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Learning is vital to the success of any classroom, but it doesn't just happen. Our instructors are essential in the learning process, and we believe that good teaching is an art!

We recognize unique visual artists who are lifelong learners and have exceptional intrapersonal communication skills as vital in learning. We provide them with a platform to teach as visual art instructors, a way to connect with others outside the studio and become an integral part of our overall curriculum.

"Tell me, and I forget, teach me, and I remember, involve me, and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin.

We believe good teaching is an art!

Learning is vital to the success of any classroom, but it doesn't just happen. We believe that good teaching is an art! Each of our instructors creates an experience, and they are critical in the process. Each builds a community of learners, encouraging individuals to improve their skills or make meaningful connections with others. They create a respectful environment that is warm, welcoming, and non-judgemental where learners focus on techniques of medium or subject matter, not a specific artistic style or unique aesthetic.

Yes, we believe that anyone can learn to sketch, art journal, draw, or paint with knowledge, practice, and a supportive community!

Drawing classes for absolute beginners are offered at least once a year, such as "Down to Earth Drawing Basics" or "Painless Perspective for Drawing or Painting. Be sure to review the "Skill Level," which registering for each class.

Click here to assess your skills.


Prerequisites are not required for any class with a skill level that lists "Absolute beginner."

Absolute beginners to advanced are welcome to enroll. Please review the "skill level" on each registration form if you are looking for intermediate to advanced.

Adults (over 18), ages 16 & up, may attend if accompanied by a guardian. Unfortunately, we do not offer classes for youth or teens at this time.

You are welcome to repeat classes as many times as you like based on your interests.


Tuition fees for each class or workshop are listed on the registration form.

Tuition fees for each class or workshop are listed on the registration form.

Tuition fees may vary as each class or workshop is unique in that it may or may not include materials within the price of the class.

Tuition fees for a weekly class of three hours usually average around ~$40 per session.

We do not offer reduced tuition rates for seniors or anyone on a fixed income at this time. Please visit the Drawing Studio's website for information on the OATS program.

Materials & Supplies

Materials are included in some classes. Please check the registration form for more details. Some supplies are available on-site for use if the class is located at the TPS Art Center.

Most supply lists are available click here to find your class.

General supply lists are available on each class enrollment form, listed at the bottom of the page. If none is provided, the instructor will email you a list before the start date of the class. Please check your spam folder for these electronic communications.

Also, the instructor will provide a review of all supplies and materials on the first day.

Click here for a list of local supply stores available in Tuscon, Arizona.

Click here for a list of online supply stores available.

The Visual Arts

"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." The "Visual Arts" category includes fine art and applied decorative arts or crafts.

Traditional visual arts include drawing, painting, printmaking, calligraphy, sculpture, metalsmithing, woodworking, jewelry making, origami, glass blowing, glass cutting or fusing, ceramics, monuments, and architecture.

In the past, training in the traditional visual arts was through a variation of an apprenticeship, workshop systems 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 a wider variety of options, including in-person classes or online tutorials.

Modern visual arts include 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 means to study: studio, from Latin: studium, from studere, meaning to study.

In a studio environment or area for art classes, tables or easels are provided and used with any other visual art medium for artistic training or study.

Otherwise known as "Life Drawing" is a very old academic tradition. It provides an opportunity for students to practice drawing or painting from a live model outside of class but with a formal class format or with a facilitator or moderator.

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

Students work without an instructor, 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.

Life Drawing Class

It refers to some basic guidelines to follow when working with a live model. These include the following:

  1. Please respect the model's break time and limit your conversations accordingly. Remember that the model is here to do a job and is paid for their time.
  2. Please be quiet while the model is posing. Too much movement or noise makes it extremely hard for them to hold their pose or concentrate.
  3. If you liked the model's poses or felt that they did a good job, please give them a tip when the session is over!
  4. Photography is ONLY permitted during a clothed or costumed session and at the model's discretion. Some models are willing to allow you to take reference photos of them. However, some may charge money for this service, as this is part of the livelihood. Please ask the model first for permission before taking photos of them during their pose! 

No, we have strict rules on Photographing Models.

Taking a photo of any model while posing nude is NEVER allowed under any circumstances, even if the model agrees, no exceptions!

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

Below are some links to perspectives that can inspire you to get started or continue on.

It refers to an event where the general public is invited 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, the artistic process, and support the local arts community!

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