Art helps people reach a wide audience without shouting from the top of radio towers, provocatively dancing behind local TV field reporters, or tying speech bubbles to migrating birds. Express yourself with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $247.50 for a one-week intensive drawing workshop for teens starting July 15 or July 29 (a $495 value)
- $247.50 for a one-week intensive painting workshop for teens starting July 22 or August 5 (a $495 value)
During both workshops—which run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m each day—students peruse old and contemporary masters' works with the assistance of a teacher and several visiting artists throughout the week. This helps inspire their work as they observe compositions, which feature subjects ranging from still lifes and casts to photos.
Drawing students learn theoretical concepts—such as value, proportion, and form—through exercises and discussions. After drawing three-dimensional objects on flat sheets of paper, they embark on a detailed study of the human head, with all its complex angles and proportions.
Painting students begin with practical considerations, such as how to stand while they work, mix paint, and safely handle their materials. After they practice a few initial brushstrokes, they study color theory and comparative measurement. Artists use the latter to accurately render an object by observing its relative proportions. While students paint, they identify basic two-dimensional shapes within their subjects—such as squares, rectangles, and triangles—to create the illusion of three dimensions. By simplifying forms in this way, they learn how to accurately render complex subjects, such as the human head. They also acquire fundamental painting skills, such as creating an underpainting from a separate drawing and working with a limited palette.
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.