Ron Lemen

Portrait Drawing/Painting from Life | Ron Lemen


This course emphasizes the academic approach to drawing and painting a portrait from life and the various techniques and mediums used for rendering three-dimensional form. Composed of two-week poses, each student will be given ample time to study the shapes, values and edges of the face and explore different techniques.

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Course #: 1411
Start Date: January 3, 2017
End Date: March 7, 2017
Day: 10 Tuesdays
Time: 11:30AM-4PM (with 1/2 hour break)
Holidays and Postponements (no class): none
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Product Description

Supply List - Drawing
  • 18″x24″ newsprint pad-preferred smooth but rough will also work
  • A roll of tracing paper the width of the pad for doing tracings over your work to correct information you have already drawn
  • Charcoal Pencils Preferred Generals Brand at the 4B or 6B density/softness
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Drawing Board
  • Razor Blades to sharpen the pencils
  • Sketchbook and pen to take notes
Supply List - Painting

Students may work in oil, gouache or digitally.
• Canvases up to 16 x 20
• Palettes and paint boxes to store extra unused paint
• Palette for color theory if you want to learn this specific theory developed by Sorolla and the Valencia Art Academy: Titanium White, Cad Yellow Pale, Cad Yellow Orange, Cad Red Light, Alizarin Crimson, Red Rose Deep, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Viridian Green, Ivory Black.
If you want to limit this palette due to cost, get the white, black, yellow pale a yellow ochre, the red light and alizarin and Ultramarine blue
• Brushes Filberts and Flats, ¼ inch to ½ inch a few each bristles, and a few sable filberts to blend with, ¼ inch each and a sable round for drawing
• Gamsol Turp with a glass jar or paint can to put it in
• Rags or paper towels to clean up with
• Plastic bag or trash bag to clean up mess at own easel
• Palette Knife for mixing paint

Instructor Bio

Ron Lemen has had an eclectic artistic past working consistently in the entertainment art industry and as an art instructor. Ron first went in to the Action Sports Industry working as a layout artist, logo designer, and board graphic illustrator. Moving in to more involved illustrations and conceptual design, he went back to school and is a graduate of the Atelier System, classically trained, and a former pupil of Sebastian Capella, Spanish portrait virtuoso. Ron Lemen has been a concept designer and art director in the video game industry for 10 years with dozens of clients including Sony, Activision, Ubi Soft, Mattel and more. Now freelancing full-time, his clients include Upper Deck, Dragon lance, White Wolf, Time Warner, Wizards of the Coast, Image Comics, Birdhouse Projects, Ride Snowboards, Disney, and more. In addition, to illustrating and Portrait Painting, Ron has been an art instructor for the last 16 years. If you would like to learn more about Ron Lemen, please visit his blog.

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