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Portrait Painting (Indirect Method) | Leon Okun


Indirect painting class will introduce aesthetics of old masters using techniques of grisaille, glazing, and painting with a limited color palette. Students will have 6 weeks to finish two paintings. Each painting will start with the foundational underpainting technique of “Grisaille”, using raw umber. After establishing basic drawing and construction, students will follow with a limited color palette, finalizing with glazing. Emphasis of this course will also be on synthesizing indirect painting techniques with a strong facility of drawing as well as exploration of limited color and variety of paint application. Both paintings will be based on Rembrandt's painting from the Getty museum. One painting will be done from a master copy of a Rembrandt painting and another from a live model set-up based on the same Rembrandt painting.

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Course #: 2981
Start Date: April 19, 2017
End Date: May 24, 2017
Day: 6 Wednesdays
Time: 10AM-2:30PM, with 1/2 hour break
Holidays and Postponements (no class): none
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Supply List

* Brushes (sable or bristle, filbert, any brand will be good, I personally like Robert Simmons bristle)
size # 2 (2 brushes)
size #4 (2 brushes)
size #6 (2 brushes)
size #8 (2 brushes)
size # 12 or 14 (1 brush)

First assignment 24×24 or 28x24in (advanced)
Second assignment 25x20in

Paints – gambling paint, or any other pro. Brand.
Titanium white (large tube)
yellow ocher
cad. yellow
cad red light
venetian red
olive green
burned umber
burned sienna
raw umber
ivory black


damar varnish (liquid not a spray)
stained oil
linseed oil

Aluminum Palette Cup

Vine charcoal

Instructor Bio

Leon Okun was born on February 6, 1980 in a small town in Siberia, Russia. In 1993 Leon’s family immigrated to San Diego. His interest in figurative art developed while taking art classes at Mesa Community College, where he was given complete freedom of exploration. This freedom led him to a profound interest in figurative drawing and propelled Leon to pursue the kind of program that would satisfy his passion for fine art.

Leon’s educational art journey began at Watts Atelier (a small private art school with an emphasis on the traditional fine art), where he studied for two and a half years. There he met Ron Lemen, an art instructor at Los Angeles Academy of Fine Arts. To this day, Leon gives Ron Lemen credit for inspiring him to believe in himself and to set the highest possible standards for personal artwork.

In 2003 Leon returned to Russia to explore Russian art schools and museums. Painters like I. E. Repin, V. Serov, and V. Surikov captured his interest and helped him develop the best possible vision any artist can have: To become a serious painter.

It was then, in 2003, that Leon decided to apply to the Repin Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg. Repin Academy of Arts is a two hundred and fifty seven year old historic institution. It has been the birthplace of the most famous Russian painters. It was clear to Leon that if he wanted for himself the best art education in the world, than it would have to be the Repin Academy of Arts.

After two years of intense preparation Leon got accepted to the Academy, where he studied for six years and received both a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Art and a Masters Degrees in Fine Arts.

In 2011 Leon returned to San Diego and immersed himself into teaching, sharing with his students the wonderful education he had received at the Academy of Arts in St. Petersburg.

Successful in his own right as a Artist and as a Teacher, Leon now inspires his students to search our their dreams and to strive to achieve their own personal best.

Leon is a member of the California Art Club, the American Portrait Society, the American Impressionist society, and the Plain Air Painters of San Diego.

Leon has participated in and won numerous art competitions in San Diego and throughout Southern California. His style of painting is based on the traditional European classical art, and color pallet that so many Russian painters are famous for.

Most recently Leon had several successful exhibitions that drew a great deal of interest in the art community.

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.


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