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Ecorche/3D Anatomy | Rey Bustos


A 3D Ecorché anatomy model is a centuries old method of learning anatomy through three dimensional means. The word ecorché is French for flayed body and refers to human or animal anatomy by which you can see the interplay between the skeleton, tendons, ligaments and the muscles that create what we see on the living form. It is an essential means for every figurative artist to better interpret through knowledge what he sees. Rey will guide the student through making a skeleton in Sculpey (paying particular attention to the shapes of the bones), followed by laying on the muscles that constitute artistic anatomical form. This is an intense, hands-on approach to learning the body — a necessity for any artist concerned with learning accurate anatomical representation.

It is mandatory attendance for the first day class. The instructor covers a lot of material. You may be dropped if absent.

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Course #: 3000
Start Date: April 21, 2017
End Date: June 23, 2017
Day: 10 Fridays
Time: 9AM-1PM
Holidays and Postponements (no class): None
16926 Saticoy Street
Van Nuys, CA 91406

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Supply List

NEEDED the first day:
• 1/8″ armature wire, at least ten feet. Any good art store carries this.
• Wooden board, plywood works great. 10-12″ square, or thereabouts or if you can find a 12″ round board from OSH that’s the best.
• 24 and 28 gauge steel wire, usually comes in 100ft little packages, get this at a hardware store. (Do not worry if you don’t find this.)
• Super Glue by Devcon or Zap-A-Gap glue (Zap-A-Gap is best but not as easy to find)
• 3-ring binder (2″ should be fine) with numbered divider tabs 1-10
• Note paper (we always take a lot of notes)
• Ruler or tape measure
• Needle-nosed pliers (or any pliers, needle nosed preferred)
• Wire cutters (if you don’t have this, we can share)
• Sharpie marker or any permanent marker, color doesn’t matter

Other Materials:
• 1lb Super Sculpey (semi-transclucent beige, needed by the second week)
• Sculpey Clay Softener (optional)
• 4 packages of chocolate Sculpey II (These are the 2oz little packages, DO NOT GET the bigger box of terra cotta! Not needed for a few weeks.)
• Misc. clay tools. Get a few, I will also show you what I have and like to use.
• Small jar of Vaseline, or Vaseline Lip Therapy.
• By the sixth week you will need to have the book, “Human Anatomy for Artists: The Elements of Form” by Eliot Goldfinger. Look for this online. You can find it around $40. Used is fine. You should always bring a camera.

Instructor Bio

Rey Bustos graduated as an illustrator with high honors from the Art Center College of Design in 1989 and was elected by the student body to be the student speaker at their graduation. Rey then went on to illustrate for many companies and magazines as well as having numerous fine art exhibits since 1990. He is currently represented by the San Marino Gallery in Pasadena. Rey has also been teaching since 1990 and is now considered one of the preeminent artistic anatomy teachers in the country. He is known for his lively and passionate lectures and his enthusiasm is very evident and contagious. Rey currently teaches at his Art Center College of Design, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art and he is also in the teaching staff at Disney Feature Animation. Rey teaches Analytical Figure Drawing, Drawing and Composition, 3D Anatomy/Ecorche, 2D Anatomy and a class that he created and is now required at the Art Center, Imaginatomy: An Anatomical Approach to Animal and Character Development.

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 18 spots allowed in the workshops. Entry in the workshop is on a first come, first served basis. We do not accept reservations. Students with Membership Passes will be admitted into the workshop first, 15 minutes before the start time (not before). 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


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