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There are only MONDAY and SATURDAY classes this week!

Monday 19th June 2017

ActonArt students who attend Monday and Saturday classes should come in this week for their last classes! We missed one each because of holidays/the art show, so you’ll be making up the missed projects!

Don’t forget to take home your portfolios!

Plus - summer classes and workshops are still enrolling! Check out our website for more details!

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Thursday 15th June 2017

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For the last full week of classes at ActonArt, students are tackling the Choice Project! In this challenge, the student must select a picture to draw that they can complete in one class - they must approach it with skills learned in class (proportional measuring, base shapes, etc) and work independently from start to finish. It’s a great way to show off all the things they learned over the course of their time here! 

And a reminder: There are still MONDAY and SATURDAY classes next week! Monday and Saturday classes will be drawing the lessons they missed for the Monday holiday and the Saturday before the art show. Everyone else - we’ll see you over the summer for classes and workshops or in the fall!

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Wednesday 14th June 2017

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From our art show this weekend: some of the advanced drawing and portfolio students chipping in by starting our chalk drawing and doing some face painting!

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This is the last week for the Spring Trimester at ActonArt!

Monday 12th June 2017

For Tuesday-Friday classes, this week will be your last class for the spring here at ActonArt! Please remember to take home your portfolio and all your art work!

For Monday and Saturday students - you still have one class left! Monday students last class will be Monday, June 19th - and Saturday classes have one class left on Saturday, June 24th.

If you’re still looking for summer activities, check out our schedule for weekly classes and workshops here!

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Sunday 11th June 2017

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That’s a wrap on the 2017 ActonArt Student Show! Thank you so much to the family, friends and students who came and showed off their art. It’s always an honor and privilege to talk to everyone and show off how skilled our students are!

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Sunday 11th June 2017

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Today’s the day -  It’s the 2017 ActonArt Student Show!

Come join us from 10am-5pm today to see all of the work from our amazing students!

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There are NO CLASSES at ActonArt today!

Saturday 10th June 2017
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We’re busy setting up for the 2017 ActonArt Student Show! We’ll see you tomorrow to look at the amazing artwork our students have submitted! 

(Saturday students will have an additional day of class on Saturday, June 24th.)

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Thursday 8th June 2017

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Some more Thai Longtail Boats from ActonArt. In this process, Intermediate A2 students first rendered the boats and scene in oil pastel - omitting any areas they wanted to contain blue hues. When adding the blue as watercolor washes, it then resists off the oil pastel!

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Wednesday 7th June 2017

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In the Intro to Portraits class at ActonArt, students were studying the skull! With excellent definition of lights and shadows, by drawing the skull it helps bring to light the planes of the face below the skin, and a greater understanding of why the highlights and shadows on the face appear where they do.

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Tuesday 6th June 2017

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In this week’s project at ActonArt, students were drawing Thai Longtail Boats! These dexterous wooden boats are so named for their long rudder which allows them to sharply turn and even race and do tricks!

The Basic level classes are using pastel and marker to render out some boats in perspective, while the Intermediate A2 class tackled oil pastel and watercolor resist.

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Monday 5th June 2017

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Did you know…

We had over 200 students submit artwork to the ActonArt Show this year? It’s promising to be a HUGE event, and we’re so excited to see all the art work that has come in.

We’d love to see the students, friends and family on the big day, Sunday June 11th.  If you’re interested in attending the show, please sign up in the studio to give us an idea of what time you’re thinking of coming - the Art Show tends to be a rather busy affair, so you can see when it’s looking to be a busy or slower time and plan your schedule around that.

Can’t wait to see you there!

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Saturday 3rd June 2017

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Our goddesses are off to Mount Olympus, but we’ll see you at ActonArt next week for something new!

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Friday 2nd June 2017

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Are you looking for summer art-related activities?

ActonArt has a ton of weekly classes and workshops on offer from June-August. Please check out our summer schedule over on our website for full details and to register for classes!

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Thursday 1st June 2017

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In ActonArt’s Intermediate A2 classes, students were rendering Athena in scratchboard! This technique uses small, bladed tools to scratch away a layer of ink off the white paper below. This reveals the highlights of the image instead of drawing the lines and shadow.

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Wednesday 31st May 2017

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Some views from the Advanced Drawing and Portfolio class last week. We even had some students from ActonArt who graduated last year come back and talk about their first year of college!

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Tuesday 30th May 2017

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This week at ActonArt, we’re challenging our students with a full-body pose of Athena! This Greek Goddess is the embodiment of war, wisdom and creativity - and we’re hoping she’ll inspire our students!

These Basic B examples are using marker and colored pencil to mimic the look of a referenced sculpture.

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Monday 29th May 2017

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In the Creative Drawing class at ActonArt, students were finishing up their single page comics for the yearly zine! This year’s zine theme was “View from Within” - you’ll be able to see the finished zine at this year’s Student Art Show on June 11th!

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Sunday 28th May 2017

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Last week in ActonArt’s Faces Features Figures classes, students were looking at master artists and specifically their use of color in skin tones. Many masters had a deft understanding of using tone in underpainting, and letting those colors peek through. Students were asked to plumb the depths of the color choices and really seek out what colors made up the skin. This is a two week project, so we’ll try and catch up with the finished results!

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Saturday 27th May 2017

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The Marine Iguanas at ActonArt are swimming off to a different island, but we’ll see you next week with something new!

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Friday 26th May 2017

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In Faces Features Figures at ActonArt last week, students had a live model (one of our former students, actually!). Using all their study so far about proportions, muscles, fabric folds and light they drew our model in several short poses to warm up, and then a few longer stretches of drawings.

Live model drawing is an integral skill for portrait and figure drawing artists, as it’s a completely different skill-set than drawing from a photo. A live model moves slightly, adjusts and generally breathes life into a drawing session.

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