LAAFA’s Programs are designed to develop artists at any stage of their artistic careers. LAAFA‘s Extension Program is available for artists who are unable to commit to a full-time intensive curriculum. For those students who are interested in being immersed in a 3-year course of study, we offer BFA and Atelier Programs for both Fine Art and Entertainment Art.
Learn your craft from the most skilled artists today! Take a peak at our upcoming complimentary demonstrations starting the week of March 31st. This is a great opportunity to experience our instructors' classes firsthand! More demos to be announced soon.
Our Spring classes are now available. Don't be left out this quarter and register early for your favorite classes!
Animation Guild Approved...
We are approved to participate in the CSATTF reimbursement grant program. This includes the Animation Guild, Art Directors Guild and Costume Designers Guild. The grant will allow reimbursement of 2/3 off of classes for those artists who are members of the listed unions. Terms and Conditions Apply.
4-Week Summer Art Program...
Please join LAAFA for our Intensive Summer Art Program. This pre-college
intensive course of study is for those high school students (15+) who
want to immerse themselves in the world of figurative art. LAAFA offers
a unique atelier learning environment that provides a strong
foundational education in drawing, painting, composition and design.
These classes will give college-bound students the necessary skill-set
to thrive in an Entertainment, Illustration or Fine Art concentration.
We are thrilled to announce, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, has been approved to participate in the CSATTF reimbursement grant program. This includes the Animation Guild, Art Directors Guild and Costume Designers Guild. The grant will allow artists who are in the union 2/3 off our on-campus and online classes. Our Spring Schedule will be announced shortly. For more information please visit: http://animationguild.org/grant-classes/
We are thrilled to offer the best art workshops taught by highly
acclaimed local and visiting artists! Students worldwide can come to
LAAFA and learn techniques, receive valuable instruction, feedback and
critiques. Plus, working alongside your favorite artist is priceless.
Please visit the full list of workshops currently available. Be sure to check back often for new workshops added to our schedule.
Images provided by: Sean Cheetham, Ruo Li, Qiang Huang, Stephen Early, Alex Oliver, Christopher Pugliese, Carlo Russo, Max Ginsburg and Iliya Mirochnik.
Visit our website for a complete listing of winter classes and workshops for 2014. This quarter we have anatomy, drawing, digital, painting and sculpture classes. In addition, take a look at our programs for 1-year Intensive Drawing Track to 3-Year Fine and Entertainment Programs!
We have added additional Complimentary Demonstrations available to the art community! This is a great way to learn the different methods and techniques that an instructor will teach you during his class. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in the class after the demonstration.
RSVP is required and space is limited.
Please click on the links to secure your space and to find out more information.
This 9-Week course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal.
9 Video Critiques including draw-overs
A library of other student critiques
Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills
Free 3-month subscription to OnlineLifeDrawing.com
"Delightfully inspiring and informative." Dave C
"Nathan is a masterful artist and teacher. He helps you on your creative journey by sharing his lifetime experiences in a nine-week course. What I learned, I will be working to perfect for a very long time. This class is amazing!" Daniel H
"I felt like I learned a great amount in a short amount of time, and will continually practice the assignments to further develop my understanding of portraiture through charcoal and other mediums." Justin W
Are your interested in a career in the Arts? LAAFA has two 3-Year Art Programs to offer our Veterans. Fall Applications for 2013 are being accepted!
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
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. Email our
Director of Admissions at email@example.com for a tour of LAAFA.
Classes are starting the week of July 8th! Our summer quarter will begin next week with the following selection of classes. If you plan on taking summer classes, please do not wait until the last minute to sign up. Late sign-ups can lead to postponement or cancellation of classes.
Donna Bates is one of the accomplished professional artists who are part of the student community at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art. Donna's well-rounded resume as a 3D entertainment artist features work on franchises including Planet of the Apes, Child's Play, Chronicles of Riddick, and Saw II. Rather than resting on her 3D laurels, she keeps her skills in academic drawing and painting current by attending classes at LAAFA.
After studying Art at Cal State Fullerton, Donna was among the first illustrators to seize the chance to train for artistic work in the then-emerging field of computer animation. She completed her training at Otis, Art Center, and Gnomon. She studied Photoshop, Illustrator, and 3D modeling in Maya and other programs. The expertise she developed in 3D modeling led to a stint teaching polygon modeling at the Gnomon School of VFX.
Image by Donna Bates
In her drawing and painting classes at LAAFA, Donna values the opportunity to learn from highly qualified instructors who help students gain a better handle on techniques that will enhance their work in figurative art in any media - whether in two or three dimensions.
With the same perspicacity that kept her ahead of the curve in her pursuit of artistic work in 3D modeling, Donna continues to look towards the future. Her present ambitions include completing paintings for a solo show, as well as developing artwork and jewelery design using cutting-edge 3D printing technology. You can see more of Donna's impressive work on her website: www.donnabates3d.com.
Interested in joining the vibrant artistic community at LAAFA? Check out LAAFA's part-time summer class schedule here. Click here for information on LAAFA's full-time BFA and Atelier Certificate Programs in Fine Art and Entertainment Art.
The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art (LAAFA) recently celebrated a milestone of 10 years in art education. The party was held at the famed Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, CA where we exhibit artists' artwork and hold classes in our gallery throughout the year. And yes, the band playing in the video is Sean Cheetham's band, Del Toro.
We have a spectacular line-up of instructors and individual classes this Spring Quarter for our extension students. Take a look at the choices of classes in our Van Nuys or Santa Monica locations. For students wanting to apply to our 3-Year Program, this is the best time to start your application process. LAAFA is considered a premier choice for students wanting an intensive art program that provides the necessary foundation skills which allow our students to excel and apply these fundamentals to a career in the fine or entertainment art industry.
The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art would like to treat you to 4
marvelous open house art demonstrations. Choose from our Van Nuys or
Santa Monica locations. Each demonstration is a great way to find out
about the instructor and the methods and techniques they use to teach
their classes. We hope you will join us for the day.
Our spring classes are now available in our Santa Monica and Van Nuys locations. At your convenience, you may download our spring art class schedule (PDF) with hyperlinks to each individual class. We are lucky to have the best classes and instructors under two roofs in Los Angeles!
Scott McCloud - February 23rd - 2-Day COMICS: Theory and Practice
March 23rd - Portrait Painting Demonstration with David Leffel
Steve Huston - March 15th - 3-Day The Rendering of Gesture and Structure
Steve Huston - March 16th - Visual Story Structure Demonstration
David Leffel - March 21st - 4-Day Alla Prima Portrait and Figure Workshop
March 21st - 4-Day Alla Prima Portrait and Figure Workshop
March 23rd - Portrait Painting Demonstration with David Leffel