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Christy Olsen

Fine Artist and Adult Art Instructor

Blog posts : "Visual Art Class"

Drawing the Human Figure

Learn how to draw the human figure? Yes! Many see it as a life-long endeavor to improve skills or as a path to learn drawing.

Figure or ‘life drawing’ as it's often called is the process of drawing the human figure within a studio environment. In this class, we will draw from a live model (no…

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Animal Safari Sketch & Draw Adult Art Class

Peacock. gouache on toned paper. 5x7.

Go on a super fun safari, to sketch or draw the animals on location at the fabulous International Wildlife Museum. Get a close-up look at taxidermy mammals and birds from the collection in the upstairs classroom. Through a series of simple exercises with …

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Design & Composition Adult Art Class

Value Study. magic marker. 5x7.

Design and composition are the building blocks of the visual arts. Whether you are drawing or painting, a strong composition will attract attention, engage and provide clarity in your message to the viewer. This class will cover some of the basic principles of …

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Portraits in Pastel

The Duke. pastel on toned paper. 9x12.

Discover a new approach to capturing portraits in pastel. Ideal for anyone interested in portraits or figure drawing! By the end of this class, you will have a basic understanding of how to make a realistic portrait and identify the advantages and short…

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Facial Features: Drawing the Mouth

Discover a simplified approach with expert guidelines to the complex task of drawing human anatomy. Ideal for anyone interested in portraits or figure drawing! Do your noses look like cartoons? In portraiture, the nose gives character to the face but, no two noses are alike. The key is observati…

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Facial Features: Drawing the Nose

Discover a simplified approach with expert guidelines to the complex task of drawing human anatomy. Ideal for anyone interested in portraits or figure drawing! Do your noses look like cartoons? In portraiture, the nose gives character to the face but, no two noses are alike. The key is observati…

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Facial Features: Drawing the Eyes

Discover a simplified approach with expert guidelines to the complex task of drawing human anatomy. Ideal for anyone interested in portraits or figure drawing! Eyes are known as the 'windows to the human soul' and can be one of the most challenging features to master. In portraiture, eyes give e…

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Introduction to Gouache (Spring 2016)

Color Study. gouache on paper. 4x6.

Use this fast drying medium for painting on the go, color studies or even create a master piece. Experiment and expand your knowledge of painting, using gouache, an opaque form of watercolor. The reverse of normal transparent watercolor techniques will app…

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Introduction to Gouache (Summer 2015)

Study of Cat. gouache on toned paper. 5x7.

Use this fast drying medium for painting on the go, color studies or even create a master piece. Experiment and expand your knowledge of painting, using gouache, an opaque form of watercolor. The reverse of normal transparent watercolor techniques…

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Drawing Fundamentals II (Summer 2014)

Charcoal study. 11x14.

This class will deepen your understanding and mastery of foundation skills. You will explore organic subject matter in greater depth and focus more overtly on developing compositional skills. You will gain further skill in basic drawing media.

Adult Visual Art Class

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Drawing Fundamentals I (Spring 2014)

Charcoal study. 9x12.

An introduction to four foundational skills underlying the ability to communicate what and how we observe: shape/edge, measurement, light (value), and space (perspective). You will isolate and practice each skill, then begin to put them together in drawings that will sur…

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Navigating the Art Market of The 21st Century

The art market has been turned upside down in the past decades by the rise of the digital age. Explore past, present and future art market trends. Learn how to sell your work online, and the basics of what you need to be successful. No prior computer experience needed.

Adult Visual Art Class

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Composition Secrets from the Masters

Gericault's "The Raft of Medusa," composition structure.

We will 'reverse engineer' some famous masterpieces, reveal the artist's intent and build some new composing skills of our own. Artists you will learn how to build winning compositions in your own work! Art lovers, you'll be fascinated …

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Drawing Fundamentals I (Summer 2013)

Charcoal Study, 20x16.

Banish any fears you might have about your ability to draw by learning the basics! This course is an introduction the language of drawing and how it is used to communicate what and how we observe the world around us. Students will focus on: 1) shapes and edges, 2) propo…

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