Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cloud Painting Workshop with Cheryl Kline

Cheryl Kline's Cloud Mastery Painting Workshop 

 Day 1- Fri 7/25

Cheryl Kline started her workshop with a small demo

Then she demonstrates the monochromatic painting method

After the lunch break, she showed a demo of direct painting

Day 2 - Sun 7/27

Days 2 begun with the imaginary cloud painting 

Students worked again on monochromatic painting. Cheryl Kline mixed up Raw Umber and Titanium White to make 7 shadow values and carefully applied paints on her canvas.

Glazing time!
 The colors she used were Indian Yellow Alizarin Crimson, Ultramarine Blue and Red Oxide (Transparent colors)

Check out our what the attendees produced in just two days!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Fashion Sketching Boot Camp at Kline Academy

Last Sunday, we hosted the guest instructor Helene Reiner for 
the Fashion Sketching Boot Camp at Kline Academy.

Helene has worked for several great lines 
over the years in addition to successfully creating her own clothing label. 
She has also taught at some of the best college level fashion programs 
in the city.

During the Boot Camp, students first learned how to draw the 9 head fashion croquis.

Then they added fabrics and drapes to the croquis to design their own clothes. 

We are excited to announce you that we will have another Fashion Sketching Boot Camp soont! In the next Boot Camp, Helene will introduce color theory, more movements and values to you for your sketches. 

Call for the date!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Glazing Abstractions by Instructor Scott Yeskel

Glazing Abstractions 
by Scott Yeskel

I am often asked why and how my abstract paintings look so vibrant and not 'muddy.' I've often explained in my classes that 'traditional glazing' techniques are the key to refining great and vibrant color. 

The best way to start an abstract painting is the way most of you think. Work with large brushes and paint bold and loose. Don't be afraid to go right off the page, use texture, even splatter or drip. All of this can work if you stay fairly dark and thin at first. Just like a traditional painting, one must work 'light over dark, thick over thin.' 

Once you've achieved an under painting that includes a good rhythm and composition wait and let that baby dry before you make a muddy mess. Once dry, apply a transparent glaze using:

1 part damar varnish
1 part walnut oil 
2 parts Oderless mineral spirits.

(However if you are in a classroom with other people, just use walnut oil. The fumes from the damar and mineral spirits are too strong in a closed area and you will surely make some enemies, not to mention how toxic the fumes are for your lungs). 

Feel free to add transparent color to your mixture - Transparent Earth Orange, Alizarin Orange and Indian Yellow are my favorites for a warm painting- Ultramarine Blue and Alizarin Crimson are my favorites for a cool toned painting. 

Apply your glaze liberally and then wipe it off. Be prepared to apply thicker coats of more opaque color including accent colors once you are done glazing. 

Repeat the process until you achieve clean and vivid color. It usually takes me about 5 sessions and 3 to 5 glazes to achieve 'clean' color.

Come into my class Monday Nights or Tuesday Mornings and I'll show you exactly how it's done!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Kline Academy Student's Up Coming Show

Kline Academy student Vicki Fisher-Lerer will be showing her abstract paintings
at hale ARTS SPACES from July 11th through the 23rd, 2014.

Opening Reception on Friday, July 11th, 5-8pm

2443 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA90405

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Kline Academy Open House 2014

Kline Academy's 7th Annual Open House made a BIG HIT!!

That was such a great show Over 300 people attended this year!!
We'd like to thank everyone who participated and we really hope you had a great time with us!
We transformed studios into a gallery

Thanks too to our amazing entertainers formerly Freeway Philharmonic 

musicians Novi and Larry Tuttle, they were fantastic

Great Entertainment, Novi and Larry

Again, thanks to all who visited!
And let us know how you liked it!!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Kline Academy's 7th Celebration This Weekend!

Student and Faculty  Exhibition

Saturday, June 28th, 2014 from 5pm - 9pm

 & Sunday, June 29th from Noon - 5pm

at Kline Academy of Fine Art
3264 Motor Ave, LA, CA90034
With Live entertainment 
Free Refreshments and hor d'oeuvres 

Everyone is welcome to help us  
celebrate our 7th year

Bring your friends and family to enjoy 
this exciting event!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

SAVE Bergamot Station from Overdevelopment!

Call to Action!

The Bergamot Station Gallery & Cultural Association (BSGCA) is reaching out to the arts community and the public to inform you of the imminent destruction of Bergamot Station Arts Center, should the City of Santa Monica proceed with
 its current development plans. Dozens of business owners, hundreds of employees, and an endless number of artists and their families as well as the Santa Monica arts community at large, are in serious jeopardy.

We need your support in an effort to save Bergamot Station from overdevelopment. We do not want another Grove or Shopping Mall to replace this unique and historic complex, which has thrived against all odds for over 20 years as well as providing exceptional arts programming and community service. All three development teams under consideration for the contract with the City of Santa Monica propose a massive overhaul to the property which will result in the disruption and closure of many of our businesses.

Current development proposals threaten to:


We, as over 40 art galleries and cultural businesses, respectfully cannot support the City’s plan to turn Bergamot Station into one of these three concepts:

They threaten the heart and soul of Bergamot Station as we know it.

We ask our patrons, associates, friends, artists, and supporters to help us preserve our businesses and our beloved community of galleries and arts related businesses by signing a petition to request that the City of Santa Monica Officials cease plans for redevelopment until the survival of the core tenants of Bergamot Station is ensured.

Please sign our petition HERE before the Santa Monica City Council votes on this issue in the next few weeks. Leave a comment as to why the preservation of our station is important to you, share the petition with your friends, and contact council members and let them know you support our cause.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

OPEN HOUSE "Treasures of the Heart" June 28-29th, Call for Art!

Celebrating Kline Academy's 7th Year


Students & Faculty Exhibition
"Treasures of the Heat"

If you are a current student or have been a student
within the past year, we invite you to bring your artwork
which was worked on during one of our classes.
To participate, Email us your label information
and drop off your art work -
one piece per person (unless you are in multiple classes), 
to Kline Academy by
Tuesday, June 24th
to be included in the exhibition.

The show will take place:

Saturday Evening Saturday June 28th from 5 to 9pm
Sunday June 29th from noon to 5pm

at Kline Academy of Fine Art
3264 Motor Ave, LA, CA90034

Please RSVP that you want to participate to

Tell your friends and family to save the dates!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"How To Clean Your Brushes" by Stacy Kamin

"How To Clean Your Brushes"

Stacy Kamin, the artist and foundation instructor at Kline Academy, says...

I don't use harsh chemicals, like turpentine, would you put it on your hair?

I put Palmolive in a container and let my brushes soak in it.

 Soak them and move brush back and forth until most paint comes off.

In order to get remaining paint off, I use ivory soap. Since it is white, you can see if you took out all of the paint.

Juri Umagami, the studio assistant at Kline Academy, cleans her brushes by first wiping off all remaining oil paint. Then, she may soak her brushes in "Nature's Orange" or "Big O" (it is biodegradable and will not hurt your plumbing). After that, she simply uses a bar of hand soap and gently washes the bristles until all the paint has disappeared. Lastly, she carefully reshapes the points of the brushes and wraps each one individually with a small sheet of toilet paper.

So, how do you wash your brushes? We would love to hear from you...

Monday, June 9, 2014

"HEAT" The Opening Reception Night, Sat. June 7th

Thank you all for coming to the Kline Academy's group exhibition 
"Heat" which held the opening reception last Saturday.

We had such a great start that one piece sold at the reception!

Those who have not made over to the gallery to see the work,
Don't worry, there is still lots of time until the show ends! 

Schomburg Gallery in the Bergamot Station Art Complex
June 7-19th, 2014

Schomburg Gallery
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica
(310) 453-5757

Some photos from the reception...

Joshua, the instructor and curator, stopped by and praised his students' success

The new session of Joshua Elias' Advanced Painting Workshop will begin on July 14th!
Sign up now and develop your artistic creativity!!