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LAAFA Open House | Art Classes & Workshops

Santa Monica Open House

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!

 

 

LAAFA Workshops

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:

Scott McCloud  –  Master Comic Guru

Steve Huston –  Legendary Figure Artist

David Leffel – International Old Masters Artist

Warren Chang – Genius Narrative Artist

 

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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.

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Drop-In Classes | LAAFA Congratulates

Drop-In Classes at LAAFA

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.

 

 

 

Congratulations!

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.

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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.

 

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Art Scholarships & Drawing Workshop

Scholarships at LAAFA

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.

Full-Day Workshop $175 – Click here to Register.

Half-Day Workshop $100 – Click here to Register.

If you are unable to attend the workshop, please view his “Drawing the Portrait from Life” video, due out by September 15th.  Pre-order for the best pricing.

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LAAFA’s New Website

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!

 

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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.

 

 

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Ecorche/3D Anatomy w/ Rey Bustos – Spray Paint & Varnish

One of the most transformational parts of Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA was spray painting the baked ecorche.  I was careful to mask the hand and foot that I wanted to remain the fleshy color of Sculpey with aluminum foil before painting.  You can see below how a light coat of off-white spray paint really shows off all the sculpting work that goes into the skeletal portion of the ecorche.

In class, Rey had a “varnishing station’ set up for us. We lightly brushed varnish over our spray painted ecorches. We only applied the varnish to the left side, the side that will remain as exposed skeleton. We left the right side coated with spray paint only, so the clay we apply to represent muscles will stick. The effect of the varnish over the spray paint is fantastic- don’t you think?

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Ramon Hurtado’s Long Pose Figure Drawing Class at LAAFA

Ramon Hurtado is teaching a long pose figure drawing class at LAAFA this Summer. The wonderful drawings below show how Ramon works from start to finish. Following the tradition of 19th century academic drawing, the class will focus on creating long pose drawings that capture the specific character of the model. The class will combine knowledge of 3D forms, anatomy, gesture, shadow patterns, and 2D measuring techniques to create drawings that reveal the construction of the figure through the use of tone. Learn more about the class and register here.

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Ecorche/3D Anatomy w/ Rey Bustos – Week 5

I can’t believe we have already reached the halfway point- week 5 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA!  Class number five focused largely on process, as this week’s tasks were to complete the skeletal body and “bake” the ecorche to permanently harden the Sculpey.

In class, Rey demonstrated how to finish the delicate bones of the lower arm, the radius and the ulna.  Rey recommended stringing the tiny finger bones onto the wire like beads. This simple technique creates a sophisticated skeletal model of the
human hand.

For the fleshed out right hand, Rey drew us a diagram of the palm. He encouraged us to make our ecorches’ hands expressive, and to add creases, or flexure lines, for a lifelike effect.  Everyone had more than enough armature wire to support the fingers on each hand.
We just cut off what we didn’t need after
completing both hands.

The next lecture topic was Rey’s favorite bone: the scapula.  I have to admit, floating like wings on the human back, scapulae are beautiful bones.  Rey showed us how to mold the organic protrusions that define the scapulae. He also showed us how to attach the left scapula so that only the socket, or glenoid fossa rests against the head of the humerus. As you can see, this was a well-documented moment of the class. 😉

Back at home, I carefully followed the written instructions Rey gave us on baking our ecorches. Behold! Five weeks of sculpting permanently set in polymer clay! Now, before adding the muscles, all I have to do is paint and varnish the bones.
I’ll post an update on the painting and finishing process soon!

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May Workshops at LAAFA with Nathan Fowkes & Marshall Vandruff

On Saturday, May 19th, Nathan Fowkes has a one-day workshop – Composition: Design for Dynamic Picture-Making.  This intensive workshop will cover fundamentals of effective picture-making, creating mood and environment, and organizing complex scenes.  The workshop includes a painting demonstration by Nathan, as well as time for student painting with instructor feedback. Discover Nathan Fowkes’s impressive credentials on his blog.  Register here.

May 25th-27th master illustrator and instructor Marshall Vandruff presents a crash-course in the classic approach to draftsmanship and animal anatomy.  The workshop will teach students to draw animals from their imagination as well as to interpret visual information when drawing animals from life. Recommended pre-workshop reading is on Marshall’s website.  Register here.

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Draw with Top Animators & Character Designers at LAAFA!

Ron Velasco

This Spring, LAAFA is pleased to welcome an all-star drawing faculty to our extension program and workshop schedule!

Ron Velasco

 In Gesture Drawing for Storytelling, Ron Velasco will share his experiences in character design & concept art for projects including Cars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland….. Don’t miss the chance to study with this amazing artist!

Danny Galieote

Students in Danny Galieote’s Analytical Figure Drawing will benefit from Danny’s  impressive career at Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as his extensive study of master artists of the Italian Renaissance.  Danny’s work at Disney includes The Lion King, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Princess and the Frog, and Tangled, to name just a few of Danny’s credits! 

Students who want to brush up their skills without committing to a series of classes can still take advantage of upcoming workshops with prominent entertainment industry artists.

Stephen Silver

On April 28th, Stephen Silver will share his experience working for clients including Hasbro Toys, Disney, & Nickelodeon at a one-day Character Design Workshop.

Nathan Fowkes

On May 19th, Nathan Fowkes’s workshop Composition: Design for Dynamic Picture-Making offers a one-day overview of the essential compositional skills Nathan uses as a visual development artist at DreamWorks.

Find more coming attractions here under the “Workshops & Events 2012” tab!