Welcome to Desert Art Academy




A Magazine displaying the best of our student’s art!


D.A.A’s extracurricular art program happening all week and on Saturdays!

Located in the heart of Palm Desert, Desert Art Classes offers programs and classes for Adults, Teens and Children. All classes provide individualized instruction in a group setting of 5 to 6 students.

Lessons range from courses for the complete beginner, to intermediate and advanced students. Instruction is supported by written curriculum with a wide range of lessons for all ages and skill levels.

Classes are available in:

  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Watercolor
  • Design
  • Sculpture
  • Illustration
  • Cartooning / Anime
  • Figure Study
  • Architecture
  • Digital media

Classes continue year round.

Multiple sessions per week available one per price, week or month.

Courses take place in a fully-equipped studio with everything you need to get started.


How and What We Teach

Classes are designed to provide individual instruction for each student, this means that each person can work on their own project and at their own pace. This enables the instructor to give each person the guidance that need to help them discover their own personal way of making the art they want to make. These classes are not to imitate the teacher, but rather to be engage each student in a process of self discovery that will lead them to find their own style, technique, and creative potential. 

Instruction consists of a twofold process that will teach students both the formal and expressive elements of drawing and painting. By bringing these two aspects of art creation together students can achieve the highest point value of personal creativity in their art. 

Understanding the formal elements of art consists of learning about line, shape, form, composition balance, color mixing and application, as well as an entire range of drawing and painting techniques in any media the student wishes to learn and in any style such as: Realism, Classicism, Plein Air,  Impressionism, or any form of abstraction

The expressive elements of art consist of imbuing the works with emotion and feeling, giving expression to the imagination through the intuitive heuristic learning process in a natural way. This helps students to bring forth the aesthetic radiance in art.