We are thrilled to offer the best art workshops taught by highly acclaimed local and visiting artists! Students worldwide can come to LAAFA and learn techniques, receive valuable instruction, feedback and critiques. Plus, working alongside your favorite artist is priceless. Please visit the full list of workshops currently available. Be sure to check back often for new workshops added to our schedule.
Images provided by: Sean Cheetham, Ruo Li, Qiang Huang, Stephen Early, Alex Oliver, Christopher Pugliese, Carlo Russo, Max Ginsburg and Iliya Mirochnik.
We have added additional Complimentary Demonstrations available to the art community! This is a great way to learn the different methods and techniques that an instructor will teach you during his class. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the class after the demonstration.
RSVP is required and space is limited. Please click on the links to secure your space and to find out more information.
The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) is accepting applications for our Fall full-time degree and atelier programs. LAAFA is considered a premier choice for students wanting an intensive art program that provides the necessary foundation skills allowing our students to apply these fundamentals to a career in the fine art or entertainment art industry.
3. Portfolio pieces including the required drawing need to be sent in JPEG format (each image approximately 1280 x 800).
A. Create a zip folder with your first initial and full last name.
B. Email to the Admissions Department.
5. Once we have received a students’ completed application, it will take approximately 10 to 14-days for a reply.
6. If accepted into our program, students are eligible to apply for our scholarship program.
LAAFA operates on a rolling admissions basis. Prospective students are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis for the next available starting quarter. LAAFA only accepts a small number of students to the program each year. We hope you will consider LAAFA as the start of your artistic journey. To make an appointment to tour the campus, please contact our Director of Admissions.
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.
Please join us on January 12th, from 6:00pm to 9:30pm for an Open House at Bergamot Station in our Santa Monica location. There will be a complimentary Tonal Drawing demonstration by the masterful Vadim Zang. You may enjoy the demo as you are perusing the gallery showing our recent exhibition, “The Figure“. The exhibition is showcasing: Danel Bilmes, Noah Buchanan, Juan Baron, Kathiucia Dias, Danny Galieote, Ramon Hurtado, Cinthia Joyce, Andrea Mosley, Eric Pedersen, William Rodgers, Sergio Sanchez, Michael Siegel, David Simon, Johanna Spinks, Vadim Zang.
Winter Art Classes Starting January 14th
There is still time to register for winter art classes! This quarter you have the opportunity to come on the first day of class and check out why our faculty is so amazing. Choose from a 3-hour demonstration or a classroom experience for only $25.00. Must call LAAFA at 818-708-9232 to reserve your spot. Space is limited to the select classes.
Online Art Classes
LAAFA’s online art classes are now available for 3D/Ecorche 10-week self-study or critique by Rey Bustos, Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal Full Demo or 9-week critique class by Nathan Fowkes. Limited space!
Be sure to check out our Workshop & Events regularly. We are continually adding additional artists to our schedule of events for 2013. We are currently hosting:
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
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.
For those who are unable to commit to our 8 or 10-week classes or who would like to experience a new instructor, we offer reserved drop-in classes at the Van Nuys and Santa Monica locations. Students will need to call us directly at 818-708-9232 24-hours in advance of the class to reserve a spot. Only select classes and limited spots are available for drop-in day-rates starting from $65.00.
We would like to congratulate LAAFA graduate, Eric Pedersen, who is currently an instructor at LAAFA for being selected in American Artist Magazine as one of their 25 Artists Of Tomorrow! In addition, we would also like to give a big shout out to Sean Cheetham who is also named in this article. We are certainly proud of them and all our instructors’ achievements! You may buy a digital copy online or at Barnes and Noble Bookstores.
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.
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.
Current full-time and extension students are welcome to enter the competition to receive a Contemporary Representational Art Scholarship for the Fall 2012 quarter. Contemporary Representational Art includes figures, still life, and landscapes. Please click on links above for more information on requirements for each of these scholarships. Deadline is August 15th!
Nathan Fowkes | August 18th
For the Portrait Drawing in Charcoal Workshop, Nathan will present a slideshow that will take you through the principles you need to know to successfully draw a portrait from life. He will do a full demonstration in charcoal, then turn the time over to you to draw from a live costumed model with him guiding you as your coach.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their help and patience while we created a new website! All of your feedback and suggestions were very important to us and we hope you like the improvements. In addition, we will be adding some additional features shortly. Enjoy browsing our art school online and we hope to see you in person soon!
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.