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Saturday 22nd July 2017

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A few other Horus’ from class at ActonArt this week!

Some dates coming up in the near future:

Registration for the Fall Trimester starts August 1st!
The Fall Trimester will start on September 6th.

Check back on our website on August 1st for the full listing of available classes for the fall trimester.

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Friday 21st July 2017

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From ActonArt’s Creative Drawing Workshop this week - sketching and doodling! Unlike a lot of our other classes, Creative Drawing doesn’t focus on technique or finished product. We’re more interested in developing creative ideas - how to brainstorm, how to doodle to generate ideas, how to develop those ideas into better ideas with sketches. By focusing on the development process, students learn how to push their ideas to the limits and channel that into their other areas of work. This transforms their finished pieces into exciting and interesting artworks!

Creative Drawing is a class that we also run during the school year! Check back after August 1st for the the complete fall schedule where you will find Creative Drawing and all our other classes!

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Thursday 20th July 2017

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In the Painting Workshop at ActonArt, students were learning to use Rembrandt’s Dead Palette to render some hands! This underpainting technique helps render realistic shadows and dries quickly so other layers can be added on shortly after.

There are still two weeks of workshops available before the end of the summer! Check out our summer schedule for more information here!

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Wednesday 19th July 2017

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In the Art School Workshops, teachers at ActonArt blend drawing techniques with other more “crafty” techniques to keep even younger students interested. By trying different mediums and subjects, students walk away with jewelry, drawings and more to enjoy on their walls or wear!

You can check out our workshops and what’s available on our website! Registration for workshops is ongoing throughout the summer.

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Tuesday 18th July 2017

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This week at ActonArt, the Foundation class students were drawing Horus! This Egyptian god is depicted as either a falcon-headed man or just a falcon. This sculpture is solid gold with lapis inlay, so students used gold paint in layers to build up the shine.

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Monday 17th July 2017

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Workshops this week at ActonArt, July 17th-20th:

  • ArtSchool Workshop (age 10 & up) 9am-12pm
  • ArtSchool Workshop (age 7 to 9), 1 to 4 PM
  • Cartooning and Chibi (age 10 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Oil Painting Crash Course (age 12 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Creative Drawing Workshop (age 12 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm
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Thursday 13th July 2017

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In the summer Intro to Portraits class at ActonArt, students were looking at the structures of the face and how to use grey paper to assist in charcoal drawings. By starting with a non-smudging nero pencil to draw the features, they then applied white and black charcoal to pick out highlights and shadows. The medium grey of the paper helps become some of the tonal value so students don’t have to “color” in the face with the charcoal.

We still have a few weeks of workshops left for the summer! Check out our website for availability and to register!

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Wednesday 12th July 2017

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In the 10+ Art School Workshop at ActonArt, students were testing their skills with lino carving! By carving away the parts of the book they don’t want to print, they are able to make an intricate personal stamp that they can use over and over to create prints!

There are still workshops available! Check out our website for details and to register!

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Tuesday 11th July 2017

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This week in ActonArt Foundation classes, students are drawing meerkats! These funny mammals live in large family groups with sprawling burrows. The pose you see above is an alert pose - a few of the group stand tall looking for hawks and other predators while the others feed. This project practices proportions and colored pencil technique.

Summer workshops are still available for the next few weeks! Check out our website for available classes and to register.

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Monday 10th July 2017

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Workshops this week at ActonArt, July 10th-13th:

  • ArtSchool Workshop (age 7 to 9) 9am-12pm
  • ArtSchool Workshop (age 10 & up), 1 to 4 PM
  • Intro Drawing for Teens (age 13 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Painting - Water, Acrylic & Oil (age 12 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm
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Sunday 9th July 2017

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At ActonArt, we hold a Portfolio Development class over the summer for juniors and seniors getting ready for application to colleges. In this class, students are self-motivated to research and construct portfolio-worthy pieces. Coming up with plans and executing them with the guidance of the instructor, they explore themes and techniques.

You can see all the workshops and weekly classes we have available on our website here!

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Saturday 8th July 2017

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Some flamingos from the 10+ Art School Workshop at ActonArt last week! Working on their drawing skills, these flamingos teach proportion and dabble in some mixed media!

You can view our available workshops and register for classes over on our website!

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Friday 7th July 2017

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The Comics Workshop this week at ActonArt was a huge success! Students studied the use of panels, how to convey an idea, characters, speech bubbles and even made an 8-page mini-comic! We had such a blast making comics that we’re considering having a comics class during the school year! 

Check out the schedule on August 1st and see all our available classes!

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Thursday 6th July 2017

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Some lovely lamps from our Charcoal and Graphite class at ActonArt! This first week was touching upon basic charcoal skills with highlighting and shadow.

You can see all of our workshops and classes on our website!

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Wednesday 5th July 2017

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Workshops this week at ActonArt, July 5th-7th:

  • ArtSchool Workshop (age 10 & up) 9am-12pm
  • ArtSchool Workshop (age 7 to 9), 1 to 4 PM
  • Sculpting & 3D Art (age 11 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm
  • Comics Drawing (ages 12 & up) 12:30 to 3:30 pm

ALL workshops July 4th week are THREE DAYS!…WEDS, THURS, FRI.

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Workshops and Classes run Wednesday-Friday this week!

Monday 3rd July 2017

Just a gentle reminder that there are no classes this Monday and Tuesday at ActonArt. Weekly Monday and Tuesday classes will have an additional day at the end of the summer session, and workshops will be running Wednesday-Friday instead! 

Have a good 4th!

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Saturday 1st July 2017

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Some shots from the Manga Crash Course Workshop at ActonArt! Students explored proper body proportions, how to draw faces with expressions and even how to draw chibi characters!

If you’re interested in Manga, there is another Crash Course later this summer! Check our full listings of available workshops and weekly classes on our website!

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Friday 30th June 2017

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In the Intro to Painting class this summer at ActonArt, students were starting with acrylic paints! A relatively new invention (commercial available only since the 1950′s), acrylics can sometimes be a tricky customer. They dry really quickly, so it’s a battle with time to blend and mix the colors together. With the use of mediums and painting methods, these students are creating some beautiful bugs!

Summer classes are still enrolling! Check out all our weekly classes and workshops available on our website!

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Thursday 29th June 2017

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Our secretary birds are taking the rest of the week off boss! We’ll be back at ActonArt next week for something brand new!

(Just a reminder that there are NO CLASSES on MONDAY and TUESDAY next week! Have a good long weekend!)

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Wednesday 28th June 2017

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The summertime Creative Drawing class at ActonArt is starting out with some doodling! By working loosely and without intent to doodle, it frees the mind up to just draw pleasing and interesting shapes. From those shapes, students drew inspiration to create their own creatures. After the creature creation, they had to smoosh their ideas with together to create a third and final creation!

ActonArt is still enrolling for summer weekly classes and workshops! Check out our website to see what’s available here!

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