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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
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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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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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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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Help Your Artwork Spring into 3D with LAAFA’s new Spring Quarter Classes!

Does your artwork leave you feeling flat?  Pick a remedy from LAAFA’s exciting Spring Quarter schedule!

LAAFA instructor Rey Bustos recommends that students seeking improved drawing and painting skills start their study of anatomy with his 3D Anatomy/ Ecorche’ class, and then follow up with his class in Drawing the Figure.  Bustos says that a tactile, hands-on experience in 3D Anatomy or figure sculpting is an essential basis for convincing figurative work on flat surfaces.

David Simon’s Figure Sculptingclass starts April 18th, and provides an accessible approach to sculpting the figure for students of all levels.  After starting with a one-week pose sculpted on a small scale, students in the class will gradually work up to creating larger pieces based on longer-duration poses.

For students who want to capture dynamic poses on paper, Paul Wee’s Figure Drawing: Action & Form is the key. Paul’s approach emphasizes both speed and accuracy.  Paul strives to give his students “techniques to tackle anything that comes your way!”


Danny Galieote will be offering two drawing classes as well.  Danny’s Analytical Head & Portrait Drawing class examines the drawing technique of Renaissance and Golden Age illustration Masters. Students then apply the Masters’ knowledge to bring three-dimensional form to their work from a live model.  Similarly, Danny’s Analytical Figure Drawing class helps students bring a sense of life and depth to works on paper.

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Painting Demonstration Passes Available for Michael Siegel and Sean Cheetham

Want to watch the amazing Sean Cheetham demonstrate his approach and techniques in Contemporary Portraiture Painting or Head Painting?

Interested students may purchase a demo pass starting from $50.00. Please contact our business office to take advantage of this special opportunity.

LAAFA is proud to feature Michael Siegel as our current Spotlight Artist.

A limited number of demonstration passes are available starting at $50.00 for students who want to observe Michael demonstrate his masterful technique in Still Life or Portraiture/ Figure Painting. Please contact our business office to purchase demo passes.

 

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MICHAEL SIEGEL – LAAFA SPRING QUARTER SPOTLIGHT ARTIST

Congratulations to Michael Siegel, LAAFA’s Spring Quarter 2012 Spotlight Artist!  Reading Michael’s humorous and insightful Spotlight Artist interviewgives you an idea of what it’s like to take his classes. Here’s a sample of his wonderful work.

You can see more of his paintings on his website www.siegelfineart.com.

Michael’s Spring Quarter classes start 4/2/2012. Don’t miss your chance to sign up!

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STEVEN ASSAEL WORKSHOP AT LAAFA 3/29-4/1

 Steven Assael, the New York artist hailed by The Art Newspaper as “the foremost figurative painter of his generation” is coming to LAAFA!

He will be leading a workshop, open to all levels, Thursday thru Sunday 3/29 to 4/1 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily.  See the supplies list and more details from LAAFA here.

Steven Assael was born in New York in 1957. He attended the Pratt Institute and presently teaches in New York. The focus of his work is the human figure, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light. 

Steven Assael’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at museums from Chattanooga to Seattle and at galleries throughout the United States.  Works have been chosen for curated group exhibitions at the Naples Museum of Art, FL; the Arkansas Art Center, the Evansville Museum, IN; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; among many.  Paintings and drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City; The Columbus Museum, GA; and many other museum and distinguished private collections.