Rey Bustos is the wonderful kind of teacher who makes you feel like you are getting your money's worth out of his class - down to every last penny! Last Sunday, April 15th, Rey's Ecorche/ 3D Anatomy class at LAAFA started with students arriving 30 to 60 minutes BEFORE the start of class so that Rey could help us all get the main portion of our armature wire bent into shape.
Rey expertly turned yard after yard of straight wire into the basic frame for a 16" replica of a human statuette or ecorche. In French, ecorche means "flayed" and refers to the fact that a finished ecorche sculpture looks like it has had the skin removed so you can see the muscles and bones.
Our ecorches were only just beginning to take shape. All along the way, Rey guided us in measuring, bending, and wrapping our wire.
After the wire supports for the arms and legs were bent into place, the next task was bending wire to support the clay ribcage we will be building in future classes. Rey guided students through the first four ribs and assigned the remaining eight as homework for students who couldn't get them done in class.
Rey provided illustrations of the human ribcage from all angles to guide our wire wrapping and bending. Even though I thought I knew what a ribcage looked like, looking at the diagrams showed me the human ribcage in more detail that I imagined it could possibly contain.
I realized that there is a big gap between knowing enough to merely identify a ribcage, and the intimate understanding that comes from a tactile experience of its form. Like an eager student aboard Ms. Frizzle's Magic School Bus, I can't wait to see what part of the body Rey will introduce us to next week!
We finished class by securing our wire armatures to 12" wooden boards with double pointed tacks. Students with time to spare were able to start rolling their Super Sculpey into sheets to allow it to firm up a bit for next week's class.
Week 1 of Ecorche/ 3D Anatomy was a lot of work, but the results were satisfying.
We went from this: To this:
I'll be posting every week as the Spring 2012 Ecorche/ 3D Anatomy class with Rey Bustos progresses, so stay tuned for weekly updates!
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Please consider donating your art books to LAAFA's art library coming this fall! We are having a book drive. From now until July 1st, donate your art books to receive a raffle ticket for FREE summer classes! Each book donated gets you one raffle ticket. Raffle winners will be announced July 2nd.
You can drop off your books at the LAAFA office during business hours:
Mondays -Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Fridays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturdays - Sundays 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
One Free Instructed 8-week class (select classes)
One Free Uninstructed Workshop Pass
Three Free One Day Instructed class (select classes)
It's here! This video is a compilation of interviews with LAAFA's instructors and students in the 3-year Degree and Atelier programs in Fine Art and Entertainment Art. Visit www.laafa.org for more information about all of our programs.
Accepting Fall Application - Open House September 9th!
LAAFA has both a Fine and Entertainment Art Program that gives you a top notch art education. We have an illustrious group of instructors who are working professionals in the industry! Our programs equipped you with a well rounded education and the required skills needed to take on the challenging and competitive job market in the fine art and entertainment field.
Open House - September 9th
You are invited to our Open House on September 9th, from 1pm to 5:30pm! We will have complimentary drawing demonstrations by Daniel Bilmes and Ramon Hurtado during the day's festivities. You may also meet with our Director of Admissions. In addition, bring a book for our LAAFA Library Drive and receive one ticket per book for a chance to win an 8-week class and other prizes! RSVP for demos required.
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Please join us for our Open House coming September 9th! You will have the opportunity to enjoy complimentary drawing demonstrations during the day’s festivities. Donate your art books to our library and receive an opportunity to win one FREE 8-week class, one uninstructed workshop pass or three instructed 3-hr class passes! (One book is equivalent to one raffle ticket. Select classes offered.)
LAAFA is considered a premier choice for students wanting an intensive art program that provides the necessary foundation skills which allows students to excel and apply these fundamentals to a career in the fine or entertainment art industry.
You may find more highlighted features here on why LAAFA is a great choice for your art education.
2. Follow all the Admission Requirements here.
2A. International Students click here.
3. Portfolio pieces including the required drawing need to be sent in JPEG format (each image approximately 1280 x 800).
A. Create a zip folder with your first initial and full last name.
B. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Once we have received your completed application, it will take approximately 10 to 14-days for a reply.
6. If you are accepted into our program, you are eligible to apply for our scholarships. Please click here for information.
LAAFA operates on a rolling admissions basis. Prospective students are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis for the next available starting quarter. Please keep in-mind that we only accept a small number of students to the program each year. We hope you will consider LAAFA as the start of your artistic journey.
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Approved for Veterans Education Benefits for 3-Year Programs!
We are now approved for Veterans Educational Benefits by the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education. Veterans who would like to study in our 3-Year Degree and Certificate Programs in Fine or Entertainment Art will receive educational benefits through the VA.
Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33)
The Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
The Dependents Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35)
The Vocational Rehabilitation Program (Chapter 31)
The Selected Reserve Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 1606)
Start your art education training with LAAFA. Click here for more information about our Veterans Education Benefits. You may also email our Director of Admissions at email@example.com for a tour of LAAFA or any additional questions.
Images from our 1st year students in their Long Pose Drawing Class.
Both our 3- Year Fine and Entertainment Art Programs provides students with the unique combination of foundational training with the practice of classical and contemporary art making. Weather you are pursuing a career as a gallery artist or character designer, having a well-rounded skill-set will give you an advantage in the marketplace.
Many students seem confused in the search for the perfect art school. (If there is such a place.) I have decided to give my best advice that may seem like a no brainier; however, students seem to miss these crucial steps in finding the right school and program.
1. Instructors - Do your research in finding out as much as possible about the instructors. Ask yourself:
A. Do they have a website/blog?
B. Does their personal or professional artwork inspire you?
C. Besides teaching, do they also work as a professional in the fine or entertainment industry?
2. Student Work - Does the school provide a gallery of student works you can see online? You can get an idea of the type of work that you will be doing at the school by seeing samples of students' classwork and projects. Does it motivate you?
3. Curriculum - Take a very hard look at a school's curriculum. Is the program sequential or do you pick and choose your classes? How many drawing classes are required? What type of studio art classes do you have? Are you learning anatomy, perspective, figure construction, etc... Do you want to be skilled a draftsman? What is your goal and does the curriculum back it up?
5. Atmosphere - There are students who want to go to college and get the full college experience of a big campus, lots of people, lots of activities, and just lots of... Then there are those who prefer a more intimate school setting with personalized attention and an intensive learning environment. There are schools in between, too! You need to think of the right environment for you. What appeals to you, a class with 25 students or a class with 10 students?
6. Visit the School - If possible, go and visit the school, see the classrooms and talk to the students and instructors. Then ask yourself if this is the place for you.
7. Cost - Compare financial packages. Just because you can defer your educational cost to the end, doesn't mean that was the right choice. You may find that having a $150,000 debt after graduation is not that appealing. Compare, compare, and compare some more...
8. Career - Let's face it, you can have a BFA or a MFA Degree; however, without a stellar portfolio your chances of being a practicing artist are not great. If your true passion is a lasting career in the art world, then do the research, and whatever school you choose, it will be up to you to do the work. As one of our students said to me, "You get out of it, what you put into it."
Most all artists will tell you that they are continually practicing and perfecting their craft, it doesn't end after art school.
For those interested in LAAFA's Programs here is our current flyer with an brief overview.
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We are thrilled to announce that Carl Dobsky will be LAAFA's full-time faculty starting January 13th! He has a wealth of knowledge and will be a valuable asset to our school and to all our students. Find out more about Carl by viewing his bio and portfolio on our website. Carl will be primarily teaching in our full-time programs; however, we do have a few class opportunities with him this winter for our extension students to take a class. Join Carl for a complimentary demonstration on January 16th from 11am to 4:30pm.
3-Year Entertainment Art Program, 18-Month Entertainment Track & Foundational Tracks
We are currently accepting applications for our Spring 18-Month Intensive Entertainment Art Track and Fall Programs. Below is a snap shot of LAAFA and what each program has to offer students. LAAFA also encourages International students to apply to our full-time program.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, please call 818-708-9232 or email hmiller @laafa.org to make an appointment for a tour of the school! We would love to show you around.
LAAFA Art Programs' level of intense study will accelerate your artistic development by forcing you to accurately represent what you see, obtain sensitivity for solid design and composition, develop a personal connection with your work and have the confidence to create from imagination. Learn why our Art Programs are a solid art education choice.
3-Year Degree & Atelier Programs:
The Entertainment Art Program begins with a foundation of traditional skills and proceeds with courses related to the field of Entertainment Art (Illustration, Animation, Comics and Game Design). This unique combination of classic and contemporary practice provides our students with a truly effective ability to enhance, facilitate, and authenticate traditional art and digital art in the realm of the present entertainment field. Our graduates move onward with the necessary skill sets and proficiencies needed to pursue an invigorating and lasting career in the entertainment art industry.
Intensive Art Training Tracks
The Intensive Art Programs are for students who are interested in enrolling in a full-time course of study without pursing a formal degree or certificate. Tracks are open to all students who are interested in professional growth, personal development and preparatory art study.
Intensive Entertainment Track
The 18-month entertainment track is for students who have mastered their foundational skills. Students will start learning and developing concepts for creating convincing environments and imaginative characters. Aspiring artist will be well equipped for a career in the entertainment art industry.
Intensive Drawing Track
This 1-year sequential curriculum focuses on drawing from direct observation. Students will have a working proficiency of the human form as it relates to traditional representation in drawing. In addition, students will learn solid draftsmanship and technical skills in Classic Academic and Figure Construction, which will give students a well-developed understanding of line, form, structure, shadow, tone, light, edges, and the human anatomy.
Students in the Intensive Foundational Drawing Track may have the opportunity to matriculate into our Degree and Certificate Programs. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Intensive Foundational Track
This 18-month sequential curriculum focuses on drawing and painting from direct observation. Students will have a working proficiency of the human form as it relates to traditional representation in drawing and painting. Students will learn solid draftsmanship and technical skills, which will give students a well-developed understanding of line, form, structure, shadow, tone, light, edges, and the human anatomy. In addition, students will explore the fundamental practices of painting. Working from the live model, students will be challenged to refine their ability to simplify what they see and create paintings that feature strong structure, clear value organization and elegant simplification.
Students in the Intensive Foundational Track may have the opportunity to matriculate into our Degree and Certificate Programs. Contact us at email@example.com for additional information.
LAAFA offers the opportunity for Financial Aid, Scholarships and Veterans Educational Benefits for all full-time programs.
Students around the world, who are unable to attend our on-campus classes, have the opportunity to study online with our amazing artists.
“I loved the class. Thanks very much to LAAFA for giving me the opportunity to take online art courses of high quality.” Daniel P.
LAAFA instructors represent an illustrious group of professional and accomplished artists. Each instructor has been specifically chosen because of their professional experience and the immense amount of knowledge they possess in their areas of specialization. Such a wide scope of knowledge and experience allows LAAFA to offer a broad range of approaches to teaching art.
“I have a bachelor's degree in fine art but I felt that I still lacked the fundamentals to become a successful illustrator. It is also important to have people who work in the industry because you pick up from their work ethic. I wish more people knew about LAAFA.” – Maisie Y (Singapore) – Graduate working at Riot Games
“In my last university there were around 50 people just in my group. I was looking for something which was much more hands on where you get more face time with the instructors. LAAFA is ideally located in terms of networking and opportunities. I have seen a huge progression in my work.” – Ben S. (England) – Graduate working at Section Studios
"In a world where there is this growing trend for education to be a monotonous ride, LAAFA in my experience has been immense. A school that not many notice is a hidden gem of sorts. Starting from the world class instructors to the students and the closely knit environment that this school generates, I have learned so much in such a short period of time.” – V.J. K. (India) – Current Student at LAAFA
Select Articles and Mentions:
American Artist Publication - Top 10 Art School for Classical Training
Blue Canvas Magazine - Featured School Article
Animation Guild - Approved to provide grant art classes to Animation Guild Artists, Directors and Costume Designers
Noah Bradley - Don't Go to Art School
Concept Art World - Approved Training School
Massive Fantastic with Nathan Fowkes
LAAFA has a rolling admissions policy. Applications are accepted until all the spots are full. The priority dates below will give students the opportunity for scholarships, work study and a smooth transition to LAAFA. Visit our admission page for US Resident and International students to give you step-by-step instructions on how to apply to each programs. For additional questions, please contact the Director of Admissions.