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  • Green cow in oil pastel

    Beginners Drawing

    Ages 5 to 6.5 (5.5 recommended)

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.
     
    A NOTE ON BEGINNER AGES:


    Children
    must be 5 years of age and able to register for Kindergarten (meaning a birth date prior to Sept. 1, 2014) in order to join the class during the 2019-2020 Fall, Winter or Spring trimesters.* First time Beginner students should NOT join classes in the Spring trimester. Children who are slightly older frequently manage this class best. We recommend that Beginners take three trimesters of class before moving to the next level (Basic A). Children at this age require time and practice to retain what they learn in class. Moving Beginner students to a higher level too quickly is likely to create anxiety and frustration. Children should be comfortable and confident in their skills before moving to the Basic A level where projects move faster and students are asked to follow learning objectives more closely.



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    BEGINNERS DRAWING


    • For ages 5 to 6.5 years (5.5 recommended)
    NOTE: Students MUST have a birthdate BEFORE September 1st, 2014 to join a Beginner class at this time.
    • See schedule for class days


    THE LEARNING OBJECTIVES for Beginners include developing various drawing skills, learning how to properly use materials, and follow general studio procedures. By teaching young children how to use and control materials properly and safely they develop habits that are carried forward. Projects at this level are designed to demonstrate to children how to organize the process of drawing and improve their results. We emphasize planning, sequencing, problem solving, and staying on task. This may all sound very methodical and business-like to an adult but it's all new to young children who quickly see dramatic changes in their drawings. And, we always offer opportunities and encouragement for children to express their personal creative insights as part of their artwork. The essence of "art," regardless of the artist's age, is a result of the skills and techniques they've mastered combined with their creativity and desire to express it.

    BEGINNERS CLASSES ARE SIZE LIMITED to eight students. The studio environment is managed so children learn to accept challenges, solve problems and judge their own artwork without debilitating self-criticism. We teach students that drawing requires practice and errors are normal and expected. Not all their results will be satisfying, but they will learn and improve their skills with every project. Materials used are primarily markers, pastels and watercolor paint. Many children are ready to begin drawing with this kind of focus by the age of five, however no two children are alike and it's not possible to predict how any one child will respond. We do not accept registrations for children under the age of five without verbal confirmation from the ActonArt Program Director. Please call 978-266-1600 for more information. Placement of children in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation/approval.

    *Entering classes mid-year as a Beginner can be difficult for both the child and the instructors who must deal with new and experienced students simultaneously.
    Age 05,Age 06
  • Marker drawing of Indian Pony with feathers

    Basic-A Drawing

    Ages 6.5 to 7.5 years

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.
     

    BASIC DRAWING — LEVEL A


    For ages 6.5 to 7.5
    • See
    schedule for class days
    These classes are intended for students who are either: moving up from Beginners drawing; or 6.5 to 7.5 years old and new to drawing classes; or occasionally even older but less confident in their skills.

    NOTE: Children under the age of 6.5 should NOT be registered in Basic drawing classes without permission from the director.

    Basic Drawing introduces students to a structured drawing process which includes learning how to "see to draw," plan and follow through. The class projects are designed to guide students toward developing drawing skills while encouraging personal expression and creativity. While many of the projects are guided, each student is allowed and encouraged to work with his or her own vision and produce a unique finished piece. As in all ActonArt classes there is no critique, commentary or competition and students are asked to assess their own work. In this safe environment students learn that they can follow their instincts, explore new ideas and take chances in their work without fear of criticism. Placement of children in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation.

    Age 06,Age 07
  • Red and blue Chinese Dragon drawing

    Intermediate-A1 Drawing

    Ages 9 and Up

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.
     

    INTERMEDIATE DRAWING — LEVEL A1 AND A2


    • 1.5 Hours
    • For ages 9 and up (see descriptions for levels and ages)
    • See
    schedule for class days


    INTERMEDIATE drawing 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. Placement of students in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation.

    These classes are intended for students who are:
    • 9 years old at a minimum, and moving up from BASIC DRAWING LEVEL B,
    • or, 10 to 12 years old and new to drawing classes,
    • or older and less confident in their skills, INCLUDING ADULTS.
    • A1 Students are first year students at this level. Projects are specific and predominantly guided.
    • A2 Students are second year students at this level. Projects are less specific and loosely guided. Frequently brief demonstrations replace instructor guidance and students work independently.

    NOTE: INTERMEDIATE A CLASSES ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO LEVELS, A1 and A2 , WITH A2 BEING MORE EXPERIENCED.

    • STUDENTS MOVING UP FROM Basic B, or coming in as a new student without prior ActonArt experience should join an A1 class.

    • STUDENTS WITH A FULL YEAR or more of experience at the Intermediate A level should join an A2 class. This assumes they can fully engage with projects and use all available class time without rushing to completion. Students who routinely finish early and state that they are "done" should not be in this class level.

    Age 09,Age 10,Age 11,Teen,Adult
  • Toucan in colored marker by L. Kemeny

    Basic-B Drawing

    Ages 7.5 to 9 years

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.
     

    BASIC DRAWING — LEVEL B


    For ages 7.5 to 9
    • See
    schedule for class days
    These classes are intended for students who are either: moving up from BASIC DRAWING LEVEL A; or 7.5 through 8.5 years old and new to ActonArt Drawing classes; or occasionally older but less confident in their skills.

    NOTE: Children under the age of 6.5 should NOT be registered in Basic drawing classes without permission from the director.

    Basic Drawing introduces students to a structured drawing process which includes learning how to "see to draw," plan and follow through. The class projects are designed to guide students toward developing drawing skills while encouraging personal expression and creativity. While many of the projects are guided, each student is allowed and encouraged to work with his or her own vision and produce a unique finished piece. As in all ActonArt classes there is no critique, commentary or competition and students are asked to assess their own work. In this safe environment students learn that they can follow their instincts, explore new ideas and take chances in their work without fear of criticism. Placement of children in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation.

    Age 07,Age 08,Age 09
  • Graphite drawing using perspective, mouse on fence
     

    Drawing for Teens

    Ages 12.5 and up (7th grade and higher)

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.

    Drawing for Teens


    • 1.5 Hours
    • For ages 12.5 (in 7th grade) or up
    • See
    schedule for class days
    • All materials provided



    One of our most popular classes, Intro Drawing for TEENS, 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. It will parallel the Intermediate A1 class curriculum and present a complete drawing program.

    This is an ideal class for students who are not able to participate in art classes in school, but have a desire and aptitude for creative endeavors. No prior experience is needed. Only a positive attitude and an open mind!
    Age 12,Teen
  • Purple cow
     

    Intermediate-A2 Drawing

    Ages 12 and Up

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.

    REQUIRES: Prior Intermediate A1 classes or samples of current artwork

    INTERMEDIATE DRAWING — LEVEL A1 AND A2


    • 1.5 Hours
    • For ages 9 and up (see descriptions for levels and ages)
    • See
    schedule for class days


    INTERMEDIATE drawing 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. Placement of students in the appropriate class level is subject to Director's recommendation.

    These classes are intended for students who are:
    • 9 years old at a minimum, and moving up from BASIC DRAWING LEVEL B,
    • or, 10 to 12 years old and new to drawing classes,
    • or older and less confident in their skills, INCLUDING ADULTS.
    • A1 Students are first year students at this level. Projects are specific and predominantly guided.
    • A2 Students are second year students at this level. Projects are less specific and loosely guided. Frequently brief demonstrations replace instructor guidance and students work independently.

    NOTE: INTERMEDIATE A CLASSES ARE DIVIDED INTO TWO LEVELS, A1 and A2 , WITH A2 BEING MORE EXPERIENCED.

    • STUDENTS MOVING UP FROM Basic B, or coming in as a new student without prior ActonArt experience should join an A1 class.

    • STUDENTS WITH A FULL YEAR or more of experience at the Intermediate A level should join an A2 class. This assumes they can fully engage with projects and use all available class time without rushing to completion. Students who routinely finish early and state that they are "done" should not be in this class level.

    Age 12,Teen,Adult
  • Puppy Dog in graphite
     

    The ART YEAR

    Ages 12 and up

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.

    REQUIRES: Prior Intermediate A2 classes or samples of current artwork

    THE ART YEAR


    • A full year (three trimester) commitment is required by students

    • 2 Hours / 1 day per week. See schedule for class days
    • For ages 12 and up
    • All materials provided
    • $415 tuition per trimester (plus $25 reg. fee when applicable)

    PRE-REQUISITE CLASSES: Intermediate A2 Drawing (intermediate A1 is also recommended)

    The Art Year is a three-trimester (full academic year) of sequential projects and studies designed to help students make the transition from exercise based instruction as presented in our regular foundation drawing classes to a more creativity-based, and self-determined approach to making original fine artwork.

    The Art Year provides:

    • A capstone year of art studies and practical application for students completing foundation classes and seeking to continue artistic development
    • A gateway year for serious art students seeking higher level studies and continuing creative development
    • A transition year emphasizing 3D studies, independent thinking and problem solving
    • A recommended pre-requisite for any student seeking to optimize their experience in mediums classes such as painting or sculpting

    OVERVIEW:

    The Art Year is a THREE trimester program designed as the next step for intermediate level students (A2 or higher) who have a committed interest in art and wish to continue developing their skills. It builds upon our foundation drawing classes and begins introducing a more detailed study of materials, more advanced techniques, and conceptual thinking and problem solving. Most importantly, students in this level will be guided toward artistic independence, in which they are encouraged to try new ideas, materials and processes and begin making their own original artwork. Nearly all projects will be multi-week with an emphasis on finishing the projects. Three different instructors will lead this class over the course of the year to provide the greatest range of knowledge and experience.
    Fall: Jackie Musto, Winter: Chris Parent, Spring: Julie Ripley

    OBJECTIVE:

    Students who have taken Intermediate level classes should have developed a basic but comprehensive understanding of drawing process, including planning, materials, concepts, techniques, problem solving and finish. As they enter their teen years they are able to integrate a much more sophisticated vision of their artwork which also begins to involve interpretation and conceptualization. This series of classes is designed specifically to help in the development of high level skills at a time when many children are able to begin integrating all the “pieces” together. Designed to be taken after Intermediate A2, for seventh grade students or higher, The Art Year will include segments on all core technical and conceptual art skills, including but not limited to: dry drawing media, wet painting media, composition, color theory, sculpting and 3D art, art history, creative thinking, and graphic design.
    Age 12,Teen
  • Creative block
     

    Creative Drawing

    Ages 12 and up

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    Creative Drawing


    • For ages 12 and Up
    • 1.5 Hour class (requires prior drawing instruction or submission of portfolio artwork for review prior to admission)
    • See
    schedule for class days

    CREATIVE DRAWING is a high level class where students are expected to be able to function independently. Once students have developed the skills to express themselves through drawing and representational art, this class is designed to open the door to their creativity. Students will be asked to develop ideas, concepts and means to express them through visual art forms. We will use brainstorming exercises, discussion, and examination of reference artwork as sources of inspiration, along with anything else that works! Creative individuals are forecast to be the most in-demand individuals in the 21st century, and STEM classes don’t support this aspect of child development. Get those creative juices flowing with some creative drawing!
    Age 12,Teen,Adult
  • Gouache and watercolor painting of Bluejay by an adult
     

    Drawing for Adult Beginners

    For Adults (REGISTRATION OPEN NOW)


    Visit Acton-Boxborough Community Education website for information and registration
    An introduction level, daytime class for adults. Offered through Acton-Boxborough Community Education.

    (REGISTRATION OPEN NOW)

    Drawing for Adult Beginners


    • Wednesdays 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
    • 6 classes - 12 hours instruction and studio time —
    1/28/20 to 3/10/20
    • all materials provided
    • No critiques, criticism, or comparisons


    Have you ever wished you could draw but didn't know where to begin? Perhaps you even feel intimidated by the idea of taking a drawing class because you don't believe you have "talent" or don't already know how to draw. Drawing is a skill that can be taught and learned and it's never too late to learn. ActonArt's Drawing for Adult Beginners course will introduce you to the concepts and visual perceptions that are the basic foundation of realistic / representational drawing in a relaxing, no-critique environment. Guided projects and exercises will cover the use of line (edges), tone (light and shadow), spaces (negative and positive), and relationships (perspective, proportion, etc.) A variety of mediums may be used, including graphite, charcoal, marker, soft pastel or colored pencil. Absolutely no experience is necessary or expected. All high quality materials are included in the course fee.
    Adult
  • white-sneakers

    Introduction to Painting for Adults

    For Adults (REGISTRATION OPEN NOW)

    Visit Acton-Boxborough Community Education website for information and registration
    An introduction level, daytime class for adults. Offered through Acton-Boxborough Community Education

    (REGISTRATION OPEN NOW)
     

    Intro to Painting for Adults


    • Watercolor, Acrylic and Oil Paint
    • Mondays, 10 AM to 12 Noon
    • 8 Classes (16 hours of instruction and studio time) 1/27/20 to 3/23/20
    • Prior drawing skills recommended


    Introduction to Painting is a beginner to intermediate level painting class. This is NOT to say it’s appropriate for beginner artists, however. Students with an intermediate level drawing ability are ideal candidates for this class because we will not be able to provide drawing instruction. Since many artists prefer to have a simple drawing in place when starting a painting, students must have basic drawing skills already.

    Students will receive instruction and demonstration in watercolor, acrylic and oil paint and materials, and a variety of techniques. Because each medium is distinctly different in the way it is used, technique is extremely important, and that’s what we’ll be teaching.

    If you’ve always wanted to try painting this is the perfect class to learn the foundation skills of these various mediums — or to take what you already know to a higher level.

    Julie Ripley, the instructor for this class, is a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.
    Adult
  • Watercolor-sneakers
     

    Introduction to Watercolor for Adults

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    Intro to Watercolor (Adults)


    • Tuesday, 1-3 PM
    • 8 Classes (16 hours of instruction and studio time) 9/10/19 to 10/29/19 — includes ALL materials - senior discount available
    • Prior drawing skills recommended


    Introduction to Watercolor is a beginner to intermediate level painting class. This is NOT to say it’s appropriate for beginner artists however. Students with an intermediate level drawing ability are ideal candidates for this class because we will not be able to provide drawing instruction. Since many artists prefer to have a simple drawing in place when starting a painting, students must have basic drawing skills in place already.

    Students will learn about watercolor using variety of techniques. - Blending, masking, wiping out, also combining watercolor paint with Pen and watercolor pencils.  Subject matter will  range from still lives, to portraits, to landscapes.

    If you’ve always wanted to try watercolor painting this is the perfect class to learn the foundation skills.

    Julie Ripley, the instructor for this class, is a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.
    Adult
  • My Title
     

    Introduction to Oil Painting for Adults

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    Intro to Oil Painting For Adults


    • Thursday, 1-3 PM
    • 8 Classes (16 hours of instruction and studio time) 9/5/19 to 10/24/19
    • Prior drawing skills recommended



    LEARNING TO PAINT WITH OILS is far easier than you might think and incredibly satisfying. This full trimester introductory class is designed for teens and adults. The class will be presented by Julie Ripley, a superb professional oil painter and also a regular drawing instructor at ActonArt. Julie has an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is frequently featured in galleries throughout New England. Julie is also a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.

    WE'LL PROVIDE ALL NEEDED MATERIALS for this class so you won't have to make a large supply purchase on top of the class tuition. Students who wish to use their own supplies will be able to do so but we must require that everyone work with water-soluble paints. We cannot provide a discount for students who wish to provide their own materials since all supplies are pre-purchased well in advance of the class. The class is limited in size to eight students.

    THESE CLASSES WILL PRESENT A SERIES OF PROJECTS, most of them multi-week, designed to teach and guide students through basic processes that are common to many oil paintings. Students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter but reference materials will always be available to assist them if needed.

    It’s easy to see why so many people equate oil painting with “fine art.” So many of the master artists we commonly think of worked primarily in oil paint and the iconic masterworks of centuries past tend to be paintings done in oils. It doesn’t take an art conservator to understand why oils have claimed the mantle of popularity among artists. They are remarkably versatile to work with providing artists a broad range of creative options on the canvas. The pigments mix cleanly providing rich colors with clarity and depth. Once cured the medium is stable and capable of enduring many hundreds of years without severe aging effects. The surface can even be cleaned to remove airborne grime and contaminants.

    On top of all these benefits, today we even use AP certified, non-toxic, Winsor & Newton water soluble oil paints that allow for easy soap and water clean-up at the end of a day of painting. No more toxic solvents and noxious fumes. Life is good, and oil painting is great!

    If you have ever found yourself attracted to the idea of learning to paint with oils this is a perfect opportunity. The price is right, the instructor is top notch and the curriculum is serious but completely approachable for beginners. I hope you'll join us!
    Adult
  • Graphite and pastel portrait drawing
     

    Studio Art for Adults

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    Studio Art for Adults


    • 12 classes
    • Tuesdays 10 AM to 12 Noon, 2 Hours
    • 24 hours of instruction and studio time, 9/10/19 to 11/26/19


    STUDIO ART FOR ADULTS is a mid- to higher-level, fine art class for students who have an understanding of foundation concepts and more complex visual perceptions and wish to further develop their skills and techniques. Emphasis will be on both two and three-dimensional subject matter, working on "problem" objectives, and refining techniques. Projects in this class may take weeks to complete since students will be expected to fully develop the art. Students will be the primary decision makers regarding the execution of their artwork. There may however be specific learning objectives presented to challenge them and direct them toward useful experiences.

    Advanced Studio students will be offered the options of working with:

    DRAWING MATERIALS
    • Graphite (in all forms)
    • Charcoal (block, powder, vine, etc.)
    • Colored Pencil (professional quality, unlimited techniques)
    • Soft Pastels (sticks, pencils, powder, etc.)
    • Oil Pastels
    • Pen or Brush & Ink

    PAINT
    • Oils (professional quality, water-soluble
    • Acrylic
    • Watercolor and gouache (Winsor Newton, Cotman)
    • Airbrush
    • Palette knife

    MIXED MEDIA
    • Dimensional paper sculpture
    • Any media combinations that work!

    Advanced Studio Drawing & Painting students are expected to be able to work independently. Students should expect to use a variety of resource materials, tools and techniques including some that they may develop on their own. Projects will frequently require multiple weeks to complete.
    Adult
  • Graphite and pastel portrait drawing
     

    Intro Portrait Drawing for Adults

    Ages 12 and up

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    INTRO PORTRAIT DRAWING for ADULTS


    • For Adults (not recommended for beginners)
    • Thursday 10:00 am to 12:00 noon — 2 Hour
    • 8 Classes, 9/5/19 to 10/24/19
    • All materials are included in tuition


    Our Portrait Drawing class is designed for Intermediate and higher level students who have a desire to spend time focusing exclusively on drawing faces. Portraits are an engaging challenge that many people are attracted to. Students will learn how to use both predictable proportions, and specific measurements to make portraits that are very good likenesses of their subjects. Every project in this class will be a portrait drawing, including front-on, ¾ view, and profiles.

    Students should have a solid working knowledge of concepts including: Line, Light and Shadow, Texture, Perspective and Proportion. Because this kind of drawing requires patience and attention to detail students should have the ability to stay on task for a full 2 hours.

    Learning to draw accurate portraits is a skill building class. Many students will see significant improvements in their overall drawing skills as a result of a class like this. Register Online today!

    Adult
  • Graphite and pastel portrait drawing
     

    Faces, Features & Figures for Adults

    For Adults

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    FACES, FEATURES & FIGURES for ADULTS


    • For Intermediate level Adults
    • Thursdays 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM — 2 Hour
    • 8 Classes, 9/5/19 to 10/24/19
    • All materials are included in tuition


    This class is designed for students who wish to take their artwork involving people to a more serious level. It will offer guidance in developing skills needed for realistic/representational drawing of people. Projects are divided into 3 areas to help students develop an understanding of the body structures and the processes and techniques employed to render them realistically. Projects will be selected with feedback from class participants.

    Projects may include:

    Faces — front view, 3/4 view, profile, foreshortened, highlighted, shadowed, with expressions, male, female

    Features — hands, feet, hair, fabric folds, body foreshortening and distortion, overall integration of faces, figures and features

    Figures — stick-figure, point to point, gestural, anatomy (light), bodies in motion, perspective, proportion

    Learning to draw human forms can be a fun and entertaining experience, especially when it's being done for one's own satisfaction! Plus, many students will see significant improvements in their overall drawing skills as a result of a class like this. Please give us a call if you have questions about joining this class! Or, you can register online today!

    Adult
  • Manga girls with expressions
     

    Manga Drawing 1

    Ages 10 and up

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    Manga Drawing 1


    • For ages 10 and Up
    1 Hour class
    • See
    schedule for class days

    MANGA DRAWING 1—This class 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 class 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 class, and will be shown how to make exciting images with them in it. Although this is class is designed as a base level it is recommended that most students start here, as there is a lot of valuable information in the class.

    All Manga classes will use Copic markers and various high quality papers (bristol board, marker paper, etc.) which are included in the tuition.
    Age 10,Age 11,Age 12,Teen
  • Manga boy in motion
     

    Manga Drawing 1X & 2

    Ages 12 and up

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    Manga Drawing 1X (Experienced)


    • For ages 11 and Up
    1.5 Hour class
    • See
    schedule for class days

    Serving as an in-between from Manga-1 and Manga-2 this class offers students more time and more in depth instructions on fundamental Manga skills. Since students in this class are expected to have taken the Manga-1 class previously, this class expands upon that information. Projects in this class are the same as the previous class, but new information and more complex ideas are introduced. In addition to more complex ideas students have more time to work, giving them valuable experience with difficult skills like inking and coloring. This is the perfect class for anyone who needs more time and more challenge than the standard Manga class.

    Manga Drawing 2

    • For ages 12 and Up
    • 1.5 Hour class (requires Manga 1 previously or submission of portfolio artwork for review prior to admission)

    As a high level Manga class Manga-2 is designed to flex your drawing muscles. Students in this class are expected to have a good understanding of all the basic skills of Manga, and be relatively proficient with the techniques. With those skills as a backing projects in this class are more independently focused, allowing students to work on their own problem areas. There is a push in this class to define a personal style, as well as hone and polish the skills that students already have. After taking the Manga-2 class students should be very well equipped to draw just about any picture they can imagine, in an art style they can call their own.
    Age 12,Teen
  • Student drawn cartoon characters
     

    Cartooning and Chibi Drawing

    Ages 8 and Up

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    Cartooning & Chibi Drawing


    • For ages 8 and up
    • Friday 4:30 PM & 6:00 PM, 1 Hour classes
    • All materials provided (including Copic markers!)


    CARTOONING & CHIBI DRAWING is a combination class of both western style cartooning and eastern style Chibi manga—what we recognize as Pokemon-type characters that are cute, grotesque, or even bizarre representations of people, animals, and even supernatural creatures. This kind of drawing is favored by kids in the 6 to 12 year old range, but a majority of Chibi fans are 8 to 10 years old. Our Cartooning/Chibi class will focus on synthesizing both types of characters and developing core drawing skills that apply to all kinds of drawing, both cartoon abstract and realistic-representational.
    Age 08,Age 09,Age 10,Age 11,Age 12
  • Seagull in oil paint
     

    Oil Painting 1 & 2

    For Teens and Up

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    Oil Painting 1 & Oil Painting 2


    • For ages 13 to Adults
    • Saturday, 3 PM
    • Twelve classes (30 hours of instruction and studio time)
    • Prior drawing skills required



    LEARNING TO PAINT WITH OILS is far easier than you might think and incredibly satisfying. This full trimester introductory class is designed for teens and adults. The class will be presented by Julie Ripley, a superb professional oil painter and also a regular drawing instructor at ActonArt. Julie has an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is frequently featured in galleries throughout New England. Julie is also a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.

    WE'LL PROVIDE ALL NEEDED MATERIALS for this class so you won't have to make a large supply purchase on top of the class tuition. Students who wish to use their own supplies will be able to do so but we must require that everyone work with water-soluble paints. We cannot provide a discount for students who wish to provide their own materials since all supplies are pre-purchased well in advance of the class. The class is limited in size to eight students.

    THESE CLASSES WILL PRESENT A SERIES OF PROJECTS, most of them multi-week, designed to teach and guide students through basic processes that are common to many oil paintings. Students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter but reference materials will always be available to assist them if needed.

    It’s easy to see why so many people equate oil painting with “fine art.” So many of the master artists we commonly think of worked primarily in oil paint and the iconic masterworks of centuries past tend to be paintings done in oils. It doesn’t take an art conservator to understand why oils have claimed the mantle of popularity among artists. They are remarkably versatile to work with providing artists a broad range of creative options on the canvas. The pigments mix cleanly providing rich colors with clarity and depth. Once cured the medium is stable and capable of enduring many hundreds of years without severe aging effects. The surface can even be cleaned to remove airborne grime and contaminants.

    On top of all these benefits, today we even use AP certified, non-toxic, Winsor & Newton water soluble oil paints that allow for easy soap and water clean-up at the end of a day of painting. No more toxic solvents and noxious fumes. Life is good, and oil painting is great!

    If you have ever found yourself attracted to the idea of learning to paint with oils this is a perfect opportunity. The price is right, the instructor is top notch and the curriculum is serious but completely approachable for beginners. We hope you'll join us!
    Teen,Adult
  • Seagull in oil paint
     

    Advanced Painting

    For Teens and Up

    Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.

    Advanced Painting

    • For ages 13 to Adults
    • Saturday, 5:45 PM
    • Twelve classes (30 hours of instruction and studio time)
    • Prior drawing skills required



    THIS CLASS IS DESIGNED FOR EXPERIENCED PAINTERS
    who are looking for one-to-one guidance in order to learn more complex painting processes and techniques.

    Students will help identify learning objectives and goals to accomplish in this higher level class. Projects will be determined on an individual basis with each student working on their own subject matter.

    Oil, Acrylic, and Watercolor mediums are available and students may work in any that they choose.

    Students may provide direction regarding their desired learning objectives or the instructor will offer suggestions based upon observed results in class.

    The class will be led by Julie Ripley, a superb professional oil painter and also a regular drawing and painting instructor at ActonArt. Julie has an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and is frequently featured in galleries throughout New England. Julie is also a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.

    Teen,Adult
  • Graphite and pastel portrait drawing
     

    Portrait Drawing

    Ages 12 and up

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    INTRO PORTRAIT DRAWING


    • For ages 12 (minimum) & Up
    • Mondays 6:00 - 7:30PM — 1.5 Hour
    • Tuesdays 4:00 - 5:30PM — 1.5 Hour

    • All materials are included in tuition


    Our Portrait Drawing class is designed for Intermediate and higher level students who have a desire to spend time focusing exclusively on drawing faces. Portraits are an engaging challenge that many people are attracted to. Students will learn how to use both predictable proportions, and specific measurements to make portraits that are very good likenesses of their subjects. Every project in this class will be a portrait drawing, including front-on, ¾ view, and profiles.

    Students should have a solid working knowledge of concepts including: Line, Light and Shadow, Texture, Perspective and Proportion. Because this kind of drawing requires patience and attention to detail students should have the ability to stay on task for a full 2 hours.

    Learning to draw accurate portraits is a skill building class. Many students will see significant improvements in their overall drawing skills as a result of a class like this.

    Age 12,Teen,Adult,
  • Graphite and pastel portrait drawing
     

    Portrait Drawing & Style

    Ages 13 and up

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    PORTRAIT DRAWING & STYLE


    • For ages 13 (minimum) & Up
    • Portrait Drawing (above) strongly recommended before this class
    • Saturday 12:30 to 2:30 pm — 2 Hour
    • All materials are included in tuition


    This class is intended for students who have already taken the portrait drawing class, or have enough experience with portraits that they understand how to begin experimenting with stylistic interpretation of their subjects. Our regular Portrait class (above) is a foundation class that teaches process, structure, measurement and all the “ins and outs” of drawing portraits with accuracy. This new class will encourage students to begin imposing their own style and altered techniques on their subjects.

    In the first trimester we will present Portraits as illustrations. These tend to be very stylized images that look remarkably like their subjects but may create an altered persona that the artist manipulates intentionally. Think of the poster portrait of Pres. Obama that said HOPE underneath it. First trimester will be taught by Chris Parent.

    The second trimester will introduce painted portraits. This will be an abbreviated painting class that will focus exclusively on painting faces. This will also be the most “realistic” portion of the class since we will focus on painting people as they actually appear. But everyone paints a bit different so each individual artist’s “style” will shine through. Second trimester will be taught by Julie Ripley.

    The third and final trimester will introduce cartoon style portraits. These also can look remarkably like the people they represent, but not always! This is actually one of the harder styles of portrait to master for many people. Third trimester will be taught by Jackie Musto.


    If you like making portraits, you’re going to love this class!
    Age 12,Teen,Adult,
  • Francoise Hardy charcoal drawing
     

    Faces, Features & Figure Drawing

    Ages 14 and up

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    Faces, Features & Figures


    • For ages 14 and up
    • 1.5 Hours
    • Saturday, 3 PM or Wednesday, 6 PM
    • All materials provided


    Our PORTFOLIO FFF class is for students who are engaged with their artwork at a more serious level. Students who feel they are likely to pursue fine art as a career or serious avocation want a more complete and hands-on learning experience. This 3-part class will offer guidance in developing skills needed for realistic/representational drawing of people. The 1st trimester will introduce the skills and techniques of drawing faces/heads. The 2nd trimester will present some of the most unique challenges including hands, feet, hair, fabric folds, body foreshortening and distortion, plus any specific features that students identify as personal challenges. The 3rd and final trimester will address complete bodies, some light anatomy and live model (clothed) figure drawing.

    Part 1: Faces — 12 classes, Early Sept. to Early Dec.
    Front view, 3/4 view, profile, foreshortened, highlighted, shadowed, with expressions, male, female, you name it...

    Part 2: Features — 12 classes, Early Dec. to mid-March
    Hands, feet, hair, fabric folds, body foreshortening and distortion, overall integration of faces, figures and features.

    Part 3: Figures — 12 classes, Mid-March to late Jun.
    Stick-figure, point to point, gestural, anatomy (light), bodies in motion, perspective, proportion, and more...
    Teen,Adult
  • Hand made paint by numbers oil painting of Tabby cat
     

    Mixed Media & Painting

    Ages 13 and Up

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    Mixed Media & Painting


    • For ages 13 and up
    • Prior drawing skills required
    • Thursday, 6 PM, 2 Hour class


    Mixed Media & Painting is a unique class that offers an exploratory experience regarding both materials and techniques. Projects are intended to provide opportunities for students to use a variety of materials and learn or experiment with ways of using them. At the same time students are encouraged to follow their own creative interests regarding subject matter, composition and interpretation.

    STUDENTS WILL WORK WITH:
    • Oil and Acrylic paints and techniques
    • Printmaking materials and techniques
    • Mixed Media

    Projects will be assigned with specific learning objectives, and students will typically be able to choose their own subject matter. References and resources will always be available if needed. Projects will frequently require multiple weeks to complete. This is NOT a drawing class and there will be no planned drawing instruction as it is expected that students can already draw well enough to participate.

    If you have a student who loves art and has the interest and ability to expand their own creative boundaries they will love Mixed Media.
    Teen,Adult
  • Street scene in charcoal
     

    Advanced Studio Art

    Ages 15 and up

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    A portfolio level class. Ideal for Art majors.


    NOTE: THIS CLASS IS NOT OPEN FOR GENERAL ENROLLMENT. It is currently an invitation only class, however anyone who can provide samples demonstrating the required skill and knowledge will be given serious consideration for placement. For more information please contact info@actonart.com

    Advanced Studio Art


    • Thursdays. 6 PM
    • Saturdays, 3 PM
    • 2 Hours


    ADVANCED STUDIO DRAWING & PAINTING is a high-level, fine art class for students who have demonstrated understanding of the most complex visual perceptions and wish to further develop their skills and techniques. Emphasis will be on three dimensional subjects including tabletop sets, textural objects, lighting effects, figure-drawing models (clothed) and more. Projects in this class may take weeks to complete since students will be expected to fully develop the art. A variety of ActonArt instructors will lead this class giving students access to their individual strengths and experience with various mediums and techniques. Students will be the primary decision makers regarding the execution of their artwork. There may however be specific learning objectives presented to challenge them and direct them toward useful experiences.

    Advanced Studio students will be offered the options of working with:

    DRAWING MATERIALS
    • Graphite (in all forms)
    • Charcoal (block, powder, vine, etc.)
    • Colored Pencil (professional quality, unlimited techniques)
    • Soft Pastels (sticks, pencils, powder, etc.)
    • Oil Pastels
    • Pen or Brush & Ink

    PAINT
    • Oils (professional quality, water-soluble
    • Acrylic
    • Watercolor and gouache (Winsor Newton, Cotman)
    • Airbrush
    • Palette knife

    MIXED MEDIA
    • Dimensional paper sculpture
    • Any media combinations that work!

    Advanced Studio Drawing & Painting students are expected to be able to work independently. Students should expect to use a variety of resource materials, tools and techniques including some that they may develop on their own. Projects will frequently require multiple weeks to complete.
    Teen
  • Mallard duck stamp print
     

    Portfolio Development

    Ages 16 and up

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    A focused, portfolio building environment for students who ARE applying to art programs.

    2 HOUR

    Portfolio Development


    • Thursday, 6 PM
    • Saturday, 3 PM
    • 2 Hours


    Portfolio Development is a production-oriented class intended for high school age students who wish to expand their fine art portfolio prior to applying to higher education fine arts programs. Most public and private schools offer good and practical instruction toward producing standard portfolio materials that colleges and art schools want to see. Nonetheless most students should produce artwork that also accurately defines their personal style and interest. As colleges have modified their acceptance criteria in recent years students who can more precisely define their goals and the schools they believe will support their aspirations, have a better chance of making a favorable impression.

    Why would you want this?

    Portfolio Development is a class that offers students a structured time to focus on this important element of their path, to create portfolio specific artwork, with guidance and feedback, using any of the high quality professional materials in our studios. Students do not need to have attended any classes previously at ActonArt. Students will be encouraged to define their own projects and express their own style and not that of the instructor. Students will also be encouraged to be productive with their time as drawing, painting and most other art forms can be very time consuming.

    What materials can you work with?

    Most portfolio art is drawing-based since it allows reviewers to identify core-skill strengths and weaknesses quickly. As such your portfolio should demonstrate strong drawing skills. Virtually all drawing mediums are available in our studio and Portfolio Development students may use any and all of them. These include: Graphite, colored and pastel pencils, soft and oil pastels, charcoal stick and vine, pen/brush and ink, and more. Painting is typically a part of most portfolios, and we provide professional quality paints such as watercolor, gouache, acrylic and water soluble oils. Surfaces available include a variety of drawing papers, bristol board, heavy and lightweight watercolor papers, canvas and hardboard panels. Various materials do require preparation before use. The above listed materials are basics and do not represent the complete range of materials that are available at ActonArt. In addition students who wish to work with unusual materials (such as fabrics, leather, hand made surfaces, metal foil sheets, print making materials or others) can be accommodated if advance notice is provided. An additional materials charge might be required if those costs are above the expected range.

    Who is eligible?

    Students in Portfolio Development should be a minimum age of 16.

    Interested but not sure?

    Most students and families who are considering Portfolio Development find a visit to the studio is helpful to decide if this will be a good fit and learn more about the class details. Please call 978-266-1600 or email info@actonart.com for more information.
    Teen
  • Gaunt-faced woman
     

    Charcoal & Pastel Drawing (Fall trimester only)

    Ages 12 and Up

    NOTE: This class will be offered during the Fall trimester ONLY.
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    Charcoal Drawing & Pastel Painting



    • For ages 13 and up
    • Saturday 12:30-2:30, 2 Hours,
    • Fall Trimester ONLY
    • All materials provided


    Charcoal Drawing, is a foundation class for students who want to develop their ability to see and represent a full range of light and shadow on paper. Charcoal is quite likely the oldest drawing medium. It provides unparalleled flexibility and the ability to work fast. Because of this studio artists frequently use charcoal studies as a starting point for developing new ideas. Managing this smudge-prone material also helps students develop “clean” habits that carry over into other mediums as well. We've included Pastel painting in this class as well since the working characteristics are so similar, however color and color theory are huge subjects that are too large for the scope of this class. While color picking and blending will be covered it will be in a fairly simple presentation.

    Anyone considering an art school or arts major would benefit from working in charcoal and pastel before college! Some project artwork from this class may be useful for portfolios.
    Age 12,Teen,Adult
  • Comic page layout
     

    Creating Comics (Winter trimester only)

    Ages 12 and Up

    Please NOTE that this class will only run during the Winter trimester. Visit our Schedule page for class days/times and our Tuition page for prices.

    Creating Comics


    • 2 Hour class
    • For ages 12 and up
    • All materials provided (including Copic markers!)


    Is your brain buzzing with characters and ideas? Do you have a story you're just dying to create? Then this is the class for you! Learn how to tell an understandable story, pace your panels and capture your readers! The Creating Comics class will cover basic storytelling structure as well as character development and implementation. Students will create several short comic strips, single page comics and an 8-page zine they can swap, share and recreate!

    Please note: this class is going to focus on far more than simply drawing characters! This is a full fledged comic creation class. Drawing characters while always important will be only a part of each weekly class. Younger students in particular may be more interested in character drawing than this class is designed for. Please check out Cartooning and Chibi for younger kids who just want to draw cartoon characters.
    Age 12,Teen,Adult
  • Hornbill illustration
     

    Ink & Scratchboard Drawing (Spring trimester ONLY)

    Ages 12 and up

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    Ink & Scratchboard Drawing


    • Saturday, 12:30 PM, 2 hours
    • For ages 12 and up
    • SPRING Trimester ONLY
    • All materials provided



    Ink & Scratchboard Drawing is a dream come true for students who love to create fine details, textures and contrasts. This class will help students understand the thinking process and sequence necessary to work in a reductive mode (scratching ink off the paper to reveal the white underneath) as well as building up with ink pens and brushes. We will focus on making artwork in an illustrative style since the medium is so well suited to it.
    Age 12,Teen