ActonArt

Drawing School

Multi-Day Workshops

Workshop descriptions below include age ranges, number of days, hours each day, and tuition totals. Please contact us at info@actonart.com if you have any other questions.
WEEK ONE - JUNE 27 – JULY 1

Manga Crashcourse

JUNE 27–30
For ages 10 & up
4 day workshop/12 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$325 all supplies included

This workshop 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 workshop 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 workshop, and will be shown how to make exciting images with them in it.

Anatomy for the Artist

JUNE 28–30
For ages 14+
3-Day workshop / 9 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$275 all supplies included

In this summer drawing program, we focus on the face, hands and full body from both the muscular and skeletal structures as well as the surface layer. Studying what the human body is composed of often brings a stronger understanding to the parts of the body we see everyday! This three day workshop involves the use of well-known artist tools such as graphite, charcoal and color pencils.
WEEK TWO - JULY 5 – 8

Drawing from Observation/Life

JULY 5–7
For ages 14+
3-Day workshop / 9 hrs total
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily
$275 all supplies included

Do you want to go out into the world and draw what you see? Do you want to draw like the old masters and set up a wonderful studio to draw in? Then this workshop is for you! In this four day workshop students will explore the process of drawing from real objects, and observing three dimensional space. Subjects will include still lives and live models, and we will be working with a variety of materials which are conducive to this method of art. Drawing from observation in this way has many overlaps with drawing from photos, but is in many ways a completely new experience. If you are interested in trying this fun and challenging classic method of drawing then this is the workshop for you.

Cartooning & Chibi Crashcourse

JULY 5–7
For ages 9 & up
3-Day workshop / 9 hrs total
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily
$275 all supplies included

This 3-day workshop will take students through the drawing process for variety of popular cartoon characters. Starting with western cartoons, from classic to modern, and moving to eastern “chibi” style characters we will talk about how to construct and complete a finished drawing. When done students will have an understanding of the basic methods of how to draw in these popular styles.
WEEK THREE - JULY 11 – 15

Ink & Scratchboard Drawing

JULY 11–14
For ages 12+
4-Day workshop / 12 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$325 all supplies included

This four day workshop will focus on the methods used to create beautiful artwork in both ink and scratchboard. Over the course of the week students will be introduced to the various techniques commonly used by artists for these mediums. Working with materials ranging from simple ball point pens to special artists dip pens, and introducing the unique qualities of scratchboard students will work through a number of semi guided projects. Using simple to advanced shading once the workshop is 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 workshop for you.

Advanced Cartooning

JULY 12–14
For ages 12+
3-Day workshop / 9 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$275 all supplies included

For students who are already familiar with basic cartooning techniques and are itching to develop their own style, this workshop helps breakdown the elements of style by examining current popular cartoons in television and film, and challenges them to adopt their own characters and concepts into these styles. Acting like a “master copy” does for fine arts, this “style copy” helps us understand what it is we like about a style, and how to develop our own methods from these ideas. This three-day workshop involves the use of pencil, pen and marker.
(This workshop will not be a guided instruction on how to draw specific cartoon characters. For that please refer to the cartooning & Chibi class or workshop)

Print Making Workshop

JULY 11–14
For ages 14+
4-Day workshop / 12 hrs total
12:30 PM to 3:30 PM daily
$355 all supplies included

This 4-day workshop will take students through the print-making processes of Monoprinting, Linocut, and Etching. Making prints is especially fun since there’s always that anticipation and surprise of the FIRST print made! Monoprints are ALL first prints, but Linocuts and Etching offer students the opportunity to create repeat prints and variations. Subject matter will be student’s choice. There’s nothing quite like print making where one “original” can make multiple pieces of art.
WEEK FOUR - JULY 18 – 22

Sculpting Crashcourse

JULY 18–21
For ages 12+
4-Day workshop / 12 hrs total
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily
$355 all supplies included

This four day workshop will cover the basic methods used for creating small sculptures and working with multiple sculptural mediums. We will cover many techniques from mixing and applying clay, to thinking three dimensionally and using sculpture tools to create shape and form. There will also be an exploration into the history of 3D art, and how it has been made throughout the past and present. Students who take this class will leave with a series of small sculptures demonstrating different techniques, as well as the skillset to make more at home.

Drawing for Teens Workshop

JULY 18–21
For ages 12+ (7th grade or higher)
4-Day workshop / 12 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$325 all supplies included

This is a 4-day condensed version of one of our most popular classes, Intro Drawing for TEENS, which 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. This class 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.

This is an ideal class for students who are not able to participate in art classes in public/private schools, but have a desire and aptitude for creative endeavors. No prior experience is needed. Only a positive attitude and an open mind!
WEEK FIVE - JULY 25 – 29

Manga Crashcourse

JULY 25–28
For ages 10 & up
4 day workshop/12 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$325 all supplies included

This workshop 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 workshop 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 workshop, and will be shown how to make exciting images with them in it.

Portrait & Figure Painting Workshop

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JULY 25–28
For ages 14+
4-Day workshop / 12 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$355 all supplies included

Few things will help develop painting skills more than portraiture and figures. This workshop will introduce students to a series of projects intended to guide them through the process of creating a portrait and figure painting that demonstrates dimension, light and color. Students should have an intermediate level of drawing skill (at minimum) and some prior painting experience is recommended. This workshop will include all needed supplies and features acrylic paint and water-soluble oil paints and mediums.

Myths, Monsters & Magic

JULY 26–28
For ages 12+ (7th grade or higher)
3-Day workshop / 9 hrs total
12:30 to 3:30 PM daily
$275 all supplies included

Do you love dragons, wyverns, unicorns and fantastical creatures? Ever wonder how fantasy artists figure out how to draw all that stuff? Well then this is your class! By looking at the weird and wonderful world around us, we can draw inspiration and cook up our very own versions of these popular mythic beasts. This partially guided drawing class will get you started with your own base creature, then give you the opportunity to let your imagination take the reins. While previous drawing skill is not required, it is encouraged. This three day workshop involves the use of pencil, pen, marker and colored pencil.
WEEK SIX - AUGUST 1 – 5

Hand Made Paper Workshop

AUGUST 1–2
For ages 12 +
2 day workshop/ 6 hrs total
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily
$175 all supplies included

This two day workshop will show the basic process of making paper. Students will learn how to recycle existing paper products into new and interesting paper which can be used for many artistic purposes. The resulting paper can be thick or thin, and colored to the students desire, allowing for very unique outcomes. Once finished not only will participants have beautiful papers, but will also be able to use these skills on their own to make more at home.

(Due to hand made paper taking time to dry students will need to pickup some paper the day after the workshop concludes)

Portrait Drawing for Beginners

AUGUST 3–4
For ages 12 +
2 day workshop/ 6 hrs total
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM daily
$175 all supplies included

Want to draw portraits but every time you try you end up with an emoji smile? This is the workshop for you! Over two days we will go over the fundamentals of facial structure and basic features. We will talk about how and where to put features on a face, as well as how to make a good looking head shape. And when we're done you will have enough knowledge to start drawing portraits with confidence.

Cartooning & Chibi

AUGUST 1–4
For ages 9 & up
4-day workshop/ 12 hrs total
12:30 AM to 3:30 PM daily
$325 all supplies included

This 4-day workshop will take students through the drawing process for variety of popular cartoon characters. Starting with western cartoons, from classic to modern, and moving to eastern “chibi” style characters we will talk about how to construct and complete a finished drawing. When done students will have an understanding of the basic methods of how to draw in these popular styles.