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Kline Academy of Fine Art

Website: http://www.klineacademy.com

Email: klineacademy@att.net

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, 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.

Website http://www.klineacademy.com
Email klineacademy@att.net
Founded 2007
Course languages (Check multiple if applicable) English
Part-Time Instructors 13
Full-Time Instructors 2
Students 125
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Part time: USD 280 / month

Full time: USD 1500 / semester

Kline Academy of Fine Art

3264 Motor Ave

Los Angeles, 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.

Johnny Castillo


Guatemala-born, Johnny Castillo is a contemporary realist whose work is significantly influenced by his experiences as an undocumented individual. By diving into psychological experiences and exploring his emotions, Castillo’s goal is for his art to be an experience in which others can find solace and pieces of themselves that they thought were forgotten.

Castillo is currently studying Drawing and Painting at The Long Beach School of Art's undergraduate program. He has also received an Associate’s Degree in Studio Arts from Santa Monica College. Castillo is currently managing/ teaching at Kline Academy of Fine Art.

Castillo recently graduated from the Summer Residency Program at the New York Academy of Art Graduate School of Figurative art, had work published in the Department of Cultural Affairs 2021 LGBTQ+ Heritage Month Calendar and Cultural Guide hosted by Mayor Garcetti, was featured on Primary Magazine Volume 1, and exhibited work in Nous-Ance's "Identity in the Digital Age" group show.

Castillo currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

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. ​

Juliette Aristides

Visiting Artist

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.

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.

Matt Duckett

Figure / Portrait Instructor

Matt Duckett is a painter whose work examines the ghosts of tradition that inhabit our lifestyles, drawn from a deep involvement in the various places he’s lived, including Scandinavian cultural legacies in rural Wisconsin, the interplay of heritage and hardship in Irish immigrant communities in Chicago, and disaster-stricken refugee communities the Philippines, examining issues displacement and identity through the things we carry with us when forced to leave everything behind. Matt is completing a Masters of Fine Art at the Laguna College of Art and Design.

Duckett’s work has been exhibited extensively across the United States and internationally and featured in national publications including Fine Art Connoisseur and Poets & Artists. Duckett has been passionately involved in developing arts communities in the various places he's lived, worked, and visited, being a key contributor to a variety of nonprofits, artist incubators and state and local arts boards to foster arts and education.

Kai Lun Qu


Kai Lun Qu is known for his alla prima paintings filled with expression and painterly strokes that evoke deep emotions. His unique blend of traditional style with a contemporary twist is a result of two extremes: a formal training in China’s most prestigious art academy, China Central Academy of Fine Arts and intense studies with renowned contemporary painters like Daniel Keys, Tim Rees and Michelle Dunaway in the United States.

He is a recipient of the Certificate of Excellence for his painting Ashton in the 20th Annual International Portrait Society of America Competition. Kai has had his work exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US. His work has also been included and published by Poets Artist Magazine and Plein Air Magazine. In 2018, Kai was featured in Southwest Art Magazine's 21 under 31 Article, where he was one of 21 artists under the age of 31 being celebrated as rising art stars from across the West and around the country.

Thomas Garner

Instructor, Venetian Figure

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."

David Shevlino

Visiting Artist

David Shevlino studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (certificate ’84) and the University of Pennsylvania (BFA ’92) and the Art Students’ League of NY. His work has been featured in national publications and he has exhibited his work and taught workshops throughout North America and Europe. He has also produced a series of instructional videos about his painting methods.

Carlos Palazio


Carlos Palazio worked 15 years in animation before going to Florence, Italy to pursue his passion for painting. He completed the Florence Academy of Art Painting Program and studied portraiture at Charles Cecil Studios. He brings a passionate understanding of traditional techniques in drawing and painting into his teaching. 

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

15 March 2023 to 20 December 2023

Classical Painting Techniques Explored on Zoom

35 USD

Classical Painting Techniques Explored on Zoom with Cheryl Kline
Every Wednesday | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

$35 / meeting

In this online, live Zoom class you will see demonstrations of historical painting techniques by Cheryl. Learn step by step and then practice on your free time.

Materials, color mixing and surface preparation and many solutions to solving painting issues will be a weekly topic. Group Critiques for current work in progress will also be offered.

Classes will meet on a free app / online platform ZOOM (https://zoom.us/).

Zoom ID# and Password for your meetings will be sent once you enroll.

07 March 2023 to 19 December 2023

Introduction to Classical Drawing French and Italian Academic Training

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California 90034

85 USD

Introduction to Classical Drawing with Juri Umagami


Every Tuesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for walk-in


Drawing is the foundation of Art and is an essential practice for every artist. I have a firm belief that anyone can learn to draw and "talent" is really just another word for "dedication and passion"!


In this course, we will focus on the techniques set forth by the Ecole Des Beaux Arts, a French Academy that turned out some of the best artists of the 19th century. Working from Drawings by Charles Bargue and from Classical Casts, you will have the opportunity to learn the techniques of Sight Size and Comparative Measurement in order to accurately draw what you see...and have fun!

02 March 2022 to 20 December 2023

Beginning Classical Painting The Ultimate Oil Painting Course

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California 90034

280 USD

Beginning Classical Painting

Instructor: Cheryl Kline


Every Wednesday 6:30pm - 9:30pm

and Every Thursday 11am to 2pm


$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)


What You'll Learn

Renaissance Painting Techniques

Produce monochromatic studies

How to apply color & how to mix paint

Alchemy of materials and mediums

04 March 2023 to 20 January 2024

Beginning Drawing Foundations

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California

85 USD

Beginning Drawing Foundations

Instructor: Johnny Castillo


Every Saturday 10am - 1pm


$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for walk-in


What You'll Learn

Learn to draw simple to complex objects

Learn how to understand value

Work with lighting as it relates to form

Learn how to use charcoal and dry mediums

Learn perspective and composition

Learn to create the illusion of 3 dimension


04 March 2023 to 23 December 2023

Figure & Portrait Drawing, All Levels

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California 90034

85 USD

Beginning Figure and Portrait Drawing

Instructor: Matt Duckett


Every Saturday 10am - 1pm



$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for walk-in


What You'll Learn

The Academic Method: Plumb Line, Placement, Envelope Shape and Gesture

Measuring Proportions, establishing angles and refining shapes

Tone and finalize shadow shapes

Rendering forms and focus on values, edges

Historical techniques for rendering: hatching, line weight for emphasis, form emphasis, mass emphasis

Tools and tricks for helping you see shapes and values accurately

Personalized one-on-one instruction


04 March 2023 to 23 December 2023

Figure & Portrait Painting/Drawing, All Levels

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California 90034

85 USD

Beginning Figure and Portrait Painting

Instructor: Matt Duckett


Every Saturday 2pm - 5pm


$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for walk-in


What You'll Learn

Learn to block in the figure using simple values

Learn to work with a limited palette of colors

Learn how to mix skin tones

Learn to paint the figure in a representational style

Continue to refine your style and perfect your proportions with each class

Live demonstrations

Personalized one-on-one instruction

02 March 2023 to 01 February 2024

Classical Painting Workshop, All Levels Emerging Artists

3264 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034

85 USD

Classical Painting Workshop

Instructor: Cheryl Kline


Every Thursday 11:00am - 2:00pm


$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for walk-in


What You'll Learn

Renaissance Painting Techniques

Produce monochromatic studies while learning about values

Alchemy of materials and mediums

How to apply color & how to mix paint

01 March 2023 to 20 December 2023

In-Studio Landscape Painting Workshop, All Levels Learn to paint the elements of nature

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California 90034

85 USD

In-Studio Landscape Painting Workshop

Instructor: Sharon Weaver


Every Wednesday 10:00am - 1:00pm


$280 for 4 weekly classes ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for drop in


What You'll Learn

Mixing Clean Colors

Learn to deconstruct images and blocking in big shapes

Composition choices and how to design a better painting

Perspective to add interest

Oil or Pastel -Live Demonstrations

Personalized one-on-one instruction

07 March 2023 to 19 December 2023

Pre-Teen/ Teen Drawing and Painting, All Levels Portfolio prep and skill development

3264 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034

60 USD

Teen Drawing & Painting

Every Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm


$200 for the month (4 consecutive weeks)

$60 for one class


Help your budding artist learn the skills they need to successfully develop their art while being guided by a Master Artist. Students will progress through exploring different materials and subjects.

Open to all Pre-Teens (10 -12).

04 February 2023 to 23 December 2023

Introduction to Oil Painting, All Levels

3264 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA

85 USD

Learn the basics of oil painting through step by step projects. How to begin, the monochromatic underpainting, Zorn palette, Glazing and more

06 January 2022 to 21 December 2023

Beginning Portrait Painting, All Levels

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

85 USD

Beginning Portrait Painting

Instructor: Kai Lun Qu


Every Thursday 6:30pm - 9:30pm


$280 4 weekly session ($70 per class if pre-paid monthly)

$85 for walk-in


Students will be exploring the art of painting the portrait from life. This course is primarily focused on painting the head in a convincing, representational manner. Initially, emphasis will be placed on shape and tonal relationships. The class will focus on creating a portrait from the early stages of setup to the finishing strokes.

Classes will include a 1.5 hour demo each week, interchanging between grisaille and a full palette painting. After each demo, students will start working on their paintings where Kai will be sharing his tips and tricks on everything he knows, allowing students to gain a level up on their skills, no matter their experience.

05 March 2023 to 02 July 2023

Sight-Sizing / Cast Head Painting The Classical Illusionist

3264 Motor Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90034

This course is the perfect step to take before learning to draw or paint the live model.

By using cast heads and figures (they don't move) students learn to measure using the sightsize method, an extremely acurate way to describe proportions.

What You'll Learn
Draw the shapes of the cast in correct proportion, beginning with the big shapes down to the small shapes.
Learn to correctly judge values by using 5-7 tone scale.
Learn to describe how light travels across the form (your cast)
Turn and soften the edges of the form.
Paint the cast to look like a three dimensional object on the canvas.
Learn essential skills to have in your tool box as you move forward to painting
portraits, still life, illustrations, etc.
Live demonstrations and personalized one-on-one instruction

05 March 2023 to 09 July 2023

Beginning Portrait Sculpture

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles , CA 90034

85 USD

Kline academy is proud to host a portrait sculpture class taught by LCAD and FAA alum, Gabriel Castro.

Students will learn to observe and record the human head in clay using sight sizing and comparative measuring techniques to build a head from profile to fully rendered face, neck and base.

Techniques like the following will be applied:
- Learning how to draw in space
- take notes on the sculpture itself
- and get comfortable with the medium on a basic level in order to form a strong foundation from which to build upon.

This class will teach students how to quickly and efficiently construct a portrait bust in clay with the possibility of casting it in Plaster, Resin or even bronze for those willing.

06 March 2023 to 06 March 2024

The Classical Illusionist With instructor Carlos Palazio

3264 Motor Ave, Los Angeles, California 90034-3710

85 USD

So, you want to be a portrait or figure artist? This class is essential for you. Speed up the learning process, “cut to the chase” and enroll in our new Sight Size measuring for the figurative artist and become a “Classical Illusionist”

If you are looking for the step from beginner to intermediate or to brush up on your figure and portrait skills, this is the course for you!