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Christy Olsen

Fine Artist and Adult Art Instructor

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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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Richeson 75 Figure & Portrait Juried Exhibition 2018

Cowgirl. pastel 8x10 received a meritorious award!

The Jack Richeson School hosts various art competitions throughout the year each with a unique genre. They are called the Richeson 75 Competitions and artists from all over the world submit their pieces for entry. The Richeson 75 competition…

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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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Boyce Thompson Arboretum Juried Exhibition

Who's There? pastel on sanded paper. 12x16.

Landscapes, flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert are celebrated! This juried exhibition spotlights studio paintings and paintings completed outdoors, 'en plein air' in the Visitor Center Gallery. Expect to see familiar garden scenes in painted on l…

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2018 SPRING Open Studio Tour & Art Sale

Artists & artisans located deep within the heart of Tucson, Arizona band together through the Heart of Tucson Art (HoTA) organization to celebrate the rich artistic culture of the Tucson Arts District. 
 
For more information on this tour, or for directions individual artist's studio…

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Art from the Heart 2018 Annual Charity Show

Tucson Pastel Society presents a group showing of fine art in various sizes from small to large in the pastel medium from their members. 

All smaller 5x7 paintings donated by members will be priced at $100 each. All proceeds from the sale of these smaller works help to support Tucson's vibr…

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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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The Drawing Studio in Retrospective Fine Art Exhibition & Sale

The Drawing Studio has graciously invited Christy Olsen to be part of a retrospective exhibition highlighting the 25-year history of exceptional teaching artists, who made the Drawing Studio the organization that it is today!

This is a huge honor since they have only selected a few out of the…

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Desert Harmony Fine Art Exhibition & Sale

Sun worshipers. pastel on sanded paper. 12x16.

Christy Olsen will be showing two originals ​in the 2016 Desert Harmony exhibition.

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A premier juried pastel exhibition featuring sixty original artworks in the pastel medium created artists from the Tucson Pastel Society …

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Color Demonstration for Tucson Modern Quilt Guild

The Language of Color
Christy teaches adult art classes at Art Verve Academy and will walk us through color theory including hue, intensity, value, complimentary colors, triads and more. 

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Color Demonstration Sponsored by Tucson Modern Quilt Guild (MQG)
This event is open to the public!

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2016 SPRING Open Studio Tour & Art Sale

Artists & artisans located deep within the heart of Tucson, Arizona band together through the Heart of Tucson Art (HoTA) organization to celebrate the rich artistic culture of the Tucson Arts District. 
 
For more information on this tour, or for directions individual artist's studio…

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Richeson 75 Small Works Juried Exhibition 2016

North Light Window. oil. 8x10.

The Jack Richeson School hosts various art competitions throughout the year each with a unique genre. They are called the Richeson 75 Competitions and artists from all over the world submit their pieces for entry. The Richeson 75 competitions are meant to offer…

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The Drawing Studio Gala Charity Art Sale

Italian Opera. pastel 19x25.

Join us for a festive celebration including food, music and art! ​ Art will be auctioned and available to anyone who purchases a ticket. Tickets are available in advance or at the event. All proceeds from this event help directly support the Drawing Studio.

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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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The Drawing Studio Small Wonders Annual Show 2015

Blue & orange. gouache 5x7.

This show reflects a variety of media and sculpture with a multitude of subject matter. All original artwork (no prints) ​on display will be smaller than 11x14 (including frame) and available for sale, all priced at $200.00 or less. All proceeds from this event…

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2015 FALL Open Studio Tour & Art Sale

Artists & artisans located deep within the heart of Tucson, Arizona band together through the Heart of Tucson Art (HoTA) organization to celebrate the rich artistic culture of the Tucson Arts District. 
 
For more information on this tour, or for directions individual artist's studio…

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