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Friday 20th October 2017

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In Manga courses at ActonArt last week, students were drawing action poses!

Nothing mades a character more exciting then having our characters jump, dance and act! Studying the gesture and structure of the body helps make them look believable.

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Thursday 19th October 2017

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Two more Pirate Ships from Foundation classes at ActonArt!

These are two wonderful Basic B (7.5-9yrs) examples, including a very spooky ghost ship!

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Wednesday 18th October 2017

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The Creative Drawing students at ActonArt have been working on Tessellations for the last few weeks!

Tessellations are a great way to stretch the brain and come up with really unique patterns. Piggy-backing on the ink blots and open shapes projects, students first created a totally random shape that would tesselate. They then examined that shape and found a subject within it. Because the shape fit into itself, they then patterned that subject across their paper and finished with watercolors, markers and pencils.

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Tuesday 17th October 2017

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At ActonArt this week, the Foundation classes are drawing pirate ships!

While the base drawing might be the same, students are encouraged to choose their own color schemes for the boats and overall mood for the piece with the background colors.

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Monday 16th October 2017

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Some in-progress work from ActonArt’s Advanced Drawing and Portfolio Development class.

Students in this class are working on their self-directed projects - be it to enhance their portfolios for the upcoming submission season, or to work on developing skills.

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Sunday 15th October 2017

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In ActonArt’s Mixed Media class, students were doing some intensive finger painting in oils!

This unique take on a classic childhood action is meant to play with colors, loosen up and use an adequate amount of paint in each “stroke”.

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Saturday 14th October 2017

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The Mountain Goats at ActonArt are galloping back up the hill!

We’ll see you next week for something new!

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Friday 13th October 2017

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Students in ActonArt’s Portrait & Style class were looking at pointillism!

In honor of Inktober, students were learning how to capture faces with ink. Notoriously hard to do with just linework and pen, using tiny dots at varying scale and width from each other can work together to create the illusion of smooth tone and shadows.

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Wednesday 11th October 2017

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In the Manga courses at ActonArt, students were taking on action poses!

By looking at reference for the human anatomy, it’s much easier to understand the dynamics and foreshortening of the figure to make sense in motion!

The Manga2 students were even doing one-minute gesture drawings to capture the essence of the form.

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Tuesday 10th October 2017

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ActonArt’s project in the Foundation classes this week is the Mountain Goat!

These fuzzy friends are found on the western side of North America, in the northern extremes of the US up into Canada - they also provide an excellent project for texture!

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Monday 9th October 2017

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The Art Year students at ActonArt were studying making space and depth!

By looking at foreground, middleground and background students are encouraged to show vast spaces and depth - leading the eye back and keeping the viewer’s attention on the piece. 

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Sunday 8th October 2017

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In ActonArt’s Creative Drawing class, students were flipping, mirroring and reversing!

Sometimes artists have an idea of a subject they want to draw, but not what they want to do with it. Playing with it’s positioning and it’s number of repetitions can lead the brain to draw conclusions - what are different representations of a subject, what does it remind me of, or what technical applications of media do to enhance the drawing.

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Saturday 7th October 2017

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At ActonArt, our lovely Chrysler Building Eagles are heading off into the sunset!

We’ll see you next week with something new!

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Friday 6th October 2017

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The Advanced Drawing and Portfolio class at ActonArt had it’s first critique last week!

This class drives students to generate their own ideas and goals, tailoring their learning experience to whatever needs they personally have. Because of this, every few weeks they gather to share their ideas and goals with each other to get feedback and see if they were successful. By learning to share their art, explain their process and give constructive feedback to others, students not only strengthen their pieces but achieve a greater understanding of art in general.

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Thursday 5th October 2017

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More Chrysler Building Eagles from this week’s project at ActonArt!

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Wednesday 4th October 2017

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At ActonArt, the Intro to Painting students were practicing underpainting with sepia tones.

An underpainting can be a valuable tool to test the layout of a piece, check light and shadow tones and make applying layers of color easier later.

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Tuesday 3rd October 2017

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This week, students at ActonArt are drawing the eagles on the side of the Chrysler Building!

We like to try and fit an architecture-type project in a few times a year, and this was a great starting point because it looks like an animal the students are familiar with.

These are some examples from the Basic A&B levels (which are using pastel and marker) and the Intermediate A1 (using watercolor).

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Monday 2nd October 2017

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In the Portrait & Style class at ActonArt, students were getting loose with watercolors!

One of the hardest things to get over as a young artist is being overly tight and controlled with mediums. A desire to over-render can actually make a drawing lifeless and overdone. By using watercolor with a loose application and a light amount of pen on top, it allows the drawing to breathe and have some life of it’s own!

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Sunday 1st October 2017

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In the Charcoal and Pastel class at ActonArt, students were drawing hands!

Using pastel pencils to get accurate color and proportions, the pencil structure also allows for fine details.

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Saturday 30th September 2017

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Our sharks are swimming off from ActonArt!

We’ll bite into something brand new next week!

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