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Figure Long Pose Drawing/Painting (4 Weeks) | Ramon Hurtado

Following the footsteps of 19th century academic draftsmen, this class will focus on creating figure drawings that capture the specific character and energy of the model. Using 9-12 hour poses, students will have ample time to explore the beauty and intricacies of the human form. Instruction will consist of comprehensive class demos from the model, along with anatomical breakdowns showing how the muscular and skeletal systems interact. Lectures will cover materials, gesture, proportion, shape, construction, anatomy and rendering. There will also be extensive individual critiques and mini-demos to help each student achieve their goals and personalize the learning experience. Students of all levels are welcome. View our financing options and promotions available for students. Course #: 1119A/2119A Start Date: July 26, 2014 Day: 4 Saturdays Time: 2PM-5PM Holidays and Postponements (no class): August 30-September 1, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

Figure Long Pose Drawing/Painting (8 Weeks) | Ramon Hurtado

Following the footsteps of 19th century academic draftsmen, this class will focus on creating figure drawings that capture the specific character and energy of the model. Using 9-12 hour poses, students will have ample time to explore the beauty and intricacies of the human form. Instruction will consist of comprehensive class demos from the model, along with anatomical breakdowns showing how the muscular and skeletal systems interact. Lectures will cover materials, gesture, proportion, shape, construction, anatomy and rendering. There will also be extensive individual critiques and mini-demos to help each student achieve their goals and personalize the learning experience. Students of all levels are welcome. View our financing options and promotions available for students. *AG – Animation Guild-CSATTF Approved Course #: 1119B/2119B Start Date: July 26, 2014 Day: 8 Saturdays Time: 2PM-5PM Holidays and Postponements (no class): August 30-September 1, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

Basic Drawing & Painting Fundamentals (8 Weeks) | 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. *AG – Animation Guild-CSATTF Approved Course #: 1001B/2002B Start Date: July 26, 2014 Day: 8 Saturdays Time: 10AM-1PM Holidays and Postponements (no class): August 30-September 1, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

Basic Drawing & Painting Fundamentals (4 Weeks) | 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. Course #: 1001A/2002A Start Date: July 26, 2014 Day: 4 Saturdays Time: 10AM-1PM Holidays and Postponements (no class): August 30-September 1, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

Life Drawing | Ramon Hurtado

In this class, students will learn a simple and effective approach for drawing the human figure. Beginning with an exploration of gesture, volumetric drawing and light theory, we will address a different aspect of the figure each week, discussing major anatomical forms and structural considerations. Students will work on toned paper in order to create drawings of the figure that prepare them for painting in the future. Class will consist of lectures/demonstrations and individual critiques. Students of all levels welcome. Course #: 1383 Start Date: July 9, 2014 Day: 10 Wednesdays Time: 7PM-10PM Holidays and Postponements (no class): August 30-September 1, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

Life Drawing for Animation | Ramon Hurtado

In Life Drawing for Animation, students will integrate the figure into compositional settings while continuing to study the figure itself. Through extensive in-class exercises and homework assignments, students will study the figure's role in narrative storytelling. By adding a narrative and composition dimension, students will move beyond conventional, isolated life drawings and develop drawings that serve as the planning stages of more ambitious drawing or painting projects. View our financing options and promotions available for students. *AG – Animation Guild-CSATTF Approved Course #: 4127AG Start Date: July 9, 2014 Day: 10 Wednesdays Time: 7PM-10PM Holidays and Postponements (no class): August 30-September 1, 2014 Location: 16926 Saticoy Street Van Nuys, CA 91406

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...