Orientation for New Learners

Orientation for New Learners

New Students or Learners

Steps for new students or what we call 'learners' are listed here if you would like to take a class or workshop with us.

These 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 is someone who is unfamiliar with art supplies or has never taken an art class before. They may not know what to buy in an art supply store or have never been shopping for any art supplies before.
  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 for drawing is someone who has a solid understanding of line, shape, or value. Intermediate for painting is someone who has a solid understanding of either color mixing or brush types.
  4. Advanced is anyone who has either superb drawing or painting skills or they have mastered a single medium or multiple mediums.

For those who are not sure where to start, join us for a free 'Meetup' session to speak to an instructor or someone in person for guidance or encouragement.

All students or learners are required to provide admissions with your 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.

Weekly classes or workshops are offered at multiple locations in Tucson, Arizona. Learners may enter any class or workshop that is open for enrollment based on their comfort or skills level and are more than welcome to repeat any class or workshop as many times as they like.

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

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 be sure to bring a hat, plenty of water, wear sunscreen or insect repellent.

If your instructor requires specific supplies or materials, they will email you a list during the week before the class or workshop begins or they will provide you with specific materials upon your arrival, depending on what the class or workshop registration form stated.

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