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!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Complimentary Fine Art Demonstrations in Los Angeles

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.

Contemporary Portrait Painting with Sean Cheetham
Alla Prima Figure Painting with Vadim Zang
Cast Drawing and Painting with Noah Buchanan
Indirect Figure Painting: Verdaccio Technique with Noah Buchanan
Head Drawing with Rey Bustos
Portrait Drawing with Daniel Bilmes
Portrait Painting with Daniel Bilmes

Upcoming Workshops


David Leffel is coming to LAAFA on October 15th for an evening Q and A event! Click here to register.

Only a few spots available for Ruo Li's Seascape Workshop starting on October 18th. Click here to register.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Early Registration for Fall Classes Ends September 16th!

Don't miss out on the top foundational art teachers in Los Angeles! New Students receive a $50 discount toward any new class! Check out the schedule here.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Learn Portrait Drawing with Nathan Fowkes

Nathan Fowkes' Step-by-Step Online Portrait Drawing Course

Starts January 13, 2014

This 9-Week course is a serious exploration of drawing the portrait from life in charcoal.

Students Receive

9 Lectures/Slideshows
9 Demonstrations
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


"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

Register for this educational experience today.  Only available to a few lucky students!  Additional online classes and demonstrations are also available.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Approved for Veterans Educational Benefits

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 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.   Email our Director of Admissions at for a tour of LAAFA.

Summer Art Classes | Los Angeles

Summer Art Classes
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.

Long Pose Figure Painting |  Ramon Hurtado
Figure Drawing - Rhythm & Structure | Danny Galieote
Composition for Animation and Film | Bill Perkins

Life Painting with Color Theory | Ron Lemen

Alla Prima Head and Figure Painting | Vadim Zang

Indirect Figure Painting  - Verdaccio Technique | Noah Buchanan
Old Masters' Portrait Painting | Michael Siegel

Figure and Costume Uninstructed Workshop
Portfolio and Beyond | Ramon Hurtado

Ecorche/3D Anatomy | Rey Bustos (JUST ADDED:  Ecorche/3D Anatomy on Fridays starting July 19th)

For a list of all LAAFA art classes go to:

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

An Interview with LAAFA Student and Professional 3D Artist Donna Bates

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:

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.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Entertainment Art Student Graduation Exhibition

Mark your calendar to stop by and show your support for our recent Entertainment Art graduates. We wish them much success in their journey as artists!

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building G – Space 8A
Santa Monica, CA 90404
May 11th, 6pm to 9pm