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Class Descriptions

THE CLASSES LISTED BELOW represent an age-appropriate progression for students ranging in age from 5 to adult. Some classes can accommodate a range of ages. The curriculum for each class is designed to introduce and reinforce learning objectives that are important for developing a unified understanding of realistic representational drawing. While it is not imperative that students take the entire range of classes, it should be noted that the Intermediate 1 class level is the most comprehensive. Students who wish to acquire a basic and complete understanding of drawing concepts should take this class level. The minimum age for NEW students to join an Intermediate 1 class is 9 years.

TEENAGE STUDENTS who wish to join a class for the first time should consider Drawing for Teens. This class closely parallels the curriculum of the Intermediate 1 class but all students are teen age. It is an ideal starting class level for every new teenage student.
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Beginners Drawing — age 5 to 6.5

A NOTE ON BEGINNER AGES:


Students must be 5 years of age and able to register for Kindergarten in order to join the class during the Fall or Winter trimesters.* First time Beginner students should NOT join classes in the Spring trimester. Children who are slightly older frequently manage this class best. We recommend that Beginners take three trimesters of class before moving to the next level (Basic A). Children at this age require time and practice to retain what they learn in class. Moving Beginner students to a higher level too quickly is likely to create anxiety and frustration. Children should be comfortable and confident in their skills before moving to the Basic A level where projects move faster and students are asked to follow learning objectives more closely.



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BEGINNERS DRAWING


• For ages 5 to 6.5 years (5.5 recommended)
NOTE: Students MUST have a birthdate BEFORE Sept. 1st, 2015 to join a Beginner class at this time.
• See schedule for class days


THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES for Beginners include developing various drawing skills, learning how to properly use materials, and follow general studio procedures. By teaching young children how to use and control materials properly and safely they develop habits that are carried forward. Projects at this level are designed to demonstrate to children how to organize the process of drawing and improve their results. We emphasize planning, sequencing, problem solving, and staying on task. This may all sound very methodical and business-like to an adult but it's all new to young children who quickly see dramatic changes in their drawings. And, we always offer opportunities and encouragement for children to express their personal creative insights as part of their artwork. The essence of "art," regardless of the artist's age, is a result of the skills and techniques they've mastered combined with their creativity and desire to express it.

BEGINNERS CLASSES ARE SIZE LIMITED to eight students. The studio environment is managed so children learn to accept challenges, solve problems and judge their own artwork without debilitating self-criticism. We teach students that drawing requires practice and errors are normal and expected. Not all their results will be satisfying, but they will learn and improve their skills with every project. Materials used are primarily markers, pastels and watercolor paint. Many children are ready to begin drawing with this kind of focus by the age of five, however no two children are alike and it's not possible to predict how any one child will respond. Children must be 5 years of age by Sept 1st to join a class for that year. Please call 978-266-1600 for more information. Placement of children in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation/approval.

*Entering classes mid-year as a Beginner can be difficult for both the child and the instructors who must deal with new and experienced students simultaneously.
 

Basic Drawing — ages 6.5 to 9

BASIC DRAWING — LEVEL A


For ages 6.5 to 7.5
• See
schedule for class days
These classes are intended for students who are either: moving up from Beginners drawing; or 6.5 to 7.5 years old and new to drawing classes; or occasionally even older but less confident in their skills.

BASIC DRAWING — LEVEL B


For ages 7.5 to 9
• See
schedule for class days
These classes are intended for students who are either: moving up from BASIC DRAWING LEVEL A; or 7.5 through 8.5 years old and new to ActonArt Drawing classes; or occasionally older but less confident in their skills.



NOTE: Children under the age of 6.5 should NOT be registered in Basic drawing classes without permission from the director.

Basic Drawing introduces students to a structured drawing process which includes learning how to "see to draw," plan and follow through. The class projects are designed to guide students toward developing drawing skills while encouraging personal expression and creativity. While many of the projects are guided, each student is allowed and encouraged to work with his or her own vision and produce a unique finished piece. As in all ActonArt classes there is no critique, commentary or competition and students are asked to assess their own work. In this safe environment students learn that they can follow their instincts, explore new ideas and take chances in their work without fear of criticism. Placement of children in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation.

 

Intermediate Drawing — age 9 & up

INTERMEDIATE DRAWING — LEVEL A1 AND A2


• 1.5 Hours
• For ages 9 and up (see descriptions for levels and ages)
• See
schedule for class days


INTERMEDIATE drawing offers a continuing focus on visual training, planning and process. These older students seek both naturalistic realism and an opportunity for creative expression. Class projects develop visual perception and drawing skills while exposing students to a wide variety of techniques and media. Subject matter may include: animals, landscape, still life, the human form, as well as various artists and art periods. Students will be encouraged to develop their own style and creative approach. Placement of students in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation.

These classes are intended for students who are:
• 9 years old at a minimum, and moving up from BASIC DRAWING LEVEL B,
• or, 10 to 12 years old and new to drawing classes,
• or older and less confident in their skills, INCLUDING ADULTS.
• A1 Students are first year students at this level. Projects are specific and predominantly guided.
• A2 Students are second year students at this level. Projects are less specific and loosely guided. Frequently brief demonstrations replace instructor guidance and students work independently.

NOTE: INTERMEDIATE A CLASSES ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO LEVELS, A1 and A2 , WITH A2 BEING MORE EXPERIENCED.

• STUDENTS MOVING UP FROM Basic B, or coming in as a new student without prior ActonArt experience should join an A1 class.

• STUDENTS WITH A FULL YEAR or more of experience at the Intermediate A level should join an A2 class. This assumes they can fully engage with projects and use all available class time without rushing to completion. Students who routinely finish early and state that they are "done" should not be in this class level.

 

Drawing for Teens — 7th grade & up

Drawing for Teens


• 1.5 Hours
• For ages 12.5 (in 7th grade) or up
• See
schedule for class days
• All materials provided



One of our most popular classes, Intro Drawing for TEENS, is designed specifically for NEW teenage students who want to learn core drawing skills. This population is frequently age sensitive and this class addresses that issue by grouping only older students together. It will parallel the Intermediate A class curriculum and present a complete drawing program.

This is an ideal class for students who are not able to participate in art classes in school, but have a desire and aptitude for creative endeavors. No prior experience is needed. Only a positive attitude and an open mind!
 

The ART YEAR — ages 12 & up

FOR STUDENTS WHO HAVE COMPLETED THE INTERMEDIATE A2 CLASS LEVEL OR HAVE PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE/SAMPLES

THE ART YEAR


• A two trimester commitment is recommended for all students

• 2 Hours, Saturdays 3:30-5:30PM
• For ages 12 and up
• All materials provided


PRE-REQUISITE CLASSES: Intermediate A2 Drawing (intermediate A1 is also recommended)

The Art Year has been scaled back to accommodate an online learning platform but is currently offered as a two-trimester (almost a full academic year) of sequential projects and studies designed to help students make the transition from exercise based instruction as presented in our regular foundation drawing classes to a more creativity-based, and self-determined approach to making original fine artwork.

The Art Year provides:

• A 
capstone time of art studies and practical application for students completing foundation classes and seeking to continue artistic development
• A 
gateway time for serious art students seeking higher level studies and continuing creative development
• A 
transition time emphasizing 3D studies, independent thinking, and problem solving
• A
recommended pre-requisite for any student seeking to optimize their experience in mediums classes such as painting and mixed media.

OVERVIEW:

The Art Year is designed as the next step for intermediate level students (A2 or higher) who have a committed interest in art and wish to continue developing their skills. It builds upon our foundation drawing classes and begins introducing 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 and begin making their own original artwork. Nearly all projects will be multi-week with an emphasis on finishing the projects. Julie Ripley will lead this class over the course of the Winter and Spring Trimesters.

OBJECTIVE:

Students who have taken Intermediate level classes should have developed a basic but comprehensive understanding of drawing process, including planning, materials, concepts, techniques, problem solving and finish. As they enter their teen years they are able to integrate a much more sophisticated vision of their artwork which also begins to involve interpretation and conceptualization. This series of classes is designed specifically to help in the development of high level skills at a time when many children are able to begin integrating all the “pieces” together. Designed to be taken after Intermediate A2, for 7th grade students or higher, The Art Year will include segments on all core technical and conceptual art skills, including but not limited to: dry drawing media, wet painting media, composition, color theory, art history, creative thinking, and graphic design.

 

Portrait Drawing — ages 12 & up

PORTRAIT DRAWING


• For ages 12 (minimum) & Up
• Wednesday 4 to 5:30 pm — 1.5 Hour
• All materials are included in tuition

Our Portrait Drawing class is designed for Intermediate and higher level students who have a desire to spend time focusing exclusively on drawing faces. Portraits are an engaging challenge that many people are attracted to. Students will learn how to use both predictable proportions, and specific measurements to make portraits that are very good likenesses of their subjects. Every project in this class will be a portrait drawing, including front-on, ¾ view, and profiles.

Students should have a solid working knowledge of concepts including: Line, Light and Shadow, Texture, Perspective and Proportion. Because this kind of drawing requires patience and attention to detail students should have the ability to stay on task for a full 1.5 hours.

Learning to draw accurate portraits is a skill building class. Many students will see significant improvements in their overall drawing skills as a result of a class like this.

PORTRAIT DRAWING & STYLE : CARTOONING

• For ages 12 (minimum) & Up
• Portrait Drawing (above) strongly recommended before this class
• Saturday 12:00 to 1:30 pm — 1.5 Hour
• All materials are included in tuition


INTRO PORTRAIT DRAWING for ADULTS


• For Adults (not recommended for beginners)
• Wednesday 10:00 to 12:00 pm — 2 Hour
• All materials are included in tuition


This class is intended for students who have already taken the portrait drawing class, or have enough experience with portraits that they understand how to begin experimenting with stylistic interpretation of their subjects. Our regular Portrait class (above) is a foundation class that teaches process, structure, measurement and all the “ins and outs” of drawing portraits with accuracy. This new class will encourage students to begin imposing their own style and altered techniques on their subjects.

In the first trimester we will present Portraits as illustrations. These tend to be very stylized images that look remarkably like their subjects but may create an altered persona that the artist manipulates intentionally. Think of the poster portrait of Pres. Obama that said HOPE underneath it. First trimester will be taught by Chris Parent.

The second trimester will introduce painted portraits. This will be an abbreviated painting class that will focus exclusively on painting faces. This will also be the most “realistic” portion of the class since we will focus on painting people as they actually appear. But everyone paints a bit different so each individual artist’s “style” will shine through. Second trimester will be taught by Julie Ripley.

The third and final trimester will introduce cartoon style portraits. These also can look remarkably like the people they represent, but not always! This is actually one of the harder styles of portrait to master for many people. Third trimester will be taught by Jackie Musto.


If you like making portraits, you’re going to love this class!
 

Hyper-Realism Drawing — ages 14 & up

HYPER-REALISM DRAWING 1


• For ages 14 & Up
• Mondays 6:00 to 8:00 pm — 2 Hour
• All materials are included in tuition

HYPER-REALISM DRAWING 2


• For ages 14 & Up
• Must have taken class previously at ActonArt
• Saturday 3:30 to 5:30 pm — 2 Hour
• All materials are included in tuition


Many artists throughout history have developed styles and techniques that allowed them to make artwork that was remarkably “real “in appearance. An entire genre of painting style emerged called Trompe L’oeil that translates in english to “fools the eye,” because it is so real in appearance that objects actually appear to be three-dimensional. This class will focus primarily on making monochrome portraits that appear to be nearly photographic in their texture, tonality and dimension. Students will develop skills while working on small sections like eyes, noses, mouths, hair and more with the goal of eventually combining all the elements together to make hyper-realistic portraits. We recommend that students have prior experience drawing portraits. All needed materials will be provided, however a list of optional materials will also be available.

 

Faces, Features & Figures — Adults and ages 14 & up

Faces, Features & Figures

• For ages 14 and up
• 1.5 Hours
• Tuesday, 4-5:30 PM
• All materials provided

Adult Faces, Features & Figures


• 2 Hours
• Thursday, 10-12 PM
• All materials provided


Our FFF class is for students who are engaged with their artwork at a more serious level. Students who feel they are likely to pursue fine art as a career or serious avocation want a more complete and hands-on learning experience. This 3-part class will offer guidance in developing skills needed for realistic/representational drawing of people. The 1st trimester will introduce the skills and techniques of drawing faces/heads. The 2nd trimester will present some of the most unique challenges including hands, feet, hair, fabric folds, body foreshortening and distortion, plus any specific features that students identify as personal challenges. The 3rd and final trimester will address complete bodies, some light anatomy and live model (clothed) figure drawing.

Part 1: Faces — 12 classes, Early Sept. to Early Dec.
Front view, 3/4 view, profile, foreshortened, highlighted, shadowed, with expressions, male, female, you name it...

Part 2: Features — 12 classes, Early Dec. to mid-March
Hands, feet, hair, fabric folds, body foreshortening and distortion, overall integration of faces, figures and features.

Part 3: Figures — 12 classes, Mid-March to late Jun.
Stick-figure, point to point, gestural, anatomy (light), bodies in motion, perspective, proportion, and more...
 

Creative Sketching & Art Books — ages 12 & up

Creative Sketching and Art Books


• For ages 12 and Up
• Thursday 4 - 5:30
• 1.5 Hour class (requires prior drawing instruction or submission of portfolio artwork for review prior to admission)



From the industrious sketchbook to the beautiful art book, this class will explore all the ways artists can use bookmaking to make their creative efforts easier, explore their ideas and implement those ideas in a more finished form. Students will create their own sketchbooks to contain all their planning and ideas from this class, and create at least one “art book” using a variety of bookmaking methods that will contain a long-form art project of their choosing. (Such as a giant panoramic unfolding landscape, a comic, a series of portraits or abstract pieces - or whatever interests them!) Students are encouraged to use a variety of media and materials to create their projects, and to spend a lot of time researching and exploring their concepts in their sketchbooks in and outside of class time.
 

Natural Science Illustration— ages 12 & up

Natural Science Illustration


• 1.5 Hour class
• Saturdays 10 - 11:30 PM
• For ages 12 and up
• All materials provided


Drawing from the natural world has been a staple of art since the first cave paintings - artists looked to the living world around them and wanted to describe it for other people to understand it's beauty and wonder. Natural science illustration can not only be a relaxing method of drawing, but also a practical one. Much like Audubon, it is a career path in the arts for artists who enjoy the natural world. In this class, students will explore natural objects from plants to animals, feathers to shells and more to look at the tiny details and feeling of these objects and convey them in an illustrative manner. In this way, students will learn not only how to capture these objects realistically, but in a way the information can be relayed to an audience in a way a photo often cannot! 
 

Cartooning & Chibi Drawing — ages 8 & up

Cartooning & Chibi Drawing


• For ages 8 and up
• Friday 4:30 PM, 1 Hour class
• Saturday 1:30 PM, 1 Hour class
• All materials provided


CARTOONING & CHIBI DRAWING is a combination class of both western style cartooning and eastern style Chibi manga—what we recognize as Pokemon-type characters that are cute, grotesque, or even bizarre representations of people, animals, and even supernatural creatures. This kind of drawing is favored by kids in the 6 to 12 year old range, but a majority of Chibi fans are 8 to 10 years old. Our Monday Cartooning/Chibi class will focus on synthesizing both types of characters and developing core drawing skills that apply to all kinds of drawing, both cartoon abstract and realistic-representational. (Cartooning class is held only when there is adequate demand).
 

Manga Drawing 1 — ages 10 & up

Manga Drawing 1


• For ages 10 and Up
• 1 Hour class
• Thursday 4:30-5:30 PM
• Saturday 10-11 AM




MANGA DRAWING 1—This class teaches the popular drawing style known as Manga or Anime. Artwork like this can be seen in many forms, from the comic books “Manga” to the television shows “Anime” and many other products like toys and games. Though this artwork has a very broad appeal, and is cartooned it is also quite challenging to master. Throughout this class students will learn the fundamentals of how to draw Anime and Manga. We will go through how to draw everything from eyes, faces and hands, to full action poses and cute chibi characters. Students are encouraged to draw their own characters throughout the class, and will be shown how to make exciting images with them in it. Although this is class is designed as a base level it is recommended that most students start here, as there is a lot of valuable information in the class.

All Manga classes will use Copic markers and various high quality papers (bristol board, marker paper, etc.) which are included in the tuition. (Not for online classes)
 

Manga 1X Drawing — ages 11 & up

Manga Drawing 1X (Experienced)


• For ages 11 and Up
1.5 Hour class
• Thursday 6-7:30 PM

Serving as an in-between from Manga-1 and Manga-2 this class offers students more time and more in depth instructions on fundamental Manga skills. Since students in this class are expected to have taken the Manga-1 class previously, this class expands upon that information. Projects in this class are the same as the previous class, but new information and more complex ideas are introduced. In addition to more complex ideas students have more time to work, giving them valuable experience with difficult skills like inking and coloring. This is the perfect class for anyone who needs more time and more challenge than the standard Manga class.

Manga Drawing 2


• For ages 12 and Up
• Saturday. 11:30-1:00PM
• 1.5 Hour class (requires Manga 1 previously or submission of portfolio artwork for review prior to admission)

As a high level Manga class Manga-2 is designed to flex your drawing muscles. Students in this class are expected to have a good understanding of all the basic skills of Manga, and be relatively proficient with the techniques. With those skills as a backing projects in this class are more independently focused, allowing students to work on their own problem areas. There is a push in this class to define a personal style, as well as hone and polish the skills that students already have. After taking the Manga-2 class students should be very well equipped to draw just about any picture they can imagine, in an art style they can call their own.
 

Dungeons, Dragons & Drawing — ages 12 & up

Dungeons, Dragons & Drawing 1

• For ages 12 and up
• For students new to the class at ActonArt, not necessarily new to D&D
• Tuesday, 6-8:30 PM, 2.5 hours


Dungeons, Dragons & Drawing 2

• For ages 12 and up
• Must have taken class previously at ActonArt
• Saturday, 3-6 PM, 3 hours


Dungeons and Dragons has always been an amazing way to explore creative and fun ideas, and now it can also be a way to learn useful artistic skills.  Over the course of this class half of the students will participate in a curated and carefully crafted D&D campaign made to help explore the concepts of creating a compelling narrative, and interesting character arc.  At the same time the other half of the students will be making art based on the adventure, leaning techniques for character design, scene drawing, and item art.  Each week the group will swap, so both halves of the class will have the opportunity for both experiences over the course of the summer.  This class will provide both an entertaining and positive group experience, as well as useful and marketable art skills that translate directly to what this booming industry wants to see.  If you are looking for a unique, fun, and useful evening activity for your winter, look no further!
 

Colored Pencil Drawing — ages 12 & up

Colored Pencil Drawing

• For ages 12 and Up
• Friday, 6:00 to 7:30 pm
• 1.5 Hour class
• All high quality materials included

COLORED PENCILS are a very popular medium due to their perceived ease-of-use, their low cost and "clean" working characteristics. While all of these things can be true—the opposite can be as well! Artwork produced by colored pencils can range from ultra-realism to sketchy representation. And with the variety of colored pencils available the single limiting factor is frequently the amount of time an artist is willing to spend to achieve their visions.
 

Ink & Scratchboard Drawing — ages 12 & up

Ink & Scratchboard Drawing


• For ages 12 and up
• Friday, 6-7:30 PM, 1.5 hours
• All materials provided



This class will focus on the methods used to create beautiful artwork in both ink and scratchboard.  Over the course students will be introduced to the various techniques commonly used by artists for these mediums.  Working with various forms of the medium, from simple pen to special brush techniques, and basic scratching to advanced shading once complete students will be familiar with these wonderful materials.  If you are interested in learning how to create compelling and beautiful artwork in black and white this is the class for you.
 

Mixed Media — ages 13 & up

Mixed Media


• For ages 13+
• Prior drawing skills required
• Thursday, 6 PM, 2 Hour class


Mixed Media is a unique class that offers an exploratory experience regarding both materials and techniques. Projects are intended to provide opportunities for students to use a variety of materials and learn or experiment with ways of using them. At the same time students are encouraged to follow their own creative interests regarding subject matter, composition and interpretation.

STUDENTS WILL WORK WITH:
• Printmaking materials and techniques
• Mixed Media

Projects will be assigned with specific learning objectives, and students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter. References and resources will always be available if needed. Projects will frequently require multiple weeks to complete. This is NOT a drawing class and there will be no planned drawing instruction as it is expected that students can already draw well enough to participate.

If you have a student who loves art and has the interest and ability to expand their own creative boundaries they will love Mixed Media.
 

Charcoal & Pastel Drawing — ages 13 & up

Charcoal & Pastel Drawing


• 2 Hours
• Tuesday 6-8
• For ages 13 and up
• All materials provided



Charcoal Drawing, is a foundation class for students who want to develop their ability to see and represent a full range of light and shadow on paper. Charcoal is quite likely the oldest drawing medium. It provides 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. We've included Pastel painting in this class as well since the working characteristics are so similar, however color and color theory are huge subjects that are too large for the scope of this class. While color picking and blending will be covered it will be in a fairly simple presentation.

Anyone considering an art school or arts major would benefit from working in charcoal and pastel before college! Some project artwork from this class may be useful for portfolios.
 

Intro to Watercolor — Adults and ages 11 & up

Intro to Watercolor Painting


• Saturday, 1:00-3:00PM
• 11 and up

• Prior drawing skills recommended

Intro to Watercolor for Adults

• (A-B Community Ed)
• Tuesdays, 12:00-2:00PM
• Prior drawing skills recommended

Introduction to Watercolor is a beginner to intermediate level painting class. This is NOT to say it’s appropriate for beginner artists however. Students with an intermediate level drawing ability are ideal candidates for this class because we will not be able to provide drawing instruction. Since many artists prefer to have a simple drawing in place when starting a painting, students must have basic drawing skills in place already.

Students will learn about watercolor using variety of techniques. - Blending, masking, wiping out, also combining watercolor paint with Pen and watercolor pencils.  Subject matter will range from still lives, to portraits, to landscapes.

If you’ve always wanted to try watercolor painting this is the perfect class to learn the foundation skills.

Julie Ripley, the instructor for this class, is a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.
 

Oil Painting 1 & 2 — ages 13 & up

Oil Painting — Intro & Intermediates


• For ages 13 to Adults
• Sunday, 3 PM
• Prior drawing skills required

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Intro to Oil Painting For Adults

(A-B Community Ed)
• Thursday, 11:30 AM - 2 PM
• Prior drawing skills recommended


LEARNING TO PAINT WITH OILS is far easier than you might think and incredibly satisfying. This full trimester introductory class is designed for teens and adults. The class will be presented by Julie Ripley, a superb professional oil painter and also a regular drawing instructor at ActonArt. Julie has an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is frequently featured in galleries throughout New England. Julie is also a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.

THESE CLASSES WILL PRESENT A SERIES OF PROJECTS, most of them multi-week, designed to teach and guide students through basic processes that are common to many oil paintings. Students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter but reference materials will always be available to assist them if needed.  We recommend that students have some drawing ability however since we will be making simple underdrawings that our paintings will be developed upon.

It’s easy to see why so many people equate oil painting with “fine art.” So many of the master artists we commonly think of worked primarily in oil paint and the iconic masterworks of centuries past tend to be paintings done in oils. It doesn’t take an art conservator to understand why oils have claimed the mantle of popularity among artists. They are remarkably versatile to work with providing artists a broad range of creative options on the canvas. The pigments mix cleanly providing rich colors with clarity and depth. Once cured the medium is stable and capable of enduring many hundreds of years without severe aging effects. The surface can even be cleaned to remove airborne grime and contaminants.

We provide all needed supplies including water soluble oil paints that allow for easy soap and water clean-up at the end of a day of painting. No more toxic solvents and noxious fumes. Life is good, and oil painting is great!

If you have ever found yourself attracted to the idea of learning to paint with oils this is a perfect opportunity. The price is right, the instructor is top notch and the curriculum is serious but completely approachable for beginners. We hope you'll join us!
 

Portrait Painting

Portrait Painting


• Oil Paint (w/some acrylic)
• Friday, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
• Prior drawing skills recommended


This class is intended for students who have already taken the Portrait Drawing and/or the Faces, Figures, and Features Classes or have enough experience with portraits that they already know how to use both predictable proportions, and specific measurements to make portraits that are accurate likenesses of their subjects.

Our Portrait Painting class is designed for students who have a desire to spend time focusing exclusively on painting faces. Portraits are an engaging challenge that many people are attracted to.

Students should have a solid working knowledge of concepts including: Line, Light and Shadow, Texture, Perspective and Proportion.

THESE CLASSES WILL PRESENT A SERIES OF PROJECTS, most of them multi-week, designed to teach and guide students through basic processes that are common to many oil paintings.

Every project in this class will be a portrait painting, including front-on, ¾ view, profiles and facial features.

Most paintings will start with an underpainting in one of three traditional methods – Brunaille (Sepia), Grisaille (Gray scale) or the Dead Palette (earth tone primary colors). Color and tone will then be built up in glazes to create lifelike skin tones and textures.

Occasional Alla Prima (one day) paintings will be completed during the trimester.

It’s easy to see why so many people equate oil painting with “fine art.” So many of the master artists we commonly think of worked primarily in oil paint and the iconic masterworks of centuries past tend to be paintings done in oils. It doesn’t take an art conservator to understand why oils have claimed the mantle of popularity among artists. They are remarkably versatile to work with providing artists a broad range of creative options on the canvas. The pigments mix cleanly providing rich colors with clarity and depth. Once cured the medium is stable and capable of enduring many hundreds of years without severe aging effects. The surface can even be cleaned to remove airborne grime and contaminants.

On top of all these benefits, today we even use AP certified, non-toxic, Winsor & Newton water soluble oil paints that allow for easy soap and water clean-up at the end of a day of painting. No more toxic solvents and noxious fumes. Life is good, and oil painting is great!
 

Advanced Painting

Advanced Painting


• Oil Paint (w/some acrylic)
• Sunday, 5:30 PM to 8 PM
• Prior drawing skills recommended


ADVANCED PAINTING is a high-level, fine art painting class for students who have previously taken painting classes at Acton Art (Oil Painting1 & 2, Portrait Painting, Mixed Media and Painting) or have taken painting classes elsewhere and have demonstrated understanding of paint application, underpainting layers and glazing levels.

This class is for students who wish to further develop their technical painting skills and techniques.

Advanced Painting students are expected to be able to work independently. Paintings should be original ideas, where students either paint from still lives they’ve constructed, reference photos they’ve taken themselves, or sketches and thumbnails, they’ve brainstormed prior to the start of each class. Students should be ready to start painting at the beginning of each class, not spend class time thumbnailing ideas.

Projects in this class may take weeks to complete since students will be expected to fully develop the art though multiple layers, glazes and scumbling. Students will be the primary decision makers regarding the execution of their artwork. There may however be specific learning objectives presented to challenge them and direct them toward useful experiences.

We will be using AP certified, non-toxic, Winsor & Newton water soluble oil paints that allow for easy soap and water clean-up at the end of a day of painting. No more toxic solvents and noxious fumes. Students may also purchase additional supplies if they choose to work in Acrylic or Watercolor Paint.
 

Advanced Studio Art

A portfolio level class. Ideal for Art majors.


NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT OPEN FOR GENERAL ENROLLMENT. It is currently an invitation only class, however anyone who can provide samples demonstrating the required skill and knowledge will be given serious consideration for placement. For more information please contact info@actonart.com

Advanced Studio Art


• Thursday 6 PM
• 2 Hours


ADVANCED STUDIO DRAWING & PAINTING is a high-level, fine art class for students who have demonstrated understanding of the most complex visual perceptions and wish to further develop their skills and techniques. Emphasis will be on three dimensional subjects including tabletop sets, textural objects, lighting effects, figure-drawing models (clothed) and more. Projects in this class may take weeks to complete since students will be expected to fully develop the art. A variety of ActonArt instructors will lead this class giving students access to their individual strengths and experience with various mediums and techniques. Students will be the primary decision makers regarding the execution of their artwork. There may however be specific learning objectives presented to challenge them and direct them toward useful experiences.

Advanced Studio students will be offered the options of working with:

DRAWING MATERIALS
• Graphite (in all forms)
• Charcoal (block, powder, vine, etc.)
• Colored Pencil (professional quality, unlimited techniques)
• Soft Pastels (sticks, pencils, powder, etc.)
• Oil Pastels
• Pen or Brush & Ink

PAINT
• Oils (professional quality, water-soluble
• Acrylic
• Watercolor and gouache (Winsor Newton, Cotman)
• Airbrush
• Palette knife

MIXED MEDIA
• Dimensional paper sculpture
• Any media combinations that work!

Advanced Studio Drawing & Painting students are expected to be able to work independently. Students should expect to use a variety of resource materials, tools and techniques including some that they may develop on their own. Projects will frequently require multiple weeks to complete.
 

Portfolio Development

A focused environment for portfolio building
2 HOUR

Portfolio Development


• Thursday, 6 PM
• 2 Hours


Portfolio Development is a production-oriented class intended for high school age students who wish to expand their fine art portfolio prior to applying to higher education fine arts programs. Most public and private schools offer good and practical instruction toward producing standard portfolio materials that colleges and art schools want to see. Nonetheless most students should produce artwork that also accurately defines their personal style and interest. As colleges have modified their acceptance criteria in recent years students who can more precisely define their goals and the schools they believe will support their aspirations, have a better chance of making a favorable impression.

Why would you want this?

Portfolio Development is a class that offers students a structured time to focus on this important element of their path, to create portfolio specific artwork, with guidance and feedback, using any of the high quality professional materials in our studios. Students do not need to have attended any classes previously at ActonArt. Students will be encouraged to define their own projects and express their own style and not that of the instructor. Students will also be encouraged to be productive with their time as drawing, painting and most other art forms can be very time consuming.

What materials can you work with?

Most portfolio art is drawing-based since it allows reviewers to identify core-skill strengths and weaknesses quickly. As such your portfolio should demonstrate strong drawing skills. Virtually all drawing mediums are available in our studio and Portfolio Development students may use any and all of them. These include: Graphite, colored and pastel pencils, soft and oil pastels, charcoal stick and vine, pen/brush and ink, and more. Painting is typically a part of most portfolios, and we provide professional quality paints such as watercolor, gouache, acrylic and water soluble oils. Surfaces available include a variety of drawing papers, bristol board, heavy and lightweight watercolor papers, canvas and hardboard panels. Various materials do require preparation before use. The above listed materials are basics and do not represent the complete range of materials that are available at ActonArt. In addition students who wish to work with unusual materials (such as fabrics, leather, hand made surfaces, metal foil sheets, print making materials or others) can be accommodated if advance notice is provided. An additional materials charge might be required if those costs are above the expected range.

Who is eligible?

Students in Portfolio Development should be a minimum age of 15.

Interested but not sure?

Most students and families who are considering Portfolio Development find a visit to the studio is helpful to decide if this will be a good fit and learn more about the class details. Please call 978-266-1600 or email info@actonart.com for more information.
 

Drawing for Adult Beginners

Drawing for Adult Beginners

(A-B Community Ed)
• Monday 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM
• all materials provided
• No critiques, criticism, or comparisons


Have you ever wished you could draw but didn't know where to begin? Perhaps you even feel intimidated by the idea of taking a drawing class because you don't believe you have "talent" or don't already know how to draw. Drawing is a skill that can be taught and learned and it's never too late to learn. ActonArt's Drawing for Adult Beginners course will introduce you to the concepts and visual perceptions that are the basic foundation of realistic / representational drawing in a relaxing, no-critique environment. Guided projects and exercises will cover the use of line (edges), tone (light and shadow), spaces (negative and positive), and relationships (perspective, proportion, etc.) A variety of mediums may be used, including graphite, charcoal, marker, soft pastel or colored pencil. Absolutely no experience is necessary or expected. All high quality materials are included in the course fee.
 

Intro to Painting for Adults

Intro to Painting (Adults)

(A-B Community Ed)
• Watercolor, Acrylic and Oil Paint
• Mondays, 12 PM to 2 PM
• Prior drawing skills recommended


We have had many requests for a general painting instruction class over the years. Since we’ve recently expanded our studio space—resulting in more blocks of teaching time—we can finally fit it in!

Introduction to Painting is a beginner to intermediate level painting class. This is NOT to say it’s appropriate for beginner artists however. Students with an intermediate level drawing ability are ideal candidates for this class because we will not be able to provide drawing instruction. Since many artists prefer to have a simple drawing in place when starting a painting, students must have basic drawing skills in place already.

Students will learn about watercolor, acrylic and oil paint and materials, and variety of techniques.

Because each medium is distinctly different in the way it is used, technique is extremely important, and that’s what we’ll be teaching.

If you’ve always wanted to try painting this is the perfect class to learn the foundation skills of these various mediums — or to take what you already know to a higher level.

Call 978-266-1600 for more information, or register online today!

Julie Ripley, the instructor for this class, is a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.
 

Adult Studio Art

Adult Studio Art


• Tuesday 10:00 AM to 12 Noon
• all materials provided
• recommended for intermediate to more experienced participants


This class has been designed for people who have some experience and would like a mixture of studio time for independent work/experimentation, as well as structured projects that guide students in working with new materials and techniques. We’re also going to include some instructed figure drawing, with at least one class that will feature a live model and a variety of poses. All high quality materials are included in the course fee.

Now you can feed your artistic brain, be guided through the use of new materials and techniques, and have complete freedom to work independently all in the same class! Register today and come have some fun!

About Foundation Classes

DRAWING CLASSES
Our once per week classes at ActonArt are presented along a guided or semi-guided demonstration model where instructors lead students through logical thinking processes and actual drawing sequences. Students work on their own artwork independently and follow the "process" as presented by the instructor. Using this instructional technique students are able to see the drawing being built as a demonstration in front of them, yet also work independently by interpreting and following the verbal and visual instructions. Most of the learning takes place as a result of the hands-on execution by each student who attempts to model their artwork after the instructor's drawing. Instructors demonstrate how to resolve problems and move through routine issues that every artist faces during projects.

WEEKLY PROJECTS
Projects are designed for each age/ability level. We make every effort to create projects that are interesting to children. Frequently we present background information on the subject matter to give students more information with the goal of engaging them even more. Students who are curious or engaged by a subject are much more likely to stay focused and pay close attention to the instructor. Typically Beginners and Basic Drawing classes feature a new project, and new subject matter each week. Intermediate level classes do have multi-week projects but the majority are single week as well.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Every project is created with a specific learning objective which varies according to the class level and student ages. Some projects may be identical regarding the subject matter but the learning objectives may be different depending upon age level. The learning objectives are age-appropriate and provide enough flexibility that students who fall above or below the average skill-set can still learn and benefit.

MATERIALS AND SUPPLIES
ActonArt provides necessary materials and supplies for all regular foundation drawing classes. We use very high quality supplies that are capable of producing excellent results. Students are expected to have respect for the materials and supplies since they are shared by many classes. Portfolio and specialty classes may have additional materials charges due to the quantity or artist grade quality of supplies provided.

STUDENT ARTWORK
We consider Foundation class projects completed in class to be exercises that lead students through specific learning objectives. Many students will create stunning artwork which is clearly worthy of being seen as "fine art" but we do not recommend that students represent it as original artwork outside of the studio in exhibitions or competitions. All artwork produced in classes belongs to the student and they make take it home at any time.

STUDENT BEHAVIOR
ActonArt classes are designed to provide the best possible learning experience for every student. Our standards are high and we constantly measure our performance. To create and maintain this environment we must require appropriate behavior from our students. Any activity which distracts/disrupts other students in the class (including late arrival) is unacceptable. Students will always be given reasonable opportunities to modify unacceptable behavior and remain in a class. However, if students persist with classroom disruptions we have no choice but to remove them. We understand that many children have behavioral and/or learning disabilities which may influence their classroom behavior. The ActonArt experience can greatly benefit these children, and we will always try to be as flexible as possible, however we cannot allow any class to be repeatedly disrupted. Please help us to help your children by reinforcing these classroom requirements. If you have questions or concerns please speak with us.