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Colored pencil with Copic and watercolor; from the Color Pencil Workshop at ActonArt.
Manga classes at ActonArt get down with that sweet Japanese-style drawing!
We realized long ago that manga and anime were so popular with the student body that we just had to offer classes for these eager minds! Starting with the Cartooning & Chibi class, students 8 years and up can learn to draw their favorite western and eastern-style cartoons. Manga 1 is an introductory class for ages 10+ where they learn the basics of the style. Manga 1X expounds upon these core ideas, and is for students who have completed Manga 1. For advanced students with a higher skill level and have completed Manga 1, Manga 2 class presents new topics and more challenging projects. More details about these and our other classes can be found on our website.
The Art Year Program at ActonArt is one of favorite new offerings.
Aimed at students who are 12+ have completed core foundation concepts and are looking to expand their “toolbox” of art making skills, the Art Year Program provides a robust and complete overview of everything they would need to create and work more independently as maturing artists.
This full year, three-trimester program begins with an in-depth look at the ground level of art: how to make an interesting piece from a construction point of view as well as conceptual. Students learn about idea generation, and how to take those ideas and form them into the most dynamic pieces they can. Moving onto dry media, they tackle graphite, charcoal, colored pencil and more in a highly technical way. This often includes direct from life drawing of objects or models. They then switch gears and move into sculpture - creating art in three dimensions is a wildly different skill set, and often overlooked by developing students. Finally, the Art Year moves to art history and painting. By looking back to the founders of the medium, students learn why artists use the techniques they do and the history of the craft.
This program not only gives the students a fully rounded smattering of the arts, but prepares them for higher level classes here at ActonArt - and beyond! Many of the students here have taken the class in preparation of heading to an art college or career.
These palette knife landscapes are so calming, don’t you think? The Oil Painting students at ActonArt did a great job!
We offer quite a few classes in the painting department - Intro to Painting covers several genres, including watercolor, acrylic and oil painting. The Oil Painting classes focuses exclusively on the medium of oil, where we use non-toxic water-based oil paints. The Mixed Media class works with painting and other media to create unique pieces of art.
Foundation Drawing classes at ActonArt touch upon a whole range of skills, techniques and media for students.
From graphite, charcoal and pencil to watercolor and copic markers, we not only provide hands-on, guided instruction for a variety of media - but also a wide range of subject matter. We draw animals, people, places, and objects - all while talking about the subject and how to accurately create an image for the skill level of the class.
Beginners classes cater to students age 5-6.5 years, Basic A for 6.5-7.5 years, Basic B from 7.5-9 years, then Intermediate A1 for ages 9-11 and Intermediate A2 for ages 12+.
These fuzzy foxes and cheerful armadillos are from the Drawing for Teens class at ActonArt!
We often have students who are teenagers, but it’s their first time taking a drawing class. Rather than matriculate them into a class with younger students where they will feel uncomfortable, we’ve developed an environment where they can instead be around their peers! This Foundation Drawing class is just the place for students 13+ who are ready to try their hand at drawing.
From the Oil Painting course at ActonArt: some non-traditional figure paintings!
For these pieces, reference photos were torn up and re-arranged on the table, then used for reference for the final image. This helps take some of the fear and hesitation out of drawing and painting the figure since the artist no longer has to worry so much about proportional accuracy!
An awesome selection of work from ActonArt’s Comic Workshop!
Comics will be offered as a 12-week course in the winter trimester, where students will learn how to structure panels, make characters and actually walk away with some comics!
From the Color Pencil Workshop at ActonArt.
Color pencils are a popular medium, but often not used to their best! By learning basic techniques in application and markmaking, these pencils can really perform.