The Getty Center is FREE after 5:00 pm on Sat.(open until 9:00 pm on Saturdays), as well as for all evening public events

Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival on April 24-25 & November 6-7

Don’t miss the Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival on Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26 when more than 100 established artists join with emerging talent from the Burbank Unified School District and other schools in support of the Burbank Arts Education Foundation This amazing event unites one of the region’s most acclaimed arts festivals with a great cause…supporting art in Burbank schools. An entire city block on Orange Grove between 1st Street and Third Street will be devoted to the very best in student art, both visual and performing, including lots of opportunities to participate and get involved in the arts. In addition, San Fernando Boulevard between Olive and Magnolia will be filled with award-winning painters, ceramicists, photographers, jewelry makers, chalk artists, roving entertainers and more.

The Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival is presented twice a year by Downtown Burbank Partnership in cooperation with West Coast Artists. Re-visit us here for information about the Fall show scheduled for November 6 & 7. Artists who would like to participate in either the Spring or Fall show should contact West Coast Artists at

We would like to thank Salsa and Beer for sponsoring our Open House! You can view their menu on their website: Thanks for the yummy burritos!

Jordu Schell posted about his character design work for the film ‘Avatar’ on his website:

“I have dealt with a massive storm of controversy lately regarding who did what on the Na’Vi designs for the film ‘Avatar’. This open letter is being posted to clarify, once and for all, exactly what my involvement was in the creation of these characters…” -Jordu Schell

He will be teaching a Creature Sculpting Workshop at LAAFA Sept. 17th-19th! To view his workshop at LAAFA go to

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has declared this month Arts Education Month to help encourage people to participate and to fund the arts (because the government isn’t going to fund it!)

You can read more at:

Reminder: Open House at LAAFA Sat. March 20th 11am-4pm! Free demos by Tony Pro, Bill Perkins &Paul Wee. Free Uninstructed Model Workshop!

We would like to thank PF Chang’s (Burbank), Edible Arrangements (Van Nuys), and Cake Crumbs(Encino) for sponsoring LAAFA’s Animation Mixer! The food was absolutely delicious! It is wonderful to find companies that support the arts, any way they can. So, thanks again!

PF Chang’s (Burbank)

Edible Arrangements (Van Nuys)

Cake Crumbs (Encino)

“Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing.”

Our instructor, Glenn Vilppu, wrote an article, “Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing,” for the Animation World Magazine. In it, he goes over the importance of drawings from life when trying to pursue a career in the animation industry. He also goes further to say that there should be a strong emphasis on figure drawings, especially if one is trying to become a character designer.

Gaze: Portraiture after Ingres at the Norton Simon Museum! (Free admission for students with i.d) Free parking! 12pm-6pm.

With close to 150 works culled from the Museum’s collections, Gaze: Portraiture after Ingres traces artistic engagements with the genre following Ingres’s influence in the early to mid-19th century. By displaying the portraits of Ingres’s contemporaries as well as those by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, the exhibition examines why this type of painting, so seemingly laden with restrictions and expectations, appealed to some of the greatest avant-garde painters in the history of art. Continuing with the work of 20th-century masters such as Amedeo Modigliani, Oskar Kokoschka, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp and Andy Warhol, the focus turns toward radical variations on portraiture, showing how and why, given the complete destruction of representation as early as the 1910s, these great masters returned to the genre over and again