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Summer Workshops 2019

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Basic-A Drawing Workshop

Basic-A level - ages 6.5 to 7.5
2-DAYS — all materials provided
$120
Jun 26-27 — 1:00 to 3:30 PM

July 31-Aug 1 — 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Basic-B Drawing Workshop

Basic-B level - ages 7.5 to 9
2-DAYS — all materials provided
$120
Jun 24-25 — 1:00 to 3:30 PM

July 29-30 — 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM

This two-day workshop is a fun dive into the world of art. It's based upon our
Foundation drawing classes and is a great way for someone considering a regular trimester class to see what it's like. During each 2.5 hour day students will do two guided drawings of various different subjects chosen to appeal to young students. Students will work with a variety of materials including marker, pastel, pencil, and more. This workshop is a great introduction to drawing for any young artist.

Both A and B level classes are offered since the projects are designed for specific age ranges. Please do not ask to place students in levels that are not appropriate for their age.
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Botanical Illustration

2-DAYS — all materials provided $150
July 24-25 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

Do you love flowers, gardening, and all things flora? Why not take your love of flowers and turn it into art? Over just two days this workshop will introduce you to the fundamentals of drawing and painting beautiful flowers and plants. Working from both photographs and real flowers students will learn the best ways to represent botanicals on the page. Students will also be shown how to use common mediums in flower art, such as watercolor and colored pencil. After this short workshop you will have the ability to capture all the beauty of your garden and hang it on your wall.
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Fashion Drawing

2-DAYS — all materials provided $150
July 17-18 — 9 am to 12 noon
Ages 12 & Up

This workshop is for all those enamored with fashion and style. Over two days students will be introduced to many of the basic concepts of fashion design and drawing. How to draw the stylized human form, and add creative outfits will be demonstrated. Popular fashion styles will be analyzed and recreated by students in a guided environment. And a line of clothing will be created that is unique to each student. If you are interested in going into fashion, or just love it, this will be a great experience for you.
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Shrinky Dink-o-rama!

2-DAYS — all materials provided $165
July 1-2 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 9 & Up

This two-day workshop will be all about making big artwork—get little! Shrinking to be precise. We'll be making keychains, charms, earrings, refrigerator magnets, etc. out of all kinds of fun subject matter. Whether it's Pokemon, pizza or pineapples Shrinky Dinks turn drawings into magnificent miniatures. Come make some great gifts to give or items to wear!
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Life Drawing!

2-DAYS — all materials provided $165
July 17-18 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

Are you struggling with still lives? Frantic to find a figure model? ActonArt has you covered! In this two day workshop, students will have the opportunity to draw from life with both objects and a (clothed) life-model. The class will instruct students on how to find an interesting composition and constructing a drawing, and also on the process of building still lives to generate interesting pieces. Students will be encouraged to use a variety of media to sketch and draw shorter looser drawings and more finished long form pieces. While this class is not limited to high school students looking to build portfolio pieces, it would certainly be an excellent opportunity to do so!

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Fantasy Drawing

2-DAYS — all materials provided $150
July 10-11 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 9 & Up

Dragons, unicorns, mermaids, and wizards, these are some of the subjects of this workshop. Over the course of two days students will dive into a world of fantasy, creating many exciting creations. With guided lessons showing how to make them, drawings will be done with marker, pen, pastel and more. Whether you’re looking for a journey to Hobbiton, or a trip to platform 9¾ you’re sure to love this workshop.
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Colored Pencil Drawing

2-DAYS — all materials provided $150
July 15-16 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

Color pencils are ubiquitous to the artist tool kit, but are often underutilized. Prized for being portable, easy to use and colorful, the color pencil will be put to maximum effect in this two-day workshop. Students will learn how to use these tools by themselves and with supplementary media (such as markers and watercolor) to create dynamic and beautiful works of art while focusing on layering, blending and color theory.
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Dot Design Painting

2-DAYS — all materials provided $165
June 24-25 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 9 & Up

Dot Design Painting is a bold and graphic art form. Finished pieces of art done in this manner can be extraordinary. But it's not for everyone! While the base drawings can be quite simple, the planning and process to make artwork like this requires FOCUS and PATIENCE. Dot patterns are built up in layers of color, filling the artwork and giving it form. The process tends to be slow and they may only finish one piece of art in two days. We will present at least two projects, one being a simple introduction and the second more complex. If your child is able to stay on a task for an hour or more without a break they'll probably love this workshop!
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Portrait Drawing for Beginners

2-DAYS — all materials provided $150
Weds, July 31 - Thurs. Aug 1
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up
Want to draw portraits but every time you try you end up with an emoji smile? This is the workshop for you! Over two days we will go over the fundamentals of facial structure and basic features.  We will talk about how and where to put features on a face, as well as how to make a good looking head shape.  And when we're done you will have enough knowledge to start drawing portraits with confidence.

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Copic Marker Techniques

2-DAYS — all materials provided $150
Mon. July 29 - Tues. July 30
12:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Ages 11 & Up
This workshop will cover many of the techniques that you can use with Copic markers.  We will be going over everything from simple techniques such as laying areas of flat color without streaking or splotches, to more complex methods like color blending and mixing.  When we are done with this workshop you will have a full understanding of how copics work, and how to use them in a sophisticated manner.  (If students have their own markers, even if a different brand, they are welcome to bring them to class)



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Mask Making

2-DAYS — all materials provided $165
July 1-2 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 9 & Up

Making masks has been a important part of many cultures throughout human history.  Over this three day workshop students will explore several ways to make their own custom masks. Using paper mâché, modge podge, and celluclay three creative and unique masks will be made.  If you are looking for a fun and interesting three day experience then this workshop is for you.

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Cartooning & Chibi Drawing

4-DAYS — all materials provided $265
July 22-25 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 9 & 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
June 24-27 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm

July 22-25 — 12:30 to 3:30 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 Copic markers and various high quality papers (bristol board, marker paper, etc.) which are included in the tuition.
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Intro to Watercolor Painting

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
June 24-27 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

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 lifes, to portraits, to landscapes.

If you’ve always wanted to try watercolor painting this is the perfect class to learn the foundation skills. Call 978-266-1600 for more information, or register online today!

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Sketchbook Drawing

3-DAYS — all materials provided $200
July 1-3 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

Sketchbooks are the backbone and life-blood of the artistic process – but often we find ourselves with piles of blank sketchbooks with no idea what to do in them! In this three-day workshop students will not only learn how to create two custom, portable sketchbooks but how to develop creative techniques to use them for planning, study and generating ideas with a variety of media.
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Sculpting Crash Course

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 8-11 — 9:00 am to 12 pm
Ages 11 & Up

Do you love sculpture and 3D art wherever you see it, and want to know how to make it yourself?  This workshop is designed to take students through tour of multiple different sculpture methods and materials.  Over the four days we will go from plaster to clay, using both classic and modern techniques to make 3D art. You will learn how to think like a sculptor, and how to actualize your creative 3D ideas.  This is the perfect workshop for anyone who wants an introduction to the concepts of sculpture.
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Teen Drawing Workshop

4-DAYS — all materials provided $265
July 8-11 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 13 & Up (7th grade & higher)

One of our most popular classes/workshops, Intro Drawing for TEENS, is designed specifically for 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 A class curriculum and present a series of introductory projects.

This is an ideal class for anyone 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! Adults are also welcome to participate.
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Portrait Painting

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 8-11 — 12:30 to 3:30 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.
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Clay Relief Painting

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 8-11 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

Reliefs refer to artwork that is a combination of two-dimensional images with subtle changes in thickness which make them appear almost three-dimensional. A good example is the portrait that appears on most coins. It’s primarily a flat image, but it has slightly raised areas that accentuate details. In this workshop we’ll focus on artwork more simple in structure but still fun to build up and then paint. Subject matter will be a fun mixture chosen by both the teacher and the students.

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Stained "Glass" Workshop

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 15-18 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 10 & Up

There’s something quite lovely about sunlight shining through these colorful creations. We’ll be starting each project with a guided drawing that will then be used to create layered transparent colors on plexiglass or mylar-type films. The finished products can be displayed in windows and they make fantastic gifts for friends and family. Subject matter will be a fun mixture chosen by both the teacher and the students.

Trompe L'oeil Painting

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 15-18 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 14 & Up

TROMPE L'OEIL PAINTING is an intermediate level painting workshop. It is NOT appropriate for
beginner artists. Students should have previous drawing and painting experience.

Trompe L’oeil means “fools or deceives the eye” and it refers to a style of painting that creates scenes which appear to be three dimensional…or “real.” Skilled painters can create images that actually lead viewers to believe that objects within the two-dimensional scene can be touched or even picked up. These are cleverly constructed illusions that require planning and careful observation.

This workshop will present basic information and exercises designed to help students learn how point-of-view, light & shadow, textures and reflections are all part of a successful Trompe L’oeil painting. We will focus on producing one finished painting during the workshop.

Julie McAskill Ripley, the instructor for this class, is a John Peto National Trompe L’oeil competition award winner.
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Model Magic Creatures & Critters

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 22-25 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 9 & Up

This is a fun modeling and sculpting workshop designed for students who enjoy both two- and three-dimensional materials. We’ll be making a variety of characters that may include Pokemon, aliens, dragons, etc. We’ll start each project with a drawing of the intended creature and how it appears. Then we'll begin building the creatures as dimensional sculptures. Acrylic paint will be used to finish the little creatures. Subject matter will be a fun mixture chosen by both the teacher and the students.
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Creating Comics

4-DAYS — all materials provided $265
July 29 - Aug 1 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up

If you've got worlds, characters and stories bursting in your brain, this might be the class for you! In the Creating Comics workshop, students will have the opportunity to study the sequential arts and learn how to tell a cohesive story. Working with panels, lettering, character design and comic construction, each student will leave the class with a mini-library of zines created by the other students in the workshop!

PLEASE NOTE: this workshop is going to focus on far more than simply drawing characters! The characters in a comic story are like actors in a theater production. Without a story, set, design, etc., the actors are just people in costumes. In comics, the story, panel design, script and characters are combined together to create the final production. That’s what this workshop is all about! Younger students in particular may be more interested in character drawing, and NOT making comics. Please check out Cartooning and Chibi for younger kids who want to draw cartoon characters.

Hand-made Jewelry Workshop

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 29 - Aug 1 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 11 & Up

Hand-made jewelry can be fun to make and appealing to wear. Some people like minimal style, and others prefer flashy. The great part of a workshop is everyone gets to make the style of their choice! We’ll be making necklaces, bracelets and earrings with beads, polymer-clay artwork, wire, found objects and even items you bring. Participants should have patience and be able to spend an hour (or more) on a single task. Good fine motor skills are needed for this to be an enjoyable experience.
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Making Cosplay Accessories

4-DAYS — all materials provided $285
July 15-18 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 13 & Up

Do you love cosplay and want your costume to be great down to the smallest details? This workshop is for you then.  During these four days we will go over some of the materials and methods used by pro cosplayers to achieve their amazing looks.  With the focus on accessories we will make one custom wand, a customized gun, a gauntlet/bracer, and one head accessory.  A variety of materials will also be used including polymer clay and foam.  Painting and finish will also be covered, allowing any look desired whether it’s worn and ragged or new and shiny.  Students are encouraged to have characters or series in mind before coming to class. This class will not cover any sewing or fashion design, although if students already have some aspects of a costume and want to complete or add onto those that's great.  Whether you’re a Superhero, Harry Potter, or Anime fan you'll love this workshop!
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Portrait Drawing for Intermediates

3-DAYS — all materials provided $200
July 1-3 — 12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up
Do you feel like you can make a face look like a face, but maybe not the one you wanted? Well this is the workshop for you!  Over three days we will go over some of the tricks and tips that can make a portrait really come together.  We will focus on recognizing specific features and traits which make an individual look distinct, and how to recreate them in a drawing.  We will also cover several mediums such as charcoal, graphite, and pastel pencil.  After this workshop you’ll be able to draw recognizable portraits with confidence.
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Intro to Painting

4-DAYS — all materials provided $300
July 29 to Aug. 1
12:30 to 3:30 pm
Ages 12 & Up
• All required materials provided
• Projects will include Watercolor, Acrylic and Oil Paint
• Three paintings in four days!
• 12 hours of instruction and studio time
• Prior drawing skills recommended

INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING is a beginner to intermediate level painting workshop. It is however NOT appropriate for
beginner artists. Students should have previous drawing experience. 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, acrylic and oil paint and materials, and variety of techniques. Because each medium is distinctly different in the way it is used, process and 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.
SELECT THE TABS ABOVE to see a list of summer workshops. We've divided them into 2-day and 4-day workshops for convenience.

Please note the recommended ages for each workshop. Because many of our workshops present a high challenge level we will not place underage students in any workshop. If you feel your child is able to manage a higher degree of complexity and maintain focus for long periods you are welcome to call us at the studio to discuss.