounded by other creative types, join a critique or expose yourself to new environments.

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

Mahatma Gandhi


We are a vocational-type school that offers 2D visual art classes for adults in drawing, painting, or design. We have one goal: to help you learn the 2D visual arts!

Follow these steps to get started!

Skill levels vary between a combination of knowledge, understanding, or practice. Below are the definitions or guidance on what level to look for when registering or enrolling.

  1. Absolute Beginners - May have never been inside an art supply store or need guidance on what materials to purchase. They may have never taken art classes or be unfamiliar with tools, techniques, or studio equipment.
  2. Beginners to Intermediate - Have some prior experience or have taken some classes.
  3. Intermediate - Is a novice or comfortable practicing within a studio environment.

For those who need help figuring out where to start, look for anything marked as "Absolute Beginner."

Depending on your comfort level, adults may enter any class, workshop, or event marked as "open for enrollment."

Registration or enrollment is required to attend any class or workshop. It reserves your seat and ensures the instructor is prepared for your arrival with handouts or materials, etc. Visit the course catalog to see what is currently available.

If this is your first class with us, please complete this one-time required admissions form before the first session.

We'll give you a hard copy in person if you skip the online completion.

Depending on how you chose to be contacted when you registered or enrolled, the instructor or administration may email, text, or call you with information or updates about your class, workshop, or event. Please check your spam folder, email, or phone for text or voice messages.


Here's how we operate.

Our curriculum is designed like a carousel, so various skill levels may enter at any time based on their comfort level.

Art Verve Carosel

Some classes are offered repeatedly yearly or in a series revolving around a specific medium or subject matter.

Weekly class sessions are 3 hours long, including 15-minute or periodic breaks. Start-to-finish times will be listed below the event description.

Workshop sessions are usually all day, from morning to afternoon, including a 1-hour lunch break. Specific terms and conditions will be listed below the event description, which may or may not include a non-refundable deposit.

Most of our schedule is held in the fall or spring, and very few in the summer. We are seasonal.

Our schedule is based on when instructors are available, when a specific facility is available to rent, or when we receive a community request or demand.

Adults (over 18) are welcome to register. Ages 16 & up may attend if accompanied by a guardian.

Unfortunately, we do NOT offer youth or teen classes now. Please visit the Drawing Studio's website for information on their youth program.

We do not own a dedicated building. We rent spaces in Tucson, Arizona, and the surrounding location. Click here on each for detailed information on each location.

Please check your location's details for instructions on where to park or where to enter the building.

Our Instructors love to share their techniques and are known for creating a supportive classroom environment.

They make a respectful environment that is warm, welcoming, and non-judgemental, where learners focus on medium techniques or subject matter, not a specific artistic style or unique aesthetic.

For a list of our current instructors, click here.

We reward returning students! Collect tuition receipts or get a punch card to track your progress.

If you have taken 5 classes at the Art Verve Academy, you can receive a discount on your sixth class. Please note that you must keep track of your punch card or present your tuition receipts to receive the discount.

Art Verve Academy

You can join a waitlist if your desired workshop, class, or event is full. Submit the form, and we will contact you if anyone drops from the roster.

(In-Person) Class or Workshops

In-person classes or workshops are at

Most of our schedule is held in the fall or spring, and very few in the summer since we are seasonal.

Planned classes, workshops, or events are facilitated and added per the season. They are "open for enrollment" at the end of June and by the end of December.

Subscribe to our mailing list for monthly updates in your email for planned and open-enrollment classes!

Click here for a list of upcoming classes or workshops currently "Open for Enrollment."

We determine classes to offer based on the demand or requests from our community or life-long learners.

"On-demand" classes, workshops, or events are facilitated based on the requests of our students or learners. We add them from time to time within a semester. Subscribe to our mailing list for a monthly update on new classes added to the schedule!

Contact us or speak to your instructor if you would like to suggest a subject, medium, or technique for a class or workshop.

Weekly classes in an open studio format or with independent study are perfect for those who want feedback, inspiration, or the vitality of working with other creative individuals. The instructor will guide you in finding your visual voice, achieving your artistic vision, or cultivating creativity.

Click here for a list of open studio-type format classes.

Classroom chronicles or "past" classes or workshops were offered previously and are no longer open for enrollment. Visit our blog posts to see photos of student work or demonstrations!

Virtual (Live Online)

"Live Online" events are real-time via Google Meet or Zoom from home.

"Live Online" events are real-time via Google Meet or Zoom from home. Professional feedback or personalized instruction is intended for adults or older teens who can work independently.

Click to see a list of all the virtual or online lessons offered.

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