Senior Outreach

The Drawing Studio’s Outreach Art Tutoring for Seniors (OATS) program places teaching artists in community settings such as libraries and senior living centers. In this way, TDS can provide flexible, adaptable, and free drawing and painting instruction to those with restrictions that prevent their access to our studio classes, whether it is transportation, mobility, or financial resources.

Older adults bring to creative learning a wealth of openness, insight and wisdom earned from a lifetime of experience. OATS classes are designed to both challenge and encourage participants through lessons that emphasize observation, practice and peer support. Instructors present creative exercises for students that train the hand to record what the eyes see.


Partnering with senior living facilities

TDS partners with a number of local retirement communities and other senior resident facilities to provide residents with OATS instruction. Our partners include La Cañada Care, Amber Lights, The Forum at Tucson, and Atria Campana del Rio. To bring art instruction and practice to your agency, contact us at, or call 520-620-0947.


Our Pima County Library program

Through the public library, OATS classes offer instruction in drawing, color, watercolor and collage to seniors who cannot attend or afford courses at our studio. We also offer short workshops through the libraries for all ages. To register for these offerings, please contact the library where the class is being held. 

OATS classes for Winter/Spring 2018: 

Location: Quincie Douglas
Date: Thursdays, 5/24 – 6/28
Time: 1:30-3:00pm
Instructor: Andrea Mendola 

Short workshops for all ages, Winter/Spring 2018: 

Try it: Plants
Location: Dusenberry-River
Date: Thursday, 4/26
Time: 12:45-3:45pm
Instructor: Saraiya Kanning 

Art for Brain Health
Location: Dusenberry-River
Date: Thursday, 5/3
Time: 1:00-3:00
Instructor: Lynn Fleischman

Try it: Charcoal
Location: Dusenberry-River
Date: Thursday, 5/17
Time: 12:45-3:45pm
Instructor: Pat Dolan

Draw for Life
Location: Eckstrom-Columbus
Date: Friday, 6/1
Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
Instructor: Lynn Fleischman

Try it: Pastel
Location: Oro Valley
Date: Saturday, 6/23
Time: 2:00-5:00pm
Instructor: Pat Dolan