Sunday, February 28, 2016

LAAFA Spring Continuing Education Classes!

We are excited to announce our super-packed spring quarter schedule ! Click here to view the list of exceptional skilled instructors and the diverse selection of spring classes for beginning to professional artists.  Enroll now to take advantage of the early registration prices.  Classes begin March 28th!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Last Chance! DreamWorks Artist, Marcos Mateu Lecture This Weekend



Visual Narrative and the Graphic Novel Lecture

          Marcos Mateu | February 27th | 3pm-6pm

Marcos will lecture on visual storytelling and graphic novel, talking about practical principles of the art while showing and commenting on a lot of material from both 'Framed Ink' and 'Trail of Steel:1441 A.D.’ Lecture will be interactive! 

  Enroll Now For Only $50!

Bio:  Marcos Mateu-Matre was born in Palma de Mallorca. He has been working in animation since 1991 (2D backgrounds, 2D layout, storyboard, visual concept and development).  Marcos is also the author of “Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers” and graphic novel, “Trail Of Steel: 1441 A.D”. He is currently working as a visual development artist at DreamWorks. His film credits include: We’re Back, Balto, The Prince of Egypt, Eldorado, 3 Wise Men, Toto Sapore, Asterix and the Vikings, Surf’s Up, Megamind, Puss In Boots and How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Nathan Fowkes Critique Drawing Course!

 Portrait Drawing In Charcoal with Nathan Fowkes!

Don't miss out on this once a year opportunity
                          Enroll Now!

Nathan will take you step by step through the practical application of:

  • Emphasizing the structure and planes of the head
  • Clearly rendering the values of light and shadow
  • Designing edges, create likeness and composition
  • Numerous drawing techniques, materials and approaches
Students Receive:
  • 9 Personal Video Critiques
  • 9 Lectures/Slideshows
  • 9 Demonstrations
  • A library of other student critiques
  • Tips and exercises to hone your drawing skills
  • Video and critiques are yours to keep

"The best art teacher ever! First of all, Every time I hear Nathan’s voice, it makes me feel great. He knows how to communicate and teach. And beyond all, he is an awesome artist. What else?" - P. Graf

"Excellent and useful Course. It was a great opportunity for me, to learn from a great teacher and artist. I recommend this Course to anyone who wants to advance in drawing." - R. Cantu

"Thanks! This was a great course, it was a lot of fun. My drawings and the others students drawings improved dramatically over the time we spent. There was a lot of great information and critiques that will stay in my head for many years or a lifetime to come!" - T. Kowalski

Monday, December 14, 2015

LAAFA Student Show 2016 - Opening Reception

LAAFA is proud to invite you to spend an exciting evening viewing and mingling with our emerging artists!  We hope to see you on January 9th from 7pm to 10pm for this special student show.

The Loft at Liz’s
453 S. La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Sneak peek of Artwork Includes (from left to right): Juan Baron, Christine Vanderkaap, Elan Heredia, Harris Figures, Rohini Sen, Katie Lindsay, Tanveer Singh, Nikita Budkov, Gabriel Shiguemoto, Peer Vosberg, Vijay Krish and Eri Robinson.

You may also view student artwork between January 6 – 11, 2016.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Fall Quarter Classes | Open House

FALL CLASSES are available!  Enroll now before early registration prices increase on September 15th.  Be sure to check out our discounts and payment plan.

Take a few hours out of your day and visit LAAFA for our Fall Open House on September 19th, from 10am to 12pm!  We have Christina Ramos in the house who will be talking about The GOLDEN “A to Z” of Acrylics!  This lecture packs in a ton of valuable information about acrylics, guiding listeners through the basics while opening up new possibilities. Enjoy FREE PAINT for those who attend the full presentation!

Please RSVP Today to attend the lecture.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

LAAFA Summer Classes and Summer Art Program

Summer Schedule
Classes Start June 30th

We have a jammed packed summer of several popular and new awesome classes!  Take a peek at our current summer schedule and start enrolling in 4 to 10-week classes today.

Summer Art Program

LAAFA offers a unique, intimate, learning environment that provides a strong education in drawing, painting, composition and design. The Summer Art Program is for high school students, recent high school graduates or currently registered college students.  If you are interested in personal development and preparatory art study, this program will be perfect.  Class space is limited.  Find out more information...

Don't delay to enroll in summer classes! To register for on-campus classes or workshops, please visit us online or call (818) 708-9232 during our school business hours. Early registration will end June 19, 2015.

Images by: Brian Apthrop, Joseph Todorovitch, Ramon Hurtado, Christina Ramos, Daniel Bilmes, Jonny Hart and Vadim Zang.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

$495 Spring LIVE Online Class Special!

Check out the variety of LIVE online classes starting soon with top 
professional artists.  The live classes are all taught in real-time. Students interact closely with their instructor for 3 hours per session. During a typical live online class, students will receive the following: demo/lecture, in-class exercises, FAQs, critiques and homework. Classes will provide students the opportunity to work in an intimate class room setting with the instructor of their choice. This allows the students the closest experience to attending an on-campus class with all the comforts of learning at home.
Take a look at the promotional videos below!  Special rate of $495 for LAAFA Blog Readers! Limited spots available. Use coupon code: BLSP15

CRAIG ELLIOTT - Class Starts May 1st!

RON LEMEN - Class Starts April 26th!

ERIC RYAN - Class Starts April 26th!

EDUARDO GONZALEZ - Class Starts May 12th!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fall Open House


September 14th, 10am to 5pm

Please join us for our Fall Open House! During the day’s festivities you may tour the school, enjoy complimentary demos, meet instructors and staff, learn about our programs, receive a complimentary portfolio review and win prizes! Continental Art Supplies will also be joining us for the day and answering any of your art supply questions.  In addition, you will learn about the different paints during one of their interactive painting demonstration.

Enroll before or during our Open House to receive early registration prices.  Payment plan, new student and senior discounts are available.

Scheduled Demos Include: Vadim Zang - Portrait Painting, Ramon Hurtado - Costumed Drawing, plus an Uninstructed Quick Sketch Workshop.


Beat the registration line and enroll early for your classes!  View the list of current classes and workshops available.  

Friday, June 20, 2014

Summer Live Online Classes!

We are excited to announce the debut of our Live Online Classes starting the week of September 8th! LAAFA's new site featuring live online classes, as well as stand alone self-study courses will be launching soon! Students from around the world or those unable to attend on campus, will have the opportunity to learn from a line-up of outstanding instructors!

Be the first to register early for a special price of $495 per class ($200 Savings)! Click here to find out more and to fill out the form for your early access.

If you have any questions, please email us!

Images below by: Samuel Michlap, Tyler Carter, Eduardo Gonzalez, Vanessa Lemen, Mauricio Abril, Eric Ryan, Jon Messer, Ron Lemen and Craig Elliott. 

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Summer Art at LAAFA | Accepting Fall Applications

Summer with LAAFA!

Enjoy this summer learning, developing and keeping your skills sharp with our tremendous list of skilled professional instructors!  With years of experience under their belt teaching and working in the art industry, you will find they will help you achieve your goal.  All our classes are designed to encourage beginning, intermediate, advanced and professional artists in a friendly intimate learning environment.  All studios come with natural light beaming from the rooftop, horses, easels and unlimited coffee in our break-room. We encourage you to take a look at our convenient schedule of classes that include 4, 6, 8 and 10-weeks classes.  In addition, we are also excited to bring you top visiting artists for the summer and fall.

Drawing Program for Teens and Recent Graduates

This coming July, we have a 4-week full-time intensive drawing program designed just for students who want to improve their drawing skills.  This program includes:  Anatomy, Classical Drawing, Composition, Figure Construction and Perspective.  Scholarships are available.  Students must register by June 1st.

Fall Applications for Full-time Programs

Fall is just around the corner and we encourage all students to start the application process now.  We only accept a small number of students each year and have limited spots for each of our programs.  In addition, for those who are international students or qualify for veterans benefits, you will need extra time to process your required documents.  This can take over 2 months depending on your situation.  Please feel free to reach out to our Director of Admissions for any questions or help with the admissions process. For more information about our programs, please click on the following links:

Monday, March 31, 2014

Free Instructor Drawing and Painting Demos

Instructor Carl Dobsky 

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.

Register now for your spring classes and reserve your complimentary demos

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Spring Art Classes & Summer Art Program

Spring Schedule!

It's time to register for Spring...

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.

1 to 3-Year Intensive Full-Time Art Program...

Now is the time to apply for Fall 2014!  Learn online about our Fine Art, Entertainment Art and Intensive Training Programs. We also encourage students to visit the school for a personal tour. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Reimbursement Grant Program for Guild Members!

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:

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Los Angeles Art Workshops

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.

Monday, November 25, 2013

LAAFA Winter Art Classes are Here!

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!