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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."

Lana Gloschat


Lana Gloschat is an award winning colored pencil artist recently relocated to Southern California. She was most recently recognized by the Colored Pencil Society of America with an Award for Exceptional Merit in their 26th International Exhibition (2018). Lana received a BFA in drawing and painting from the University of Utah. She excels as a colorist and has an extensive anatomical knowledge which she utilizes to render highly realistic portraits and figurative works. ​

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.

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

17 January 2020 to 06 March 2020

Renaissance Style Figure Drawing & Painting

3264 Motor Ave. , Los Angeles, CA

640 USD

8 Fridays, Jan. 17th - Mar 6th, 10am - 1pm
4 Fridays, Jan. 17th - Feb 7th, 10am - 1pm (Drawing only)


Workshop fee: $640.00 USD / person (8wks) or $350.00 USD (4 wks) / person


Course Description:

Week One - working with a live nude model, students will work in a Venetian style sketching and drawing the figure in sanguine and chalk on toned rag paper.

Week Two-Three - working from a photo of the model. Refine the drawing and proportions; define tonal areas and add high lights. Learn to stretch their linen canvas and how to gesso the surface. I will discuss oil paint material list and palette. Home Work before week Three: (See Below For Details)

1) Grid your drawing
2) stretch canvas
3) Gesso Canvas
4) Tone Canvas. Be sure canvas is dry before coming to class!
5) grid your canvas.

Week Four - working from photo. Transfer drawing to the canvas and start the underpainting.
-Painting with only burnt umber and white.

Week Five - the model returns. Reinforce darks and then start scumbling white to create a grisaille under painting. -Painting with only burnt umber, black and white.
Start applying color according to the Venetian system:
- glazing dark over light to create warm tones and then scumbling light over dark create cool tints.
- Painting full palette.

Week Six-Eight - continue with model. Do final atmospheric glazes and scumbles and some alla prima touches to give a sense of brio and liveliness. Finally a demo on how to apply bitumen at a later date when it is completely dry to give the painting a warm glow.
- Painting full palette.

A single pose will continue throughout the 8 weeks


21 March 2020 to 21 March 2020

Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

99 USD

1 Saturday, Mar 21st, 9:30am - 1:30pm


Workshop fee: $99.00 USD / person


Course Description:
Take a mini painting trip this Spring! Sharon, an award winning plein air artist, will show you how to capture the beauty of nature. You will be painting in our local scenic areas with instruction. Students will learn color mixing, composition and other skills. Open to all ages & levels. This is a great Workshop to hone your skills in the fine art of landscape painting from the ocean, beach and sky to the gentle hills, trees, parks and vistas. The group is enthusiastic with all levels of painters and a safe environment. We will be painting at Kenneth Hahn Park (4100 South La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90056. Parking information & exact location for painting will be sent directly to studnets once they enroll.

03 May 2020 to 03 May 2020

Earthly Elements Landscape Painting Bootcamp

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

199 USD

1 Sunday, May 3rd, 10am - 5pm


Workshop fee: $199.00 USD / person

Course Description:
Many artists want to paint landscapes but are overwhelmed by the complexity of nature and intimidated by venturing outside, setting up an easel and painting. The forms are complicated and it can be confusing. This studio workshop class will help all levels of artists to gain the basic building blocks needed to paint a landscape painting.

Sharon will demonstrate how to paint several basic elements found in most landscapes. Learn the methods for painting a realistic palm tree and oak tree with help mixing believable greens. Understand which blue makes the best sky using variations in value for depth. Learn how to simplify shapes to create realistic rocks.

Sharon is an expert at painting water and can show you how to paint water using different colors and brush strokes. Learn her steps for painting a wave. See how highlights on the water bring life and sparkle to your painting. Sharon will show you how to take these valuable lessons to create a complete landscape painting.

26 June 2020 to 28 June 2020

Figure & Portrait Drawing Workshop

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

799 USD

3 Days, Fri. Jun. 26th - Sun. 28th, 10am - 5pm


Workshop fee: $799.00 USD / person

Course Description:
This advanced drawing workshop will focus on the figure. Steven believes drawing is the cornerstone of painting and sculpture. The selective process that gives meaning and expression to a drawing influences our skills as painters. Drawing begins with what lies beneath the surface and not with what is seen on the surface but by considering the bones, muscle and also the internal dynamic that is at the root of any mass or volume. You will be taught to see and understand form as it moves towards and away from the eye by virtue of the internal dynamic and not by the shell of the surface alone. This course will involve lectures, demos and critiques on a daily basis.


08 March 2020 to 15 March 2020

Procreate Digital Painting Workshop

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

399 USD

2 Sundays, Mar 8th & 15th, 10am - 5pm


Workshop fee: $399.00 USD / person

Course Description:
In this class, Masha Keating will not only introduce students to the step-by-step, “how to” world of Procreate, but she will also discuss techniques to integrate digital tools into traditional painting practices. It is not an all or nothing approach—traditional painting and digital painting can enhance and complement each other. Day 1 will be spent familiarizing the students with the basics of the Procreate software. Day 2 will be a more in-depth focus on creating complex compositions using the tools learned on Day 1. The goal of this class is not to leave with a finished product, but to share as many tools as possible so that students can explore Procreate further in their own art.


19 April 2020 to 21 June 2020

Ecorche' (3D Anatomy Figure) Workshop

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

899 USD

10 Sundays, Apr 19th - Jun 21th, 10am - 1pm


Workshop Fee: $899.00 USD / person

Course Description:
Through lectures that roughly span the first hour, students gain a strong understanding of human anatomy and build the 3D human figure sculpture, Ecorche'. This 3 dimensional model of the human figure will be created with oil-based clay on a wire armature. Adding muscles individually onto one side of the skeleton beginning at the foot and leg, each week moving upwards, thigh and gluteals, front torso, back torso and eventually the head, the end result is a 16 inch 3D anatomical model of the human body that displays simultaneously the boney structures of the skeleton and the muscular forms which lie over them in life. The objective is to give each student a better idea of surface anatomy to understand the forms seen on the skin layer of the figure. Drawing concepts are also covered to make it easier for students to place the bones and muscles accurately.

03 April 2020 to 05 April 2020

Classical Figure Painting Workshop With Master Artist Juliette Aristides

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

799 USD

3 Days, Fri. Apr. 3rd - Sun. 5th, 10am - 5pm


Workshop fee: $799 USD / person

Course Description:
Experience the Classical Training with master artist Juliette Aristides.

Come as you are and join Juliette Aristides for a three-day immersion in figure painting, whether you are a beginner looking to try something new, or an experienced painter interested in Classical training.

Explore the stages of painting, from quick starts to a sequential development of a longer pose throughout the rest of the workshop. During our time, we will focus on drawing and placement of large value masses as these elements hold the power and personality within a painting. We will look back at art history to discuss palette, the careful management of edges and treatment of light.

Your instructor will provide frequent demos and break down the process of painting into clear and consecutive steps. We will have lively conversations, critiques and individual instruction each informative and fun session.

Supply list coming soon!

28 August 2020 to 30 August 2020

Still Life Painting Workshop

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

02 March 2020 to 30 March 2020

Botanical Illustration with Colored Pencils

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA

260 USD

Mon. 6:45 - 9:45pm (ongoing class)


Workshop fee:

$75.00 USD / person (1 class drop-in)

$260.00 USD / person (4 consecutive classes, $40 off)

$720.00 USD / person (12 consecutive classes, $180 off)


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Course Description:

Learn to explore the complex beauty and detail of the plants and flowers around you with colored pencils! If you haven't worked with colored pencils before, you are in for a treat! This medium is highly portable, highly versatile, and non toxic. This makes it a great medium for people that travel, people that live in small spaces, people that live with highly curious children and pets, or for people that are curious about exploring mixed media artwork. Lana’s Botanical Illustration will not necessarily dive deeply into the scientific aspects of plants and flowers, but rather how to study and render these beautiful objects artistically. Students interested in enhancing their ability to work with color, interested in rendering highly detailed drawings, or interested in creating artwork inspired by traveling (or while traveling) will greatly benefit from this course. 

02 March 2020 to 30 March 2020

Drawing with Color and Dry Media

3264 Motor Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90034

260 USD

Mon. 6:45 - 9:45pm (ongoing class)


Workshop fee:

$75.00 USD / person (1 class drop-in)

$260.00 USD / person (4 consecutive classes, $40 off)

$720.00 USD / person (12 consecutive classes, $180 off)


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Course Description:

Did you know that you can create beautiful artwork with dry drawing media? What's more, the majority of drawing media are non-toxic, easy to store, and don’t require working with drying times.

In this course you will start by building your skills as a colorist through a series of color theory exercises and projects in wax based colored pencil. As the course progresses you may choose to explore more advanced colored pencil techniques or you may choose to apply the lessons you learned in colored pencil as you explore other drawing media (oil based colored pencils, water soluble artist crayons, pastels, markers, etc.). The class will combine regular demos of new techniques and materials with individualized instruction tailored to your specific interests and skills.

Whether you are living in a small space and don’t have room for a large studio setup, you are trying to avoid toxic chemicals in your home, you are struggling to find long stretches of time to make art, or you are interested in expanding your possibilities as an artist, this class is for you! Open to all skill levels and ages.