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You Are Invited!

LAAFA is an accredited private college offering 3-Year BFA Degree and Certificate Programs, as well as 1-year to 18-month Intensive Art Training Tracks. We invite prospective students to come and see our intimate artistic environment and audit a full-time class.  Students can have a glimpse of the personal attention they will receive by instructors and staff during a visit. For our out-of-town prospective students, we encourage a SKYPE meeting.  These are some of the great ways to ask questions and find out more information about the LAAFA experience.


At LAAFA, you will learn from world-class faculty who work for top animation, film tv studios and gaming companies, as well as exhibit in major galleries around the world.  Our faculty will give you the practical training experience needed to be successful in your chosen career path.

Fall applications are currently being accepted for FALL 2016!  <<APPLY NOW >>

Artwork by:  Rohini Sen, Katie Lindsay, Christine Vanderkaap and Gabriel Shiguemoto.



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!

Open House On-Campus | Live Online Art Classes

We are thrilled to offer our students the choice of on-campus and online classes this fall with our stellar line-up of art industry professionals!  Students who are local and from around the world can now enjoy a top quality educational learning experience.

Fall Open House On-Campus

We invite you to our Fall Open House on September 14th starting at 10am.  During the day’s festivities you may tour the school, enjoy complimentary demos, meet instructors and staff, learn about our programs, receive a complimentary portfolio review, win a prize and much more… This will be the last day to enroll in our continuing education classes and receive early registration prices.  Please RSVP to receive more information on the days list of event times. See you soon!

Online Live Classes Start September 8th

If you are unable to attend our on-campus classes, we invite you to take your next traditional or digital class online with our esteemed professional instructors who work for top studios such as:  Blue Sky Studios, Disney, Dreamworks, Riot Games, Universal and many more… Our online live classes are held in real-time where students are able to interact with the instructors directly.  A typical class will include: Demo, lecture, in-class exercise, critiques and homework. We have a special introductory rate of $495.  Limited seats are available.  Enroll Now! Images above by:  Rey Bustos, Daniel Bilmes and Sam Michlap.

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:







Los Angeles Art Workshops

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.

Fine Art Demonstrations in Los Angeles

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.

Contemporary Portrait Painting with Sean Cheetham
Alla Prima Figure Painting with Vadim Zang
Cast Drawing and Painting with Noah Buchanan
Indirect Figure Painting: Verdaccio Technique with Noah Buchanan
Head Drawing with Rey Bustos
Portrait Drawing with Daniel Bilmes
Portrait Painting with Daniel Bilmes

David Leffel is coming to LAAFA on October 15th for an evening Q & A event!  Click here to register.

Only a few spots available for Ruo Li’s Seascape Workshop starting on October 18th.  Click here to register.

Los Angeles Art Classes

LAAFA has over 26 fabulous classes and 16 talented instructors for this coming fall quarter. We truly appreciate your support of our school and our instructors. Payment plan options and discounts are available.

How are we doing?

We always like to check to see how we can improve our school.  Please consider taking this short survey of 4 questions and receive a chance to win a two 3-hour drop-in classes for the fall quarter.



LAAFA Demos, Workshops and Drop-Ins

Complimentary Demos  

Join Vadim Zang for a Contemporary Portraiture Painting Demo (July 29th) from 7pm to 10pm.
See Kate Wolfgang Savage for her Integrative Head/Figure Drawing Demo (July 30th) from 10am to 3:30pm.

Please RSVP online to guarantee your spot.  Limited availability.

Animal Drawing Workshop Starting August 2nd – $195

Register for Marshall Vandruff’s 3-Day Animal Drawing Workshop by Tuesday (July 30th) to take advantage of LAAFA’s Visiting Artist Enrichment Series. These enrichment lectures, workshops and demos give the community a super affordable option in art education throughout the year at LAAFA.

Reserved Drop-In Classes

Call (818) 708-9232 for prices and to reserve.

Danny Galieote | Figure Drawing – Rhythm and Structure
Ron Lemen | Life Painting with Focus on Color

Accepting Fine & Entertainment Art Applications | Fall 2013

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.

Key components of our admissions process:

1.     Apply to the full-time program.

2.    Follow all the Admission Requirements.
2A.  International Students.

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.

4.  Tuition payments and Financial Aid options.

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.

10-Years Of Excellence in Art Education

The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) recently celebrated a milestone of 10 years in art education. The party was held at the famed Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA.  And yes, the band playing in the video is Sean Cheetham’s band, Del Toro.

We have a spectacular line-up of instructors and individual classes this Spring Quarter for our extension students. Take a look at the choices of classes in our Van Nuys location. For students wanting to apply to our 3-Year Program, this is the best time to start your application process. LAAFA is considered a premier choice for students wanting an intensive art program that provides the necessary foundation skills which allow our students to excel and apply these fundamentals to a career in the fine or entertainment art industry.


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.


Best Art Classes in Los Angeles!

Spring Art Classes in Los Angeles Start March 28th, 2016!

We are excited to announce our super-packed spring quarter schedule! Click here to view the list of exceptional skilled instructors and the diverse selection of spring classes (anatomy, drawing, painting, sculpting, digital and software) for beginning to professional artists.  Enroll now to take advantage of the early registration prices.