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Basic Drawing/Painting Fundamentals | Ramon Hurtado

This class is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of visual perception. Students may choose to draw or paint. Regardless of media, we will cover the most basic aspects of vision: from purely practical considerations to more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges. Using a simple, proven method, students will learn to simplify objects, represent them as two-dimensional shapes and arrange them to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object. Topics will include the use and care of materials, types of pencils, brush handling, painting mixing, value organization and simplifying visual observations into manageable 2D shapes. During the course of this class, students will receive personalized instruction and individual projects ranging from cast studies, still life and drawing from the live model. View our financing options and promotions available for students. *Animation Guild Approved Class. Course #: 2002 & 2002AG Start Date: April 19, 2014 Day: 8 Saturdays Time: 10AM-1PM Postponement: May 24, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

Basic Drawing/Painting Fundamentals | Ramon Hurtado | Complimentary Demo

This is a 3-hour complimentary instructor demonstration.  No materials are needed. Below is information for those who want to signup for the full 8-week class: This class is designed as an introduction to the basic principles of visual perception. Students may choose to draw or paint. Regardless of media, we will cover the most basic aspects of vision: from purely practical considerations to more advanced concepts of shape, values and edges. Using a simple, proven method, students will learn to simplify objects, represent them as two-dimensional shapes and arrange them to create the illusion of a three-dimensional object. Topics will include the use and care of materials, types of pencils, brush handling, painting mixing, value organization and simplifying visual observations into manageable 2D shapes. During the course of this class, students will receive personalized instruction and individual projects ranging from cast studies, still life and drawing from the live model. View our financing options and promotions available for students. Course #: 2002SP14D Date: April 19, 2014 Time: 10AM-1PM Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406 On-Campus Class

Online Courses

“LAAFA in your home!” We’re excited to offer artists who are unable to attend our school in person the opportunity to experience the immediacy and the intimacy of our classes online. Listed below is a partial listing of classes available for sale and in production due out for release in 2013 (classes are arranged in alphabetical order of the instructors’...

Open House | Fall 2012

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...

Ramon Hurtado

Ramon Hurtado

Ramon Hurtado is a contemporary landscape and genre painter living in Los Angeles. His work aims to capture the always mysterious and sometimes mystical aspects of life in Los Angeles; exploring the customs of different groups of people and responding to the rich aesthetic experiences created by the desert sun. Born in Tijuana, Mexico, Ramon began studying painting and drawing...

Paul Wee

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Paul Wee was born raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and moved to Los Angeles in 1984 to study Illustration at Otis Art Institute of Parson’s School of Design and graduated with a BFA in Illustration w/ Honors. After graduating, he began working in the animation industry as a character designer on various shows until he got a job working a little...

Glenn Vilppu

Glenn Vilppu

B.F.A., M.F.A. Art Center College of Design; Additional Studies: Otis Art Institute, Santa Monica City College; Has taught at Vilppu Studios, UCLA, The American Animation Institute, DHIMA, Walt Disney Feature Animation, Loveland Academy of Art, Ringling College of Art and Design, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Rhythm and Hues among others. He is the author of several books including The Vilppu Drawing...

Brian Apthorp

Brian Apthorp

My primary creative motive has always been emotional and thematic communication, in all forms of art. I fell in love with comic books/graphic novels as a boy, and this love and admiration for the deep poetic capacity of the medium has only increased throughout my life. While at CSU Northridge, I experimented in abstraction, but developed an abiding passion for...

Art Classes

“LAAFA in your home!” We’re excited to offer artists who are unable to attend our school in person the opportunity to experience the immediacy and the intimacy of our classes online. Listed below is a partial listing of classes available for sale and in production due out for release in 2013 (classes are arranged in alphabetical order of the instructors’...

Online Classes

“Online Art Classes in your home!” We’re excited to offer artists who are unable to attend our school in-person the opportunity to experience the immediacy and the intimacy of our classes online. Listed below is a partial listing of classes available for sale and in production due out for release in 2013 (classes are arranged in alphabetical order of the...

Books by LAAFA Instructors…

The Weatherly Guide to Drawing AnimalsBy Joe Weatherly Passion For LifeBy Stephen Silver The Language of Drawing From an Artist’s ViewpointBy Sherrie McGraw The Art and Feel of Making it Real: Gesture Drawing for the Animation and Entertainment IndustryBy Mark McDonnell Figure Drawing Demonstrations Step-By-StepBy Glenn V. Vilppu You can view their books at: http://ping.fm/EsX3p

Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing

“Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing.” Our instructor, Glenn Vilppu, wrote an article, “Never Underestimate the Power of Life Drawing,” for the Animation World Magazine. In it, he goes over the importance of drawings from life when trying to pursue a career in the animation industry. He also goes further to say that there should be a strong emphasis...