Christy Olsen

Visual Art Instructor and Fine artist

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 art, simplification, and the Japanese concept of Nōtan (濃淡), which evolved during the making of woodblock prints using a limited set of dark and light shapes.

Taught on location in the classroom at the beautiful Yume Japanese Gardens, by the end of this class, you will have a solid understanding of how to simplify your shapes and arrange your values into a pleasing design.

Adult Visual Art Class
Offered via The Art Verve Academy (AVA).
No prerequisite, all levels are welcome from beginner to advanced.

​About the Art Verve Academy
The Art Verve Academy (AVA) is mobile art school without brick & mortar boundaries, established to support the local Tucson, Arizona arts community. Classes are held in rented spaces, where instructors foster an encouraging, accepting, & considerate environment. AVA offers weekly classes for adults at any level who would like to learn, create or cultivate the visual arts within a variety of mediums, subject matter or techniques in sketching, drawing & painting.

Christy Olsen

Apr. 21 & 28, 2018

(2) Saturday Afternoons (1:30 PM - 4:30 PM) 3 hours per session

2130 N. Alvernon Way, Tucson, AZ 85712

Online ( or phone: +1 (520) 477-7035

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