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New On-line Classes Coming Soon!




Exciting new on-line classes brought to you by your favorite in-person art studio....same fun, just from home!

We will be offering the following on-line courses in the near future:

All our main classes will be open just two times a August for a September start and in December for a January start.  

Some courses have requirement prior to joining, so if you missed the deadline you can complete

the required courses while waiting to start the next session.

1.  Family First Art Program (think Paint Night at home with the family!)

2.  Tween and Teen Art Exploration Class

3.  Ladies Intuitive Painting Masterclass

4.  Monthly Art Journaling (open now!)

See below for free mini-courses, mini-courses to prepare you for the above classes (some are required, so check what is required before joining), and on-line courses that you can do at anytime to expand your art practice from home.

Thank you for your interest!



Born in Costa Rica,

Now serving art enthusiasts from all over the world with NEW on-line courses

We opened our doors to our in-person art studio in Costa Rica back in 2015.  Hosting in-person classes for kids 5th grade and up, a vibrant Ladies Intuitive Painting Class, Paint Nights, Open Studio, summer and holiday camps for kids, and workshops with local artisans were our base.  But, after the pandemic of 2020, we saw a need to move our classes on-line to reach more students at all times of the year, in any situation, and in any location.  Same content, just on your terms in your great is that?!  We are super excited to be moving on-line and we can't wait to meet all of you!  


Why the name "Sage Brush Art Studio":

We decided on Sage for many reasons (brush is fairly obvious!)....Sage is a color and means "wise, teacher of learning, wisdom.  Proceeding from or marked by wisdom and calm judgment, especially as a result of great experience."  Sage is also something that artists like to burn before beginning their craft to clear their energy and lift your spirits.  We wish sage/wisdom, good energy and light spirits for all our artists.


Everything Happening at Sage Brush


One time purchase, life time access to all purchased artistic courses.

skill building

Skill building content to help you progress along your artistic journey, gain confidence, and expand your knowledge.


Monthly or Yearly Memberships for content delivered every week or month (depending on the program) right to your inbox.


Private Facebook communities for connection, advice, critiques.  The best and surest way to connect with other like minded artists.



Monthly Membership

Family First is a pre-planned art program designed to keep families connected during the growing years with dedicated time together building connections and making memories.


Currently Full

This Masterclass is for students who have gone thru all the courses on beginning and Intuitive Painting and with approval from instructor.  The community aspect of this masterclass is phenomenal and an added bonus to your art progression no matter your skill level (perfect style for beginners to advanced).  Friendships and skill building together all in one!  Annual art retreats are also an added bonus of this group.  You will be so happy if you strive to join this group!  

Class will open each September and January.



Monthly Membership

There is nothing better than consistent practice to ignite your creative spirit or to increase your skill level for your other art practices.  Not matter your art medium of choice, practice does bring progress and a regular creative practice will spill over into all areas of your life.  This class is perfect for those who want to do art, but don't have as much time to dedicate or for those wanting to expand their creative muscles.  

Open year round.


Coming in September, 2021

This on-line art exploration program is for tweens and teens who have completed all the on-line courses.  After completing the courses, they will have a one-on-one interview to assess strengths and weaknesses before entering the on-line program and on-line community forum. This is a wonderful way for teens to expand their love and knowledge of art while working from home and perfect for those who want more art than what they are getting at school.  

Class will open each September and January.


Sage Brush On-line Courses


Brushes 101

What are the best brushes, how to use them, and how to care for them.


markmaking 101

Markmaking is a favorite skill utilized by painters.  Learn how to make marks and the tools to use them.  Mark Making Prompt Sheet included.


color 101

This mini-course is all about COLOR....color basics, color mixing, color harmony, color schemes, color cravings, and is the basis for all painting.  A skill building course to be revisited again and again.

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This stand alone mini-course is all about the medium of collage.  Collage can be used in journaling, craft making, or painting.  It is the basis for all mixed media projects.

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collage 101

blind contour drawing

One of our favorite ways to teach how to SEE when drawing and painting.  both Contour and Blind Contour Drawing is a fun way to approach drawing skills.

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negative space painting

Negative Space Painting is a continuation of the Intuitive Painting process and a great way for artists to take their skills to another level.

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beginning painting

A mini-course required for all teen and adult classes.  Perfect skill building exercises to get us all on the same page when we enter the classroom.

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Intro to Intuitive painting

Intuitive Painting is our base for our Ladies Painting Masterclass.  It is a wonderful way to learn painting or to expand your painting skills.

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"I found that I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say in any other way - things that I had no words for."

- Georgia O'Keeffe


Should I buy more art supplies?

The best art supplies are always the ones you already have in the beginning. As you eperiement and learn, you can make more purchases, but in all honesty, more supplies just adds to the the process and we want the process to be enjoyable. Starting with the 3 primary colors of red, blue, and yellow is perfect. They can be any variations of these 3 primary colors as these (plus white and black) are all you need to mix all your favorite colors and this allows you to learn color mixing along the way, too.

What art supplies do I need to start painting?

A list will be provided to you for every course/class, but if you want to get an idea, here is a basic list of items you may or may not need when getting started. Again, rummage through your house to find the basics as your starting point. And because art is a creative endeavor, everything on this list can be stubstituted....and artists love to recycle, upcycle, repurpose, and use found objects. So be creative!

  1. A few brushes of various sizes in flat and round.
  2. A cup or mug for water.
  3. A few cups, mugs or containers for your other art supplies.
  4. Rags, papertowels, or shop towels.
  5. An apron or oversized shirt to cover clothing.
    1. Note: Acrylic paint will only wash out if you do it when it is wet, so having a set of clothes for painting in can also help aleviate worrng about your colths.
  6. A palette for paint: a paper plate, palette paper, wax paper, plastic/glass palette
  7. A drop cloth on your floor
  8. Butcher paper or newspaper on your table. You can also use an old table cloth or old towels (noate: plastic table covers allow water and paint to puddle, so it is best to have something that can absorb.
  9. Pencil for etching
  10. Palette knives (an old butter knife can work here, too)
  11. White pens (roller ball pens, Posca brand, Sharpie brand, etc.)
  12. Black pens (Sharpie, Posca brand, etc.)
  13. Paint Pens (various colors)
  14. Sponge brushes, make-up sponges, organic sea sponges, kid's shaped sponges
  15. Mark-making tools: This list can be really long, but a few of my favorites are bubble wrap, lids from bottle and containers of various sizes (circle templates), kids sponge rollers with patterns, etc.
  16. Stencils of anykind, but I tend to like the ones that make patterns more than the ones that make objects.
  17. Spray bottle for water (making drips)
  18. Easel is optional
  19. Canvases as needed (can be cloth or wood)
  20. Scissors, rulers, measuring tape can also come in handy sometimes.
  21. Tapes of various widths can be useful (my favorite is Frog tape or painters tape)

Who can join the Family First Art Program?

Anyone can join Family First! No prior art or painting experience is necessary. At Sage Brush we believe the process of making art is more important than the outcome. It is about the time together that matters most....but, I assure you, you will astound yourself! The course was initially designed for families with tweens and teens at home to help with these stages of growth and to help families stay connected. But, kids of all ages can do these projects with their families and it is especially fun to see families with large age gaps do art together to bridge those gaps and bring family members closer together.

Will this be time consuming?

Absolutely not!

The beauty of on-line courses is that you can do these at your own pace and you never have to follow any suggested timelines. This allows you to make art when you can and when you can't, they will be there waiting for you with nothing missed. It is about making progress at any pace that is right for you. Consistency is always encouraged as it is a habit that has to be learned in the beginning, just like everything else, but your pace is your pace and it should always be what is best for you.

What is the payment structure like?

We have the option to join any of our annual memberships at a monthly rate or for a discounted rate, you can pay for the entire year up front. You will have access to the courses as long as you are a member.

On-line courses are generally a one-time purchases and you will own this content for life.

Are the courses and classes live?

Nope! You can watch the pre-recorded lessons anytime you want.

The only time there is something live is the Live Q&A's in some classes. But, these are always recorded to watch at any time that is convenient for you.

Can I cancel at any time?

You can cancel whenever you like. Your membership is billed annually and you can choose to not renew at any time.

If you wish to cancel, you must do so before the next billing cycle.

Remember, you have access to the membership content as long as you are a member and you are also only required to pay the membership price you joined at, even if the price increases.

If you leave the membership, when you return, you will join at the current rate and not the lower rate you had previously.

Do I have to join the private Facebook group?

No, this is entirely up to you, but most of our members find a private Facebook group to be a safe place to ask questions and to grow and learn from others who are also going through the same course/class. It is also a great place to be inspired and to connect with others who can provide feedback and encouragement. We are always better together!

All the Live Q&A’s will be within the Facebook group, but the recordings will be available on your student portal.

Still have questions?

Send us an email and we will be happy to help at



Tanya Belz Rauzi

After years of traveling the world with her husband, Kurt, and their four children, Tanya opened Sage Brush Art Studio in Guanacaste, Costa Rica in 2015 with friend and fellow artist Kathy Teel Jones.  When the pandemic hit in 2020 a new plan to go on-line was formed and new courses were born from the fun and exploratory courses enjoyed inside the in-person studio. After 8 years in Costa Rica, Tanya and her family returned to their roots in the Bay Area in 2021.