Van Saro

Basic Drawing/Painting Fundamentals | Van Saro


This class is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of visual perception; and more specifically, how light describes form. Students may choose to draw or paint. Regardless of media, we will cover the most basic aspects of vision: from purely practical considerations to more advanced concepts of shape, value, edge, (and color, if painting with a limited palette). Students will begin to develop a form language, and work towards a fluency in communicating visually. Emphasis will be placed on developing a reliable process for picture making. Topics will include the use and care of materials, brush handling, paint mixing, the block in, value organization, rendering, and how to simplify visual information into what is essential and personal. During the course of this class, students will receive personalized instruction and individual projects ranging from cast studies, still life and drawing from the live model depending on the class progression.

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Course #: 1999
Start Date: April 22, 2017
End Date: June 17, 2017
Day: 8 Saturdays
Time: 9AM-12PM
Holidays and Postponements (no class): Saturday, May 27, 2017
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Product Description

Supply List - Drawing

2b or b graphite pencil
Generals charcoal pencils
Kneaded eraser
Razor blade
Drawing board
Crescent Illustration board #99 cold-pressed
Strathmore 500 vellum paper pad

Supply List - Painting

Canvas or board: any size between 11″x14″ and 18″x24″

Brushes: any of your choosing

Oil paints (artist grade only):
titanium white
cadmium lemon yellow
yellow ochre
raw umber
alizarin crimson
ivory black
ultramarine blue

Palette: any of your choosing

Walnut Oil
Gamsol or Odorless Mineral Spirits
Viva Paper Towels

Instructor Bio

Van Saro, is an artist who has been trained in classical art and illustration techniques. He has applied that knowledge to become an oil painter and tattoo artist. He is currently represented by La Luz de Jesus gallery, and has a private tattoo practice. His work blends classical techniques with modern day concepts and ideas. He credits his knowledge of fundamental drawing and painting for his ability to communicate in his chosen mediums.

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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