Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art

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  • Long-pose, short-pose, and quick-sketch workshops
  • Professional fine-art models
  • No-frills studio setting

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Promotional value expires Dec 20, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, may buy 3 additional as gifts. Must be at least 18. Registration required. Subject to availability. Drawing materials not included. Valid for option purchased only. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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 for uninstructed figure-drawing workshops at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art on Saticoy Street in Van Nuys. With today's Groupon, you can attend one or six workshops. All available workshops include studio time, but do not include materials. Choose from the following options:

  • For $10, you get a day pass to one three-hour uninstructed figure-drawing workshop (a $25 value).
  • For $50, you get to attend six three-hour uninstructed figure-drawing workshops (up to a $150 value).

The Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art provides a no-frills environment and uninstructed time and space for artists to set up, settle in, and re-create the human figure. In the presence of a professional fine-art model, visiting artists can freely hone their drawing and painting skills. The academy's flexible schedule includes workshop times every day except Tuesdays; options range from short-pose and quick-sketch workshops, which focus on quickly illustrating the many poses of a nude model, to long-pose painting and drawing for more intensive study and mastery of a single, statuesque scene. On Sundays, the academy also hosts a costumed long-pose workshop, an ideal opportunity for artists to explore new, adventurous aesthetics while still prepping for spooky seasonal activities, such as dressing the turkey.

Must be 18 or older.


Though the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art hasn’t been reviewed much, four Yelpers give it an average of four stars. The school boasts more than 2,500 Facebook fans and a YouTube channel that’s gotten more than 16,000 views:

  • 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
  • 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

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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