Daven is essentially self taught spending only one year in twice weekly painting sessions at the American Academy of Art, Chicago, IL.  He has attended two watercolor workshops, one in the 1980’s taught by Nita Engle and one two years ago taught by Mary Whyte.

Currently he teaches studio art credit courses in watercolor at the University of Missouri St. Louis, monthly day and evening watercolor classes in his studio in St. Louis and 2 and 3 day workshops around the country.