In the tradition of Caravaggio, Rubens, Velasquez, Ribera, and Van Dyck, this course will focus on the multi-layered process of underpainting and overpainting the human figure in Oil. This process will yield thickly painted and highly luminous light on flesh, in contrast of deep, semi-transparent shadows. Paintings will be made from direct observation of the model.
Students will begin paintings with layers of earth-tone transparency, and will proceed to “underpainting” the figure in limited palettes. The painting will be completed by “overpainting” the figure in full color. Students will become familiar with the practices of imprimatura, underpainting, glazing, velatura, and overpainting.
The colors listed in Italics represent Historical Colors from the 17th-century which are the original of the contemporary color they listed adjacent to, or in some cases they are listed alone if they are still in frequent use. The Italicized colors are preferred if possible.
Titanium White (Lead White: Flemish White)
Brilliant Yellow Light (Lead Tin Yellow)
Transparent Yellow Oxide, or Transparent Golden Ochre. (Stil De Grain, yellow shade.)
Mars Black (Bone Black)
Cad. Yellow Medium
Cad. Red Light (Vermillion)
Alizarin Crimson (Red Madder Lake)
Ultramarine Blue (Smalt – difficult to obtain).
Cerulean Blue (Azurite – difficult to obtain).
Other colors are permitted with student interest.
Sable or Synthetic Sable Brushes:
Rounds: 1 small, 1 medium sized.
Flat: 1 medium, 1 large size (bristle).
Cold-pressed linseed oil (small bottle) or Walnut Oil (small Bottle)
Gamsol (small can)
(a small mixing jar or bottle will be needed as well)
Gray, paper disposable palette. (or any standard palette is fine. Avoid white palettes.)
1 stretched canvas or panel, 16″ x 20″ (beginner) or 18″ x 24″ (intermediate/advanced)
Canvases or Panels should be primed smoothly. It will be necessary to add another layer of gesso or priming to pre-primed supports. Advisable to sand these to a fairly smooth finish.
Canvases, or Panels should be pre-toned with a “Ground”, which is mixed from Venetian Red and White to a mid-tone value earth red/pink. This Ground must be dry for the beginning of the workshop.
Cotton t-shirts cut into 4-inch squares, or blue paper shop towels.
Graphite Drawing Pencils, Kneaded Erasers, Sharpening tools (Sand paper and razor blades).
Stabilo “All” Pencil. Black. #8046
18″ x 24″ white drawing paper.
The Artist has exhibited widely in San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia and London. His Painting is currently on display at the National Portrait Gallery in London with the BP Portrait Award Exhibition.
He teaches painting and drawing at colleges in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as in New York City. He is considered a premier instructor of Figure Drawing, Figure Painting and Anatomy for the Artist.
Buchanan recently contributed a painting to the Lucasfilm project Star Wars Art: Visions, a book of artwork inspired by Star Wars. His painting for that project is in the Lucasfilm collection of art.
In the past year He has been the subject of reviews in the Huffington Post, Hi-Fructose and several other Arts Publications.
He began his artistic studies in 1994 at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied classical painting and drawing as well as extensive studies in human anatomy.
In 2002, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Art, where he studied closely with Martha Erlebacher, Steven Assael, and the renowned anatomist Frank Porcu.
Registration and Payment Plans
Students must be paid in full prior to the first day of class when enrolled in an Extension Course or Workshop, except those with a payment plan agreement. Please visit the Main Office at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the class, to complete any pending registration issues.
Payment Plans: A 3% Payment Plan Fee will be assessed, with a maximum charge of $35. The Payment Plan Fee, $20 Registration Fee, plus 50% of the total tuition owing must be paid on or before the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the tuition can be paid with a post-dated check (dated 1 month later) or with a signed Credit Card Authorization Form.
There is a $35.00 fee for all checks returned as N.S.F. (Non-Sufficient Funds).
Course Changes or Cancellations
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class, limit class size, change class times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule.
If a class is cancelled, students will be issued a full refund or may transfer with no fee to another class.
If an instructor must leave after a term has begun, and no suitable substitute is available, the student will be refunded a pro-rated amount.
Refunds and Transfers
All classes, uninstructed workshops, Visiting Artist Workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable. You may request to drop for credit (see next paragraph) or transfer into another class.
You have two weeks to evaluate each class and decide whether you want to drop for credit (a dollar amount calculated based on the receipt of request) or transfer into a new class. Requests must be submitted before the start of the third session, via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A $25 Drop/Transfer Fee is assessed. Credit will be valid for a full year and is non-refundable. It can be applied toward any Extension Course, Workshop or Visiting Artist Event at LAAFA.
All Visiting Artist Workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Absences and Make-Ups
One free make-up session is allowed per quarter, per class. Please email us at email@example.com, at least 3 days in advance, with the course and date you wish to attend as a make-up. Make-up sessions aren’t transferable to future quarters.
- If you arrive late, please enter quietly. If you have equipment to set up, please wait for a break to set up so that you do not disrupt the class.
- The front row of benches is reserved for sitting individuals.
- Economize your workspace to accommodate fellow artists.
- Please refrain from talking to the models while they are posing. Photography is not allowed without the express permission of the model. The model may require a photography fee.
- Please refrain from personal discussions while class is in session. Be sure to switch cell phone ringers OFF.
- Don’t comment on others’ work unless it is solicited.
- Animals are not permitted, with the exception of assistance dogs for the disabled.
- Please clean up your work area and properly dispose of your waste after class. Use the Brush Cleaning Closet, not the bathroom sinks, to clean your hands, paintbrushes and other art tools.
- No Turpentine or smelly solvents and mediums are allowed. Odorless Mineral Spirits is preferred.
Uninstructed Workshop Policy
- There will only be 16 spots allowed in the workshops. Entry in the workshop is on a first come, first served basis. Students paying on a per-day basis will be admitted at the start time of the workshop if space is available.
- Please note that all students must pay prior to the start of each workshop or class when paying on a per-day basis, and prior to entering the workshop to set up.
- A monitor appointed by LAAFA will set up all uninstructed workshops. Once the pose is set, there will be no changes.
- Any suggestions or comments, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAAFA Payment Plan
For those students needing extra time during the quarter to pay for their classes, LAAFA offers a payment plan. Pay for half of your tuition cost prior to your class start date and then half-way through pay your remaining balance. Only for a 3% fee!
Student will be unable to continue in the program if all of the payment requirements are not met.
PayPal – Bill Me Later
Students have the option to purchase classes by PayPal. One of the features of PayPal is a “Bill Me Later” promotion that includes: No Payment + No Interest if paid for within 6 months! Subject to credit approval.
Receive 15% off the total price of $1500 or more for on-campus instructed classes. Promo Code: multi15
New Student Discount
Students who are new to LAAFA receive up to a $50 off toward one instructed class. Please call (818) 708-9232 to receive your coupon for the class in order to take advantage of this offer. (Workshops are excluded.)
For those 65 years and older, receive up to $50 off toward one instructed class per quarter. Please call (818) 708-9232 to receive your coupon for the class in order to take advantage of this offer. (Workshops are excluded.)
Refer a new student and once they have completed an instructed class at LAAFA, you are entitled to receive $50 off toward one instructed class in the following quarter, of equal or greater value. Please call (818) 708-9232 to receive your coupon for the class in order to take advantage of this offer. (Workshops are excluded.)
CSATTF Tuition Reimbursement Program
Through this program, members of Art Directors Guild (Local 800), Animation Guild (Local 839), Costume Designers Guild (Local 892), Motion Picture Costumers (Local 705), Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (Local 706) are able to apply for:
Reimbursement of two-thirds the tuition cost for CSATTF approved classes and workshops.
PLEASE NOTE: Your reimbursement is based on the approved amount from CSATTF. If tuition is lower, you will be reimbursed only up to two-thirds of the actual amount paid. If tuition is higher, you will be responsible to pay the difference and only be reimbursed up to two-thirds of the approved amount from CSATTF.You may visit the Animation Guild website for instructions and forms to submit: http://animationguild.org/grant-classes/
Discounts cannot be combined. Certain classes may be excluded. Other restrictions may apply.