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I moved this to the appropriate section.
You all should post up some tutorials on the site here.
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What do you mean by tutorials? Do you have an example of some that have been posted in the past? Thanks for your time.
Here's something I've done in the Figure Construction class.
First Term Student.
It took me a while to get around to posting this since we, the students, have no life outside of LAAFA. Not that anyone is complaining; it is just that we are all motivated and BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!
Hello Artists and Friends of LAAFA,
We just wanted to let you know about an On-line Chat and upcoming Workshop with Acclaimed Artist and Instructor Dan Thompson. If you are interested in chatting with Dan and hearing about his interesting techniques and approach to painting and teaching, log onto www.myamericanartist.com. On the home page you will see the link to register, it's free. Register and then come and join the chat tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13th at 3pm EST and 12pm PST. You can also view a step-by-step Painting demonstration, by clicking here.
Dan Thompson will also be joining us here at LAAFA for a five day Portrait and Figure Painting workshop in July. The dates are, Thursday-Monday, July 19th-23rd. Dan will also be doing a Drawing and Painting demo. here at LAAFA, dates to be announced. I have listed a couple images and more info. about the workshop below. Don't miss out on this opportunity to study with one of the great Figurative Artists of our generation.
Check out the info. on the workshop below!
Workshop Title: #928 Portrait And Figure Painting from Life
Instructor: Dan Thompson
Dates: Thursday - Monday, July 19th-23rd
Register now: Space is limited. 818.708.9232 or www.laafa.org
Dan Thompson's "Painting the Figure and Portrait from Life" workshop will focus on several problem areas for the contemporary figurative painter from life. Breaking the process of painting and drawing down into phases, rather than steps, and prioritizing the approach, the first theme will be seizing the energy and vitality of the model's pose. This will be followed by a strong push toward perceptual drawing and painting, and the search for a proportional, engaging pattern while forming the design elements. Implying structure in the shapes by challenging empirical knowledge with a theoretical form sense will expand the dialog toward a new principle. The structural aspects will be honed through a drawn or grisaille painted study of the human head. A portrait demonstration will also be conducted within the workshop. The light key, the harmony of color, will build on top of the previous phases, and thereafter emphasis will be placed on the long pose. Within this long pose, a "putting it all together" session will be developed in paint, charcoal or pencil. One on one discussions, as well as studio talks and critical feedback of each participant's work, will simultaneously take place.
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Movement: The figurative art revival movement is something we take seriously. Without solid art training all visual communication suffers. Figurative Art is the principle development tool for study. If one can truly understand and accurately depict the human form, they are able to apply it to any form. With fundamental training lacking in today’s art education arena, we are joining with a few other schools around the country, to bring it back to the forefront!
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Nice to see you guys on youtube. Plan on any more?
You are a level 8 ninja and even though you have a lot of weapons sometimes your ninja moves are your most powerful.
I'm still about a year from being able to apply to LAAFA. But i was wondering what you guys looked at most in a portfolio?
Looking for mentor
We are looking for a competent understanding of the human proportions, a basic understanding of value and form, and the ability to create narrative imagery from your imagination.
Hello, to the people of LAAFA.
I want to apply for the school, but I have a little problem.
Until now I didn't have the opportunity to draw or paint finished works from life. I have just quick scketches. On the other hand I have some personal works with human anatomy.
Should I find the way and try to do those works or my personal work (all done without models) will be fine?
I didn't email you beacause it's such a simple question
An example, my favorite example :
I hope it is appropriate to ask questions in this thread....
I checked out the LAAFA homepage and can't seem to find anything relating to cost of tuition or individual classes. If you could post the cost or send me a PM I would really appreciate it.
"Art is the proper task of life. "
LifeWontWait, it's in the application form, which says $3.898 per quarter.
Woke up this morning, found out my signature was gone..
ah, much thanks, appreciate it Coen!
"Art is the proper task of life. "
I can't seem to find and scholarship information on the website, only Sallie Mae info. Is there no more scholarship or am I just looking in the wrong place?
Alright I am overdue to post stuff. I hope this code works and that I am not repeating the pics.
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You are cordially invited to LAAFA's first annual Atelier student show, to be hosted by Gallery Nucleus. This is an exhibition of work created by our 1st year graduating Atelier students. We are really proud of this first group of Atelier students and the strides they have made in the year since they started here. We would love to share their work with you.
The opening reception will be Saturday January 26th from 7pm-11pm. All work on display will be for sale. Please come out and see the beautiful work and share your support!
What: Atelier Student Exhibition
Where: Gallery Nucleus
30 West Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801
When: Saturday, January 26th - Sunday, February 3rd
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 26th from 7pm-11pm
We hope to see you there!
LAAFA - Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art
16926 Saticoy Street | Van Nuys, CA 91406
I don't know if the person who responds for LAAFA on this thread is the same one who responds to any mail sent in their info mail but I will post this anyway.
My question is if schools like LAAFA are hell bent on putting off people who might be interested in these schools by having very bad communication services?
The reson I ask this is because I sent an e-mail asking if I could visit the place and talk to anyone who would be around, during my visit to L.A. nothing fancy, just to get a feel for the place and check with some students. I did get a response where I was offered to set up a meeting. I responded kindly thanking the man for the offer, but I mentioned that I wasn't going to be able to apply immediately, I am going to apply in August to begin their winter course so I didn't want to take up his time unless he felt it was worth it, I just wanted to know if I could go there, or if he really wanted to, to set up a meeting a proposed. To this I got no reply. I sent another mail yesterday. Still no reply.
Does it bother these schools so much to offer information and help to people who like to plan ahead a few months before making any movements? If these places are meant only for the super rich that can apply and move into town overnight they might as well say so on their websites! I don't need any formal appointment at this time but hell, this guy didn't even have the courtesy to tell me if I could just go around and check the place out!
At least the Concept Art Atelier didn't respond at all, something that seemed to me as a big &3ck off, but hey, that's better than offering some help then not caring because they found out they weren't getting any money from me right away like this LAAFA dude.
Sorry about the delay in response... I did respond to you and I believe we met when you were here in L.A. If you are the same guy from Greece. We do sometimes get swamped here and I get 100's of e-mails daily. I'm sorry if sometimes we take a while to respond. We do value every artist that is interested in our program and we attempt to answer all of your questions and help you with this major decision.
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Check out what our students are doing here at LAAFA. If you have any feedback on what you see, feel free!
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Man calm down... I've visited LAAFA before and it isn't some enormous university, neither is the CA atelier. They are both very small schools without dedicated people answering emails all day. Just have some patience. When I sent a few E-mails to LAAFA it took a while to answer (the longest time was like a few weeks)
If you aren't patient in life, then I doubt you're patient enough to attend an atelier either...
Check out my sketchbook!
By the way, what was your impression of the place? Any other such school in California, or even in L.A. you can point out for me?
Heya, I hope the person behind the LAAFA account regularly checks this thread.
I sent an email about a week back myself, and haven't gotten a reply back either. *sigh* Looks like I'm doomed to obscurity (Art Center never replied to me either).
How much is the tuition for the full time course (The 3 year one)? How many semesters are there per year? Are there any breaks/holidays in between the semesters/years. Can they recommend any possible housing near the school?
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