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Thursday 25th May 2017

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Some more Marine Iguana from ActonArt’s Intermediate A2 class this week.

Also please note: Submission for the 2017 ActonArt Student Show is now closed, but you can look forward to the event itself on June 11th! 

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Wednesday 24th May 2017

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Are you looking to build a portfolio over the summer for fall college applications? 

ActonArt will be offering two types of classes for college-hopefuls - a weekly Portfolio Development class on Thursdays from 6-8pm, and a four day intensive workshop July 31st-Aug 3rd.

These classes are designed for students who will be entering their junior or senior years of high school, and looking to apply to colleges with an art portfolio requirement. They will be required to research the schools they wish to attend and self-direct their course of projects.

Please see our website and summer offerings for details and to register! 

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017

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This week, students at ActonArt are drawing a marine iguana! These types of iguana “sailed” over to the Galapagos Islands from the mainland. Without any predators, they developed bright pigmentations and are generally more robust then their green cousins.

These Basic B samples are rendered in sharpie and watercolor.

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Monday 22nd May 2017

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In Manga classes at ActonArt, students were looking at classic manga drawing techniques like showing motion! By adjusting the line weight, length and value it helps convey the strength of force and direction of movement.

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Sunday 21st May 2017

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From Faces Features Figures class at ActonArt, students were looking at the effects of folds and fabrics on the body. After discussing the three elements that make folds (structure, gravity and compression) and then types of folds you frequently see, the mannequin was dressed in several outfits of varying styles and cloths weights to demonstrate. Students were encouraged to start with loose, gestural drawings to capture the folds, then develop with more structure and color.

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Saturday 20th May 2017

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Our Charlie Chaplins are shuffling off for fun elsewhere, but join us at ActonArt next week for something brand new!

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Saturday 20th May 2017

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Today is the LAST DAY to submit artwork for the 2017 ActonArt Student Show!

Submissions must be received by 5pm today in the studio at ActonArt! Submission forms and instructions are in the studio, so please come by the end of the day today to drop it off.

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Friday 19th May 2017

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Summer is quickly approaching! Are you looking for some fun summer art workshops and classes?

ActonArt has weekly programs and four-day workshops in a variety of classes and genres to suit a plethora of ages and interests. Visit our summer class listing for the available classes and descriptions!

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Thursday 18th May 2017

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More Chaplins, this time from Intermediate A2! These ActonArt students started the drawing by warming up with a five-minute gestural sketch of the face! By practicing first, students can develop an understanding of the tricky parts of the face, and how to transfer some of the loose, emotional gesture to the final piece!

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Wednesday 17th May 2017

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In Faces Features Figures at ActonArt, students are continuing to explore the entire human form. Working with a still life of a mannequin and skeleton, they could compare and contrast how the structures of the body were contoured with light and shadow. The still-life also references the historical visual concept of “death and the maiden”, which is an examination of youth and death.

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