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Friday 28th April 2017

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Catching up with ActonArt’s Art Year Program, the students are looking at Vermeer’s “dead palette” underpainting technique. By starting with a monochromatic, earthen tone underpainting, students will practice the skill of volumes lighting to get their paintings to shine and feel full of light and tone by their conclusion. While underpainting is not as common as it once was, it is an invaluable practice to make paintings full of life and light.

If you are interested in painting or looking for summer activities, ActonArt has weekly classes and four-day workshops in a variety of interests! Check out our summer schedule to peruse our offerings and register!

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Thursday 27th April 2017

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This week at ActonArt, students are drawing the “Creaking House” - called so because of it’s metal flags and decorations that make a creaking sound in the wind. This beautiful building is only just the beginning though - a small entrance gate to the gigantic summer home of Catherine the Second! Here we have some Basic B, Intermediate A1 & A2 examples.

Also - if you’re looking for summer activities, ActonArt has weekly classes and four-day workshops in a variety of interests! Check out our summer schedule to peruse our offerings and register!

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Monday 24th April 2017

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In the oil painting class at ActonArt, students were painting rain dappled images! By using the colors in the background of the image in the color of the raindrop, it really completes the effect of looking through a window on a rainy day.

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Reminder: Summer Courses are now available for registration!

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Are you looking for awesome summertime art experiences? Check out our offerings for summer courses at ActonArt!

ActonArt offers two types of summer classes: once a week, six-week courses and four day workshops!

Our classes and workshops offer study in foundation drawing, drawing for teens, creative drawing, portrait drawing, cartooning & chibi, charcoal & graphite, manga drawing, mixed media, portfolio development, sculpting, painting and more! See our extensive list of offerings over on our website, and register now!

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Sunday 23rd April 2017

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In the Manga classes before vacation, the students were looking at eyes and expression. One of the defining features of manga characters are their eyes - large and expressive, they tell you a lot about the character’s personality and current emotional state. 

We’ll be back tomorrow in the studio at ActonArt when weekly classes resume -  see you there for something new!

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Friday 21st April 2017

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A peek into a critique day in ActonArt’s Advanced Drawing and Portfolio class. Students bring in their in-progress works, discuss them with their fellow classmates and get advice and suggestions on improving their art. Being able to clearly and concisely talk about art is a key point in progressing as an artist. It not only helps you have conversations with contemporaries, but also be able to self-critique their own art!

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Thursday 20th April 2017

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Some more work from ActonArt’s Botanical Illustration workshop! Sometimes, a technical medium will force students to work differently than they might with other tools. Pastels can demand the user create art with looser, more gestural marks than with graphite or colored pencil.

If you’re looking for workshops like this to try over the summer, you should check out our recently updated summer courses schedule! We offer both afternoon, six-week courses as well as four day workshops.

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Wednesday 19th April 2017

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From Manga class last week at ActonArt, students were studying the dynamics of eye shapes! The eyes are the window to the soul - or so they say - so students were exploring eye shapes, emotions and characterization. Different types of eyes can speak volumes about the personality of a character, and provide much needed diversity to a cast of characters.

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Tuesday 18th April 2017

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Hope you’re having a good spring break so far! Some industrious students at ActonArt are joining us for some wonderful workshops! In the first day of Botanical Illustration, the students talked about using colored pencil to render shapes, colors and contrast while the Sculpture students talked about making art in the round, using air-dry clay from Sheffield MA to make their vessels!

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