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Tuesday 19th September 2017

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This week at ActonArt, we’re drawing some different types of dragons!

The younger students in Beginners and Basic A are drawing Dragonite, a first-gen Pokemon! This charming dragon was a rare find in the original hand-held games.

In the other classes, students are drawing a carousel dragon from a ride found in Washington DC. For the older students, this project is primarily about texture and pattern making.

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Monday 18th September 2017

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In Faces, Features, Figures this week at ActonArt, students were starting with portraits.

Talking about proportions and measurements, the first class introduces students to basic concepts they’ll need to continue exploring the face!

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Sunday 17th September 2017

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Some monsters from our first Creative Drawing class of the Fall Trimester at ActonArt!

In this first class, students exploring doodle, sketching and inspiration by creating monsters and blending them together with other students creations!

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Saturday 16th September 2017

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Our barking beagles are off for the weekend! 

We’ll be back next week at ActonArt for something new!

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Kincaid DeBell, Summer Student Artist for Open Door Education A link

Friday 15th September 2017
Kincaid DeBell, Summer Student Artist for Open Door Education

https://opendoor.education/2017/09/06/student-spotlight-kincaid-debell-artist/

One of our students recently got a spotlight article on the “Open Door Education” website! Kincaid has been with us for a number of years and we are super proud of her recent achievement!

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Thursday 14th September 2017

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Some more beagle puppies from this week’s project at ActonArt!

These examples are from students in the intermediate level (9+ yrs) classes.

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Tuesday 12th September 2017

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This week at ActonArt, we’re drawing the barking beagle!

This hunting dog was used to find quarry such as foxes and rabbits - and makes an excellent example for point to point drawing methods!

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Monday 11th September 2017

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At ActonArt, we offer quite a few painting classes - but if you don’t know which wet media you’d like to tackle we also have the Intro to Painting course! This comprehensive class covers watercolor, acrylic and oil paints in the course of the program, allowing newcomers to painting the opportunity to learn a variety of painting styles.

Classes are currently running and registering for the fall, so be sure to head on over to our website to see what is available and to sign up!

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Monday 11th September 2017

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Some “found poetry” from the Creative Drawing class at ActonArt

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Saturday 9th September 2017

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It’s been a whirlwind of a week here at ActonArt - and our first project of the Fall Trimester is the Saw Whet Owl - a tiny little owl friend done with base shapes and comic markers!

We’ll see you next week for something new!

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Friday 8th September 2017

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Do you love anime and manga? Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw it? At ActonArt, we have tons of cartooning and manga classes for you to develop all the skills you need to render your favorite characters or OCs!

  • Cartooning and Chibi - (8+ years) focuses on cartoon characters and chibi or “cute” style manga drawing
  • Manga 1 - (10+ years) Starter class for those interested in learning manga drawing techniques.
  • Manga 2 - (10+ years) For those with a previous level of skill, looking to work on more difficult techniques. (teacher recommendation required)
  • Advanced Manga Drawing - (12+ years) For students with an advanced level of skill, looking to explore themes and advanced topics. (teacher recommendation required)

For information on these classes, to see the schedule and register for fall classes, please see our website! Fall registration is currently ongoing!

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We’re back at ActonArt!

Wednesday 6th September 2017

The Fall Trimester has begun here at ActonArt! We’ll see students in for classes beginning today - but if you haven’t registered for any of our awesome drawing or painting classes yet, don’t panic! 

Head on over to our website to see what is still available and register now!

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Tuesday 5th September 2017

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ActonArt offers a variety of painting classes to learn wet media techniques! Intro to Painting is a course that covers watercolor, acrylics and oils - and Oil Painting which delves deep into this intricate paint medium.

In the photos above, you can see two different painting styles: the first is a loose, chunky palette painting where students use thick paint with a metal palette tool to create lots of texture and depth. Below that, a sepia underpainting. Sepia underpainting help define areas of light and shadow and help build tone.

Please see our website for the full range of fall classes, including our foundation level courses, figure drawing, painting, manga and more! Registration is currently ongoing for the fall trimester.

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Friday 1st September 2017

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Welcome to September! Just a gentle reminder that the Fall Trimester at ActonArt is currently enrolling! The Fall Trimester starts September 6th and we can’t wait to see everyone then!

Please see our website for the full range of fall classes, including our foundation level courses, figure drawing, painting, manga, The Art Year Program and more! Registration is currently ongoing for the fall trimester.

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Thursday 31st August 2017

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ActonArt offers a variety of painting classes to learn wet media techniques! Intro to Painting is a course that covers watercolor, acrylics and oils - and Oil Painting which delves deep into this intricate paint medium.

Please see our website for the full range of fall classes, including our foundation level courses, figure drawing, painting, manga and more! Registration is currently ongoing for the fall trimester.

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Wednesday 30th August 2017

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Do you love anime and manga? Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw it? At ActonArt, we have tons of cartooning and manga classes for you to develop all the skills you need to render your favorite characters or OCs!

  • Cartooning and Chibi - (8+ years) focuses on cartoon characters and chibi or “cute” style manga drawing
  • Manga 1 - (10+ years) Starter class for those interested in learning manga drawing techniques.
  • Manga 2 - (10+ years) For those with a previous level of skill, looking to work on more difficult techniques. (teacher recommendation required)
  • Advanced Manga Drawing - (12+ years) For students with an advanced level of skill, looking to explore themes and advanced topics. (teacher recommendation required)

For information on these classes, to see the schedule and register for fall classes, please see our website! Fall registration is currently ongoing!

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Tuesday 29th August 2017

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ActonArt has a wide variety of art classes available - including the Creative Drawing class! While technical classes focus on how to see and render, the Creative class focuses on the thought behind the art. What do I want to say? What symbols can I use, and what do they mean? How can I come up with a great idea?

By exploration of brainstorming and unique processes, students learn methods to generate ideas and beat artist block. 

Please see our website for the full range of fall classes, including our foundation level courses, creative drawing, figure drawing, painting, manga and more! Registration is currently ongoing for the fall trimester.

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Monday 28th August 2017

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ActonArt teaches a lot of different skills in it’s Foundation drawing courses - not just how to see an measure, but how to use color, media and texture to create an interesting picture! We offer a wide variety of class levels for all ages:

  • Beginners (Ages 5.5-6.5 years)
  • Basic A (6.5-7.5 years)
  • Basic B (7.5-9 years)
  • Intermediate A1 (9-12 years)
  • Intro to Drawing for Teens (12+ years for first-time artists)
  • Intermediate A2 (12+ years)

Please see our website for the full range of fall classes, including our foundation level courses, figure drawing, painting, manga and more! Registration is currently ongoing for the fall trimester.

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