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.
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.
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.
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!
During weeks 6 through 9 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA we added “musculature” to our ecorches. Using “chocolate” Sculpey, we crafted each muscle according to helpful guidelines Rey provided for us.
With Rey’s detailed drawings and demonstrations to lead us in the right direction, we worked our way up the body, all the way from lower leg, through the abdomen and upper body to the facial muscles.
Stay tuned for the exciting conclusion of Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA in our upcoming Week 10 blog post.
One of the most transformational parts of Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA was spray painting the baked ecorche. I was careful to mask the hand and foot that I wanted to remain the fleshy color of Sculpey with aluminum foil before painting. You can see below how a light coat of off-white spray paint really shows off all the sculpting work that goes into the skeletal portion of the ecorche.
In class, Rey had a “varnishing station’ set up for us. We lightly brushed varnish over our spray painted ecorches. We only applied the varnish to the left side, the side that will remain as exposed skeleton. We left the right side coated with spray paint only, so the clay we apply to represent muscles will stick. The effect of the varnish over the spray paint is fantastic- don’t you think?
I can’t believe we have already reached the halfway point- week 5 in Ecorche with Rey Bustos at LAAFA! Class number five focused largely on process, as this week’s tasks were to complete the skeletal body and “bake” the ecorche to permanently harden the Sculpey.
In class, Rey demonstrated how to finish the delicate bones of the lower arm, the radius and the ulna. Rey recommended stringing the tiny finger bones onto the wire like beads. This simple technique creates a sophisticated skeletal model of the
For the fleshed out right hand, Rey drew us a diagram of the palm. He encouraged us to make our ecorches’ hands expressive, and to add creases, or flexure lines, for a lifelike effect. Everyone had more than enough armature wire to support the fingers on each hand.
We just cut off what we didn’t need after
completing both hands.
The next lecture topic was Rey’s favorite bone: the scapula. I have to admit, floating like wings on the human back, scapulae are beautiful bones. Rey showed us how to mold the organic protrusions that define the scapulae. He also showed us how to attach the left scapula so that only the socket, or glenoid fossa rests against the head of the humerus. As you can see, this was a well-documented moment of the class. 😉
Back at home, I carefully followed the written instructions Rey gave us on baking our ecorches. Behold! Five weeks of sculpting permanently set in polymer clay! Now, before adding the muscles, all I have to do is paint and varnish the bones.
I’ll post an update on the painting and finishing process soon!
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.
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.
On Saturday, May 19th, Nathan Fowkes has a one-day workshop – Composition: Design for Dynamic Picture-Making. This intensive workshop will cover fundamentals of effective picture-making, creating mood and environment, and organizing complex scenes. The workshop includes a painting demonstration by Nathan, as well as time for student painting with instructor feedback. Discover Nathan Fowkes’s impressive credentials on his blog. Register here.
May 25th-27th master illustrator and instructor Marshall Vandruff presents a crash-course in the classic approach to draftsmanship and animal anatomy. The workshop will teach students to draw animals from their imagination as well as to interpret visual information when drawing animals from life. Recommended pre-workshop reading is on Marshall’s website. Register here.
Does your artwork leave you feeling flat? Pick a remedy from LAAFA’s exciting Spring Quarter schedule!
LAAFA instructor Rey Bustos recommends that students seeking improved drawing and painting skills start their study of anatomy with his 3D Anatomy/ Ecorche’ class, and then follow up with his class in Drawing the Figure. Bustos says that a tactile, hands-on experience in 3D Anatomy or figure sculpting is an essential basis for convincing figurative work on flat surfaces.
David Simon’s Figure Sculptingclass starts April 18th, and provides an accessible approach to sculpting the figure for students of all levels. After starting with a one-week pose sculpted on a small scale, students in the class will gradually work up to creating larger pieces based on longer-duration poses.
For students who want to capture dynamic poses on paper, Paul Wee’s Figure Drawing: Action & Form is the key. Paul’s approach emphasizes both speed and accuracy. Paul strives to give his students “techniques to tackle anything that comes your way!”
Danny Galieote will be offering two drawing classes as well. Danny’s Analytical Head & Portrait Drawing class examines the drawing technique of Renaissance and Golden Age illustration Masters. Students then apply the Masters’ knowledge to bring three-dimensional form to their work from a live model. Similarly, Danny’s Analytical Figure Drawing class helps students bring a sense of life and depth to works on paper.
Interested students may purchase a demo pass starting from $50.00. Please contact our business office to take advantage of this special opportunity.
LAAFA is proud to feature Michael Siegel as our current Spotlight Artist.
A limited number of demonstration passes are available starting at $50.00 for students who want to observe Michael demonstrate his masterful technique in Still Life or Portraiture/ Figure Painting. Please contact our business office to purchase demo passes.
Congratulations to Michael Siegel, LAAFA’s Spring Quarter 2012 Spotlight Artist! Reading Michael’s humorous and insightful Spotlight Artist interviewgives you an idea of what it’s like to take his classes. Here’s a sample of his wonderful work.
You can see more of his paintings on his website www.siegelfineart.com.
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