Community Education

Provides short-term, not–for-credit classes and workshops designed for personal development. Classes and workshops reflect community interest for enrichment and creativity as artists. Courses are moderately priced and are available on Saturdays during the spring, summer and fall.

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Richard Morris Workshop

Representational Figure Drawing; Practicing the Optical Method

Dates: March 10th, 11th, and 12th

Time: 12PM-4PM

Studio: MC9

Tuition: Free for Students, Faculty, and Alumni (Registration NOT required)

Community Education $200 Registration Required

Maximum Community Education Seats Available: 10

Ages: 16 and above, all levels

College Credit: 0

Over the course of 3 days, students will work from a life-model for four hours per day.

Dynamic composition and a coherent value structure are essential elements in creating a successful figure drawing. Students will start with a series of thumbnail studies that focus on value and composition, allowing them to formulate a strategic plan for their final piece.

Through the use of measurement techniques, students will learn to observe and accurately depict the human form. These techniques help students objectively assess the complex structure and proportions of the human body, leading to more accurate representations in their artwork.

The fundamental concepts of gesture and construction will be emphasized as ways to bring life and form to the human figure. The study of anatomy will focus on the specifics of each pose, exploring how general and specific anatomical forms interact to create a cohesive structure. The principles of light and form will also be taught, with a focus on using light to describe volume and form, create a sense of spatial atmosphere, and convey mood in the artwork. The goal of the course is to help students achieve pictorial naturalism through a thorough understanding of these elements.

In addition to hands-on practice, students will also receive slide lectures and engage in discussions that explore larger concepts in the field. This combination of lectures, discussions, and personal feedback will provide





DATES: Every Saturday, February 4th - April 15th (No class Saturday March 18th )

TIME: 10:00-1:00 PM


TUITION: $170 – Due on or before Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

AGES: 16 and above, all levels

MINIMUM: 7 / Maximum: 16


Our academically trained faculty introduce painting techniques and compositions, placing emphasis on developing foundational skills and on pursuing a personal approach to painting from still life and from photographic references. Students receive individualized instruction and are encouraged to work at their own pace. In-class demonstrations will be shown using oil paints, but students may use the painting medium of their choice. Students furnish their own supplies and may bring what they typically use to class.

Students of all skill levels are welcome. For an idea of what supplies might be useful, see

Instructor: Agostino Vaccaro

Agostino Vaccaro grew up in Southern California and had an interest in drawing and creating art at an early age. In 2015, Agostino was accepted into Laguna College of Art and Design where he is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Drawing and Painting. After graduation, he plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Painting. With a Master’s degree, he aims to teach at a college level while being able to exhibit and sell his work in galleries.


  • Gamsol odorless paint thinner
  • Paper towels
  • A variety of natural and synthetic paint brushes
  • A variety of gessoed canvases or panels
  • Glass or paper palette
  • Palette knife


  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Burnt Umber
  • Ivory Black or Mars Black
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Phthalo Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Transparent Iron Oxide
  • Titanium White
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Burnt Sienna




DATES: Every Saturday, February 4th - March 11th

TIME: 1-4 PM


TUITION: $85 - Due on or before Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

AGES: 16 and above, all levels

MINIMUM: 7 / Maximum: 15


This course aims to familiarize students with the mediums of gouache and watercolor. By the end of the course, students should be able to create paintings that demonstrate an understanding of composition, line, value, form, color and edge in these mediums, as well as be able to incorporate specific exercises, techniques and terminology into their own work. Experimentation with types of surfaces and paint application will be encouraged.

Students who prefer to work in gouache may use the pigments listed for watercolor – see Suggested Materials List (below).

Instructor: Ryanne Phillips

Ryanne Phillips was born in North Orange County, California.

Works and studies in Orange County

Ryanne Phillips has always been interested in art since a very young age. Her interest in drawing and painting figures led her down the path of representational figure drawing and painting at Laguna College of Art +Design(LCAD). She studied under and with skilled instructors and peers at LCAD. Ryanne graduated from LCAD with Magna Cum Laude.

Ryanne's style is greatly influenced by artists Mucha, John Singer Sargent, and Giovanni Boldini. Because of their compositions, technique, color palette, rendering of the figure, utilization of negative space, and subject matter.

 Her body of work is about the human condition from the female point of view. She is very interested in books and podcasts on subjects from history, mythology, art history, psychology, and feminism. Her research and passion for these subjects fuel the inspiration for her images. Ryanne's large figure drawings are often highly rendered with high contrast that leads the viewer's eye to the portrait. Her portraits depict emotions and themes that make a human connection to her audience.

Suggested Materials List:

Watercolor (Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, Holbein or brands of similar quality):


Aureolin or Cadmium Yellow

Cadmium Orange

Cadmium Red

Alizarin Crimson

Sap Green

Burnt Umber

Raw Umber

Ultramarine Blue

Ivory Black


Dioxazine Purple

Yellow Ochre

Burnt Sienna

Gouache(Winsor & Newton, Gamblin, Holbein or brands of similar quality):


Permanent White


Flats: 1.5 inch, ¾ inch, size 4 or size ⅜

Rounds: size 5, size 4, size 1


CANCELLATION POLICY: You may cancel a Course Booking and be given a full refund at any time on or before the tuition deadline. After which tuition will be forfeited.

All Workshops are in person and are located on Main Campus:

Laguna College of Art and Design

2222 Laguna Canyon Road

Laguna Beach, CA 92651


Contact: Community Education at