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Basic Drawing Fundamentals | Amanda Mears

Beginning Drawing is a foundation level class aimed at absolute beginners as well as intermediate level artists who want an intensive refresher on fundamental drawing skills. The class begins with an overview of your drawing materials and continues with exercises designed to sharpen your observational skills so that you can create accurate, beautifully-rendered drawings in charcoal and graphite.

We will spend time drawing the basic forms from a still life and cast set up using direct lighting to help you render form accurately using light logic. You will learn how to see these same basic forms when we move onto more complex objects. We will look at strategies for creating compelling compositions and learn to measure to create proper proportions and size relationships. We will cover eye level and foundation perspective, explore line and values, direct lighting and cast shadows as well as soft and hard edges. You will be given detailed handouts along with lots of one on one instruction and demonstrations.

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Course #: 1001A
Start Date: January 25, 2017
End Date: March 15, 2017
Day: 8 Wednesdays
Time: 7PM-10PM
Holidays and Postponements (no class): none
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Product Description

Supply List

Charcoal pencils – Hard, 4b and 6b
Kneaded eraser
Pencil eraser
Clip Masonite drawing board
small sandpaper pad
Vine charcoal, soft or medium
Individual sticks of compressed charcoal
Chamois cloth
Pad of 18 x 24 Strathmore Drawing paper
Graphite pencils 2H, HB, 2B

Instructor Bio

Amanda Mears studied at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) for 3 years. She exhibits her work in Los Angeles and London and has taught Beginning Drawing and Painting fundamental classes for several years both privately and in a private Los Angeles school.

LAAFA Policies


Students must be paid in full prior to the first day of class when enrolled in an Extension Course or Workshop, except those with a payment plan agreement. Please visit the Main Office at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the class, to complete any pending registration issues.

Payment Plans: A 3% Payment Plan Fee will be assessed, with a maximum charge of $35. The Payment Plan Fee, $20 Registration Fee, plus 50% of the total tuition owing must be paid on or before the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the tuition can be paid with a post-dated check (dated 1 month later) or with a signed Credit Card Authorization Form.

There is a $35.00 fee for all checks returned as N.S.F. (Non-Sufficient Funds).


LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class, limit class size, change class times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.

If a class is cancelled, students will be issued a full refund or may transfer with no fee to another class.

If an instructor must leave after a term has begun, and no suitable substitute is available, the student will be refunded a pro-rated amount.


All classes, uninstructed workshops, Visiting Artist Workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable. You may request to drop for credit (see next paragraph) or transfer into another class.

You have two weeks to evaluate each class and decide whether you want to drop for credit (a dollar amount calculated based on the receipt of request) or transfer into a new class. Requests must be submitted before the start of the third session, via email to A $25 Drop/Transfer Fee is assessed. Credit will be valid for a full year and is non-refundable. It can be applied toward any Extension Course, Workshop or Visiting Artist Event at LAAFA.

All artist demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.


One free make-up session is allowed per quarter, per class. Please email us at, at least 3 days in advance, with the course and date you wish to attend as a make-up. Make-up sessions aren’t transferable to future quarters.


  • If you arrive late, please enter quietly. If you have equipment to set up, please wait for a break to set up so that you do not disrupt the class.
  • The front row of benches is reserved for sitting individuals.
  • Economize your workspace to accommodate fellow artists.
  • Please refrain from talking to the models while they are posing. Photography is not allowed without the express permission of the model. The model may require a photography fee.
  • Please refrain from personal discussions while class is in session. Be sure to switch cell phone ringers OFF.
  • Don’t comment on others’ work unless it is solicited.
  • Animals are not permitted, with the exception of assistance dogs for the disabled.
  • Please clean up your work area and properly dispose of your waste after class. Use the Brush Cleaning Closet, not the bathroom sinks, to clean your hands, paintbrushes and other art tools.
  • No Turpentine or smelly solvents and mediums are allowed. Odorless Mineral Spirits is preferred.

Workshop Policy

  • There will only be 16 spots allowed in the workshops. Entry in the workshop is on a first come, first served basis. We do not accept reservations.  Students paying on a per-day basis will be admitted at the start time of the workshop if space is available.
  • Please note that all students must pay prior to the start of each workshop or class when paying on a per-day basis, and prior to entering the workshop to set up.
  • A monitor appointed by LAAFA will set up all uninstructed workshops. Once the pose is set, there will be no changes.
  • Any suggestions or comments, please email us at


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