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Christy Olsen

Fine Artist and Adult Art Instructor

Blog posts : "art verve academy"

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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