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5 - Day Plein Air
MISA West - Tanque Verde Ranch

Monday, February 22nd - Friday, February 26th, 2016


To register, contact MISA at 715.747.2054 or email"

Madeline Island School of the Arts operates its winter workshops at the Tanque Verde Ranch in the beautiful Rincon Mountains of southern Arizona.  Tanque Verde is situated on over 60,000 acres east of Tucson and borders Saguaro National Park.  The breathtaking views of the Arizona desert landscape, fabulous sunsets and warm climate provide ideal opportunities for plein air painting.

The Tanque Verde Valley is traversed by two notable seasonal creeks, Tanque Verde and Agua Caliente.  The Ranch is nestled in this valley and renowned for its unique southwestern hospitality.  

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 & Rates 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.
Please view the room options and rates below to plan your workshop week.

2016 Tanque Verde Lodging & Meal Rates

Shared room with 2 queen beds & private bath en suite - includes 3 meals served in the Ranch Dining Room │$210/night per person


Private room with queen bed & private bath en suite - includes 3 meals served in the Ranch Dining Room │$410/night


Day Student | includes all meals and 24/7 access to studios


  • 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.



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.