Painting or Drawing Classes at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys. Choose Between Two Options.

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Artists always want muses without realizing that they’re a big responsibility, demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of old pastels and Greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today’s Groupon to the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys. Choose between two options:

  • For $21, you get your choice of a one-day, three-hour painting or drawing class (a $42 value). Classes are held on Saturdays. Drawing: 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Painting: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
  • For $63, you get a three-pack of one-day, three-hour painting or drawing classes (a $126 value). Classes are held on Saturdays. Drawing: 10 a.m.–1 p.m., Painting: 2 p.m.–5 p.m.

The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art provides a no-frills environment and instructed time and space for artists to set up, settle in, and create under the guidance of a professional artist. Both classes offer introductory level instruction in which beginning artists can freely hone their drawing or painting skills and blossoming Picassos can strengthen and advance their talents. Classes are held on Saturday from March 12 to September 10 and must be scheduled 48 hours in advance, so call today to reserve your introductory excursion into instructional illumination.

Students are required to bring their own supplies to class. For drawing class, you’ll need:

  • Paper pad between 14”x17” and 18”x24”
  • Drawing board (masonite or any other hard surface, big enough to back your drawing pad, large bulldog clip recommended)
  • Charcoal pencils (HB, 6B)
  • Graphite pencils (HB)
  • Soft charcoal vines
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Charcoal powder
  • Cheap or old paintbrush
  • Rag

For the painting class, you’ll need:

  • 11”x14” to 18”x24” painting surface
  • Palette
  • Oil painting brushes (small, medium, and large recommended)
  • Oil paint (black, white, yellow ochre, permanent alizarin crimson)
  • Solvent (Turpenoid recommended)
  • Sealable glass jar
  • Rags and bar soap


Five Yelpers give the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art an average of 4.5 stars. More than 2,900 Facebookers like the school. > * I had a great time. Professional instructors, models and staff that are helpful. I have taken classes at other school and studios around L.A. and nothing compares. – Tammi R., Yelp, 9/12/10 > * The teachers are knowledgeable and couldn’t be happier to share their “trade secrets” that so many other art instructors are too intimidated or incompetent to do. – Alyson S., Yelp, 3/14/08

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Sep 8, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Registration required 48 hours in advance; subject to availability. New students only. Supplies not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

Realizing their community's limited resources for foundational art education, the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art was founded in 2002 as a portal for blossoming art students to sharpen skills with the help of talented, professional artists. Thus, an eclectic team of instructors took shape through a hand-selection process that yielded skill sets from the realms of fine art, entertainment, and paint-by-number calculus. Now in its 10th year of art education, the school—named a top 10 school worldwide by American Artist in Nov. 2011—acts as a springboard for students pursuing degrees in fine arts or the digitally driven video-game and film world of entertainment art. Individual classes afford à la carte education for beginning and advanced students of sculpture, drawing, painting, and illustration. Regardless of the field of study, LAAFA seeks to assist all students in completing advanced degrees at other institutions, accessing local art resources, and solving Van Gogh's tricky magic-eye series.

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