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MISA West - Tanque Verde Ranch

5-Day Plein Air Workshop, Tucson, Arizona

February 1sth - 5th, 2021 (Monday - Friday)


"Tanque Verde Ranch at the MISA-West Campus is an ideal winter destination workshop for plein-air painters. Get out of the cold and join me at this peaceful and phenomenal desert setting." 

This Plein-Air workshop is for more advanced students and they will receive plenty of individual attention. Your week at the Ranch will be filled with some of the best plein air painting locations in the Southwest. The Ranch is nestled in the Rincon Mountains with unparalleled opportunities to capture historic Western architecture and iconic Southwestern landscapes.  

The objective of this workshop is to improve the clarity of your intention before the painting begins and ultimately achieve a more artistic statement.

If you wish to take your work to the next level, this workshop is for you.

Register on the MISA West website here.


Ranch Amenities

Among the many fitness options at the Ranch are an indoor fitness center, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, yoga, sand volleyball and tennis courts, hiking and mountain biking, horseback riding, and guided walks in the Sonoran Desert Nature Center.   Outdoor fitness activities take place among the towering saguaro cactus beneath the spectacular Arizona sun.
La Sonora Spa is a tranquil, relaxing, stress-free experience offering massage and skin renewal treatments with an organic line of treatment products using fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and herbs. The spa also has indoor pool and whirlpool facilities.
The on-site Doghouse Saloon is a full bar service specializing in local craft beers and the famous prickly pear margaritas.

Lodging at the Ranch

One of the most distinctive resorts in Tucson, Tanque Verde lodging combines the spirit of the Old West with modern amenities. Traditional adobe walls, Santa Fe style architecture, and southwestern style decor perfectly complement the beauty of the natural surroundings. Tanque Verde’s “run of the house” accommodations give you easy access to all the amenities the ranch has to offer.
Three exquisite meals are prepared daily by a master chef and served in the stately ranch dining room with sweeping views of the Rincon Mountains.  On Wednesday evening, the Ranch offers a specialty Barbeque at its Cottonwood Grove with live entertainment.
Your five nights at the ranch begin the evening before your workshop starts with a welcome reception. Additional nights can be arranged to help with your travel plans.

Rooms include:

  • Private bath
  • Individually controlled air conditioning and heating
  • Fireplace
  • Wi-Fi
  • Mini fridge
  • Coffee maker
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Linens and bedding

Convenient parking, handicap accessible

Spacious western style rooms for two will accommodate you and a friend in comfort.
We are happy to assign a roommate for you.


Private room with Queen bed with sweeping views of the Rincon Mountains.


Please view the room options and rates here to plan your workshop week.



Meals at the Ranch

Three exquisite meals are prepared daily by a master chef and served in the stately ranch dining room with sweeping views of the Rincon Mountains. In the morning you can indulge in fruit and yogurt, crisp bacon with eggs, or the ranch’s signature pancakes.  The gourmet buffet lunch with salads, seasonal vegetables and a daily variety of entrees will keep you energized for the rest of your workshop day. In the evening, the southwest dinner cuisine will delight you and the Ranch barbeque at their Cottonwood Grove is always a highlight for the week.
During the week, several indoor and outdoor specialty dining events are held. These special events include the Cottonwood Grove Ranch Barbeque with live entertainment.


Tucson Airport

The Ranch is located 30 minutes from the Tucson Airport at 14301 E Speedway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85748.  The Tanque Verde Ranch driveway begins where Speedway Blvd ends and leads directly to the main office, next to the parking lot.