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Winter Vacation Workshops 2020

Do you have an "art kid" who can't go a week without some pencils or paint brushes in their hands? Well, we've got just the thing for them—four days of pure art fun over the February school vacation break! Check out our workshops below.

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Portrait Painting

4-DAYS — all materials* provided $270
February 17-20, — 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Ages 13 & Up

AS THE TITLE IMPLIES this workshop will be an instructional on portrait painting. The distinction here is that portrait drawing is often a starting point for the painting which is intended to be the final artwork. In those cases a portrait drawing might be very simple with little detail and no significant shading. This workshop will focus on learning how to use paint to develop the form and features of the face with transparent glazing layers applied to create highlights and shadows.
Participants should have basic portrait drawing skills to get the most from this workshop. One to three paintings may be done during the workshop depending upon the skill level and working speed of the group.

*ActonArt provides high-quality, water-soluble oil and acrylic paints and mediums that are rated for safe studio use.

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Charcoal Drawing Workshop

4-DAYS — all materials provided $255
February 17-20, — 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Ages 13 & Up

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.

This workshop will feature four projects: one each of Portrait, Still Life, Landscape, and Animal.

Anyone considering an art school or arts major/minor would benefit from working in charcoal before college! Some project artwork from this class may be useful for portfolios.

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Cartooning & Chibi Drawing

4-DAYS — all materials provided $265
February 17-20, — 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Ages 8 & Up

This four-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.

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Manga Crash Course

4-DAYS — all materials provided $265
February 17-20 — 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Ages 10 & Up

The Manga Crash Course is a sub-set of our regular Manga 1 drawing class. In 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 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 high-quality markers and a variety of quality papers (bristol board, marker paper, etc.) which are included in the tuition.