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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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.

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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.

 

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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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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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LAAFA – Gearing Up for Summer!

Summer is here and things are heating up at LAAFA!

(Just an expression, folks – LAAFA’s classrooms are climate-controlled. )

2012 Summer Open House Photos

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On Saturday, June 2, LAAFA’s Summer Open House gave prospective and current students a chance to socialize and to enjoy demonstrations by Sharon Weaver and Vadim Zang

Sharon Weaver

Vadim Zanginian

Starting in early July, Sharon will be teaching Plein Air/ Landscaping Painting on Fridays.

Vadim’s Summer classes include Head/Figure Painting on Mondays and Tonal Figure Drawing on Thursdays.

 – Books Needed for Art Library

Please consider donating your art books to LAAFA’s art library – coming this fall!

In preparation, we are having a book drive. From now until July 1st, donate your art books to receive a raffle ticket for FREE summer classes! Each book donated gets you one raffle ticket. Raffle winners will be announced July 2nd.

You can drop off your books at the LAAFA office during business hours:

Mondays -Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays – Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Raffle Items:

  • One Free Instructed 8-week class (select classes)
  • One Free Uninstructed Workshop Pass
  • Three Free One Day Instructed class (select classes)

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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 4

Week 4 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA was action-packed!

During the first part of class, Rey led students in bending wire to create five-pronged armatures for the right and left hands.  

The design of Rey’s ecorche features a moveable left elbow joint, so we made the wire armature for the left forearm and hand as a separate piece. I taped mine to my ecorche’s ground for safekeeping.

After a series of neat accordion bends and just one snip with wire-cutters, we had the armature for our ecorches’ right hands in place as well.

With the final armature building behind us, we moved on to the triple topic of the day: vertebra-thorax-humeri. In English, that’s spine-ribcage-upper arm bones.  
Rey showed us his neat technique for representing the vertebra in a believable way as a group.  Rey guarantees that this “grouped” approach poses less of a risk to mental health than attempting to sculpt each vertebra individually. I can vouch for the technique, but you’ll have to take the class to find out what it is. 😉

Rolling out the ribs and building the support surfaces for future “muscles” on the right side of our ecorches filled the rest of the class.

The support clay on the right side of the ecorche does not represent any anatomical structures in the human body. However, for our ecorches, this support will be necessary when we begin to add muscle to the figures in two weeks. Rey made sure each student’s ecorche was on track before dismissing class.


Our homework for the week was to install the support clay, complete the humeri, and finish the ribcage with a sternum. Here’s the result of my best efforts:

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

Students in Rey Bustos’s Ecorche class at LAAFA started week 3 by covering the wire and nails holding their ecorche upright with clay. This clay was the beginning of the ground our ecorches would come to stand on… after we took care of the small matter of sculpting the 3 bones of the lower leg and the 26 bones of the foot!  Fortunately, Rey’s design of the ecorche “fleshes out” the right foot, so in all we only had 33 bones to sculpt.  Now that class is over, and I’ve completed my homework, I can’t believe how much we learned and got done this week!  Rey kept his lecture brief so we would have time to get started on sculpting those 33 bones!

Rey advised that we start with the feet, and then work our way up to the tibia, fibula, and patella that make up the lower leg.  To create the bones of the skeletal foot, Rey advised that we use top-view printed anatomical guides and “draw” the bones into our clay. The method really worked!

Photo by Ryan Patterson

Soon we had our skeletal left feet completed.  Rey demonstrated how to create toes, toenails, and tendons for a lifelike look on the right foot.  As a final touch, he added red calluses and blue-green veins in watercolor paint.

Rey gave a final demonstration to show us how to “cook” the two small bones of the lower leg in hot water.  The fibula is a very thin bone that we will eventually wrap in “muscle” on our ecorches, so we used a wire for support.  The patella (kneecap), however, is not connected to the skeleton by any bony structure, so we used a wire to show the patella’s “floating” position.  Check out my ecorche’s little left fiblua and patella enjoying their hot bath- aren’t they cute? 😉

Ta-dah! Here is my ecorche’s newly completed lower skeleton! Check back next week to see what we learn in week 4!