The SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild ( offers a wide range of art classes for beginners to experts—right here in the Topaz Room in the Arts & Crafts Center at MountainView Clubhouse. Our instructors are remarkably talented, and they love to teach! We are pleased to highlight a new instructor, Tracy Ann Holmes, who is offering half-day, step-by-step acrylic painting classes geared for painters of all ability levels. In each class, students will leave with a finished, 9 inch x 12 inch painting suitable for framing.

On Thursday, November 2, students will create an under-drawing, then layer acrylics to produce a colorful stand of aspens. On Thursday, December 7, students will follow the same steps to create a dramatic starry night silhouetted by dark pine trees. Two more classes will be scheduled during the winter and spring; watch the Guild’s website for dates and times.

Tracy holds a bachelor’s degree in fine art (with an emphasis in ceramics) and an Art Education K-12 Teaching Certificate. Her training also includes classes in watercolor, printmaking, sculpture, oil painting and drawing. She taught art in public schools for five years; for the next two decades, she produced her own works of art while continuing to teach classes for kids and adults.

“We feel so fortunate to have an acrylics teacher with such vast experience. Come learn a new medium, new techniques, or just make new art friends,” said Karen Brungardt, president of the SaddleBrooke Fine Arts Guild. “Tracy believes that art is a joyful and therapeutic experience. She does a fantastic job simplifying each step of the project so anyone can be an artist.”

Tracy’s work is available in the Southern Arizona Arts Guild Gallery, Absolutely Art, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Tohono Chul Park and the Sonoran Desert Museum. You can also visit her website at or connect with her though a variety of social media outlets.

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