Adult Art Classes

Adult Art Classes in Tucson!

Find adult art classes in Tucson! Whether you are an absolute beginner or novice, take your skills to the next level!

Learn the 2D Visual Arts a the Art Verve Academy!

We encourage lifelong learners to embrace their inner artist with the help of the experts at the Art Verve Academy!

Adult Studio Art Classes in Tucson

We offer art classes for adults within a hands-on studio environment in Tucson.

What You'll Learn

We teach sketching, drawing, painting, printmaking, art journaling, collage, mixed media, color, and design within various mediums.

Who Are Our Courses For?

Whether you are an absolute beginner, novice, or professional, you will find an experience with us in Tucson that will take your skills, knowledge, or understanding of 2D Visual Arts to the next level!

Top 10 Reasons to Take an Art Class

1. Learn the 2D Visual Arts or Become a Lifelong Learner!
Sketching, drawing, or painting is not a talent you are born with; anyone can learn it with some basic instruction and practice.

2. Create within a Studio Art Environment!
Finish a piece of artwork that shows or gives to your family or friends.

3. Cultivate the Visual Arts!
Make time for cultural activities or get support from a community to nurture or practice your skills!

4. Self Development!
You may surprise yourself or uncover hidden passions that you did not know you had.

5. Find Inspiration or Be Inspired!
Surround yourself with other creative types who will inspire you.

6. Find Your Voice!
When you learn under the guidance of a professional instructor, they will encourage you or get you unstuck.

7. Explore, Experiment, or Play!
Expose yourself to new environments, make a mess, experiment with new techniques, or enhance your open-mindedness.

8. Exercise Your Brain!
Enhance motor skills, hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, lateral thinking, complex analysis, or critical thinking skills.

9. Socialize or Connect!
In-person classes or workshops are excellent opportunities to get to know others with similar interests!

10. Relieve Stress!
It's important to remember to take some time for yourself.

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Loyalty Rewards Program for Learners

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.

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Submit Your Contact Information

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.

Assess Your Skills

Depending on your comfort level, you may enter any class. Each class description will recommend a skill level.

Skill levels vary depending on knowledge, understanding, or practice. Below are 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."

Register or Enroll

Registration or enrollment is required to attend any class or workshop that happens here online. It reserves your seat and ensures the instructor is prepared for your arrival with handouts, materials, etc.

Visit the course catalog to see what is currently available.


If your desired class is full, you may join a waitlist. Submit the form, and we will contact you if anyone drops from the roster.

Receive Communications

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.

Our Curriculum

We teach drawing, painting, mixed media, or design classes or workshops for adults. We put learners or students at the center, which is the key to moving forward and reshaping our curriculum. It puts us in a better position to serve our learners.


We offer adult studio art classes in the following 2D Visual Art techniques.

  • Sketching
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Mixed Media
  • Printing
  • Design

Subjects Matter

We offer adult studio art classes in the following 2D Visual Art subjects.

  • Abstract
  • Animals / Wildlife
  • Figure or Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Still Life or Floral


We offer adult studio art classes in the following 2D Visual Art mediums.

  • Pencils, Graphite, or Colored Pencils
  • Charcoal or Sanguine
  • Pen & Ink or Painting with Ink
  • Soft Pastels
  • Oil Painting or Acrylics
  • Watercolor or Opaque Mediums (Gouache)
  • Mixed Media or Collage

Our Instructors

Love to share their techniques and are known for creating a supportive classroom environment.

They create a respectful, warm, welcoming, and nonjudgmental environment 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 do not own a dedicated building. We rent spaces in Tucson, Arizona, and the surrounding location. Click here for detailed information on each classroom or studio.

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


Adults over 18 are welcome to register or enroll. Children 16 and up may attend if accompanied by a guardian.

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

About Classes or Workshops

Meaningful learning implies a comprehensive knowledge of the context of the learned skills, where they are fully understood to the extent that they relate to other knowledge. It contrasts with rote learning or memorizing information acquired without regard to understanding.

In-Person Art Classes or Workshops

Formal learning is a deliberate way of attaining a skill in a classroom or studio environment. The term formal learning has nothing to do with the formality of the learning but rather the way it is directed and organized. The instructors set out the goals and objectives of the learning.

Leaning in person is a traditional process in which the learning environment is created within the physical walls of a classroom or studio environment, where the instructor and learner are physically present together. It has the following advantages of formal learning.

  • It may employ any type of presentation, such as visual, tactical, auditory, etc.
  • It promotes interaction or networking among the learners or participants.
  • Interactions between participants, instructors, and other participants are in real-time.
  • It fosters a relationship between the instructor and the learner, which helps fulfill a mentor-mentee-type relationship.

Planned Art Classes or Workshops for Adults

These classes, workshops, or events are facilitated and added per the season. "Open for enrollment" is usually at the end of June or by the end of November.

Click here to visit our course catalog or subscribe to our mailing list for a monthly update on new classes added to the schedule!

On-Demand Art Classes or Workshops for Adults

"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.

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

Self-Directed or Open Studio Format

Weekly classes in an open studio format or 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. Informal learning has the following advantages.

Observational learning occurs when instructors demonstrate their approach, craft, or tools.

Experimentation or play is a form of learning. Adults may learn visual art skills by experimentation or when the instructor allows them to play.

Incidental learning occurs partly as a product of active involvement.

Social Learning is a type of social behavior that proposes new skills that can be acquired by observing and imitating others in a social situation. This learning requires a social model like other learners, peers, or instructors.

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

Virtual or Live Online

"Live Online" events are held in 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.

Weekly Sessions

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

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.

Previous Offerings

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!

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