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Kline Academy of Fine Art



3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Kline Academy of Fine Art is an atelier experience… when you walk through our doors you will see easels spattered in colorful bits of paint, works of art from classical master copies, fine French Academy style drawings to contemporary "alla prima" urban landscapes and portraits. Large plaster casts of Roman busts for drawing fill the back studio, sky lights stream light down on a model stand draped in colorful fabric and the sweet smell of oil paint is in the air.

I started Kline Academy in 2007 to give anyone who seeks a better art education an opportunity to learn these historic painting techniques brush stroke by brush stroke, the way I learned to paint from the master artists I was fortunate to study under. I understand an artist's frustration at having a great idea but not being able to execute it with polish and panache. My motto is that "your frustration ends at our front door." Our students come from a diverse background of careers, all ages and all skill levels from absolute beginner to master artists. The only requirement we have is the desire and the passion to make art that is highly crafted. And I ensure that all will learn and grow because the instructors on our staff are people who I myself would want to study with, exceptional and professional working artists who are skilled at teaching and nurturing their students growth.

It is because of my vision to create a respectable art academy that is founded on classical foundations in art, a linage that has been passed down from master to student since the renaissance, that we have thrived. We are a place where people of any age and background can learn fundamentals of art making from classical realism to contemporary scenes of this century.

Ironically our building is the same building where I studied under Master Artist Jan Saether from Norway. The school was called Bruchion School of Realist Art and operated from 1980's through the early 1990's. Some of the foundation exercises we use in our classical painting course are the same ones mandatory at Bruchion. My studies continued at Florence Academy of Art where I was introduced to the Zorn Palette, Bargue Drawings and Cast Head drawings. Those exercises are also a big part of our program at Kline Academy.

We start our beginning students off with drawing classes; Saturday Morning is a Foundation still-life drawing where students learn to use their materials and begin to model form. The exercises become more challenging as their skills improve. Saturday Morning in our Figure studio teaches proportions with a live model with a long pose which lasts for 4 weeks. This is important so students have plenty of time to perfect their drawing or for the more advanced students their painting. In which case they are working on skin tones and paint application using a limited palette. Saturday Afternoon the same model poses for our 4 week portrait drawing and painting class. Emphasis is always on accuracy, proportions, shadow patterns etc. The painters focus on likness and color mixing and paint application. In our front studio also on Saturday afternoon is our Beginning Classical Painting course. In this class student's first project is our Compass Rose design. This exercise is great for beginners, it teaches them a renaissance rub-out method, then they continue the next week with monochromatic to learn values, paint handling, brushes, medium, edges so many lessons are packed in this one exercise. After this dries it is painted over using Zorn palette colors and the final step is learning to glaze with more modern transparent colors. The second project is a monochromatic still life to understand 3D form, after they get to pick the image for their old master copy. They may end up doing 2 or 3 copies until they are ready to advance to their own still life setups or the live model or their own projects.

Mondays we have a teen drawing program where we introduce them to Bargue drawings, cast heads and help them with their portfolio requirements, Monday eve we have a new class Drawing with color which teaches a layered method using dry media. The rear studio has a contemporary painting class where we teach a quicker alla prima style of painting. This is the only class where we allow acrylic painters. 

Tuesday morning we repeat the same contemporary painting class and Tuesday eve we have our Classical Drawing Atelier. We use Bargue drawings, cast heads and still life set ups and introduce students to sight-sizing.

Wednesday morning is our in-studio landscape class. Many of these students are plein air painters and want to turn their studies in larger paintings. They also get a crash course in how to block in and eliminate distraction in an image so when they go back outside to paint, they have more skills and tools to capture their first impression of the landscape. Wednesday eve we continue with the same Classical Foundation Class as described in Sat. class. The front studio has an ongoing un-instructed live model long pose.

Thursday morning is an advance Classical painting workshop (some beginners) most of the people are either doing more advanced master copies or their own projects. Thursday eve is another painting workshop and a place to experiment with materials and different techniues for instance incorporating palette knife into their work, how to use chalk to thicken their paint, stand oil etc and also working on optional surfaces or using foils - icons.

Friday - is a quarterly workshop on either Venetian Figure Painting or Renaissance Style Figure painting and drawing. We use a live model for the full 8 weeks and also emphasize draperary as well as how to improve their drawing and painting skills.

Sunday is reserved for our workshops with Shaun Berke who teached a Nerdrum style narrative portrait course and Natalia Fabia who teaches a contemporary figure alla prima style painting workshop. On other Sundays we reserve for our visiting artists who typically conduct 3 day weekend workshops. Steven Assael comes on a regular basis, Pam Hawkes comes onece a year from the UK, Juliette Aristides and Rob Liberace have come several times, Max Ginsberg, Steve Huston, Graydon Parrish, David Leffel have conducted workshops for us. This year Steven Assael was here in January, in March we are hosting Stephen Bahman and Corneila Hearns from Florence Academy, in April we will host Pam Hawkes from the UK and either September or December we will host Michael John Angel from Angel Academy.

Every year we grow and improve. Our yearly Open Houses are epic! Both studios are transformed into galleries, Saturday evening is the grand opening with live music and fully catered - Sunday we continue to celebrate the great work the students and faculty have created with live demos. Each year, before anyone comes through, I personally do a final walk through to make sure all is hung nicely and that every detail is right. I am so proud of the work, every year ...I cry.

Founded 2007
Course languages English
Part-Time Instructors 13
Full-Time Instructors 2
Students 125
Accommodation No

Part time: USD 260 / month

Full time: USD 1275 / month

Kline Academy of Fine Art

3264 Motor Ave

Los Angeles, CA, 90034

Cheryl Kline

Director / Instructor

Cheryl Kline, founder and owner of Kline Academy is a working artist whose works are found in the collections of noted individuals and institutions around the world. She has won numerous awards including an Honorable mention from the Portrait Society of America for her classical realist work. She studied with master artist Jan Saether at The Bruchion School of Realist Art and at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Kline has a BA Degree in Commercial Art from Woodbury University.

Shaun Berke


Shaun Berke (b.1983) is an American painter of the Venetian School –– a painterly technique passed down from master to apprentice since the fifteenth century. With degrees from Moorpark College and Art Center College of Design, he went on to study in Venice, Italy then to Stavern, Norway with Odd Nerdrum. Berke is internationally collected and recognized with awards from The Art Renewal Center, World Wide Kitsch, Westlake Village Art Guild, Thousand Oaks Art Association, The Gerd Koch Grant, The Alpine Fellowship. Berke is an instructor at his alma mater, a materials specialist, and a lecturer of philosophy. ​

Natalia Fabia


Natalia Fabia was raised in Southern California, where she graduated from Art Center College of Design. Fabia has had multiple solo shows and is represented by Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. Fabia's work has been featured in numerous galleries including Jonathan Levine Gallery in New York, The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, and Q Art Salon in Santa Ana. Her Museum exhibits include Bristol Museum of Art, and Lancaster Museum of Art. She has been featured in Juxtapoz, New York Arts magazine, Hi Fructose, Art Ltd., and Angeleno Magazine. Fabia currently works from her studio in Costa Mesa, CA. ​

Thomas Garner


Thomas Garner studied at UCSD at a time when painting and drawing, in the traditional sense, were not even offered in the Visual Arts curriculum. His artistic foundation is built on Conceptual Art and semiology. Later Garner went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice where he learned to paint and found a strong nexus between craft and concept. "My painting style started out as photo-realistic, but with time I learned the craft of the masters so that now I am able to create a unified mechanism between technique and content, painting about painting. I strive to learn everything I can to about every aspect of figurative painting that has brought me explore live figure painting, plein air, still life and portraiture."

Miguel Gonzalez


Miguel Gonzalez was born in Penjamo, Guanajuato, Mexico and raised in Oregon where he began to explore his curiosity for creating art. In 2010, with the encouragement of his mentor, Gonzalez decided to apply to Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) where he recently completed his Bachelors of Fine Art degree. Gonzalez has studied with several highly respectable artists in the Los Angeles area while participating in several group shows along the West coast. Gonzalez, believes that a strong fundamental understanding to drawing and painting will allow students the freedom to create what they desire.

William Neukomm


William Neukomm is a modern, realist painter. William is a professional, exhibiting artist who has won numerous awards. He has an impressive education in the arts: a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute, A Diploma in both Drawing and Painting from the Florence Academy of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design. "I believe that the use of representational imagery is the best way to communicate specific visual information. The concept is simple, but not easy. It requires mastery. By rooting my work in the European tradition, I am able to address complex themes in an accessible manner. Mimesis, however, is not sufficient. I strive to make art that builds upon the virtuosity of the past while also being unabashedly modern and distinctly American. My current work focuses on exalting the domestic scene. As a father I have an excuse to play and to relive the joy and pain of childhood. Being a parent also prompts me to tap into my own fears as I attempt to shield my children from negative experiences.”

Juri Umagami


Juri Umagami born in Tochigi Japan, has always gravitated to art making. A prodigy, she started painting at Usukubo Yuji Art Atelier in Japan when she was only 8 years old. At 22 she moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue her goal to be an artist and art instructor. She has been studying under master painter Cheryl Kline in her academy for several years, as well as with several other visiting masters to learn the techniques of classical figure drawing and painting as well as Renaissance painting. She received a BFA at Otis College of Art and Design in the Fine Arts Program in May 2017. She has participated in numerous group exhibitions in Los Angeles and is a sought after artist for portrait drawing and painting.

Sharon Weaver


Sharon Weaver is one of the great landscape painters of America. Born with a passion for art, she first attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, later transferring to Parsons School. While working for more than a decade in Manhattan, Sharon's career took her all over the world. Visiting Los Angeles, Sharon found the natural beauty and wide open spaces of California a welcome change from the man-made canyons of New York. It didn't take long for her to move here where she has pursued her art of landscape painting. ​

Kenny Harris

Visiting Artist

Kenny Harris received his B.A. in Fine Art from Colorado College in Colorado Springs and received a MFA from LCAD. During his junior year abroad in his undergrad program, he studied in Florence, Italy, immersing himself in Renaissance Art History, and classical figure drawing at the atelier of Charles Cecil. After living and painting in San Francisco, he moved to New York, where he studied under Frank Mason at Art Students’ League. He now travels the world teaching and painting.

Roberto Jaramillo


Born and raised in New York City, Roberto Jaramillo attended Fashion Institute of Technology. He moved to Southern California to attend Watts Atelier of the Arts, preferring a more classical method of artistic training. He now lives in Los Angeles, continuing his studies in entertainment art while working on gallery shows, private commissions, and artistic competitions. Roberto believes that a strong understanding of the fundamentals and core principles that govern the way we visually experience the world will ultimately translate to a proficiency in many mediums and subject matter.

The World is a Stage

Shadow Hunter

Nude with Shell


Portrait of a Girl

Reclining Nude

Light at Parker Lake





After Willem Kalf, Still life with ewer vessels and pomegranate

Hand Cast Drawing

Male Nude after Prud'hon




Figure Study


China Town


And it was good



Commission Portrait

Master Copy

Marvelous Night

El Besso

Master Copy

Bargue drawing

After Gerome Master Copy

4 Palm Trees

Bacon and Egg Sandwich

Bargue Drawing

Master Copy


Show Horse

Cast Drawing

Still life master copy

Planes of the head Cast


Still life object painting

Figure Study

Portrait Study

Girl in Window


A Rose

Bargue Drawing

Umbrellas of Capri




Rudolph Ernst Master Copy


Santa Monica Cliffs

Night Road


Rear Studio

Casts for the atelier drawing classes

Exterior of Kline Academy

Scott Yeskel doing a live demo

Doug working on a cast head

Visiting Artist Juliette Aristides

Interior of our rear studio

Partial view of patio

View of front studio

Steven Assael doing a live demo at Kline Academy

Workshop Artist Kenny Harris

Kenny Harris visiting instructor

Another view of the rear studio with movable walls

Materials demo

Open House

Open House

Venus Cast Drawing

Max Ginsberg at Kline Academy

Cheryl Kline And Robert Liberace

Painting demo by Robert Liberace

preteen student with her master copy

Open House

Zorn Palette color mixing workshop

Open House

Beginning figure drawing

Shaun Berke doing demo

Natalia Fabia on Demo Day

Narrative set up with live model and live owl!

Young Student with his drawing of a venetian mask