This class is for those who are more comfortable with drawing, but would like to start painting. We will start with using what we already know (drawing), and build progressively towards a comfortable relationship with painting. We’ll start with using an approach to drawing that uses a brush and soft charcoal, and closely mimics the issues we’ll be tackling while painting. Then we’ll move on to an open grisaille (or rub out), which involves painting with only one color. After open grisaille, we move onto closed grisaille (opaque grey), then a limited palette of four colors (black, white, red, and yellow), and finally a full palette. Anyone can bridge the gap from drawing to painting; and the transition should be fun and exciting, never intimidating or frustrating.
Charcoal pencils- a variety of hardness, hb, 2b, 4b, 6b, etc
Brush- Bristle brush, small to medium size, willow charcoal
Paper- A couple of sheets of paper suitable for charcoal work- strathmore 400, canson mi-tientes, etc
I will bring in a jar of powdered charcoal for everyone to use, no need to buy your own
Surface- you can paint on any surface of your choosing, but I recommend canvas panels (or just wood panels) to work on in class. They’re cheap and sturdy. For class, I’d recommend either 9×12 or 12×16, but you can use anything you want. They come a little under-gessoed straight out of the package, but a thin coat of spray shellac fixes that problem. I’ll bring a can to class, and we can shellac them together.
Solvent- Odorless mineral spirits (such as gamsol) or a nontoxic alternative solvent (such as the citrus based varieties) and a container to hold the solvent, such as a silicoil
Brushes- A variety of paintbrushes, all different sizes. I generally recommend 2 of each size (one for lights and 1 for darks), maybe #2, 4, 6, 8, and possibly one bigger brush size 10 or 12. All brush brands have their own sizes though, so use your best judgment when selecting sizes. If you’re painting on a smoother surface, I’d recommend synthetics. If you’re painting on a more textured canvas surface, I’d recommend hog bristle brushes, or anything with a stiffer bristle. I like using anything from Trekell (especially their golden taklon and legion series of brushes). Windsor & Newton makes great synthetics with their university series brushes, and Robert Simmons Signet series brushes for stuff hog bristle brushes. If you already have brushes though, just bring what you have
Paints- at the very least, have black and white, plus red and yellow. I recommend ivory black, titanium white, scarlet lake, and yellow ochre. You’ll also want a semitransparent earth tone like burnt umber. That’s it for the limited palette. If you’re interested in expanding to a full palette, we can talk more about that in class
You do not need to spend a lot of money on supplies for this class, these are merely suggestions. If you already have supplies that you’d like to use that aren’t listed here, just bring them in and we can go over them together. This is art. It’s supposed to be fun and creative, so please don’t get overly concerned about getting the right pencil or tube of paint. We can have fun and make beautiful art with nearly anything. If you have any questions or concerns before the start of the term, please email me at- firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com. 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 Classes or Workshop & Events 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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 email@example.com.
For students needing extra time during the quarter to pay for their classes, tuition can be paid off in two payments. A 3% Payment Plan Fee is charged on all courses. Not available with online registration, must register in person.
How it works:
50% of the tuition, the 3% Payment Plan Fee and the $20 Non-Refundable Registration Fee is due on or before the first day of class. The remaining 50% of the tuition must be remitted with a post-dated check or with a signed Credit Card Authorization Form. Student will be advised of the date (mid-point of the classes) to put on the check/Credit Card Authorization Form.
Student will be unable to continue their classes if all of the payment requirements are not met.
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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.
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.
Refer a new student and once they have completed an instructed class at LAAFA, you are entitled to receive up to $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. Can be combined with the Senior Discount. Exclusions: Workshop & Events.
LAAFA is approved to participate in the 2019-2020 CSATF Vendor-Provided Training Program.
Through the program, members of Local 44, Local 695, Motion Picture Costumers (Local 705), Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild (Local 706), Local 755, Art Directors Guild (Local 800), The Animation Guild (Local 839), Local 871, The Studio Teachers Union (Local 884), and Costume Designers Guild (Local 892) are able to apply for:
Reimbursement of two-thirds the tuition cost for CSATF-approved classes and workshops. Click on the following link for CSATF’s application forms and approved list of classes: https://www.csatf.org/local-multipro_vendor-provided_training_skills_training_application-m21778/.
PLEASE NOTE: Your reimbursement is based on the approved amount from CSATF. 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 CSATF. You must be approved through CSATF before the start of the class.
Discounts cannot be combined. Certain classes may be excluded. Other restrictions may apply.
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