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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.





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.


LAAFA Registration Information

 How to Register

If you would like to register for your classes online, please follow these simple steps:

1.  You may either download our (PDF) scheduleof classes.  You may select your class from the  PDF.  Just hover over the class title and click.  Your next option is to go directly to our online reservation system where you can choose your class by quarter, medium or instructor.

2.  Begin registration.  If you are a new student, our system will prompt you to create an account. Once you have created your account, you will be directed to continue in your registration.  You will see your class selection.  Next, you will click your name box and complete your enrollment or you have an option to choose additional classes.

3.  Our online system will then prompt you to complete your registration. Please follow all prompts until you get to a registration complete page.

4.  If you need any assistance, please call us at (818) 708-9232 from 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.  You may also email us at contactus@laafa.org.

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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!


See LAAFA Instruction Nathan Fowkes’s Work In “Puss In Boots” – Now on DVD!

If you missed it in the theater, you can see LAAFA instructor Nathan Fowkes’s work as color and lighting illustrator for “Puss in Boots” on DVD.

He talks about his work on the film and has some beautiful images on his blog here.

He also mentions a special extra only available on the DVD! Check it out!

Head Drawing with Rey Bustos

Head Drawing with Rey Bustos – January 13th
In this class, students will learn how to quickly block in the general features of the head and neck. Through analysis and lectures of the skull and muscles of the head and neck, students will gain knowledge that will better their drawing, painting, and or sculpting skills. Through moderate-length poses, no more than an hour, each student will be able to more economically draw out the features of a specific likeness or a general representation of the human head. Each student will be asked to compile reference from classical art or even personal photographs.
  • Recommended: Life Drawing
  • Tuition:  $575.00 – Enroll today – Limited Space

Nathan Fowkes 1-Day Composition: Design for Dynamic Picture-Making Workshop is tomorrow! Walk-ins welcomed. For info: http://ow.ly/4UhgI

RT @MOCAlosangeles is giving away tickets to an event they are hosting with Kenny Scharf’s studio: http://on.fb.me/fJhZsj

3-Day Crash Course in Anatomy w/ Marshall Vandruff starts March 18th! Class Comments:Inspiring, knowledge, amazing, epic. http://ow.ly/49PQi

Alex Ruiz will be teaching “Environment Concept Design”, starting Feb 2! Enroll here: http://ow.ly/3NKe9 – See his work: http://ow.ly/3NKi0

Ron Lemen’s “Painting the Figure” class – Feb.1st (tomorrow) 6pm-10pm for 8 weeks.Great Opportunity,Fantastic Instructor! http://ow.ly/3NuTA