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2018 Summer Workshops

The table below lists both MORNING and AFTERNOON summer workshops currently scheduled. Workshop descriptions are listed below the table.

Workshops listed are still tentative (thought most will remain as scheduled).
 
 
WORKSHOP DATES 9 AM TO 12 PM 12:30 to 3:30 PM (unless noted otherwise)
**Wk 1, Jun 25-28** **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 7 to 9) **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 10 & up), **1 to 4PM**
**Manga Crash Course** (age 10 & up)
**Sketchbooking Workshop** (age 12 & up)
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**Wk 2, July 2-5** **Copic Marker Techniques** (age 11 & up) July 2-3 ONLY
**Portrait Drawing for Beginners** (age 12 & up) July 5-6 ONLY
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**Wk 3, July 9-12** **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 10 & up), **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 7 to 9) **1 to 4PM**
**Mixed Media Workshop** (age 13 & up)
**Sculpting Crashcourse** (age 12 & up)
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**Wk 4, July 16-19** **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 7 to 9) **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 10 & up), **1 to 4PM**
**Manga Crash Course** (age 10 & up) **Cartooning and Chibi** (age 9 & up)
**Intro to Painting - Water, Acrylic & Oil** (age 13 & up) **FULL**
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**Wk 5, July 23-26** **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 10 & up), **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 7 to 9) **1 to 4PM**
**Methods in Clay** (age 11 & up)
**Creating Comics** (age 12 & up) **1 OPEN**
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**Wk 6, July 30-Aug 2** **ArtSchool Workshop** (age 10 & up), **Cosplay Workshop** (age 11 & up)
**Drawing for Teens Workshop** (age 12.5 & up) **Colored Pencil Workshop** (age 12 & up)
**Intro to Oil Painting** (age 14 & up)
 
 
JULY 4th WEEK MINI-WORKSHOPS!
TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS (on either side of July 4th)

COPIC MARKER TECHNIQUES
Monday to Tuesday, July 2–3, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 11 to adults
$145 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


This workshop will cover many of the techniques that you can use with Copic markers. We will be going over everything from simple techniques such as laying areas of flat color without streaking or splotches, to more complex methods like color blending and mixing. When we are done with this workshop you will have a full understanding of how copics work, and how to use them in a sophisticated manner. (If students have their own markers, even if a different brand, they are welcome to bring them to class)


PORTRAIT DRAWING FOR BEGINNERS
Thursday to Friday, July 5–6, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$145 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


Want to draw portraits but every time you try you end up with an emoji smiley? This is the workshop for you! Over two days we will go over the fundamentals of facial structure and basic features. We will talk about how and where to put features on a face, as well as how to make a good looking head shape. And when we're done you will have enough knowledge to start drawing portraits with confidence.


 
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ART SCHOOL WORKSHOP
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOPS
Week 1: Mon–Thurs, June 25–28, 9:00 am to 12 noon, ages 7 to 9
Week 1: Mon–Thurs, June 25–28, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., ages 10 & up
Week 3: Mon–Thurs, July 9–12, 9:00 am to 12 noon, ages 10 & up
Week 3: Mon–Thurs, July 9–12, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., ages 7 to 9
Week 4: Mon–Thurs, July 16–19, 9:00 am to 12 noon, ages 7 to 9
Week 4: Mon–Thurs, July 16–19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., ages 10 & up
Week 5: Mon–Thurs, July 23–26, 9:00 am to 12 noon, ages 10 & up
Week 5: Mon–Thurs, July 23–26, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., ages 7 to 9
Week 6: Mon–Thurs, July 30–Aug 2, 9:00 am to 12 noon, ages 10 & up

For ages 7 to 9,
OR 10 & up (see schedule above)
$240 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Carly Faber


This four day workshop utilizes some drawing projects that may be part of our regular trimester class work, as well as projects that have been created specifically for the workshop.

Artschool Workshops are drawing based, general art programs that incorporate some craft-type projects. Each project will be drawing based, with instruction provided by the workshop leader. While these projects are designed to expose students to age appropriate drawing methods and concepts, they also provide a good deal of freedom so students can finish their artwork as they prefer. As much as we want students to learn drawing skills and techniques, we also want them to have fun and learn to express their creative impulses with control and planning. Students may work with a variety of materials including: drawing supplies, watercolor and/or acrylic paint, markers, polymer clay, assorted papers, glue, craft materials, etc. Projects will be both single-day and multi-day. Students should “dress for a mess”. They are welcome to bring a snack since we do plan time between projects for them to take a break. We can provide refrigeration.

Artschool Workshops are great for kids who are flexible and willing to try new things. They do require patience and a degree of stamina since some projects may take two or more days to complete. If you have a child who enjoys art and can focus on the process of making art, they’ll love Artschool Workshops!

 
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MANGA CRASHCOURSE
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Session 1: Monday to Thursday, June 25–28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Session 2: Monday to Thursday, July 16-19, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon

For ages 11 to adults
$245 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


This four day workshop is based upon our regular trimester Manga 1 Drawing class and will present an introductory subset of those class projects. 

MANGA DRAWING 1—This class teaches the popular drawing style known as Manga or Anime. Artwork like this can be seen in many forms, from the comic books “Manga” to the television shows “Anime” and many other products like toys and games. Though this artwork has a very broad appeal, and is cartooned it is also quite challenging to master. Throughout this class students will learn the fundamentals of how to draw Anime and Manga. We will go through how to draw everything from eyes, faces and hands, to full action poses and cute chibi characters. Students are encouraged to draw their own characters throughout the class, and will be shown how to make exciting images with them in it. Although this is class is designed as a base level it is recommended that most students start here, as there is a lot of valuable information in the class.

All Manga classes will use Copic markers and various high quality papers (bristol board, marker paper, etc.) which are included in the tuition.

 
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SCULPTING CRASHCOURSE
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 9–12,
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$265 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


Workshop description will be updated shortly.

 
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CARTOONING & CHIBI
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 16–19, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 9 to adults
$245 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


This four day workshop is based upon our regular trimester Cartooning & Chibi class and will present an introductory subset of those class projects. 

CARTOONING & CHIBI DRAWING is a combination class of both western style cartooning and eastern style Chibi manga—what we recognize as Pokemon-type characters that are cute, grotesque, or even bizarre representations of people, animals, and even supernatural creatures. This kind of drawing is favored by many pre-teen kids as well as teenagers. Our Cartooning/Chibi workshop will focus on synthesizing both types of characters and developing core drawing skills that apply to all kinds of drawing, both cartoon abstract and realistic-representational.

 
 
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METHODS IN CLAY
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 23–26, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$265 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


This four day workshop will examine different types of clay and how to work with them.  Students will make a variety of different clay art, including jewelry, pottery, dishes, and possibly more.  We will also be working with multiple types of clay from classic earthenware, to copperclay which actually becomes solid copper after firing.  This class will also feature our brand new kiln, a first for ActonArt. After this workshop not only will you have a sound knowledge of how to work with different clays, but also have several pieces of clay art to show as well.

 
COSPLAY WORKSHOP
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 30–Aug 2,
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$265 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


Do you love cosplay and want your costume to be great down to the smallest details? This workshop is for you then. During these four days we will go over some of the materials and methods used by pro cosplayers to achieve their amazing looks. With the focus on accessories we will make pins, horns, trinkets, clasps, badges, and even handheld objects like wands. A variety of materials will also be used from polymer clay, to foam, to celluclay. Painting and finish will also be covered, allowing any look desired whether it's worn and ragged or new and shiny. 

Students are encouraged to have characters or series in mind before coming to class. This class will not cover any sewing or fashion design, although if students already have some aspects of a costume and want to complete or add onto those that's great. Whether you're a Superhero, Harry Potter, or Anime fan you'll love this workshop!

 
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SKETCHBOOKING WORKSHOP
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, June 25–28, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$255 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Jackie Musto


Sketchbooks - we've all seen them, but what are they for? The core artist's tool is demystified in this class where students will learn how to develop ideas, come up with creative concepts, improve technical skills and plan for making pieces of art. On top of all that, the students will make two different types of sketchbooks, customized to their personal paper needs!

Students will assemble their own sketchbooks, containing pages that will be useful for many types of media – and then learn how to develop ideas and explore artistic concepts via the sketching process. By using various types of media, they can expect to:

  • Learn how to sketch using reference, drawing from life and using “thumbnails” to explore finished ideas
  • Use techniques like doodling, visualizing abstract shapes and game playing to develop concepts
  • Use a variety of sketching medias, alone and together, including pencil, pen, marker and watercolor
  • Find inspiration from various sources of media like magazines, poetry, TV and other artists
  • Develop an understanding of “how to see” and loosen up, making the process of “art” more fun and rewarding

This is a great workshop for anyone who wants to learn how to use a sketchbook to capture their ideas, inspirations, experiments and thoughts.

 
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CREATING COMICS
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 23-26, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$245 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Jackie Musto


Do you have worlds buzzing around your head? Enough OCs to man a pirate ship? Do you just like making jokes out of pictures? Then this is the class you'll need! In the Creating Comics class, students will learn fundamentals such as panel usage, pacing, planning text and character development - as well as have multiple opportunities to tell both short and long form stories. They'll not only be taking home concepts and ideas, but will actually produce an 8-page mini comic to take home and share!

 
 
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COLORED PENCIL WORKSHOP
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 30–August 2, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 12 to adults
$245 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Jackie Musto


Colored pencils are an excellent media for all sorts of ideas and projects. Portable, durable and easy to find, they can either stand on their own or be used with various other types of media.

In this class, students will get in deep with techniques for how to use and select pencils, other medias to mix them with, as well as the kinds of color theory that will turn a dull drawing into an amazing one. By focusing on drawing from life, drawing various subject matter and exploring the medium, students will come away with the skills to use colored pencils with confidence.

 
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MIXED MEDIA WORKSHOP
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 9-12,
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 14 to adults
$255 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Julie Ripley

Mixed Media & Painting is a unique class that offers an exploratory experience regarding both materials and techniques. Projects are intended to provide opportunities for students to use a variety of materials and learn or experiment with ways of using them. At the same time students are encouraged to follow their own creative interests regarding subject matter, composition and interpretation.

STUDENTS WILL WORK WITH:
• Oil and Acrylic paints and techniques
• Printmaking materials and techniques
• Mixed Media

Projects will be assigned with specific learning objectives, and students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter. References and resources will always be available if needed. Projects will frequently require multiple days to complete. This is NOT a drawing class and there will be no planned drawing instruction as it is expected that students can already draw well enough to participate.

If you have a student who loves art and has the interest and ability to expand their own creative boundaries they will love Mixed Media.

 
INTRO TO PAINTING
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 16-19,
12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 14 to adults
$255 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Julie Ripley

Many people love the idea of painting but are intimidated by the materials, techniques and expense of taking a class. This workshop offers the perfect opportunity to try watercolor, acrylic and oil painting all in a few short days.

Each type of paint requires different solvents, mediums and overall planning. As a result people often find that one type of painting appeals to them more than others and that’s where they find the greatest satisfaction. Our
Intro to Painting Workshop is not only a great way to learn a bit about all kinds of painting but it’s an ideal way to “try before you buy” into any one particular paint medium.

Learning to paint can open the door to creative personal expression. If you’ve always been attracted to the idea of painting, this is a perfect opportunity to try it out!

 
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INTRO TO OIL PAINTING
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 30- August 2, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

For ages 14 to adults
$255 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Julie Ripley

LEARNING TO PAINT WITH OILS is far easier than you might think and incredibly satisfying. This short introductory class is designed for teens and adults. The class will be presented by Julie McAskill, a superb professional oil painter and also a regular drawing instructor at ActonArt. Julie has an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is frequently featured in galleries throughout New England. Julie is also a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.

WE'LL PROVIDE ALL NEEDED MATERIALS for this class so you won't have to make a large supply purchase on top of the class tuition. Students who wish to use their own supplies will be able to do so but we must require that everyone work with water-soluble paints. The class is limited in size to eight students.

THE CLASSES WILL PRESENT MULTIPLE PROJECTS designed to teach and guide students through basic processes that are common to paintings with oils. Students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter but reference materials will always be available to assist them if needed.

It’s easy to see why so many people equate oil painting with “fine art.” So many of the master artists we commonly think of worked primarily in oil paint and the iconic masterworks of centuries past tend to be paintings done in oils. It doesn’t take an art conservator to understand why oils have claimed the mantle of popularity among artists. They are remarkably versatile to work with providing artists a broad range of creative options on the canvas. The pigments mix cleanly providing rich colors with clarity and depth. Once cured the medium is stable and capable of enduring many hundreds of years without severe aging effects. The surface can even be cleaned to remove airborne grime and contaminants.

On top of all these benefits, today we even use AP certified, non-toxic, Winsor & Newton water soluble oil paints that allow for easy soap and water clean-up at the end of a day of painting. No more toxic solvents and noxious fumes. Life is good, and oil painting is great!

If you have ever found yourself attracted to the idea of learning to paint with oils this is a perfect opportunity. The price is right, the instructor is top notch and the curriculum is serious but completely approachable for beginners. I hope you'll join us!

 
 
DRAWING FOR TEENS
FOUR-DAY WORKSHOP
Monday to Thursday, July 30- August 2,
9:00 to 12:00 noon

For ages 12.5 to adults
$245 (all materials are included)
Teacher: Chris Parent


This four day workshop is based upon our regular trimester Drawing for Teens class and will present an introductory subset of those class projects. 

Drawing for TEENS, is designed specifically for NEW teenage students who want to learn core drawing skills. This population is frequently age sensitive and this workshop addresses that issue by grouping only older students together. It will parallel the Intermediate-A class curriculum and present foundation drawing projects to help students begin developing their skills independently.

This is an ideal class for students who are not able to participate in art classes in school, but have a desire and aptitude for creative endeavors. No prior experience is needed. Only a positive attitude and an open mind!