Founded in 2000, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art was established as a studio school for the study of traditional painting and drawing. LIAFA offers courses in classical drawing, painting, and sculpture. The main objective of the program is to equip students with the knowledge necessary to create contemporary art rooted in traditional realism.
The Long Island Academy of Fine Art was the first school for classical art studies on Long Island, and since its founding it has established itself as the finest. LIAFA upholds the highest standards of classical academic drawing, painting, and now sculpture. The Academy closely adheres to the strict program of study that founder, Robert Armetta, experienced as a student at some of the best art schools both here in the U.S. and in Europe. At the very core of the program is LIAFA's primary objective: training a student's eye to see accurately and with sensitivity. The whole program centers on this task, following a progression of classes to help the student achieve this step-by-step. Beyond this, the Academy offers an array of classes dealing with an assortment of other disciplines, such as anatomy, color theory, and composition. These classes are taught by thoroughly trained professional artists, many of whom commute to LIAFA from New York City and beyond.
Classes are taught by award-winning, classically trained artists who exhibit nationally and whose works are in both public and private international collections. Courses offered include: Cast Drawing, Still Life Drawing and Painting, Figure Drawing and Painting, Portrait Drawing and Painting, Landscape Drawing and Painting. Also, the Long Island Academy of Fine Art in conjunction withThe New York Academy of Artoffers landscape painting courses. See website for course schedule.