Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Featured Student Anastasia Shmukler

A Word From One of Our Students at Kline Academy!

Anastasia Shmukler

12 years old
Classical Drawing and Painting Student

Anastasia Shmukler has been studying with Kline Academy of Fine Arts for almost 5 months. Anastasia has taken several different classes, Beginning Drawing Foundations with Bill Neukkomm, Drawing with Color with Lana Gloschat, Introduction to Oil Painting with Juri Umagami, and Classical Painting with Cheryl Kline. Anastasia has shown great potential achieving some remarkable work along the way. She is now experimenting with Oil Painting and is currently working on a Bouguereau master copy.

Here are a few of her pieces...

Monday, January 13, 2020

Kline Academy 2020 - It's All about Light

In the classes of 2020, we will be focusing on light... How light describes the form? How light affects color, mood and tone of the scene? Understanding light is essential in all genres of drawing and painting... Join our community of artist and expert instructors who will share their masterly in art making.

Cheryl Kline 

Saturday, January 11, 2020

KA instructor Bill Neukomm in a Group Show

William Neukomm, our amazing Beginning Drawing Foundations instructor, is featured in "LIKENESS" a Fine Art Exhibition exploring Portrait and Figure today.

"Realism, Impressionism, Abstraction.. what do we use to describe a work that is a combination of the three? How much does a portrait or figurative work need to look like the model or subject these days?  Is capturing a “Likeness” as important in today's fine art works as it once was? Is figure and portrait painting anything like it was back in the 1800 and early 1900s? or has the art world finally adopted a liberal view on the importance of "likeness" in a figure painting.

Today in the realist figurative world see a mixture of genres coming together in the same painting, or exhibiting side by side, and it's not just in America. Russian artists, Icelandic artists, French artist and more have been influenced, be it by instagram shots of new works they can easily access now, or the rise in international art fairs and exhibitions that are traveling around the globe."

Sat. January 11th Through February 29th
VRFA Gallery at 418 Ocean Ave Laguna Beach CA

To access the exhibitions digital catalog, click HERE

Friday, December 27, 2019

Congratulations to Pepe!

Some Great News to conclude 2019... 🎉🎊🏅

Congratulations to our student Pepe Martin Orozco for receiving an award at The Tokyo Biennale of Contemporary Art on their 19th International Art Exchange Exhibition & Competition. We are so proud of him!

Pepe exhibited a series of remarkable work dedicated to his role models, where he portrayed them as fashion models.

Here are a few of his submissions..

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

FREE LECTURE by Author Dan Hill at Kline Academy

See It, Feel It
Insights About How People Truly Experience Art
with master artist Dan Hill

1 Sunday, February 2, 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Free event 
or $5.00 - 15.00 USD suggested donation to the studio

RSVP today at artist@klineacademy.com

What’s the actual experience people have when standing before a work of art, taking it in?

Find out thanks to this unique guest lecture that will be of interest to artists, photographers and the general public at large. Hill’s latest book is by far the largest study ever conducted that involves eye-tracking technology and art in order to learn where people precisely look, for how long, and in what order. 

By adding in facial coding, Hill also captures not only where people look but how they feel about what they’re seeing. In addition to results that cover 88 famous art works from the Renaissance to today, Hill’s lecture will also explore how knowing facial expressions, per emotion, can enrich your understanding and appreciation of portraiture based on his previous book, Famous Faces Decoded: A Guidebook for Reading Others.

What you will learn:

How much time do viewers actually take
Where viewers of art look most often, or first
Which forms and colors engage viewers the most, typically
What kind of titles work well and which don't 
What kinds of subject matter attract the eye and heart
What might be the secret to effective composition

Thursday, November 21, 2019

New Video Alert! William Neukomm - Beginning Drawing Foundation Instructor at Kline Academy of Fine Art

It all starts with drawing...

William Neukomm
Beginning Drawing Foundation Instructor 

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.”

Experience Florence Academy drawing methods with William HERE...

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Featured Student Robert Mendoza

A Word From One of Our Students at Kline Academy!

Robert Mendoza

Hear what he has to say...

Robert Mendoza
Classical Drawing and Painting Student

Robert Mendoza has been studying with Kline Academy for almost 2 years. Robert spent his first year studying Classical Drawing Techniques with Juri Umagami. He developed a good understanding of the fundamentals of Drawing and decided to move on to something new. Robert is now exploring the art of Oil Painting with Juri Umagami.

In his journey, Robert has achieved some remarkable work in both mediums.

Here are a few of his pieces...

Thursday, November 14, 2019

New Video Alert! Thomas Garner - Renaissance Style Figure Instructor

Thomas passes the classical figure painting techniques on to you...

Thomas Garner
Renaissance Style Figure Instructor

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."

Contact artist@klineacademy.com for his new session! 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

New Video Alert! Sharon Weaver - Landscape Painting Instructor at Kline Academy of Fine Art!

Your frustration ends when you talk to Sharon...

Sharon Weaver
Landscape Painting Instructor

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.

Learn more about Sharon HERE...