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nonprofit visual arts center cultivating skills of visual intelligence in people of all ages and walks of life through art studio practice

33 S 6th Ave
Tucson,
AZ
US

At 2 CupCakes, master icing-wielders saturate the minds of would-be cake charmers with their baking expertise, transforming them into fully baked decorating machines. During each 90-minute frost-a-thon, sprinkle scholars will be provisioned with the necessary cake-based accouterments to artfully bedizen two naked cupcakes, which can be devoured on the spot, or cryogenically frozen to the delight of future museum curators. While today's deal nets individual buyers two separate classes, Groupon holders in groups of six or more can schedule private decorating parties in their own home. Check out upcoming class dates before devouring your Fabergé egg collection in order to make room for your new edible works of art.

5056 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson,
AZ
US

Drum & Drummer instructor Erik Truelove knows how to improvise. When the country-rocker and four-time winner of the National Association of Music Merchants' World's Most Accurate Drummer title found himself at a TV gig with no cymbals, he simply pulled the license plates off his car and attached them to his kit, he reported to the Tucson Citizen in 2009. This spirit of flexibility and quick thinking is something he passes along to his students in both group and private lessons. Other instructors—all working musicians—join in that goal backed by expertise in hand drumming, R&B grooves, jazz improvisation, and competitive marching percussion.

To mark progress and keep motivation levels kicking, the school uses a program of Truelove's own devising. Modeled on karate's belt system, sets of colored drumsticks provide a vivid reminder of the skills students have conquered. To advance in rank, they must master their level's set of grooves, fills, and concepts, then perform a predetermined song at the school's performance center. Class sizes are typically capped at 10 students to ensure lots of one-on-one assistance and keep the downstairs neighbors from constantly calling the cops with noise complaints.

210 S Plumer, Ste 150
Tucson,
AZ
US

As a high-school student, Victor Navarro's lifelong passion for art led him to France, where his work was rewarded with inclusion in an illustrious international compendium of artists, among other awards. At Victor Navarro Art, he passes his knowledge of art onto laymen and aspirant artists alike.

4314 East Ocotillo Desert Trail
Tucson,
AZ
US

As memory cards replaced film reels, many photographers—both professional and amateur—felt befuddled by the new technology. That's where Digital Photo Academy stepped in. Since 2007, the business has facilitated workshops that explore all aspects of digital imagery, from operating cameras and uploading digital files to editing images and airbrushing realistic mustaches. Seasoned professionals lead the courses, helping understudies hone their use of light, framing, and timing. Students furnish their own cameras, and can tote along any ancillary equipment such as tripods, laptops, and flashes that relate to the course at hand.

5900 North Sabino Canyon Road
Tucson,
AZ
US

Despite what owner Rachel Yaseen has discovered for herself, she knows that cooking organic, healthful meals might seem intimidating to some. At The Organic Kitchen, she works to banish those impressions and inspire students with her own enthusiasm for natural foods, whether through cooking classes or intensive workshops. “Students learn to eat outside of the industrial food chain,” noted reporter Emily Gindlesparger of Zócalo Tucson magazine, “developing instead the creativity to source from their own yards and work with ingredients available in the Southwest throughout the seasons.”

Pupils learn to improve their eating habits and concoct quick and simple at-home feasts that draw on local veggies, grains, beans, herbs, and spices. Each class features only gluten-free recipes, and the sessions focus on culinary traditions from India, the Mediterranean, and other regions. Pantry makeovers go even further, helping facilitate lifestyle shifts with cooking classes and one-on-one coaching to rid kitchens of powdered hot dogs. When not educating, the chefs handcraft gluten- and soy-free Hiker-Biker bars from local honey and dates.

Pupils learn to improve their eating habits and concoct quick and simple at-home feasts that draw on local veggies, grains, beans, herbs, and spices. Each class features only gluten-free recipes, and the sessions focus on culinary traditions from India, the Mediterranean, and other regions. Pantry makeovers go even further, helping facilitate lifestyle shifts with cooking classes and one-on-one coaching to rid kitchens of powdered hot dogs. When not educating, the chefs handcraft gluten- and soy-free Hiker-Biker bars from local honey and dates.

4764 E Sunrise Dr
Tucson,
AZ
US