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Jun 24
A traditional start of Tucson's summer, Dia de San Juan celebrates the coming monsoon rain season and honors St. John the Bap...more
Jun 24
This is a celebration to salute the Buffalo Soldiers, sponsored by the Wild West Detachment Marine Corps League and the Merch...more
Jun 24
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a FREE movie along with popcorn, soda, food vendors, live music, jumping castles, bal...more
Jun 24
 Food in Root presents an open-to-the-public farmers' market, located at the College of Medicine patio, adjacent to the ...more
Jun 24
FC Tucson Women's Professional Soccer League (WPSL) will take on the San Diego Sea Lions women's soccer team on Friday, Jun 2...more
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Posted By: Lesley Kontowicz
This quirky coming of age film was adapted from the novel by Mark Poirier and tells the story of Ellis (Graham Phillips) a 15-year-old boy who is leaving his rather non-traditional home in Tucson ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Trying to decide where to bunk in Tucson? Consider this trio of bed & breakfasts. The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast InnAdobe Rose InnAll allow you to sleep in a beautiful home and enjoy a ...
Posted By: Teya Vitu
There was no way for me to tell it was brimming with calcite, the primary building block for the spectacular cave formations around me. As I have quickly discovered, Kartchner Caverns, about 50 miles ...
Posted By: Edie Jarolim
Aquarius is ascendant in Tucson this summer. No matter what your sign-or budget-the stars predict a great watery getaway, from a discounted stay at a splashy resort to a free front row seat at one of ...
It's the first day of monsoon season, and the sky over Southern Arizona is celebrating in true desert fashion. Magnificent storm clouds collide with the mountains, rain pours down on the windshield ...
I’ve wanted to see this band since I was 15 years old. With a sound as melodic as it is guttural, Bring Me The Horizon has been at the forefront of the metal scene since they made their debut in ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Living so close to Reid Park has some great benefits. This mid-town park contains both the Dell Urich and Randolph public golf courses, a driving range, tennis courts, the El Con Club ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
Look, I get it. Tucson is hot in the summer. But I still like to get out and mountain bike as much as possible. There are those who still brave the heat and ride during the day but honestly, I ...
Posted By: Laurie
My husband, Don, and I spent a weekend at Apache Spirit Ranch in Tombstone (about 2.5 miles west on Allen St., which turns into West Monument Rd-left a brochure in your mailbox). We had a truly ...
Posted By: Graeme Hunt
I found something out about myself on Sunday, March 25, 2012: I am not a runner. Let me back up a bit and explain. My good friend Matt, who had enough with his sedentary lifestyle, joined ...

Hands-on Art

3 ways to let your creativity loose in Tucson

by Herb Stratford

The well of molten glass just a few short feet away confirmed that I was in for a unique experience on this slightly chilly afternoon. As the blowpipe was put in front of me, I was urged to blow harder and harder, yet nothing seemed to happen despite my urgent puffing. But then, magic erupted as a small orb of color began to bloom at the other end of the pipe. Skillfully coached by an instructor, we removed the orb to cool. I had just made a fragile, beautiful blob like no other on earth—one that I will treasure for years to come.

One of the perks of visiting a truly artistic city is the opportunity to make art yourself, regardless of your experience level or innate talent. Whether it’s drawing, the aforementioned glassblowing or even puppet making, Tucson has world-class artists who share their skills with locals and visitors alike. Experience the artistic side of our desert oasis.

Glass Art


  Classes are offered year-round for everyone.  

At the Sonoran Glass School, an old Tucson Barrio retrofitted warehouse, classes are offered year-round for everyone from the novice to the more experienced. A family tradition of sorts in our household, the annual “Make your own… in the hot shop” class has enabled us to make beautiful ornaments for our Christmas tree for several years running. The class begins with an introduction of the elements of glass blowing and once colors and styles have been selected, the actual blowing of a glass ball commences. It’s fascinating, hot work. The ornament is put in a cooling oven and retrieved once it has completely cooled down. Other “make your own” classes include the creation of platters, bowls, pumpkins and cups. Stained-glass classes and bead-making classes as well as one-on-one instruction are also offered at the school.

Pencils & Paints


  It's easy to join and scratch that artistic itch.  

The Drawing Studio is another Tucson institution that offers hands-on classes in everything from drawing to painting and bookmaking to printmaking. With classes at five locations around town, it’s easy to join in and scratch that artistic itch. Large and small classes, private lessons and even plein air experiences (outdoor art making), are all available and taught by instructors who are both teachers and accomplished artists who exhibit their work regionally and nationally. The Drawing Studio’s downtown location also features a gallery space with rotating exhibitions so you can see your work on the walls along with that of other students and faculty, for the complete artist experience. 

And Puppets!

  all souls procession

  Free classes are offered in mask making, lantern creation, and puppet making.  

For one more unique Tucson art-making experience, consider participating in the annual All Souls Procession that takes place in early November each year. The procession honors those who have passed with a lively open-to-all march through downtown to a spectacular final performance of dance and aerial feats by Tucson’s Flam Chen. Prior to the big event, free classes are offered annually in mask making, lantern creation and puppet making. Each year the classes differ, so be sure to visit for the newest information and dates. 

When you visit Tucson, create artistic memories whenever possible. Make art for someone special, or make it for yourself. Every time you look at the results you’ll be reminded of the experience and smile. And if you happen to create glass art, you’ll have real sweat equity in the finished piece, unlike any store-bought gift.




Other Interesting Hands-on Art

Children's Museum Tucson        

Creative Juice

Philabaum Glass Gallery & Studio     

Tucson Galleries & Studios      


Tucson's Urban Core