We're not just any Art League!

We hold the belief that the Arts should be inclusive, to bring together all disciplines to learn and share with each other. We desire experiences that are beyond traditional, created by us, for us, and the world! But most of all we want to create a community of support and safe space for people to express their creative and artistic skills.

Before each meeting we offer a safe place to critique your art, be it visual, performing, or spoken art. During our meetings there will be mini-workshops, technique demonstrations, performances, and food sharing. 

If this meets your interests, then we would love for you to join our like minded artist community as we explore, create, and give voice at a time when the world needs these creative connections that only the Arts can provide!

 

Join VCAS Today!

KAz
Founder

Kaz earned a BS in Sociology and a BAEd in Art Education with honors from Arizona State University, has had five different art careers and owned three successful art businesses. Kaz serves on the Board of Directors of the AZ Art Alliance where she is a special Events Coordinator.

Kaz’s other accomplishments include Native American teacher, college art instructor, professional/published photographer, photo-documenter of several Indian tribes, photo journalist, commercial artist of Faux Finishes/gilding/Trompe l’oeil/murals/custom stencils, sculpture, Indian silversmithing, jewelry designer & manufacturer, designed & created stage sets, designed & manufactured interior design products, performances in community plays and work for a talent agency, and played clarinet and french horn in a band.

She has created with charcoal, colored pencils, pen and ink, acrylics, resin, metal foil, watercolor, gouache, chalk & oil pastels, ceramics, metal, wood, semi-precious stones, B&W/color/video photography, a Native American series of etchings, fused glass, and mixed media.

Kaz has taught college-level Beginning and Advanced Drawing, and Design and Composition classes, and occasionally teaches Guaranteed Drawing, Color Mixing, Watercolor and Ink, Plein Air Sketching, very different Wine and Painting workshops, Mixed Media classes using special materials, and her specialty, a Faux/Painted Finish course.

Kaz’s mission is to undo the widespread MYTH that one must be born with “talent” to be an artist. Hogwash!

Hosts

Bob Golden
Host

Bob G wonders what happened to his retirement as he has dipped most of his fingers in various pies, from developing webpages to writing books to organizing a large singles group back east to ushering plays at the Herberger Theater and other volunteer positions. He Hosts an occasional event for us, helps out when he can, and monitors our Meetup website.

Joan
Host

Retired from a career in Aerospace Engineering where she supervised work on the International Space Station, Joan comes full circle in exploring her lifelong love for the Arts. Our “techie” person, Joan excels in hosting Architecture, plays, and musical events.

KAZ
Host

Kaz lives and works at the intersection of art, technology, and social entrepreneurship. Her expertise is in art & culture, teaching, and holistic living. She weaves her degree in art and a lifetime of art and business experience into the fabric of Art Explorers AZ and VCAS.

Instructors

Rodger Labrash
Instructor

Rodger is a Blacksmith Artist who loves to create art pieces out of forged steel. Rodger owns and operates a real Iron Forge (Blacksmith Shop) with his son Jason, who create and fabricate only custom works for homes, businesses, and developments. His Blacksmith workshops are an uncommon opportunity for our members to try their hand at an ancient skill and make a useful and unique item.

Theresa Lillian
Instructor

Theresa’s expertise and love is in creating large scale mosaics on property walls. Her community project of a 120′ x 7′ block wall mosaic united an undeserved neighborhood in South Phoenix. Theresa rounds out her skills by producing and teaching mixed media workshops in her art studio. She also frequently offers her home for AEAZ monthly art gatherings.

Kaz
Instructor

Kaz earned a BS in Sociology and a BAEd in Art Education, cum laude, from Arizona State University, has had five different art careers and owned three successful art businesses. She taught college-level Beginning and Advanced Drawing, and Design and Composition classes, and occasionally teaches Guaranteed Drawing, Color Mixing, Watercolor and Ink Plein Air Sketching, very different Wine and Painting workshops, Mixed Media classes using special materials, and her specialty, a Faux/Painted Finish course..