Tacoma Academy of Fine Art offers classes in the fundamentals of drawing and painting. Whether you are a beginning artist or an experienced artist looking to return to the basics, TAFA is an ideal setting to develop your eye and strengthen your skills in a supportive community setting.

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art was started after realizing a need in the south Puget Sound area for a quality education in the fundamentals of drawing and painting. We are proud to offer artists a solid education rooted in the classical tradition.

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art exists to educate and to enrich culture.

Artists will be educated in the rich tradition of classical art, giving them the ability not only to appreciate great works of the past but to create new work that defines our age, enriches our culture, and paves the way for artistic and cultural progress for generations to come.

TAFA is proud to pass on the classical tradition to the south puget sound area. If you are interested in supporting this mission, please email Tim: tim.mansen@gmail.com

Tacoma Academy of Fine Art teaches classes based on a classical education model. We see the classical method as the most efficient approach to teaching drawing and painting as it is a tradition that has been refined over many centuries, always striving for saying an abundance using the most simple of means.

The classical method of art is focused on 2 areas: observation and design. In observing an image, we are concerned with the principles of how light interacts with form, and how to depict that on a 2-Dimensional drawing surface. Also, we are concerned with learning the principles of good design, so as to make a well ordered and beautiful picture that not only has the power to draw the viewer in, but also to maintain their attention.

Whether an artist leans toward an abstract or a representational style, their art will be positively affected through knowledge and experience gained in a classical art education.

Students work in a group studio setting on individually tailored projects. Beginning students focus on drawing, then progress to grayscale painting, and finally their studies culminate with color painting.

Typical of the classical art setting, students work from Greek and Roman statuary, still life, copies of master works, also with opportunites to draw and paint the live model.

By the end of the course the artist will have acquired a solid foundation of artistic knowledge, skills, and experience on which great art can be built.

[Via Tacoma Academy of Fine Art]


School Info
Type: On-site
Program(s): Part-time, Courses, Workshops
Medium(s) Taught: Drawing, Painting
Instructor(s): Tim Mansen
Tuition: Varies
Financial Aid: No


Contact Info
301 ‘A’, Puyallup Ave
Tacoma, WA 98421
Phone: 253.579.6908


Related Links



Pin It on Pinterest