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

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 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...

Monday, November 4, 2019

Gamblin Oil Paint Demo at Artist & Craftsman Supply on La Cienega

On Saturday November 9th from 11am-12pm, Artist & Craftsman Supply on La Cienega will be hosting a small Gamblin Oil Paint Demo. 

This will serve as a staff training, but we also wanted to extend an invitation to all of Kline Academy teachers and students, some of our favorite and most loyal oil painters, to partake with us. A Gamblin representative will be giving product training, handing out free samples, and answering any questions that arise. It should be a lot of fun!

Please contact (310) 274-8000 and let them know if you would like to attend. Please RSVP by 11/6/19 at the latest. 

They will be capping the attendance at 10, so please RSVP as soon as possible if you would like to ensure your spot!

Artist & Craftsman Supply
 (310) 274-8000
Fax: (310) 274-8002
1660 S La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035

Sunday, November 3, 2019

A Word From One of Our Students at Kline Academy! Delphine Kelly - 11 years old..

Hear what she has to say....

Delphine Kelly
Painting and Drawing Student

Delphine Kelly, at only 11 years of age, started her artistic journey with Kline Academy and has been with us for over a year. 

Delphine has taken drawing classes with Lana Gloschat and is currently exploring the art of oil painting with Juri Umagami. Delphine has developed a great understanding of the fundamentals in both drawing and painting which have helped her achieve some outstanding work.

Here are a few of her pieces..

Thursday, October 31, 2019

New Video Alert! Miguel Gonzalez - Figure & Portrait Instructor at Kline Academy of Fine Art

Listen how Miguel speaks beautiful language of the line in live figurative art....

Miguel Gonzalez
Figure & Portrait Drawing & Painting Instructor

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.

View more of his work HERE...

Monday, October 28, 2019

Lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus???

We found an interesting article about lapis lazuli identification in dental calculus during the  European Medieval Ages...

Read the full article in Science Advances...

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Cheryl Kline - Founder of Kline Academy of Fine Art

Hear Cheryl and see her motto...

Cheryl Kline
Founder of Kline Academy of Fine Art

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 and Salmagundi Club of New York. 

She studied with master artist Jan Saether at The Bruchion School of Realist Art the same building as Kline Academy is located today, and at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Kline has a Degree in Commercial Art from Woodbury University.

Message from Cheryl

"Not all art schools are built the same. We are often surprised to find long-time art students, who are still trying to learn how to paint! That's why our founder Cheryl made her motto, "your frustration ends at our front door." 

Many colleges have become focused on teaching art in a conceptual and historical manner, while many smaller art programs are teaching art in a paint by numbers fashion where everyone does the same painting or offering arts and crafts style classes with little, if any, technique.  

At Kline Academy though, you will learn real time tested skills that you can use in your work whether you are taking classes for enjoyment or are working towards a professional career in the arts. 

These skills have been passed down from teacher to student for centuries and our instructors have traveled the world studying under the living masters of our time, so that they could teach them to you."


See how she teaches her Classical Oil Painting & Contemporary Painting Curriculums...

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Use a Hand for Your Art Making - Passing on Artist's Wisdom by Juri Umagami

Use a Hand for Your Art Making 
Passing on Artist's Wisdom by Juri Umagami

One interesting thing I learnt in college was to use your hand for art making / marketing. 

Art making can be divided into 6 important elements:

Pinkie: Production

You prepare your budget (how much can you spend? how much are you going to sell it for?), tools (canvas, paints, brushes or clay, film...) and get some help (space / equipment to rent or assistants). 

Ring: Context

It's genre. In which genre does your art belong to? Pop? Classical? Expressionism? Setting up this idea helps you see where to distribute your art (*Thumb). 

Middle: Content

The physical aspects of the artwork such as medium, image, symbol, color, value, space... Your decision making on "what are you using" for your art. This is important as art world these days also focuses on investigating "materials" you present. 

Index: Intent

Why are you painting this (or making this)? Your intention in art making can be from "This is a gift for my mother!" to "I want to make the world better!" You may not be realizing but any image you create comes from your personal experience and tells your story or story you want to tell. When you keep your intent consistent that leads you to "a body of work." 

Thumb: Distribution 

Most artists are not good at this... Where are you going to show your art? How are you going to let people know about it? Instagram has become a huge asset to art business. It is probably the easiest way to connect with your audience and sell your art. I am old fashioned and love going to galleries as I believe art looks better and tells more in person. If I were you, I'd start looking for galleries that present the genre you are in. You bring yourself to openings and introduce yourself (as it is rare galleries find and contact artists these days) then use SNS for the invitation for your shows. 

Palm: Documentation

Make sure you document your artwork. Images of your work are what get people interested in what you are doing. I usually have two: one that in high resolution and the other in about 300 You can have a decent camera or just have someone do the job. 

If you are taking my drawing & painting classes, you know that you learn real time tested skills, the skills have been passed down for centuries

Now what will you draw and paint after Bargue drawings and master copy paintings? 

The answer is in your hand... 

My messy note from college!

Juri UmagamiOctober 2019