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Spring trimester classes are now open for registration!

New students may join Spring classes for the first three weeks of the trimester and then they will close to all new registrations. It’s simply too difficult for new students to join a class after that time.

Spring trimester class registration begins on Saturday, March 10th!


NEW CLASSES for 2017-2018

Charcoal Drawing & Pastel Painting -Fall trimester only
Ink and Scratchboard Drawing - Spring trimester only
Creating Comics - Winter trimester only
Portrait Drawing & Style

Ball point pen drawing by K.Chen
K. CHEN — AGE 15

Introducing a fantastic new class


The Art Year is a three-trimester program (full academic year) designed as a transition class for INTERMEDIATE level students (A2 or higher) who have a committed interest in art and wish to continue developing their skills. It is designed to move students away from the exercise projects presented in our foundation drawing classes and begin challenging them to function more as independent, self-determined artists. It will also introduce a more detailed study of materials, more advanced techniques, and conceptual thinking and problem solving. Most importantly, students in this level will be guided toward artistic independence, in which they are encouraged to try new ideas, materials and processes. Nearly all projects will be multi-week with an emphasis on completing the artwork.

PLEASE NOTE: The Art Year requires a full three trimester commitment. Students must begin in the Fall trimester and remain in class for the Winter and Spring trimesters. Students may NOT take single trimesters.

Click for more information on The Art Year schedules, tuition and structure.

Check our SCHEDULE page to see if classes have openings

New Class at ActonArt!

Charcoal & Graphite Drawing — (fall only)

OUR NEWEST CLASS, Charcoal & Graphite Drawing, is a foundation class for students who want to develop their ability to see and develop a full range of tone (light and shadow) on paper. Charcoal and graphite are among the oldest of mediums and they provide unparalleled flexibility and the ability to work fast. Because of this studio artists frequently use charcoal studies as a starting point for developing new ideas. Managing this smudge-prone material also helps students develop “clean” habits that carry over into other mediums as well.

Anyone considering an art school or arts major would benefit from working in charcoal and graphite before college! Some student artwork in this class could be useful for portfolios.
charcoal drawing of a kitten
Charcoal and white chalk on gray paper
Baseball player in charcoal and white chalk
Charcoal and white chalk on gray paper
Old woman in charcoal and chalk
Charcoal and white chalk on gray paper
charcoal drawing of plaster hand model
Charcoal and white chalk on gray paper

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