Recently I took a class with Ron Lemen at Studio 2nd Street (http://studio2ndstreet.com/). I found out about this place by seeing their Booth at Comic-Con. I had a pretty good experience there. I think it's a really underrated art school. I'm going to promote it and tell you why.
1) Classes are $225 for an 8 - week course. This is a great deal. Classes of this caliber costs $400-$600 at places like CDA, 3Kicks, and LAAFA.
2) Low student to teacher ratio. There were only about 7 people enrolled in the class I was taking. An average of 4-5 students show up to class. One week there was only 2 students. I got lots of great feedback, personalized lessons, lots of questions answered...
3) Ron is a great teacher. In class, we painted a model outdoors. The picture below sums it up. He is really analytical and technical. He gives really full explanations to things. He knew that I invested a lot of time and money to drive down to take his class, and he would explain things to me like there was no tomorrow.
|Ron Demoing in my sketchbook|
|Photo of the model.|
4) Last but not least, Studio 2nd Street holds a monthly sketch jam. There is music, pizza, wine, and lots of people drawing. And.. it's free. Check it out!