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)

Register for Fashion Design – Working Studio

Step 1: Submit Your Registration via our new registration system at MindBody Inc. – click on this box to open a new browser window and begin the registration process

Things you’ll need to know:

• Please be careful in choosing the correct session dates and times – there may be a lot of information to scroll through. If you choose the wrong item before purchase, you will have the opportunity to remove it from your shopping cart. If you make the purchase and get a confirmation that appears to not be for what you wanted to purchase, please contact us and we’ll sort it out.

• You can use the direct links by date at the top of this page – otherwise, the link above in orange will send you to a page where you can scroll through the remaining calendar of Fashion Design – Working Studio for the rest of this program year. That page also has a calendar search feature in the upper right-hand corner where you can focus on the date(s) of interest to you.

• Clicking on the blue “Sign Up Now” button takes you to a page where you need to log in before making a purchase. If you are an existing client of ours, but new to the MindBody Inc. registration software, you should be able to find your profile by entering your first and last name and then you will need to enter your email address in order to set up a password. There is also an option to log in using your Facebook account.

• Once logged in, you will be shown a page with your selected item for purchase. If this is the correct item, you may click on the blue “enroll” button.

(If this is not the correct item, you should be able to hit the “back” button on your browser to get back to the list of choices. If that does not work, you may navigate through the MindBody Inc. site using the tabs at the top of the page to guide you – or close that window and start again on this page. We are also available to help you during our regular business hours at 610-710-1487.)

• Once clicking the blue “enroll” button, you will be taken to the shopping cart, where again the item(s) you selected will be displayed. If an item appears that you did not wish to purchase (or appears twice), you may remove it by clicking on the gray circled “X” to the far right of the item

• Once you are satisfied that the correct items appear, you may either click on the “Continue Shopping” link to find more items for your shopping cart (such as other offerings or adding another family member’s selection to the shopping cart), or you may click on the blue “CHECK OUT” button.


• If you have any applied credit with The Center on Central, such as a gift card on file, those funds will be applied first (unless you choose otherwise in the radio button prompt). If you don’t have applied credit, this is the place where you will enter your credit card information. You have the option to store your credit card information securely on the MindBody, Inc. servers if you choose.

• Once you have completed entering your credit card information, click on the blue “PLACE ORDER” button (you may also wish to take note of our business policies at the bottom of this page). Do not navigate away from the window until your order is confirmed. You should also receive a confirmation email (you may receive 2 – one as a purchase receipt and one as a specific schedule enrollment confirmation).

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if something doesn’t seem right – we are working through this transition and appreciate your patience. We think once we all get used to the new software, it will provide you with a better registration experience!

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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.