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Would you like some art this summer? LAAFA has a great program that includes 8 to 10 week classes at half the price and a private studio on Mondays for you to practice your craft! Learn More...
Fine Art Program
LAAFA’s Fine Art programs are renowned for combining a solid, substantial foundation of technical adeptness and control with the critical thinking and communication skills essential for success in today’s complex art world. Our graduates possess strong technical abilities and are driven to develop their own visual language and a personal aesthetic that resonates deeply with one’s self.
The Fine Art Programs reflect a deep respect for time-honored teachings that have produced great art throughout history. In addition, the programs also embrace contemporary, critique-based methodology equipping students for the art world of the 21st century.
Entertainment Art Program (NEW)
In art, technology changes but core skills remain the same. This is true in today’s entertainment field, where the most interesting and challenging jobs are reserved for designers who can create convincing environments and imaginative characters. Although these artists rely on digital tools, they must have advanced traditional skills to use these tools effectively. Digital Artists with these traditional “skill sets” become visual development artists, art directors, character designers, environment designers, production designers, or any of the other plethora of designers in the entertainment community.
LAAFA is well known internationally as a premier institution for training in the traditional skills needed for illustration and entertainment art. LAAFA’s entertainment program offers a balanced education that starts with traditional drawing and painting skills and ends with the application of these skills to software appropriate for the visual development of movies, games, and animation.
Our graduates will leave our program equipped with a well rounded education and the required skills needed to take on the challenging and competitive job market in the entertainment field.
LAAFA is now offering a student loan program. Borrow up to a 100% of your school-certified tuition costs and pay as little as $500 a month. Terms and conditions apply.
Contact us for more information.
In this workshop, you will be building a concept figurative maquette. "Maquette" is simply the French word for scale model. It is a small scale model used to visualize ideas without incurring the cost and effort of producing a full scale sculpture.
Jordu will introduce students to the basics of maquette-building, from creating an armature to understanding creature anatomy. Demonstration included.
Jul 30, 2011 (one day) Meets 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Saturday
Click here to register for this workshop.
July 21st - 24th
Booth (#5567) will be jumping with a fabulous list of artists performing live demos! Artist include:
Armand Serrano - Friday - 1:30pm
John Quinn - Friday - 3:30pm
Marcos Mateu - Saturday - 11:00am
Nathan Fowkes - Saturday - 2:30pm
Bill Perkins - Sunday - 11:00am
Ron Lemen - Sunday - 1:30pm
*Starting times are subject to change. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information.
We hope to see you!
The Wait is Over...
We are extremely excited to announce the launch of our NEW LAAFA WEBSITE! It has awesome images, insightful information and an extremely cool social community.
We hope you will enjoy all the new features and help us build and grow our wonderful community. Most importantly, we value and appreciate all your support throughout the years and we look forward to the future.
See you online!
Upcoming Workshops and Events coming to LAAFA! We have a lot of amazing talented artists stopping by. Take a peek.
7031 1-Day Portrait Drawing in Charcoal Workshop Workshops & Events
Aug 6, 2011 (one day) Meets 12:00 PM-8:00 PM on Sat
Instructor: Fowkes, Nathan Level: Open to all levels.
7031LD Portrait Drawing in Charcoal LECTURE & DEMO ONLY Workshops & Events
Aug 6, 2011 (one day) Meets 12:00 PM-5:00 PM on Sat
Instructor: Fowkes, Nathan Medium: Drawing Level: Open to all levels.
7004 3HR The Power of Values Seminar Workshops & Events
Aug 18, 2011 (one day) Meets 7:00 PM-10:00 PM on Th
Instructor: Serrano, Armand Level: Open to all levels.
7799 1-Day Maquette-Building Workshop Workshops & Events
Aug 20, 2011 (one day) Meets 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Sat
Instructor: Schell, Jordu Level: Open to all levels.
7680 3-Day Structure & Rhythm in Chiaroscuro Painting Workshop Workshops & Events
Aug 26-28, 2011 Meets 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Sun Fri Sat
Instructor: Huston, Steve Level: Open to all levels.
7268 4HR Imaginative Process Seminar Workshops & Events
Sep 13, 2011 (one day) Meets 6:00 PM-10:00 PM on Tue
Instructor: Scheier, Jason Level: Open to all levels.
Nymphs & Satyrs - Themed Workshop Workshops & Events
Sep 25, 2011 (one day) Meets 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Sun
Level: Open to all levels.
7011 3-Day Figure Drawing and Painting Workshop Workshops & Events
Oct 1-3, 2011 Meets 10:00 AM-5:00 PM on Sun Mon Sat
Instructor: Thompson, Dan Level: Open to all levels.
3HR Composition and Tonal Design Seminar Sessions-Workshop
Oct 5, 2011 (one day) Meets 7:00 PM-10:00 PM on Wed
Instructor: Gurney, James Medium: Drawing, Entertainment, Painting Level: Open to all levels.
7033 1-Day Painting in Watercolor & Gouache Workshop Workshops & Events
Nov 5, 2011 (one day) Meets 12:00 PM-8:00 PM on Sat
Instructor: Fowkes, Nathan Medium: Painting Level: Open to all levels.
7033LD Painting in Watercolor & Gouache LECTURE & DEMO ONLY Workshops & Events
Nov 5, 2011 (one day) Meets 12:00 PM-5:00 PM on Sat
Instructor: Fowkes, Nathan Medium: Painting Level: Open to all levels.
Composition for Visual Storytellers Seminar Sessions-Workshop
Dec 1, 2011 (one day) Meets 7:00 PM-10:00 PM on Th
Instructor: Mateu, Marcos Level: Open to all levels.
7254 2-Day Comic: Theory and Practice Workshop Workshops & Events
Feb 4-5, 2012 Meets 10:00 AM-6:00 PM on Sun Sat
Instructor: McCloud, Scott Medium: Entertainment Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Please call 818-708-9232 or visit our website to enroll in these workshops.
LAAFA'S Full-time Fine Art and Entertainment Art Programs are accepting applications for the Fall Quarter starting October 3rd!
Our Fall Quarter Schedule for our Extension Program is now available! We have a great selection of classes for you to experience. You may view our handy Fall Quarter Summary or visit us online to register for your Painting, Drawing, Sculpting and Entertainment classes. Late registration fee of $50 per class will be added after September 19th.
Open House for Two Days - September 10th & 11th!
The best way to experience LAAFA is to visit us during our Open House. Please join us on either Saturday, from 2pm to 5pm or Sunday, from 12pm to 3pm and be treated to a complimentary artist demo, beautiful student and instructor artwork, and information on our programs. Reservations for demos are required, one demo per person. Walk-ins will be based on space availability. Coffee, tea and dessert will be served.
Vadim Zanginian - Saturday - Reserve Now!
Aaron Westerberg - Sunday - Reserve Now!
If you can’t make our Open House, you can request a Private Tour of our campus by contacting us at 818-708-9232. Private tours are offered by appointment only.
This is the last week to enroll in our Fall Quarter Extension Classes without a $50 per class late registration fee starting on September 19th. You may refer to our handy Schedule of Classes (PDF) with links to the classes or go to our online registration system.
We are still accepting Fall Applications to our 3- Year BFA and Atelier Programs in Fine Art or Entertainment Art! Loans are available.
LAAFA is very excited to invite you to Gallery 9 for two evenings in congratulating our graduates and student participants. The student exhibition will also be available to view on September 25th through October 7th during Gallery 9's business hours. We hope that you will come and support their hard work.
Opening on September 24th, from 7pm to 10pm - RSVP is appreciated.
Closing on October 8th, from 7pm to 10pm - RSVP is appreciated.
2D Anatomy with Rey Bustos Starts October 7th.
Ecorché/3D Anatomy with Rey Bustos Starts October 9th.
Rey has been teaching since 1990 and is now considered one of the preeminent artistic anatomy teachers in the country. He is known for his lively and passionate lectures and his enthusiasm is very evident and contagious. These classes are very informative, hands-on and will benefit all types of artists.
We are extremely honored to be included as one of American Artist's 10 Top Art Schools in the world. We would like to take this opportunity and thank our wonderful instructors and models for their continued dedication to the school throughout the years. Most of all, we would like to thank our students for their support. We could not have achieved this honor without you! We look forward to another amazing year with our LAAFA Community.
You may view this article, "Pursuing the Classical Dream: The Guide to Art Schools" at LAAFA or buy a copy at your local bookstore.
We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2012 Full-time program. Scholarships and loans are available. Select Fall Extension classes are currently open for registration.
Hi, i would like to know if theres any courses curriculum avalaible and what are the tuition for the fulltime program in entertainment art? are you teaching figure construction without model?
I do have more question but i dont remember them..
thank for you reply!
Hi Darkstar, I'm a current student at the school. For the first two years both fine art and entertainment art have the same curriculum... drawing and painting. Then the third year is different; entertainment art students have a portfolio/design year and the fine art students have gallery visits and mentorships.
Figure construction class works from the model but homework and assignments are without the model.
Tuition is around 17k a year.
Thx for your reply Medelo!
is your constructive anatomy have improved by drawing with the model? and if yes do you have some sort of comparaison to show? Because the laafa site dont show a lot of pictre of before and after improvement or student work.
i am that interested but since im not from the united state i want to know what i will pay for...
Thank you for your interest in our full-time program. We have helpful information on our site answering your questions.
1. Entertainment Art curriculum
2. Tuition Cost
3. Cost of Living
I would also take a look at the International Student section on our website. This has sub-links to visa information and etc...
When did you plan to attend LAAFA?
If you have additional questions, please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com.
New applicants to our BFA and Atelier Certificate Programs are welcome to enter this competition to receive one of three $6,000 Contemporary Representational Art Scholarships for Fall 2012. Contemporary Representational Art includes figures, still life, and landscapes.
Eligibility: Artists who are applying to our BFA and Atelier Certificate Programs are invited to apply for the scholarships.
Submission Requirements: You must submit all of the required documents and application payment as part of the admission process. Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
Jurors: Selected LAAFA faculty.
Awards: Three $6,000 scholarships for use towards LAAFA’s BFA and Atelier Certificate Program tuition. (Scholarships will be applied as credit in $500 USD increments per quarter.)
Fall 2012 Deadline: July 15, 2012. Submissions will not be accepted after this deadline.
Fall 2012 Recipients: Scholarship recipients will be announced on August 7, 2012.
Terms and Conditions: Scholarship awards are contingent upon acceptance to LAAFA’s BFA and Atelier Certificate Programs. Upon accepting the scholarship, the recipient must begin his or her studies by the Fall 2012. The recipients must maintain a 3.8 GPA or higher during their studies at LAAFA. A GPA of less than 3.8 during any given quarter may result in the loss of scholarship credit. By submitting this form, you are agreeing to allow LAAFA to use your submitted images for any promotional purposes as LAAFA sees fit. Additional restrictions and requirements may apply.
If you have any questions about the scholarship or application procedure, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Come and learn about our BFA, Certificate and Extension Programs at our Winter Open House on December 3rd and 4th. You will have time to take a self-guided tour of the facilities, view demos, chat with the staff and more... Learn about our financial aid, work study programs and scholarships. Refreshments will be served.
Michael Siegel - Portrait Painting Demo
Join Michael Siegel on December 3rd from 12pm to 3pm as he demonstrates on how to create a self-portrait. Learn more and reserve your seat for this event.
James Galindo - Figure Drawing Demo
Join James Galindo on December 4th from 1pm to 4pm as he demonstrates on how to execute a long-pose figure drawing. Learn more and reserve your seat for this event.
Students must RSVP for the complimentary demos.
You may view our handy Spring Quarter Summary online and register for your favorite classes.
Please join us for LAAFA’s Spring 2012 Open House on March 11th, from 12pm to 4pm. There will be demonstrations, lectures and Q & A sessions during the event. You will have time to take a tour of the facilities, view our talented instructors’ artwork in the plaza, chat with the staff and more… Learn about our BFA, Certificate and Extension Programs, financial aid, work study programs and scholarships. Refreshments will be served.
Mike Butkus Complimentary Demonstration
March 11th, 12pm to 2pm
Mike will demonstrate how to draw Vampires and Zombies from his books, using a limited gouache palette. He will explain the techniques used in the books and advise on how to create creatures from imagination. In addition, there will be a Q & A session on producing ideas for the movie, T.V. and gaming industry. Mike’s “How to” book series will be available for sale and signing in the LAAFA Plaza following his presentation.
Reservations for demos are required. Walk-ins will be based on space availability
Rey Bustos Complimentary Lecture
March 11th, 2pm to 4pm
Rey Bustos is one of the leading artistic anatomists in the country today! We are excited that Rey will be lecturing, drawing, sculpting and showing students first-hand his love for anatomy in a fun and dynamic way. Get ready to enjoy several brief demos, a Q & A session and more. It’s going to be lively!
Reservations for demos are required. Walk-ins will be based on space availability.
Reservations strongly recommended for LAAFA's upcoming SPRING OPEN HOUSE. Sunday, March 11, 2012. To find out more information and to reserve your spot, please click here.
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I was wondering if you guys at LAAFA had an intensive one year program for professionals, sort of thing. I'm currently working as a concept designer, not a major studio or anything. I sort of fell into it from being a web designer by mistake. I'm sure I can keep practicing on my own and work my way up while working, however, I'm really keen on taking a year off work and focusing solely on sharpening my basic skills to the absolute max, 24/7 practice kind of thing, surrounded by talented artists (students/teachers). I have a very good idea of what my education should consist of generally, and it focuses mainly on technique, and therefore does not match the general requirements of a traditional degree, which I'm not interested in.
I'm mainly looking into places in and around LA and so naturally LAAFA looks interesting.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated
Thank you for your post. We offer a 3-Year BFA & Atelier Certificate Program and Extension classes for students who are unable to commit to the 3-Year Program. I think you may want to look into taking several classes in our Extension Program. This will allow you to study with our amazing instructors and give you some flexibility. We can definitely guide you in selecting classes that will meet your needs. If you haven't been to LAAFA, I would suggest coming to our Open House this weekend (March 11th). You can take a tour of the school and I will be there to chat with you. We also have a couple of lectures/demos for the day. Please RSVP if you would like take advantage of them. In addition, if you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com.
Thank you and I hope to see you on Sunday.
Steven Assael, the New York artist hailed by The Art Newspaper as “the foremost figurative painter of his generation” is coming to LAAFA!
He will be leading a workshop, open to all levels, Thursday thru Sunday 3/29 to 4/1 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM daily. See the supplies list and more details on how to register here.
Steven Assael was born in New York in 1957. He attended the Pratt Institute and presently teaches in New York. The focus of his work is the human figure, rendered in glowing relief by gentle beams of warm and cool light.
Steven Assael’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at museums from Chattanooga to Seattle and at galleries throughout the United States. Works have been chosen for curated group exhibitions at the Naples Museum of Art, FL; the Arkansas Art Center, the Evansville Museum, IN; and the Philbrook Museum of Art, Tulsa, OK; among many. Paintings and drawings can be found in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art & Design, Kansas City; The Columbus Museum, GA; and many other museum and distinguished private collections.
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Here are samples of our recent graduate's work.
Find more great student work in the LAAFA BFA Gallery.
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Full-time students - Sculpture 1 with David Simon
Through the re-creation of plaster casts from LAAFA’s cast collection students will learn to connect the study of the illusionistic creation of form to the actual physical articulation of those forms. Here are some examples of our students working on their project.
Apply for LAAFA's full-time program or extension classes here!
Ecorche' (ekorshay) Fr. Anatomical figure of an animal or human with the skin removed to show the location and interplay of the muscles
See a video of one of Rey's ecorche' figures on his website!
As part of LAAFA's Full-Time Program, first year students work with leading artistic anatomist Rey Bustos. By constructing a clay model on wire armature, students master the complexities of human anatomy via Rey's hands-on approach. This 3D understanding of the human form translates into improved realism and fluidity in students' 2D artwork.
Apply for LAAFA's Full-Time Program here: http://reg125.imperisoft.com/LAAFA/S...istration.aspx
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Students in LAAFA's Full-Time Program can select an emphasis in Entertainment Art. The Entertainment Art Curriculum teaches both essential traditional skills, and their application to digital production. Upper level Full-Time students may choose electives according to their specific interests in entertainment industry work.
Mauricio Abril offers LAAFA students a wealth of insight from his work for Hasbro, Inc., Wideload Games, and Disney Interactive. His blog gives a sample of his teaching approach.
Mauricio describes his work with LAAFA students:
"I enjoyed playing the Batman: Arkham City game so much that I decided to create some concept art for what would conceivably be a similar game but for Superman instead. I did these as 'demos' for the Intro to Visual Development class that I just finished teaching over at the LA Academy of Figurative Art. They weren't real-time demos but more week by week demos to show my students the process of taking an idea/story and bringing it to life visually through the pipeline of character design, prop design, environment design and ending with pitch art."
LAAFA's UNLIMITED UNINSTRUCTED WORKSHOP PASS is a fantastic opportunity to develop your technique and build a portfolio while working from a live model. Click here to register. For only $185.00 for the entire Spring Quarter, it's the best deal for students who want to work from a live model outside of a class environment.
Choose as many workshops as you like from the following schedule:
FRI 10am-1pm AND 10am-3:30pm