Thursday, December 10, 2020

Featured Student Anne Allen


Moved by Music, 8 x 5 inches, pastel on sanded paper, paired with a Haiku poem by Yosa Buson, seventeenth century Japanese poet and painter.

H A I K U: Poetry and Pastel

Anne Allen, North Carolina

The Artist’s Workshop, a weekly zoom classroom with founder and owner Cheryl Kline, was the driving force for Anne Allen to develop a collection of small works based on the imagery in Japanese woodblock prints. Following a talk on symbolism in art, Cheryl asked why I thought Asian-inspired imagery was appearing in my artworks. “What is your story as an artist? What are you trying to communicate with your art?” Moved by Music, a poetic landscape in pastel, charcoal, and alcohol wash is the first artwork is Anne’s new collection, named H A I K U: Poetry and Pastel.

Japanese woodblock prints and illustrations flourished in seventeenth century Edo as Tokyo was called. Between weekly classes, Anne studied the art and culture of Japan and viewed Van Gogh & Japan, a British film produced by Exhibitions on Screen. “Colorful Japanese prints were often paired with poetry. Each pastel painting in the new collection is paired with a poem.” The pastels are showing at BlackBird Frame & Art, Asheville, NC.

Anne Allen lives in the Appalachian region of Western North Carolina and serves on the board of the Appalachian Pastel Society, NC. She is a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Anne participates in Kline Academy’s weekly critique and virtual presentation every Thursday at 11 a.m.


Blossoms at night,

and the faces of people

moved by music.

- Yosa Buson

Monday, July 20, 2020

Contemporary Realism: 14th Virtual ARC Salon Exhibit

Kline Academy of Fine Arts


Contemporary Realism:

The Art Renewal Center's
14th Virtual ARC Salon Exhibit

This is a huge achievement for the Representational Art Movement! Having an organization like Sotheby's host an event like this for Contemporary Realist Art says a lot about the growth of this movement.

The Art Renewal Center's 14th Virtual ARC Salon Exhibition is now live at

"Featuring 70 short video interviews with many of the exhibiting artists from around the world (2 hours of video content), a newly created digital exhibition catalog, and a virtual walk through exhibition space. Also included is a written interview with Kara Lysandra Ross covering topics such as the importance of representational art and why it is a good investment and a short video capturing the core philosophy of the movement including live footage of the exhibition while on view at the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain".

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Important Update on Resuming Studio Classes

Over the last few months, we have taken precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of the virus by closing the studio and moved our classes to an online format to support instructors and students. 

As the state begun easing restrictions at some level, we are planning on a slow opening of the Academy between June 1st and June 30th, 2020.

By “slow” we mean that not all classes will be on. We will start with one - two classes with the restrictions below:
  • We will limit the class sizes to 8 people in the front studio and 10 in the back studio
  • There will be enough distance between easels (6 ft).
  • We ask everyone to wear a mask or face shield while in the presence of others. (Students bring their own masks.)
  • We will provide disposable gloves and hand sterilizer.
  • We will clean the surface before and after the session with alcohol wipes.
  • We will keep the doors and windows open for airflow. 
Students who have class credits will receive emails from us regarding the date classes will resume.

Students who have class credits may resume classes at no cost. (*Make-ups are not class credits.)

If students are not feeling comfortable or well enough to come take the class, they can resume at anytime, when they feel ready.

In the meantime, we will keep our Live Zoom Classes going. 

If you’d like to take the virtual class instead from the comfort of your own home, please view all the offerings through the link below:

If you have any questions, feel free to email us at or call us at 310-837-7194 or 310-927-2436.

Please stay well and safe,

Cheryl Kline

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Update about our April Schedule

First of all I want to check in with each of you to see how everyone is holding up. I really hope you are well and safe. Just to remind you, the best way to prevent the spread of the virus or any germs is to follow the "Safer at Home" order in place across the entire state of California.

It's been more than two weeks since we postponed classes and workshops. I was hoping this would be over soon... But it looks like we should take at the very least another month or maybe more to start getting back to life again.

That being said, we will not be meeting until mayor Garcetti eases the restriction. We will send you an update about when to resume your class and workshop as soon as we hear from him, and in the meantime if you have any questions, feel free to email Juri at or call Cheryl at 310-927-2436.

We can get through this. We artists are survivors and we don’t give up!

Virtual hugs to all,

Cheryl Kline

Monday, March 16, 2020

Update on our March Schedule: We will not meet until the first week of April

We are as concerned as you are and with Mayor Garcetti’s new announcement for us all to be more proactive in preventing the further spread of this virus in our city.

We have also decided that we also need to play it safe. Teen class will have their last class today and resume first week of April. All other classes will not be meeting until first week of April.

Plein Air Landscape Painting Workshop
The outdoor landscape workshop will still meet at Kenneth Hahn State Park on Saturday, March 21st from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Since it is outdoors we feel it is safe and will be a good relief for those who need art to get through this.

The Imaginary Landscape Workshop
The Imaginary Landscape Workshop will still meet on Friday, March 27 and Sunday March 29. There will be a limited number of students (eight) with plenty of space in-between easels.

One-on-Ones and Private Lessons:
Most of our instructors will be available for private in-studio lessons or critiques. Limited to a maximum of 2 people per session at the private class rate. (If you want to help these artists keep afloat and pay their bills, please schedule a session with them.)

To schedule:
Call our office at (310) 837-7194 or Cheryl at (310) 927-2436 or email us at

I will also be available by phone or Skype / Facetime free of charge if any of you are working at home and need a quick look or some guidance to continue your project.

None of us could have predicted this type of event so we will greatly appreciate your patience and understanding. Everyone will have a class (classes) credit as soon as you resume your time with us.

Stay healthy and keep making art...

- Cheryl Kline

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

An important note on the coronavirus : What we are doing to keep you safe

A comforting thing to note is that our class sizes are relatively small — from 6 to 12 people. Much much less than you would encounter at the mall, market, nail salon, barber, or any other public place you may need to visit.

We have implemented the following to help avert possible contact of any viruses flu or other with our students:
  • We sanitize all surfaces after every class
  • We provide free of charge, disposable gloves to anyone who wants them
  • All instructors are required to wear disposable gloves while teaching
  • Hand sanitizer in the studio for anyone to use at anytime
  • An extended make-up policy for anyone who feels sick - If you wake up and feel ill, CALL US at 310-927-2436 or 310-837-7194 and STAY HOME. We will work with you to figure out a make-up plan.
  • Skype or Facetime us if you do get sick. Let’s say you do get a bad flu or God forbid the coronavirus and need to stay home, I will personally skype with you for a private session in lieu of your missed class. That is assuming you are up for an art lesson in your home on your computer. I will work with you for 45 minutes on your own project so will not miss a class and be comfortable in your own home. Email at for more information on this. 

When you are at the studio, please follow those time-trusted tips for your own health and safety:
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your elbow

Art is the one thing that heals and let us forget the day to day struggles of this world. Let's not let "IT" go and keep being artists and working on our craft.

- Cheryl Kline

Thursday, March 5, 2020

KA student Jessica Bellamy in a Group Show!

Kline Academy Student Jessica Bellamy to be in

Parallel Realities and Unpopular Truths with 
Superposition Gallery

from March 10 to March 14, 2020. 

Parallel Realities and Unpopular Truths
Artists Reception

Saturday, March 14th, 7-10pm
 3718 W Slauson Ave. 
Windsor Hills, CA 90043

Join Jessica for a reception on the closing night of Parallel Realities and Unpopular Truths, a group exhibition with Superposition Gallery. She will have three pieces in this show which features seven artists from Los Angeles and New York. She would love to see you there!

Jessica's work:

"Absolute Power"

"Ambivalent Sunrise"

"Empirical Evidence of a Mirror Universe 
at Yosemite Falls"

Monday, March 2, 2020

Chat with Thomas Garner...

Kline Academy of Fine Arts


Thomas Garner

Professional Artist / Instructor

Thomas 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."

Here is some insight shared by Thomas Garner:

What is your daily / weekly schedule as a working artist?

"I have my regular day job in fashion graphics and illustration but every evening I am at my easel painting whether I am tired or not as I have been doing for the last 35 years. It is my meditation, or my drug. When I find time I also paint on weekends in a more up time of the day. I reserve that for doing Alla Prima work which requires a more energetic treatment."

How do you prepare your drawing / painting surface?

"I generally prepare my own canvases. When I do my Classical work I use linen which I sometimes prepare with traditional rabbit glue and gesso. Often I will also hand stitch canvases together to achieve a visible seam across the painting. This is one of my own signature artistic, symbolic gestures. For my Urban painting I use denim in place of canvas as it strikes me as being more symbolically appropriate for urban subjects. In both cases I mask off a passpartout border of exposed fabric around the periphery that functions as a frame. Then also in both cases I tone my canvases according to the subject that can be yellow ocher for the classical work and magenta for the urban. In other cases such as portraits or plain air it would be some shade of chromatic grays."

Panel vs cotton canvas? Which do you prefer?

"I generally prefer canvas because it usually has the right amount of tooth or roughness to pick up paint and gives a good brushy, textured effect. Depending how a panel is primed it can be too smooth presenting an obstacle when applying the first layers of paint. That said, there are times when a smooth panel can be very effective for example you are looking for a streaky effect or working on a subject that is highly detailed."

Natural vs synthetic hair? Which do you prefer?

"I think that in recent times synthetic bristles have way out-stripped traditional, natural hogs hair bristle. They perform better in terms of flexibility, they hold a nice razor sharp edge, they clean easier and last longer, and often cost less."

Hog or sable?

"Synthetic sable has not yet surpassed natural sable. Nothing beats the performance of genuine sable if you are inking a drawing giving beautiful, expressive thick and thin linage. Real sable is usually too soft for oil painting except in some of the finest details and where very smooth blending is needed. Oil painting in most cases requires a stiffer brush because the medium is thick and needs to be pushed into the texture of the canvas. I have however found among some synthetic bristles the characteristic of bristle that is stiff in the stem but bends softly towards the tip giving the best of both types."

Monday, February 24, 2020

Honored To Share Some Great News...

Kline Academy of Fine Arts

congratulates our instructor Lana Gloschat
on her recent "Best in Show" award.

 Very honored, Lana Gloschat, award-winning artist, colorist, and instructor, was selected to receive the "Best in Show" award in the 2019 Colored Pencil Magazine's art competition.

Noted by the judges, Lana's highly realistic portrait demonstrates great technical skill. In Judge Paul Hink's words, "the expressions on the faces of the man and the boy are captured perfectly, and the luminous rendering of the skin tones creates a feeling of light and freshness. This depiction of an every day activity is also elevated by the sensitive observation of a moment shared between father and son." 

Congratulations on an exceptional piece Lana.

Work under Lana Gloschat's guidance and expertise 
every Monday, from 6:45pm - 9:45pm.

Drawing with Color and Dry Media


Botanical Illustration.

For more of Lana Gloschat's work, 
visit her instagram page @lana.gloschat_art

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Artist-run Galleries defying odds..

Knowing "how" and "where" to exhibit your own work is very difficult.
Kline Academy of Fine Arts 
knows that.

We share with you some valuable information..

"Artist Run Galleries Defy the Mega-Dealer Trend in Los Angeles"

New York Times Article
by Jori Finkel

We recently came across an interesting article regarding Artist-run Galleries. Established in unusual locations, garages, apartments, you name it, these Artist-run Galleries are defying the odds as they compete with mega-dealer trends in Los Angeles. A detailed discussion about the vision behind these artist-run galleries is also introduced, detailing the motivation of the Artists and how they managed to maintain a career as an artist while running a gallery. 

Give the New York Times Article a read.
(click HERE to access the article)

A few points worth mentioning, 
Artist-run Galleries:

Less Profit Driven

Promote a welcoming / inclusive environment

Establish a strong Sense of community

Monday, February 10, 2020

Free Small Talks With Guest Artists At Craft In America Center..

 2 free talks with guest artists at

Craft in America Center,

small museum that shows all handmade work

Located on:

8415 West Third Street
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Talk #1:

"Wanted: Young Man Learn Trade"

Artist Talk with Graham Mckay

of Lowell's Boat Shop

Thursday, February 13, from 7 - 8pm

"Graham Mckay is a boat builder and manager at Lowell's Boat Shop, America's oldest operating boat shop, a national landmark and working museum whose mission is to 'preserve and perpetuate the art and craft of wooden boat building and promote the history of Lowell's Boat Shop and its environs."


Talk #2:

"A Step Beyond: Contemporary Footwear, 

Functional to Fanciful"

Artist Talk with Lisa Sorrell

Saturday, February 29, from 4 - 5pm

"Sorrell has been making boots for over 20 years, with vintage hand tools and machinery - nothing computerized. Her dedication to learning the and her flair for design have established Sorrell as a master boot maker."


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Kline Academy Student Daniela Schweitzer to be part of 2020 LA Art Show...

Congratulations To Daniela Schweitzer!

"I am excited about a special large piece I have worked on for this  art fair.  See a teaser preview below of its early stages!" 
- Daniela Schweitzer

Daniela Schweitzer, past Kline Academy of Fine Arts student, is happy to announce that she will be returning to the LA Art show this year! She is very excited to share a very large project she has been working on.

Come by and visit her!

Booth 825 | bG Gallery.


In addition, Daniela welcomes you to come by her studio at the Santa Monica Airport Campus and visit her during the upcoming Opening Reception for  "Drawing Connections"

"Drawing Connections"
Exhibition | February 10 – April 4, 2020
Featuring 25 artists from the 2 campuses of 18th Street Art Center 

This piece will be featured in the exhibit.

Opening Reception:
Exhibition Reception & Artist Open Studios 
February 22, 2020 | 5-8 PM
North and South Galleries | 3026 Airport Avenue

We are so proud of you Daniela!