Orientation for New Learners

Orientation for New Learners


If you would like get started with a weekly class or workshop in Tucson, Arizona.

The required steps for new students or what we call 'learners' are listed below.

Adults or ages 16 and up accompanied with a guardian are welcome to complete the steps in any order.

All students or learners must provide admissions with emergency contact information. Please use the link below to provide your information to us. Note that if you do not wish to fill out the online form, we will give you a paper form in person on the first day of your class or workshop.

Below are the definitions or guidance on what skill level you should look for when registering for a class or workshop with us.

  1. An Absolute Beginner may be unfamiliar with art supplies or have never taken an art class. They may not know what to buy in an art supply store or have never been shopping for art supplies.
  2. A Beginner is someone who has taken at least one art class, workshop, or drawing class but may not yet be confident in either drawing or painting (just starting to learn visual art skills).
  3. Intermediate is someone who has a solid understanding of drawing lines, shapes, or values. It may also be someone with substantial experience in either color mixing or brush types.
  4. Advanced is anyone with either superb drawing or painting skills or who has mastered a single medium or multiple mediums.

Learners may enter any class or workshop that is open for enrollment based on their comfort or skill level. For those unsure where to start, join us for a free 'Meetup' session to speak to an instructor or someone in person for guidance or encouragement.

Please register or enroll before attending any class or workshop. It reserves your seat and ensures the instructor is prepared for your arrival. Visit the enrollment page to see what is currently offered or available.

You may subscribe to our newsletter to receive information when new classes or workshops are added or open to registration. Enrollment is complete when you pay tuition; you may pay online using a credit card or pay in person on the first day with a check, cash, or credit card.

If you need driving directions, visit the 'Locations' page.' If your class or workshop is 'On Location' or in a 'Private Studio,' the instructor will email you the location, address, directions, or instructions the week before the class or workshop begins.

What to Expect

Each class is hosted by a facilitator, they are there to help make you comfortable or collect payments. This frees up the instructor to focus on their demonstration or presentation.

Our Expectations

When learning a new hands-on skill, social learning occurs where we all learn from each other. Please help us create a safe and supportive environment where we can share information, have open discussions and learn from one another.

Be respectful to all others. Disrespectful or rude behavior is not tolerated under any circumstances. We reserve the right to dismiss any student for misconduct or any disruptive behavior without the obligation to issue a tuition refund.

No judgment; everyone should feel free to ask questions or share their work without ridicule.

Do not disrupt discussions or lectures. Set up your studio equipment after the lecture, the demonstration is over, or wait until group discussions have ceased

Turn off cell phones or put on vibrate. If you need to take a call, please step outside the classroom so others can concentrate or hear the instructor.

Bring a willingness to learn or, at a minimum, a sense of humor. Attitude is everything!

Wear comfortable shoes if you plan on standing at an easel or bring a table easel. Depending on the medium, you may get dirty so bring an apron or an old shirt that is suitable to get 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.

Suppose your instructor requires specific supplies or materials. In that case, they will email you a list during the week before the class or workshop begins. They will also provide you with specific materials upon your arrival, depending on what the class or workshop registration form states.

Most supply lists are already posted online; click here to for more information or to read about our instructor-recommended supplies specific to each medium or technique.

We do not have a full-time staff, if you have a question, please review the FAQ page or search our policies first. If you still need assistant, please use the "Contact Us" form.