Robert St. Pierre’s Environment Design Layout starts 7-21-10 at 7:00p. Small class size & lots of Attention! 818-708-9232.

Mark McDonnell’s Costume Gesture Quick Sketch starts 7-19-10 at 7:30p. Small class size & lots of attention! 818-708-9232.

Classes at LAAFA

Digital Figure Painting (using Photoshop) (Starts July 29th – 10wks)
Alex Ruiz

Thursday, 7pm-10pm

The focus of this course will be on digital life drawing and painting using Adobe Photoshop and other digital techniques. The class also explores working with brushes and digital drawing tablets (such as those from Wacom) with a live model in the room to replicate through drawing and painting the human figure as would be done in a studio environment. Gesture, form, and anatomy will also be discussed in depth.

Drawing Storyboards/Graphic Novels with Light (Starts Aug. 14th – 5wks)
Marcos Mateu
Saturday, 10am-1pm

Light is the element that will dramatically influence a set and the characters within. Depending on the use we make of it the perception of the image will change in order to fit the storytelling moment. In this course we will observe and ink on paper sets under different lighting conditions, in convincing and practical ways, to then apply these techniques to specific panels that will deliver the desired message to an audience.There will also be slide show, analysis and discussion of artwork examples.

Entertainment Composition (Starts Aug. 21st – 5wks)
Bryan Norton
Saturday, 2pm-5pm

The focus of this course is to investigate different methods of sketching and visual concept development for entertainment projects while stressing creative thinking, drawing from the imagination, and composition. Using fundamental drawing and design principles students will explore in class and at home using ink pens, pencils, markers/and or watercolors to fully realize their ideas through various exercises and small design projects including character design, environments, props and/or vehicles. In addition to interactive lectures, instruction includes demos and technical information on materials, methods, and uses of various sketching techniques and styles as they apply to entertainment design. My goal is to give students a hands-on overview of entertainment design sketching and composition that is content rich in a very interactive and open setting that allows students to participate and express their creativity using the knowledge they gain from this course. Should Have Prior Knowledge Of: Basic perspective drawing, previous figure drawing/quick sketch.

Environment Layout Design (Starts July 14th – 10wks)
Robert St. Pierre
Wednesday, 7pm-10pm

This course explores the fundamentals of environment design. The class will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of what goes into designing environments including a step by step process which will culminate with the students producing environment drawings of their own. Weekly lectures and demonstrations will cover topics such as staging and composition, 1, 2, 3 and 5 point perspective, scaling characters, visual story telling, natural and artificial lighting, thumbnails and rough sketching, final line and line quality and tonal drawings. Students will be expected to work within the classroom as well as manage homework assignments.

If you would like to register for any of these classes, call 818.708.9232

It’s HOT out there! Take an art class @LAAFA and COOL down. Selected small classes for you starting this weekend.

Summer Art Festivals

Here is a fantastic website for anyone interested in art festivals in California! Enjoy.
Link here for information: Art Festivals

Some of the classes that start this weekend at LAAFA…

Still Life Painting

(Starts July 18th – 10wks)

Instructor: Arpi AzaryanSunday, 10am-1pm

In this course we will learn to paint the still life using light, color, and edge quality to achieve a strong focal point. We will also learn to mix color, the proper use of warms and cools, and different brush techniques to achieve a natural impression of the still life.

Landscape/Plein Air Painting
(Starts July 17th – 5wks)

Instructor: Jeannie Brunnick

Saturday, TIME CHANGE 9am-1pm

Always with the great California outdoors as inspiration, students focus on learning to duplicate the exact light of day, interpret the landscape into meaningful shapes and color patterns, and how to capture the essence of the world around them. Each week the class meets at a different location, with the first course meeting on campus. Please Note: You will be required to drive to various locations, and occasionally pay parking fees and park fees as part of this course. We will explore the basic techniques and concepts of Plein Air painting such as, value, shape, edges and color, composition, color mixing, brushwork, blending

Analytical Figure Drawing
(Starts July 17th – 10wks)
Instructor: Kirk Shinmoto
Saturday, 10am-1pm

The goal of this class is to develop your understanding of the human form, both in how it moves and how it is constructed. Emphasis will also be placed on considering the whole figure as a complete idea, as well as designing what we see to make a clearer and more concise statement. Developing good drawing habits is also stressed.

To register for any of these classes, call 818.708.9232 or email

Illustration Classes at LAAFA

#4250 – Environment Layout Design
(Starts July 14th – 10wks)

Instructor: Robert St. Pierre
Wednesday, 7pm-10pm

Robert St. Pierre was the Production Designer for the movie “9” His responsibilities include facilitating final design, overseeing simple proxy to hi-res 3D models including environment, characters and props. You can watch the trailer at:

He is currently working as a layout artist on “Winnie the Pooh” movie at Disney.

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#4050/4055 – Narrative Illustration for Entertainment/Composition
(Starts July 17th – 5 weeks/10wks)

Instructor: Bryan Norton
Saturday, 2pm-5pm

Bryan has worked on Star Wars Battlefront 2, Saboteur, Lord of the Rings Conquest and Saboteur Irishman in Paris. You can view his work on the Lord of the Rings: Conquest- “Attract” Game Trailer at

Click here to view 5- week class Entertainment Composition Class

Click to view 5- Week Narrative Illustration Class

Click to view 10-week class

If you are interested in taking any of these classes, call 818.708.9232 or email us at

Last day to sign-up for Digital Figure Painting with Alex Ruiz using Photoshop. Class to start this Thursday! Give us a call 818-708-9232!

High Schoolers can take a free 5-week Portfolio & Website class starting Jul.17th! Info: and App:

Don’t forget the Getty Center’s parking is free tonight after 5 pm! Make sure to check out the Jean Leon Gerome exhibit!

Teen Class at LAAFA

#6009 – Long Pose Head Drawing & Painting [Teen Program]
(Starts July 18th – 8wks)$295

Instructor: Alex Douziech
Sunday, 1:30pm-4:30pm

This class will focus on the structure of the head, how light hits form, how to simplify values, and color theory through a limited palette. We will be working from one live model the whole time. My hope is to introduce the students to the basic fundamentals of painting the head. At the end of the class, the students should be able to have a finished head study that they can feel proud of.

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If you have any questions or if you would like to register, call 818.708.9232