Lauren Acton (Fashion Design)

Lauren Acton has taught courses in Art and in Fashion Design at various local venues for over 10 years, and is elated to bring her Fashion Design and Watercolor classes to The Center on Central! A longtime area resident, Lauren has completed coursework at Ithaca College (BS in Communications), at the Fashion Institute of Technology, at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and at the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley College (MFA in painting).

Current Programs by Lauren Acton

Fashion Design - Working Studio

Type: Fashion Design
Group: Elementary School, High School, Middle School
Provider: Lauren Acton
Day/Time: Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Cost: $20 per class when signing up for a full 6-class set; $24 per class for individual classes, or when signing up for less than a full 6-class set.

Create your own presentation boards just like a New York Fashion studio!

Our current Fashion Design session simulates a working Fashion Design studio!!

Our instructor, Lauren Acton, has 8 years of experience in New York City’s garment district and will teach you how to design a collection – complete with fabric swatches and small croquis.

Our Fall focus is on fashion prints and images…

In the upcoming session, we will create splashy florals and paint illustrations like in fashion magazines!

There are new methods to learn when each student is ready. This session combines learning with sharpening acquired skills in a non-competitive environment.

No previous drawing experience necessary – everyone learns at their own speed!

Bring your great ideas for fashion and we will work through them in class!

(recommended for ages 8 and up)

We are currently fielding inquiries for Fashion Design – Working Studio to determine if we have enough interest to run a class


Fashion Design Camp 8-8-16-2

Fashion Design Camp 8-8-16-1

Specialty camp: Fashion Design

Type: Specialty Camps
Provider: Lauren Acton
Day/Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: $275 per week, which includes all supplies.

August 7-11 from 9am-12pm — Fashion Design Camp (ages 7 -12)

Students will learn how to design a fashion collection based on real NYC design studio. They will envision a client and create a collection just for them with easy tools for drawing. No previous experience necessary- just great ideas!

(use the the links above tied to program dates to be directed to Specialty Camps for that week – or use the button below to be directed to the entire list of Specialty Camps, beginning June 26)

Add 12:00-4:00pm in our Creative Arts Summer Day Camp and create a full-day camp experience for only $170 more!

Fashion Design camp

Fashion Desgn Camp-2

Watercolor class

Type: Art (Other)
Group: Adults, Elementary School, High School
Provider: Lauren Acton
Day/Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: $15 per class, with 6-class minimum. Deposit: $50.

Paint what you love with watercolor!

Study space, composition and shading using water-based paints.

A new still life setup will be provided to use as a subject - or students may use outside references, such as photos or magazine tear-outs, to bring paintings to life.

We will discuss technical aspects of painting and focus on drawing, values, edges and color. We will also discuss simple structural drawing and then put the theory into practice by creating watercolor paintings on paper. 

This class is for all ages and all levels.

Supply list provided before class.

Click above to register for this program.