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2016 Spring Complimentary Demonstrations

Come, Learn and Enjoy!

Come and watch our instructors in action on the first day of class.  These complimentary demonstrations allow you to step inside the minds of these skilled artists and engage in conversation about the creative process and passion for art-marking.  In addition, receive information on instructors’ favorite tools, mediums and materials! No reservation required. Availability is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students currently enrolled in class have preferred seating and may be invited to draw or paint during the demo.

Thursday – April 14th
Figure Painting (Zorn Palette) with Vadim Zang | 10am to 2:30pm

Friday – April 15th
Understanding the Figure with Daniel Bilmes | 10am to 3:30pm

Saturday – April 16th
Drawing and Painting Fundamentals with Van Saro | 9am to 12pm
Beginning Portrait Drawing with Jonny Hart | 2pm to 5pm

Artwork by:  Vadim Zang, Daniel Bilmes, Van Saro and Jonny Hart.

Spring Quarter Classes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Quarter Classes Starting March 28th!

Please join us for our super-packed spring quarter schedule! Click here to view the list of exceptional skilled instructors and the diverse selection of spring classes for beginning to professional artists. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive special promotions and upcoming complimentary demonstrations and lectures throughout the year!

Online Live With Sam Michlap

Live Visual Storytelling: Movie Moments 2

We are excited to announce that Sam Michlap’s Visual Storytelling: Movie Moments 2 is open for enrollment!  This 8-week LIVE Online Course will guide students through a picture-making process, and the reasons behind all the decisions that must be considered in order to create an effective “Key Frame”.

Start Date: April 2, 2016
Time: 1pm to 4pm (PST)
Enroll here: bit.ly/20oYzaI

Watch 2 Full Class Lessons For Free

As a treat, we have two classes for you to view!  Please take some time out of your busy schedule to enjoy Dynamic Color Sketching – Week 6 and Visual Storytelling: Movie Moments 1 – Week 1. These classes are great to see Sam in action while he lectures, demos, critiques and answers questions.  To receive you free full class lessons, please visit artschoolvideos.com to sign-up for our newsletter!

We hope to see you in class!

Secure Your Spot!

We are looking forward to welcoming new students to LAAFA this fall!  All domestic and international hopefuls are encouraged to start submitting their applications and documents by the priority deadline of June 15, 2015.  This allows you to secure your spot and have top-priority for scholarships and work-study opportunities, plus a smooth transition to LAAFA.

Here are a few of the top reasons why students choose LAAFA:

– Top Professional Faculty
– Intensive Foundational Training
– Intimate Artistic Environment
– Student Diversity
– Structured and Sequential Curriculum
– Connections

You are invited to make an appointment for a tour and a classroom experience!  We love to show off our school and we look forward to meeting you.

Elyse Fulcher, 3rd Year Student

Summer Art Classes | Accepting Fall Applications

 

Summer with LAAFA!

Enjoy this summer learning, developing and keeping your skills sharp with our tremendous list of skilled professional instructors!  With years of experience under their belt teaching and working in the art industry, you will find they will help you achieve your goal.  All our classes are designed to encourage beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional artists in a friendly intimate learning environment.  All studios come with natural light beaming from the rooftop, horses, easels and unlimited coffee in our break-room. We encourage you to take a look at our convenient schedule of classes that include 4, 6, 8 and 10-weeks classes.  In addition, we are also excited to bring you top visiting artists for the summer and fall.

Drawing Program for Teens and Recent Graduates

This coming July, we have a 4-week full-time intensive drawing program designed just for students who want to improve their drawing skills.  This program includes:  Anatomy, Classical Drawing, Composition, Figure Construction and Perspective.  Scholarships are available.  Students must register by June 1st.

Fall Applications for Full-time Programs

Fall is just around the corner and we encourage all students to start the application process now.  We only accept a small number of students each year and have limited spots for each of our programs.  In addition, for those who are international students or qualify for veterans benefits, you will need extra time to process your required documents.  This can take over 2 months depending on your situation.  Please feel free to reach out to our Director of Admissions for any questions or help with the admissions process. For more information about our programs, please click on the following links:

 

 

 

 

 

 

LAAFA Entertainment Art Program – Graduation Show

Mark your calendar to stop by and show your support for our recent Entertainment Art graduates. We wish them much success in their journey as artists!

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building G – Space 8A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
May 11th, 6pm to 9pm

Open House Art Demonstrations

The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art would like to treat you to 4 marvelous open house art demonstrations.  Choose from our Van Nuys or Santa Monica locations.  Each demonstration is a great way to find out about the instructor and the methods and techniques they use to teach their classes.  We hope you will join us for the day.

Van Nuys – March 16th

Daniel Bilmes – Portrait Painting Demo

Ramon Hurtado – Figure Panting Demo

Santa Monica – March 16th

Michael Siegel – Portrait Painting Demo

Kate Savage – Portrait Drawing Demo

Please click one of the links above to receive additional information and reserve your spot for the demo you wish to attend.

 

Online Courses | Bluecanvas Article | Winter Registration

Online “Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal” course by Nathan Fowkes

We are thrilled to announce the release of our latest online course with Nathan Fowkes, “Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal”, now open for registration, starting January 21, 2013.  Space is limited!

This online course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal. Over the course of the class, Nathan will provide each student with the necessary understanding and experience to draw the human head with authority.  Watch the preview video and learn more here.

 

Online “3D Anatomy/Ecorché” course by Rey Bustos

A fabulous online course, Rey Bustos’ “3D Anatomy/Ecorché” starting January 28, 2013 is also open for registration for critique and self-study courses. Space is limited!

If you are a fan of Rey Bustos, you must experience him in a classroom setting with students present.  The interaction between Rey and his students adds another dimension to his teaching since the questions posed by the students and the energy of the classroom environment lead Rey to veer off to lecture on topics that wouldn’t normally be covered if he was lecturing to a camera.  Watch the preview video and learn more here.

Bluecanvas Magazine Article

We are excited that Bluecanvas Magazine has chosen LAAFA for their most recent school collaboration article, issue #14. You may check out the full article here.  In addition, Bluecanvas is sponsoring a contest for a $10,000 Entertainment Art Scholarship at LAAFA!  Click here to check out the contest details! You can also order your own copy online or at your local bookstore.

 

Van Nuys & Santa Monica Classes start January 14th

While we are in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, we want to remind you to take a breath and think about taking some fantastic art classes with our talented instructors!  Choose from a variety of beginning and advanced classes:

* Portrait & Figure Painting/Drawing
* Figure Construction
* Quick Sketch
* Perspective and Character Design
* Still Life
* Long Pose Painting & Drawing
* Ecorché or Zbrush
* Imaginative Animal Design/Drawing

 

Instructor image by:  Noah Buchanan

Winter Quarter Schedule | 10-Year Anniversary Party

Winter Quarter Classes

Registration is open for our winter quarter classes.  We have a fabulous selection of classes and we are also introducing new classes such as:  Character Design (From Life Drawing), Imaginative Animal Design/Drawing, Tonal Figure Drawing, Figure Painting (Indirect, 17th Century Technique), Female Portrait Study (Drawing, Sculpting to ZBrush), Introduction to Head/Figure Painting and more…  At your convenience, please click on the image for your own personal PDF copy of all of our classes.

Be sure to check out our website often for updated 2013 workshops listings.  We add additional workshops regularly.




 

 

 

10-Year Anniversary Party

Come Celebrate with LAAFA & Bluecanvas Magazine

What if you could be a part of a thriving art community? Where you can find painters, animators, gamers, writers and filmmakers. A place to feel inspired, creative and productive. A space that connects us.

Please join us in our quest in providing an art library, resource center, and gallery to benefit all artists.

December 7th, from 6pm to 10pm (Bergamot Station)

RSVP and find out additional information here.

LAAFA Brochure | Registration | Bergamot Open House

Brochure Preview

Take a peek at our  LAAFA Brochure coming out this week.  The brochure highlights the amazing, talented instructors and visiting artists who teach at LAAFA.

Fall Registration

The clock is ticking and time is running out to register for art classes & workshops for fall. Take a moment to look at our schedule of classes in both of our locations for a variety of classes and/or workshops.

Bergamot Open House

Please join us in Building G, Space 8A on October 13th, from 6pm to 10pm at our Bergamot Station location. Enjoy an evening of awesome artwork, artist demos, and a chance to stroll around the station and visit several gallery opening exhibitions. Please RSVP here for the event.

 

Ecorche/3D Anatomy w/ Rey Bustos – Weeks 6-9

“Muscle Memory”

During weeks 6 through 9 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA we added “musculature” to our ecorches. Using “chocolate” Sculpey, we crafted each muscle according to helpful guidelines Rey provided for us.

 

With Rey’s detailed drawings and demonstrations to lead us in the right direction, we worked our way up the body, all the way from lower leg, through the abdomen and upper body to the facial muscles.

 

Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA in our upcoming Week 10 blog post.

 

 

LAAFA – Gearing Up for Summer!

Summer is here and things are heating up at LAAFA!

(Just an expression, folks – LAAFA’s classrooms are climate-controlled. )

2012 Summer Open House Photos

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On Saturday, June 2, LAAFA’s Summer Open House gave prospective and current students a chance to socialize and to enjoy demonstrations by Sharon Weaver and Vadim Zang

Sharon Weaver

Vadim Zanginian
Vadim Zanginian

Starting in early July, Sharon will be teaching Plein Air/ Landscaping Painting on Fridays.

Vadim’s Summer classes include Head/Figure Painting on Mondays and Tonal Figure Drawing on Thursdays.

 – Books Needed for Art Library

Please consider donating your art books to LAAFA’s art library – coming this fall!

In preparation, we are having a book drive. From now until July 1st, donate your art books to receive a raffle ticket for FREE summer classes! Each book donated gets you one raffle ticket. Raffle winners will be announced July 2nd.

You can drop off your books at the LAAFA office during business hours:

Mondays -Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays – Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Raffle Items:

  • One Free Instructed 8-week class (select classes)
  • One Free Uninstructed Workshop Pass
  • Three Free One Day Instructed class (select classes)