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Learn Drawing Online with Nathan Fowkes

Starts January 13, 2014

This 9-Week course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal.

Students Receive

9 Lectures/Slideshows
9 Demonstrations
9 Video Critiques including draw-overs
A library of other student critiques
Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills
Free 3-month subscription to OnlineLifeDrawing.com

Testimonials

“Delightfully inspiring and informative.” Dave C

“Nathan is a masterful artist and teacher. He helps you on your creative journey by sharing his lifetime experiences in a nine-week course. What I learned, I will be working to perfect for a very long time. This class is amazing!” Daniel H

“I felt like I learned a great amount in a short amount of time, and will continually practice the assignments to further develop my understanding of portraiture through charcoal and other mediums.” Justin W

Register for this educational experience today.  Only available to a few lucky students!  Additional online classes and demonstrations are also available.

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LAAFA Entertainment Art Program – Graduation Show

Mark your calendar to stop by and show your support for our recent Entertainment Art graduates. We wish them much success in their journey as artists!

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building G – Space 8A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
May 11th, 6pm to 9pm

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Best Art Classes in Los Angeles!

Winter Art Classes in Los Angeles Start January 3, 2017!

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.

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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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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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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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Spring Quarter Classes & Open House Announced

We have just released our Spring Quarter classes starting April 2, 2012! We have a great selection of classes for you to experience. You may view our handy Spring Quarter Summary online and register for your favorite classes.

 All classes are subject to an increase of $50.00 on March 19, 2012.

Open House Events – March 11th

Mike Butkus Complimentary Demonstration

March 11th, 12pm to 2pm

Mike will demonstrate how to draw Vampires and Zombies from his books, using a limited gouache palette. He will explain the techniques used in the books and advise on how to create creatures from imagination. In addition, there will be a Q & A session on producing ideas for the movie, T.V. and gaming industry.
Reservations for demos are required. Walk-ins will be based on space availability. Refreshments will be served.
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Rey Bustos Complimentary Lecture

March 11th, 2pm to 4pm

Rey Bustos is one of the leading artistic anatomists in the country today! We are excited that Rey will be lecturing, drawing, sculpting and showing students first-hand his love for anatomy in a fun and dynamic way. Get ready to enjoy several brief demos, a Q & A session and more. It’s going to be lively!
Reservations for demos are required. Walk-ins will be based on space availability. Refreshments will be served.
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Nathan Fowkes – Color Concepts Workshop

 1-Day Color Concepts Workshop with Nathan Fowkes on February 11th!

“The use of color is critically important for the working artist, well designed color can make your work powerfully compelling and will reach your audience at an emotional level that moves them. That will be our topic of study for this year’s Color Workshop on Saturday, February 11, 12-8pm. So whether you’re a landscape painter, figurative or entertainment artist, if you’re in the LA area I’d love to see you there.” – Nathan Fowkes

Here’s what we’ll cover:
The fundamentals of color theory for painters (traditional and digital).
The emotional impact of color and lighting to create mood and environment.
Principles for organizing the complexities of color into pleasing harmonies.
Strategies for solving color problems quickly and effectively.
Color exploration exercises.
Painting from a costumed model in a theatrical, colored light environment.

Tuition Cost: $175 – Register Here for Full Workshop.

Tuition Cost:  $100 – Register Here for Lecture and Demo.

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Artist Spotlight – Sergio Sanchez

We are happy to announce Sergio Sanchez as our winter quarter spotlight artist. Sergio has taught at LAAFA for many years and is very dedicated in teaching his craft to students who are enthusiastic in learning how to create meaningful artwork. Sergio is passionate and gives his students the skills to reach their individual goals. Sergio will be teaching a 3-HR and 5-HR 10-week Life Painting with Focus on Light class starting January 24th. Learn more about the talented Sergio Sanchez in our Spotlight Artist feature!