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Friday 18th January 2019

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From the Creating Comics class at ActonArt: a lesson on line weight.

Line weight is simply the use of various thicknesses of line to delineate between objects, show roundness and light. In this exercise, students started with a topic to create a simple comic strip, design a character and show an action. Line weight helped bring characters forward, show importance and push the background back in space.

Thursday 17th January 2019

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Some more color pencil still life drawings from the Art Year Program at ActonArt.

Wednesday 16th January 2019

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From the Intro to Oil Painting class at ActonArt: flat underpaintings.

An underpainting provides a basis and structure to add more detailed parts later, as well as helps lay out a painting before committing to a final design.

Tuesday 15th January 2019

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This week at ActonArt, Foundation students are working with watercolor!

This juvenile snowy owl is a great subject to show color in white objects, as well as a little pattern work.

Monday 14th January 2019

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Creative Drawing students at ActonArt were taking advantage of a very cool opportunity - the Doodle 4 Google contest!

Each year, Google holds a contest for school-aged participants to design a Google Doodle around a theme - the winner receives a college scholarship, money for their school and gets to have their doodle on Google for a day! In class, we discussed the theme and how the students might visually represent their ideas. 

Sunday 13th January 2019

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In the Art Year Program at ActonArt, students were studying light and color with color pencils.

Drawing from a still life, students had to discover the color in all-white objects placed upon toned sheets of paper. Color pencils provided an excellent avenue for this, as well as giving some much needed practice with the medium.

Saturday 12th January 2019

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The lizards are done for the week - but we’ll see you next week at ActonArt for something new!

Friday 11th January 2019

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An assortment of work from the Studio Art and Portfolio Development classes at ActonArt.

Students are hard at work developing skills and finishing off pieces for their portfolios as submission deadlines loom! Each student focuses on whatever aspect they’d like to improve in their repertoire; from paint to pencil, portrait to landscape.

Thursday 10th January 2019

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From the Manga 2 class at ActonArt: style copy.

By studying and emulating the style of another artist or genre of anime, students gain insight into what makes that style of drawing work.

Wednesday 9th January 2019

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In the Art Year Program, students at ActonArt were trying their hand at charcoal portraits.

Tasked with drawing each other, the charcoal medium provided the opportunity to render shapes with sharp and soft shadows.