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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Rust Indigo & Tea Dyeing Papers

Love the rich color combination of indigo and rust? Spend the day with an instructor who will demonstrate dyeing techniques, encourage you to play, and allow you to enjoy a process that will get you up and running in no time. Discover how to use old rusted objects to create beautiful shapes or edges.

Create incredible organic patterns and learn shibori folding techniques using pleating, clamps, or rubber bands to resist other dye colors. Use your end-of-the-day creations as backgrounds for other art pieces, collage elements, or they may turn out to be individual works all on their own. No experience is necessary. Simply be open to exploring various new tools or an innovative approach.

Meets: (2) Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (1-hour lunch break will be scheduled)
Date: Apr. 24 in 2022
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: No experience necessary, absolute beginner, beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Mixed Media, most all mediums are welcome
Technique: Instructor will demonstrate in mixed media.
Materials: The instructor will email a materials list before the first day of class. Most items will be things you have on hand. You may want to purchase high-quality printing paper (e.g., Arches Text Wove works well), but it’s not imperative. Some supplies & materials are on-site available for experimentation.

Saturday, April 2, 2022

Creative Pathways (April 2022)

Do you want to be in the driver’s seat but also have guidance and support to help you along your artistic journey? Creative Pathways combines an open studio experience with an instructor who leads constructive, structured critiques that include group discussions, one-to-one instruction and optional exercises to push you to the next level.

Meets: (4) Saturdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Dates: Apr. 2, 9, 16 & 23 in 2021
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Demonstration & group critique. Studio practice with individual feedback and one-on-one instruction will be provided.

Medium: Any 2D art medium is welcome!
Technique: Short demonstrations in a variety of 2D art mediums
Materials Bring your own supplies, some materials are available for experimentation. Still life objects are available for use or bring your own reference material. Easels, drop cloths, tables & chairs are all provided. Note that all painters must use drop cloths over tabletops. Oil painters are required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits at all times & dispose of their rags in the red can marked for safe disposal of solvent-soaked materials.

Saturday, March 19, 2022

Encaustic: Exquisite Corpse Book

Explore the fascinating unbounded rich medium of encaustic!

Create luminous encaustic bound collages with an expert guide. We will each make a book based on Picture Consequences, the visual version of the Surrealist parlor game Exquisite Corpse (wherein a collection of words is collectively assembled). As a child did you have a book in which the pages were cut into thirds, the top third of the pages showing the head of a person or animal, the middle third the torso, and the bottom third the legs? We will compose our books with a least 8 individual drawings that we produce in class. We can use all our own images in the book or trade some with classmates. Encaustic wax medium will be the binding material for the drawings on Sumi paper adhered to “Encaustiflex.” Our covers will be made of cotton quilt batting saturated with wax medium. We will use eyelets and binder rings to put it all together.

Meets: (2) days Saturday & Sunday 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (6-hour duration) (1-hour lunch break will be scheduled each day)
Dates: Mar. 19 & 20 in 2022
Location: Private Studio in Tucson, Arizona 85719, (Directions will be emailed by the instructor prior to the first day of class)

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
Format: Lecture & demonstration with plenty of individual feedback or one-on-one instruction, provided during hands-on studio practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Encaustic plus Mixed Media
Technique: Specific to encaustic, using mixed media, and a simple binding technique.
Materials: No materials are needed, this includes the use of studio equipment, tools, all consumable materials, a six-page resource guide, and a workshop outline. Bring notepaper, pen or pencil, a pair of scissors, X-Acto knife, or box cutter with sharp blades. Please wear closed-toed shoes and an apron, while working in the studio.

Monday, March 14, 2022

Seeing in Full Color!

Do you want to create luminous color in your paintings? Learn to see the full color of what is truly there so that you can paint it. Lighting conditions, atmosphere, and the surrounding environment affect an object’s color and shadow.

There are a variety of methods used to create convincing colors in a painting. However, there is no formula. A few tips on what to look for, combined with careful observation, will help you notice an object’s subtle color nuances. Capturing the full range of color and color relationships will make your artwork sing! Take your artwork to the next level, no matter what style you prefer.

Meets: (4) Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Mar. 14, 21, 28 & Apr. 4 in 2022
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Lecture & demonstration, studio practice with individual feedback or one-on-one instruction.
Level: Beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Oil paint, acrylic, watercolors, and pastels or pastel pencils are all welcome!
Technique: Observing and painting from life and photo reference.
Materials The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class. Note that painters must use drop cloths over tabletops, oil painters are specifically required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits & dispose of their oily rags in a flammable waste can.

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Saturday, March 5, 2022

Creative Pathways (March 2022)

Do you want to be in the driver’s seat but also have guidance and support to help you along your artistic journey? Creative Pathways combines an open studio experience with an instructor who leads constructive, structured critiques that include group discussions, one-to-one instruction and optional exercises to push you to the next level.

Meets: (3) Saturdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Dates: Mar. 5, 12, & 19 in 2021
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Demonstration & group critique. Studio practice with individual feedback and one-on-one instruction will be provided.

Medium: Any 2D art medium is welcome!
Technique: Short demonstrations in a variety of 2D art mediums
Materials Bring your own supplies, some materials are available for experimentation. Still life objects are available for use or bring your own reference material. Easels, drop cloths, tables & chairs are all provided. Note that all painters must use drop cloths over tabletops. Oil painters are required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits at all times & dispose of their rags in the red can marked for safe disposal of solvent-soaked materials.

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Monday, February 21, 2022

Collage Creations

Collage Creations

Collage Creations

Creating collage is fun! It’s an easy and accessible way to express yourself with color, marks, papers, or any common supplies or materials on hand. In this class, you will create a no-sew handmade journal and unique collage papers, and then use your creations to develop one-of-a-kind collages in your journal.

Demonstrations will include a variety of techniques, such as monotype printing, gel plate printing, mark-making, collage design, how to embellish your collage, using supplies you have on hand, and how to create your unique collage papers.

Meets: (3) Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: eb. 21, 28 & Mar. 7 in 2022
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Demonstration & group critique. Studio practice with individual feedback and one-on-one instruction will be provided.

Medium: Mixed Media or 2D art mediums are welcome!
Technique: Short demonstrations in a variety of 2D art mediums
Materials The instructor will email a materials list before the first day of class. Most items will be things you have on hand. You may want to purchase high-quality printing paper (e.g., Arches Text Wove works well), but it’s not imperative. Some supplies & materials are available on-site for experimentation.

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Landscape Features in Watercolor: Water

Paint beautiful water features within your landscapes as you unearth new watercolor techniques! Whether it be ponds, harbors, lakes, rivers, creaks, or ocean waves, learn how to create realistic-looking water features using wet-into-wet or with a step-by-step process in the textural layering. Each session will focus on a variety of weather conditions to portray calm reflections on still waters, expressive ripples on choppy waters, or ocean waves crashing onto the shore. Ideal for anyone, who would like to learn from live demonstrations or practice within a studio setting.

Meets: (3) Sundays, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Feb. 19, 13 & 20 in 2022
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Format: Demonstration, lecture, one-on-one instruction, or individual feedback will be provided during studio practice
Level: No experience necessary, absolute beginner, beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Watercolor
Techniques: Specific to Painting Landscape Features in Watercolor
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class.


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Thursday, January 20, 2022

The Power of Color!

We love color, don’t we? Rich, vibrant colors and complex, subtle colors. They can make your painting sing… or fall flat. So, how can you explore your use of color without making mud or a colorful mess? There are a lot of tricks and strategies you can learn that will allow you to play with your color palette without feeling lost or overwhelmed.

Learn about color mixing and color theory to help you choose an expressive color palette that works. Learn how to create emphasis through color and how color can change the feeling within your artwork. Harness the power of color!

Meets: (4) Thursdays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Jan. 20 & 27 Feb. 3 & 10 in 2022
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Lecture & demonstration, studio practice with individual feedback or one-on-one instruction.
Level: Beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Oil paint, acrylic, watercolors, and pastels or pastel pencils are all welcome!
Technique: Color mixing and color theory, color substitutions, and value matching
Materials The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class. Note that painters must use drop cloths over tabletops, oil painters are specifically required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits & dispose of their oily rags in a flammable waste can.

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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Drawing in Color: Light & Shadow

Light and shadow work together to create complex tonal relationships, which are required to help us make sense of what we see in the world around us. Learn how to break down the anatomy of light and shadow with simple steps that will assist you in creating the illusion of volume in your drawings. Explore techniques and tools that will also help you translate your observations onto paper in a realistic manner, or use this class as a refresher to practice your drawing skills within a studio environment.

Meets: (4) Saturdays, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Jan. 8, 15, 22 & 29 in 2022
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Jill Bauman
Format: Demonstration, lecture, and, plenty of individual attention or feedback from your instructor, during hands-on studio practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Colored pencils, water-soluble colored pencils, graphite, or any 2D drawing medium is also welcome.
Techniques: Specific to drawing with an introduction to water-soluble colored pencils techniques for stunning effects in shadow areas.
Materials: The instructor will email a list prior to the first day of class, some supplies will be available for exploration.


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Saturday, December 4, 2021

Creative Pathways (December 2021)

Do you want to be in the driver’s seat but also have guidance and support to help you along your artistic journey? Creative Pathways combines an open studio experience with an instructor who leads constructive, structured critiques that include group discussions, one-to-one instruction and optional exercises to push you to the next level.

Meets: (3) Saturdays 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Dates: Dec. 4, 11 & 18 in 2022
Location: Junior League (2099 E. River Road, Tucson, Arizona 85718)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Demonstration & group critique. Studio practice with individual feedback and one-on-one instruction will be provided.

Medium: Any 2D art medium is welcome!
Technique: Short demonstrations in a variety of 2D art mediums
Materials: Bring your own supplies, some materials are available for experimentation. Still life objects are available for use or bring your own reference material. Easels, drop cloths, tables & chairs are all provided. Note that all painters must use drop cloths over tabletops. Oil painters are required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits at all times & dispose of their rags in the red can marked for safe disposal of solvent-soaked materials.

Monday, November 29, 2021

Collage Creations

Creating collage is fun! It’s an easy and accessible way to express yourself with color, marks, papers, or any common supplies or materials on hand. In this class, you will create a no-sew handmade journal and unique collage papers, and then use your creations to develop one-of-a-kind collages in your journal.

Demonstrations will include a variety of techniques, such as monotype printing, gel plate printing, mark-making, collage design, how to embellish your collage, using supplies you have on hand, and how to create your unique collage papers.

Meets: (2) Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Nov. 29 & Dec. 6 in 2021
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Michele Vaughan
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: No experience necessary, absolute beginner, beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Mixed Media, most all mediums are welcome
Technique: Collage, mark-making, monotype prints with a Gel plate and wax paper plate, creating a no-sew journal.
Materials: The instructor will email a materials list before the first day of class. Most items will be things you have on hand. You may want to purchase high-quality printing paper (e.g. Arches Text Wove works well) but it’s not imperative. Some supplies & materials are available on-site for experimentation.

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Encaustic & Paper Collage

Explore the fascinating unbounded rich medium of encaustic! Create luminous encaustic bound collages with an expert guide. Add in paper shapes or strips, solid or printed tissue, hair, or thread. Learn how to use lightweight porous papers as a base and how to bond your collage to soft support. Discover encaustic paints, image transfers, and post-collage sewing. Walk away with a self-generated resource guide and a beautifully finished piece!

Meets: (2) days Saturday & Sunday 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (6-hour duration) (1-hour lunch break will be scheduled each day)
Dates: Nov. 13 & 14 in 2021
Location: Private Studio in Tucson, Arizona 85719, (Directions will be emailed by the instructor prior to the first day of class)

Instructor: Sherrie Posternak
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Encaustic
Technique: Specific to encaustic, using mixed media & collage, bonding to soft supports, post-collage sewing as both a linear element or as an attachment to other mediums.
Materials: Please wear closed-toed shoes and an apron, while working in the studio. Includes the use of all encaustic equipment, tools, & consumable materials. Bring notepaper, pen, pencil, or something to take notes on, several different sized hand-sewing needles, including one large enough for upholstery thread or waxed polyester, a pair of scissors, an X-Acto knife with a sharp blade, and any extra lightweight papers or tissues that you’d like to use.

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Saturday, November 6, 2021

Animal Portraits in Watercolor

Express your love for animals. Honor your beloved pet, domestic, or favorite wild animal with a portrait in watercolor! This fun and exciting class will cover all the steps from start to finish, including excellent guidance and demonstration. Learn how to select the best materials and choose a great reference photograph to work from. Discover new color mixing techniques and find answers to the ever-present question of how to treat the background. You will also learn how to create animal fur and texture. By the end of this class, you will be empowered to paint your favorite animals with confidence!


Meets: (3) Saturdays, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Nov. 6, 13 & 20 in 2021
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Stacy Egan
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Medium: Watercolor
Techniques: Specific to watercolor painting
Materials: The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class or click here.


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Monday, November 1, 2021

Painting Essentials: Expressive Brushwork

Do you want to loosen up and achieve an expressive quality in your paintings? It may be trickier than it looks. In this class, we will begin with monochromatic sketches in paint so you can focus on brush control and expressive mark-making. We’ll make each brushstroke count! We will also discuss strategies to prepare your palette and focus on developing general shapes, values, and colors as a whole Your painting will soon feel “complete” at various stages, an essential skill for artists working under time constraints, like when painting from a live model or working to capture the light and shadow cast from the moving sun.

Meets: (4) Mondays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Dates: Nov. 1, 8, 15 &in 2021
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N. Los Altos, Tucson, Arizona 85705)

Instructor: Lisa Larrabee
Format: Lecture & demonstration, studio practice with individual feedback or one-on-one instruction.
Level: Beginner to intermediate, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Oil paint (primary for demo), acrylic, or water-based oils are all welcome!
Technique: Expressive brushwork, working from general to specific
Materials The instructor will email the materials list prior to the first day of class. Note that all painters must use drop cloths over tabletops. Oil painters are required to use Gamsol or odorless mineral spirits at all times & dispose of their rags in the red can marked for safe disposal of solvent-soaked materials.


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Saturday, October 2, 2021

Pen & Ink Toolbox for Ink Challenge

Pen & ink is perfect for sketching on the go! You'll find it's medium worth getting to know. It dries quickly and won't smudge however once that mark is made, it will not budge. Switch to a brush and draw like a painter, work through the October/Inktober challenge as if it's a no-brainer. Practice with the guidance you seek, as you learn a whole variety of inking tools & techniques. Whether you are a novice or an established inker, you may find out that you're intrigued by InkTober practice hook line and sinker. During this class, you will have access to supplies you need, and by the end, you may even feel as if your InkTober practice will succeed!

This class will focus on how to perform a 30 day Pen & Ink challenge!

Meets: (2) Saturdays 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (3-hour duration)
Dates: Oct. 2, 9 in 2021 (Inktober)
Location: TPS Art Center (2447 N Los Altos Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705)

Instructor: Christy Olsen
Format: Demonstration, lecture, & one-on-one instruction provided during hands-on practice.
Level: Absolute Beginner to advanced, all levels are welcome!

Medium: Pen & Ink
Technique: Drawing, Hatching & Cross Hatching
Materials: Bring a sketchbook, notebook, pencil, pen, or something to take notes on.


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