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Life Drawing | Ramon Hurtado


In this Life Drawing class, students will learn a simple and effective approach for drawing the human figure. Beginning with an exploration of gesture, volumetric drawing and light theory, we will address a different aspect of the figure each week, discussing major anatomical forms and structural considerations. Students will work on toned paper in order to create drawings of the figure that prepare them for painting in the future. Class will consist of lectures/demonstrations and individual critiques. Students of all levels welcome.

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Course #: 1383
Start Date: April 17, 2017
End Date: June 19, 2017
Day: 8 Mondays
Time: 7PM-10PM
Holidays and Postponements (no class): May 22, 2017 and Memorial Day, May 29, 2017
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Choose either option:

Option 1:
*18” x 24” Pad of white sketch paper (Biggie Sketch or similar smooth white paper)
*Waxy colored pencil, in any dark color, burnt sienna, brown and black work well. Below are some
good options:
Derwent drawing pencils
Progresso woodless colored pencils
Polychromos pencils
*Drawing board
*Kneaded eraser
*Pencil sharpener (if using Progresso pencils)
*Razor blade and sand paper

Option 2:
*18” x 24” Pad of smooth newsprint
*2B/3B Charcoal or Conte Pierre Noir
*Drawing board
*Kneaded eraser
*Razor blade and sand paper

Instructor Bio

Ramón Hurtado is a contemporary landscape and genre painter living in Los Angeles. His work aims to capture the always mysterious and sometimes mystical aspects of life in Los Angeles; exploring the customs of different groups of people and responding to the rich aesthetic experiences created by the desert sun.

Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Ramón began studying painting and drawing independently at age 15, learning from the masters and working extensively from life. While pursuing a degree in Animation at USC, Ramón also underwent a rigorous course of study in figure drawing, anatomy, composition and landscape painting under master artists Glenn Vilppu and Will Weston. Through USC, he received a scholarship to study figure painting under Adrian Gottlieb.

After graduation, Ramón was awarded First Prize in Lucasfilm’s Student Art Competition, which allowed him to move to Washington DC for 9 months to continue his studies with renowned figure painter Robert Liberace. While there, he studied the works of Fortuny, Villegas and Rico at the Walters Museum of Art. During this time, he also became a recipient of the prestigious Stacey Scholarship.

Ramón’s work has been exhibited at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and is featured in the collections of USC’s Doheny Library, the Ronald Tutor center, the Normal Topping Student Aid Fund, the Lucasfilm Art Collection, the Jenesse Center and various private patrons.

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 accounting@laafa.org. 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 accounting@laafa.org, 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 suggestions@laafa.org.


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