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Learn, Create, & Cultivate the Visual Arts!

Christy Olsen

Artist Christy Olsen, crafts an experience for the viewer that is both timeless and elegant. She was inspired to create at an early age. Born in Memphis, Tennessee as a third generation painter, she grew up in a family of artists, where she played under her mother’s easel. She acquired her passion for drawing at an early age.

Her own skills were further developed over time from a unique combination of formal education, self-directed practice, experimentation, and tutelage under several contemporary masters. At a time when representational art was not offered in the fine arts curriculum at most universities, Christy chose to earn a Bachelor's of Art (B.A.) degree in Art History instead, by studying the Old Masters in the classroom. Christy is heavily influenced by the Impressionists of the late 19th and early 20th century, especially the ones who studied in Florence, including Mary Cassatt, Dennis Bunker-Miller, Edmund Tarbell and Giovanni Boldini.

Christy works in oil or the pastel medium to capture mood, light or atmosphere. Her work includes visible brushwork or the mark making from her own impressions, regardless of the subject matter, whether it's figure, animals, landscape or still life.

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Student Testimonials for Christy Olsen

​"Thank you for 'Portraits in Pastel' course. It is very helpful to have you participate actively in the class & share the steps you take in your drawings. Looking forward to taking another course!"​​
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Pere'
Student from the "Portraits in Pastel" Class

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​"Want to thank you for great class yesterday, Christy. You have a set of skills that allows students to actively participate as both individuals & as a group, yet you maintain the leadership role. Not an easy thing to do."​​
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Anonymous
Student from the "Drawing Facial Features" Class

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​"I had put down my art interest for more than two years. I needed something to 'kick-start' it again. I took two classes from Art Verve Academy. They were 'Drawing the Human Head' with Christy Olsen and 'Exploring Watercolor Textures' with Stacy Egan. Both of these classes & their instructors were very, very good & just what I needed to 'kick-start' my art activities again. I would strongly recommend these classes & the Art Verve Academy!!!"​​
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John Liebert a.k.a. Artist Wannabe!
Student from the "Drawing the Human Head" Class

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"Her energy combined with her honesty and experience, her willingness & drive to share with students is magnetic!"

Anonymous
Pastel student

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"She is such a delight & very authentic teacher. She has practical advice for the recreational to the professional artist."

Anonymous
Opaque Watercolor student

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