Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Teaching this Fall at the LA Academy of Figurative Art



A few weeks ago I received the honor of being asked to teach at the LA Academy of Figurative Art in Van Nuys, CA. They are primarily an Atelier school focusing on a strong foundational approach to drawing and painting, but they have recently started introducing Entertainment based classes into their curriculum.

I will be running a class introducing the principles of composition and layout as they apply to Entertainment mediums. I've always felt that a lot of classes only cover composition as it applies to the specific piece being critiqued due to time constraints, so I wanted to focus on really understanding the design principles that create interesting and compelling compositions.

This class won't be a heavily digital class as no painting is required, and quite honestly, very minimal value as well. By removing the need to render or light, I felt that I could really focus on the elements that form the composition - namely shape, line, rhythm, proportion, style, gesture etc to name a few.

If you know of anyone who could benefit from such an introductory course, please visit LAAFA's website for more information or to enroll:

6 comments:

  1. Congrats man! Thats way cool. Remember: instill sheer terror the first day and don't let up. Yelling a lot helps.

    Take it easy!

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  2. Agreed. Yelling is the teacher's greatest tool. I do it to my students all the time. Just remember what Yoda said - "Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to ...GREAT ART!"....I may have lost something in the translation...

    Congrats!

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  3. Congrats Mauricio, you have all the tools needed.

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  4. Excellent! Share your wisdom to the world!!
    Congrats, buddy.

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Thanks for letting me know what you think :)