Landscape Painting (from Photo Reference)

at Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art - Van Nuys

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$549 5 seats left
Start Date:

Mon, Oct 28, 10:00am - Dec 02, 2:30pm (6 sessions)

Van Nuys, The Valley
16926 Saticoy St
Btwn Balboa Blvd & Genesta Ave
Van Nuys, California 91406
$20 Reg fee not included and should be paid directly to LAAFA.
Includes 30 min. break
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 12

What you'll learn in this landscape painting class:

Pastels or Oil Paints it’s your choice!

Can you draw with charcoals? Then you can paint with soft pastels. The principle is the same. The only difference is the use of color for accomplishing remarkable works of fine and illustration art. No drying process involved, therefore speeding the production of images manyfold. Also ideal for sketching landscapes, portraits or still lifes leading to a finished oil painting. It is all connected.

Break away from the myth of needing so many pastels. Not more than 25 soft pastels needed to cover the full range of colors. No need for expensive materials. Choosing the right paper color and tone for faster resolution of the painting. All of this and other techniques to help you develop into a more rounded fine, as well as illustration artist.

You also have the option to create landscapes in oil paints if you so desire. Rodolfo will be guiding students who choose this option through the intricacies and nuances of this medium, whilst observing and creating landscapes of their own. 
Emphasis on the development of drafting abilities to be applied on final oil through small sketches on location or from photos in studio.

Pastel Supply List
  • Box of Prismacolor Nupastel soft pastels. Not more than 24 colors as we will learn to mix them similarly as we do with oils.
  • Sepia Conte of Paris pencil.
  • Ivory white pastel.
  • 16”x20” or smaller pad of newsprint.
  • Small palette knife to “erase”.
  • Paint white masking tape to “frame” pastel.
  • Kona classic pad of paper.
  • Premium toned artist paper. 14”x17” not larger. It’s color is beige-brownish.
  • Roll of paper towel.
  • Please bring sketches or drawings of location and photos.
Additional material will be discussed for the outdoor classes.

Oil Painting Supply List
  • Sketch pad
  • Pencil
  • Kneaded eraser
  • French easel.
  • Flat bristle brushes #2, 4, 6, 10, 12.
  • Round sable brush #1 for fine details.
  • Odorless turpentine or mineral spirits.
  • Damar varnish.
  • Paper towel roll.(Viva brand)
  • Palette knife for mixing colors.
  • Plastic bags for disposal of paper towel.
  • Colors:
  • Titanium white.
  • Ivory black.
  • Permanent Rose or Thalo Rose.
  • Alizarin crimson.
  • Cadmium red light.
  • Cadmium yellow medium.
  • Cadmium yellow lemon.
  • Ultramarine blue.
  • Burnt umber.
  • Burnt Siena.
  • Yellow ochre.
  • Panels or canvases, size 9″x12, 12″x16″ or 16″x20″.
  • Bring several in case you paint fast.
  • Also, you can bring more elongated panels.(more in the spirit of a landscape)
  • Sketchbook, pencils “F’or “HB” and erasers.
  • Field chair or seat.(if needed)
  • Portable umbrella that you can prop up and give you shade.
Workshop Etiquette
  • If you arrive late, please enter quietly. If you have equipment to set up, please wait for a break to set up so that you do not disrupt the class. The front row of benches is reserved for individuals who are sitting. Standing in the front row will block the view of those behind you. Personal easels are not allowed in the front row, unless they are low enough that it does not obstruct any portion of the view of the people behind you.
  • Please be mindful of the amount of space you and your equipment occupy. Economize your work space to accommodate fellow artists.
  • Please be polite to the models, and ask first before taking their pictures. The model may require a fee.
  • Please do not talk while class is in session. Save all discussions for outside the studio.
  • Be sure to switch cell phones and pagers to silent model.
  • Don’t comment on others’ work unless it is solicited.
  • Animals are not permitted at school for health reasons. Assistance dogs for the disabled are allowed.
  • Please clean up your work area and properly dispose of your waste after class. Use the brush cleaning closet, not the bathroom sinks, to clean your hands, paintbrushes and other art tools.
  • No turpentine or smelly solvents and mediums are allowed. Odorless mineral spirits is preferred.

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Refund Policy
LAAFA reserves the right to cancel any class, limit class size, change class times or substitute instructors for those listed in the schedule. If a class is cancelled, students will be issued a full refund or may transfer with no fee to another class. If an instructor must leave after a term has begun, and no suitable substitute is available, the student will be refunded a pro-rated amount.

Refunds & Transfers

All classes, uninstructed workshops, visiting artist workshops and artist demonstrations are non-refundable. You may request to drop for credit or transfer into another class. You have two weeks to evaluate each class and decide whether you want to drop for credit (a dollar amount calculated based on the receipt of request) or transfer into a new class. Requests must be submitted before the start of the third session. A $25 drop/transfer fee is assessed. Credit will be valid for a full year and is non-refundable. It can be applied toward any extension course, workshop or visiting artist event at LAAFA. All artist demonstrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.


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Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
10:00am - 2:30pm Rodolfo Rivademar 6 $549
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Mon, Nov 04 10:00am - 2:30pm Rodolfo Rivademar
Mon, Nov 11 10:00am - 2:30pm Rodolfo Rivademar
Mon, Nov 18 10:00am - 2:30pm Rodolfo Rivademar
Mon, Nov 25 10:00am - 2:30pm Rodolfo Rivademar
Mon, Dec 02 10:00am - 2:30pm Rodolfo Rivademar

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