Phoenix Art



The Phoenix Art scene offers options for all levels of the artistically inclined. Whether you want to appreciate the works of other, or make a little something of your own, here's where to start:

For the Casual Artist:

If painting is your passion, a few studios offer 2-3 hour classes that bring out your inner Picasso. The Brush Bar in Old Town Scottsdale teaches how to paint whimsical portraits with a hint of abstract and gives painters some artistic inspiration with an available bar of wine, beer and mimosas. Also in Old Town Scottsdale is Art of Merlot

where teachers show budding artists more realistic and classic portraits including renditions of several of Van Gogh's works. This studio is BYOB, so bring whatever beverage will get your paint flowing. Me The Artist in City North (next to Desert Ridge) in North Phoenix takes a more abstract approach with their paintings. The studio is BYOB for attendees. Another mid Scottsdale painting option is Carrie Curran Art Studio at Scottsdale and Shea. Another BYOB option, Carrie Curran offers a variety of realistic and whimsical paintings from which to choose.

If clay is your medium of choice - Desert Dragon Pottery in North Phoenix offers both sculpting and wheel classes for artists looking to create works out of clay instead of just painting them. They offer classes for adults and children, and offer pieces just to paint if you don't want to try your hand at making your own piece.

At times some of the Art Centers, like Mesa Arts Center and Phoenix Center for the Arts offer multi class programs for clay arts, but we love the throwback hippie, artistic community feel of Desert Dragon that welcomes everyone into their studio to let the creative juices flow.

For anyone interested in glassblowing and creating large objects, we love Circle 6 Studios. They offer 2-3 hour workshops taught by local glass artists, where you can create a flower, vase, bowl, ornament, paperweight, or glass, as well as a sequence of weekly classes that tech artists technique. We love that you can do as much or as little as you want with your learning in this studio. Unlike Mesa Arts Center, who teach series of multi-week glass workshops and require both a time and monetary commitment, Circle 6 lets you sample the art for as little as $50 for a workshop, and often runs Groupons

or email specials for people on their email list. For smaller bead work or mosaic, there are several options like: J Street Glass, Mesa Arts Center, Bobby Harr fused glass classes, The Stained Glass Shop, Power Stained Glass, and Kachina Stained Glass.

For the More Serious Artist:

Phoenix Center for the Arts offers multi class programs for students wanting to expand their skills in ceramics, jewelry, Painting, Drawing, Photography, Music and Glass work. The Scottsdale Art School is another option for those looking for a series of art classes to develop their skills. Despite the title "school" this is not an accredited art school, however they do offer youth academy programs and scholarships are available. Mesa Arts Center allows adults and youth in the Mesa area to enroll in multi class series or workshops set in a stunning multi million dollar facility.

Outside of the classroom setting, or for developed artist looking for a community in the Phoenix Art Scene, we recommend Circle 6 Studio for a community of glass artists, and Desert Dragon Studio for a the clay artists.

For the Appreciator of the Arts:

The top player in the Phoenix Art scene is the Phoenix Art Museum. For a complete list of valley museums, click here. For the appreciator of the arts, there are several different free art walks throughout the valley. First Fridays Art Walk in Downtown Phoenix happens on the First Friday of each month and gives a carnival like atmosphere along 3 different routes of open art galleries and street side booths. Fountain Hills has their art walk on the first Saturday of each month at Plaza Fountainside (12645 N. Saguaro Blvd) next to the signature 300 foot fountain. Downtown Mesa comes alive every second friday. Scottsdale's Art Walk takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month through Old Town Scottsdale. Downtown Chandler Art Walk occurs on the Third Friday of each month. Gilbert Art Walk is held every 4th Friday from 6-10 in downtown Gilbert. For morning people, Gilbert also has an art walk on the first Saturday of each month.


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