Studio Art Classes

Studio Art Classes

Bring out your inner artist!  Whether you are an art enthusiast or have untapped artistic ambition, you can feed your creative side at The Tucson J!  Stop by the Welcome Desk or call 520.299.3000 to register for a class. Or register online below.

New! Painting The World Jewish: Basic Watercolor Techniques
November Session: Nov. 6, Nov 13, and Nov 27 (no class 11/20)
December Session: Dec 4, Dec 11 and Dec 18 (no class 12/25)

Create your own watercolor paintings and gain a better understanding of color and how to paint with watercolors. You will be learning painting fundamentals while exploring Jewish themes. Ann Marcus Lapidus has been teaching art for over 20 years and has taught at the Tucson Museum of Art and at the Temple Emanu-el Kurn Religious School.  She has a BA in Fine Art from Pomona College, CA and a semestrial degree from the Sorbonne, Paris. Students are responsible for their own supplies. An optional supply list will be provided.
Instructor: Ann Marcus Lapidus
$108/ $90 members
Perlman Art Studio

Anyone Can Draw and Paint
Tuesdays and Fridays • 9:30 a.m.-Noon

For beginners and experienced artists. Explore your creative spirit using various media. Demonstration and instruction at each session, learn to create artworks in the medium of your choice. Focus on drawing and painting skills, compositions and color theory. Please bring your own supplies and drawing or painting supplies.

Instructor: Murray Keshner
Register at the Welcome Desk or call 299-3000.
$70 members/$80 non-members per four-class card (no expiration date)
August 29-December 29

Clay with Sway

A scheduled day, leaves no room for play.  Join us in this lab setting to improve your clay skills. Experiment with a variety of tools, try new textures, and some interesting flair, work out the kinks, go beyond your knowledge to fine tune your creations. All are welcome.  Material fee $30 due on 1st day of class.
Instructor: Gerrie Young.
Thursdays, 5:30-8:30
November 9-December 21
$85 members, $105 for non-members.
Perlman Studio

Sunday Morning Clay Class

Join us in this clay class to improve or advance what you have learned in other classes such as “Clay with Sway” to the next level, or experiment on a larger scale. You can bring your clay knowledge up to date through practice with forms, tiles, the pottery wheel or sculpture.  This class features a variety of ideas, solvable clay problems and multiple techniques. $30 materials fee due on first day of class. Instructor: Gerrie Young.
Sundays, 9:30 -12:30
November 12- December 17
$105 / $85 members
Perlman Studio

Tiles with Style
Mondays 5:30-8:30pm
October 30-December 4

Make colorful mosaic tiles of varied shapes and sizes, and use them to fill a wall niche, to make wall decorations or a sculptural tile for your garden, or to cover a table or backsplash. Learn techniques for writing on tiles with fluid glazing or carving. Wall mounting techniques will be taught. No previous clay experience necessary. All skill levels welcome. Six, two-hour sessions with Instructor Gerrie Young.  Material fee $30 due on 1st day of class.
$85 member/ $105


New! Fiber Art

Wednesday, October 25, 6 – 9 pm

Create fiber art using a variety of techniques and materials. Students will explore surface decoration techniques including stamp, stencil, discharging and foiling to create a dazzling length of fabric used as a wall hanging or article of clothing.  Bring a smock and your imagination.

Instructor: Sharon Otstot
$59/ $53 members
Perlman Art Studio  



New! Makeup for Boomer Women

Friday, November 3, 11 am – 1 pm

Skincare and makeup routines that enhance our appearance in 20s and 30s most likely don’t work for us anymore; but what does work?  This class offers a demonstration of techniques and products as well as responds to individual questions. As we mature, there are tips, techniques and products we should know that will help us be our best.  Interestingly, a 2011 scientific study confirmed that not only does wearing the right makeup make a woman feel more confident, but others perceive her as more confident, competent and in charge.

Instructor: Elise Marquan Jahns
$45/$40 members
Multipurpose Room  


New! Beginner Native American Flute

Mondays, November 6- December 11, 4 – 6 pm

Learn the history of the Native American Style Flute, reasons for its resurgence, and the calming benefits while learning to play.  Students will learn proper breathing techniques, tonguing (slurring, staccato, double and triple) while demonstrating the various fingering techniques of trills, pull-offs, note-bending, half-holing notes, chirps and other embellishments.

Instructor: Kathryn Twinfeathers
$95/$85 members


New! Introduction to Floral Design Techniques

Tuesday, November 14, 2 – 5 pm

Learn the art of floral design, including the care and handling of flowers, greens and other materials used in floral arrangements. Create designs for your home or apply for an entry level position in a floral shop. All floral arrangements made in class are yours to keep.

Instructor: Danielle Coleman
$85/ $76 members
Perlman Art Studio


New! First Aid, CPR Continual Compression

Sunday, November 12, 1 – 5 pm

Learn basic first aid to help victims while waiting for professional help, as well as techniques to immediately treat injured people so that they are more likely to fully recuperate after being assessed and treated professionally. Topics include: fractures, poisoning, burns, shock and heat stroke, as well as the new continuous CPR method.

Instructor: Tangee Craig
$75/$68 members
Jewish Heritage Center  


New! Advanced Texas Hold’em Strategy

Tuesdays, November 14 – December 19, 2 – 4 pm

Being an expert poker player isn’t just reserved for those with money, time, and brain power.  Everyone starts somewhere and this course guides students in strategies. Odds theory, reading body language, patience are a few of the skills practiced to avoid jumping straight into a game of poker without really knowing what is happening.

Instructor: Mark Brement
$99/$89 members
Catalina Room


  For more information please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at or 520-299-3000.


For more information please contact Barbara Fenig, Director of Arts & Culture, at or 520-299-3000.

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