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Student Testimonials

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Luc with artwork at Kline Academy

Luc Suter

Classical Painting Student

My name Luc Suter. I have been coming to Kline Academy for 4 years. I am a tattoo artist and when I joined Kline Academy, my understanding of tattooing and art strengthened greatly. I had never painted prior to starting classes here and I instantly fell in love with oil painting. When people ask me why I keep coming to class twice a week religiously after so long I always tell them it’s because I am still constantly learning more every class and every month. Cheryl and Juri and the teachers have decades worth of knowledge that they excitedly enjoying sharing with myself as well as my peers. I don't know if I would have stuck with oil painting the way I have if I had not started classes here. I feel challenged and accomplished with every class I take. I love it here!

Lucas with artwork at Kline Academy

Lucas Pincer-Flynn

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

Kline Academy is more than an art school, but a community of artists who support and inspire each other. I love how I can choose from a variety of classes all lead by amazing instructors according to my own artistic needs, and how much time and attention the instructors dedicate to each student and help us achieve our goals. I've grown immensely in the two years I've spent learning at Kline Academy where I've not only learned new skills and techniques but gained a better understanding of my vision and goals as an artist.

Jessica with artwork at Kline Academy

Jessica Falcone

Landscape Painting Student

I take Sharon Weaver’s In-Studio Landscape class on Wednesdays. Kline Academy is more than an art school, it’s a supportive artists community. Cheryl and her staff have created such a wonderful nurturing environment that has helped me make the leap into the professional world of fine art. Not only do they ground you in the fundamental skills and techniques, but they also encourage you to step outside your comfort zone, be brave, find your style and PLAY!

Mary with artwork at Kline Academy

Mary Kato

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

When my 10-year-old daughter told me she wanted to be a professional artist when she grew up, I immediately took her to Kline Academy and signed her up for classes. I wasn’t sure if she would be able to last through a full 3 hour class session at her age, but when I picked her up at the end of the first class the smile on her face told me everything. We’ve been with Kline ever since and plan to continue through high school. They treat us like family! Her progress as a classical artist has been consistently growing and developing due to the great instruction and support she receives. As an artist myself, I feel confident that Kline Academy is giving my daughter a firm foundation and helping her become the artist she has always dreamed of being. - (Mary’s mother: Rebecca Stout)

Ed with artwork at Kline Academy

Ed Chayet

Contemporary Painting Student

My son enrolled me in a drawing class at Kline Academy over a year ago as a birthday gift knowing that I always loved to draw in my younger years. I realized that despite my limited skill, I was still able to draw. After completing the class, I was inspired to advance into an oil painting class and surprised myself as well as everyone I knew when I produced a copy of a Renaissance master's painting. I continue to go to class weekly and currently on my fifth painting to the delight of my family and friends.

Brett with artwork at Kline Academy

Brett Cassort

Contemporary Painting Student

I walked into the Kline Academy after several years as a "self-taught" artist and within a few minutes Cheryl Kline was finishing my sentences! I got to the point where I couldn't get my ideas down on canvas because I simply lacked the foundational skills. Learning those skills have allowed me to create art I never imagined I was capable of!

Emily with artwork at Kline Academy

Emily Hruby

Figure Painting Student

The Kline Academy combines high caliber teachers with a relaxed and fun environment, and I am truly amazed at how much my work has improved since going there! The teachers really care about you as a person, as well as your vision for your work. You won't find a better art school to meet your goals than Kline!

Tim with artwork at Kline Academy

Tim Oh

Abstract Painting Student

I love Kline Academy because its staff members are super friendly; also some of its programs are so wonderful that I can't get elsewhere; I feel strongly encouraged and supported with the Kline Academy community. It's an amazing place to learn, to share and to get inspired.

Geraldine with artwork at Kline Academy

Geraldine Domingo

Classical Drawing Student

Going to Kline Art Academy has helped me tremendously with feeling more confident in my drawing skills. Juri is an awesome teacher! She will push and inspire you to see things in different perspectives to make your artwork come alive!

Charlene with artwork at Kline Academy

Charlene Achki-Repko

Landscape Painting Student

I am so happy to have found Kline Academy.  I finally have the time to take painting classes and Kline is the  perfect blend of what I had hoped for....passionate and skilled instructors who are active artists, a nurturing and collaborative environment with other students  (at varying levels) and the ability to work and learn at your own pace and goals with one on one attention.  There are so many classes I want take I feel like this is just the beginning of a great learning experience!

Eliott with artwork at Kline Academy

Eliott Kahn

Landscape Painting Student

I have been a student at Kline Academy since last April.  I’ve been taking Impressionist Landscape classes from Sharon Weaver, and have been having a blast! The atmosphere is supportive and challenging, with the results being unexpected and fulfilling.  The experience has been exciting, fun, and inspirational.

Gaille Heidemann

Classical Drawing Student

Good God, girl, what an artist you are. The painting looked so great at the get-go I thought I’d missed a few hours of class. And then you transformed it again in a new, richer and more vibrant way. What a total privilege watching you paint, direct, consult, problem solve, critique, field email messages, all the while keeping up a running commentary of teaching tips and feedback for Zoom students and others in-house in a mask during a pandemic, no less.. Some of us can’t follow a cooking recipe while having a conversation in the kitchen. If you took up juggling, I don’t think you’d have to practice. You are as encouraging with the strugglers as with the accomplished.

I can see that without a thorough knowledge of the structure of the face and body (along with all the other fundamentals) I would be very frustrated trying to paint at this time. General vs. specific. Plane changes are where the fun color choices reside so I need to master them. For the rest of this bizarre year I will continue working with our girl Juri on drawing and then see how far my skill set has progressed. Thanks again for another great inspiring class, and for the high standards and encouragement. After all the multi-tasking a lovely hot bath and a stiff drink might be in order - for you, not me!

Michele Pietra

Special Music: Individual Vision in Abstract Painting

Robert Szot’s first teaching gig at Kline Academy was a great experience. From the start there was a wonderful energy in the studio. A successful and accomplished abstract painter, Rob is also a personable, knowledgeable, funny, erudite guy who is an excellent teacher. He generously shared (!!) his original techniques for painting his layered effects with oils. Beyond that, he spoke about life as an artist in NY and LA, the business of art, and significantly, the emotional aspects of creating your own work, finding your style, trusting your instincts, and remaining fearless in the process. Our class was for all levels, and he was able to connect to, be present with, and bring his discerning eye to each painter and to help them bring something new to their work. I highly recommend his class.

Jong with artwork at Kline Academy

Jong Lee

Figure & Portrait Painting Student

If you are looking for a place to draw or paint in Los Angeles area, Kline Academy of Art is the place to be. It offers a variety of courses geared toward improving drawing and painting skills on many different genres. The instructions are top notch with excellent instructors who will accommodate you no matter what level you are. They also offer workshops by modern masters such as Steven Assael and Robert Liberace! I've been coming here on a regular basis for about two years now and I'm really enjoying the experience at KA.

Kacey with artwork at Kline Academy

Kacey Jawato

Classical Painting Student

I've always felt that perhaps there was an artist nestled away inside of me but never knew how to get to there. The staff and students at Kline Academy with their instruction, encouragement and support have led me (at last!) to find that inner artist. In particular, Cheryl Kline offers a style of instruction that has enabled me to create art at a skill level that I would have never, ever believed possible. I am tackling projects that once were so intimating to me and that is all thanks to Cheryl & the incredible atelier she has established.

Norbert with artwork at Kline Academy

Norbert Swiatek

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

Truly grateful to have been attending Kline Academy for over a year. The instructors have guided me through tried and true techniques of old masters to making art I hadn't imagined I was capable of - and I've seen the same repeated by other students around me. I feel as though the instructors have taken a personal stake in my artistic development.Thanks to Kline Academy I've grown in ability and confidence as an artist and person.

Camile with artwork at Kline Academy

Camile Orillaneda

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

I had no previous fine art experience, but within a few classes I was amazed at how much I learned and grew! I am grateful to learn from both Cheryl and Juri as they are patient, encouraging, supportive and passionate. I highly recommend the Kline Academy for artists of all experience levels.

Cecelia with artwork at Kline Academy

Cecelia Rappaport

Classical Painting Student

I knew very little about the use of oil paint or the techniques used to create museum and gallery quality paintings; the use of color; the different brushes as tools to create beautiful illusions of landscapes, portraits and still lifes. Kline Academy, unlike any school or art course I have found, offers inspired artists the opportunity to acquire excellence in classical style oil painting as well as many other artistic techniques. Cheryl Kline is an excellent educator who is passionately contributing her training and experience as a classical artist, teacher and mentor to many striving to be all they can be in the world of art I could not be happier to have found Kline Academy and the opportunity to expand my goal to be the best artist I can be in my lifetime.

Jill with artwork at Kline Academy

Jill Taw

Classical Painting Student

Cheryl and Juri are amazing. They are always available for guidance and inspiration. They've taught me to do things with painting I didn't think was possible for me to accomplish. The day I attend class is the best day of the week!

Kevin with artwork at Kline Academy

Kevin Norris

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

The training I've received at Kline Academy has been invaluable in developing my skill as an artist. The academy's flexible course schedule and variety of classes allow me to dictate the pace of instruction to meet my goals, and its highly skilled staff make learning art approachable. Above all, Kline Academy's supportive environment has made it my destination for learning art over the past year.

Emily with artwork at Kline Academy

Emily Wang

Classical Drawing & Painting Student

Kline Academy is a special place where I enjoyed learning art and found myself meditating while making good progress in painting and drawing.  I like the small classroom setup and that you learned at your pace. The teachers here are all artists. You learned from the best.

Nancy with artwork at Kline Academy

Nancy Goubran

Classical Painting & Color Pencil Drawing Student

I have been exploring my artistic skills with Kline Academy for many years now. Through their varied and accomplished instructors, I have grown and improved. In addition, I have pursued a variety of mediums from adding gold foil to my work and working with colored pencils to create incredible paintings. Thank you Cheryl and art family for creating a warm and friendly environment to pursue what I love to do.

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John Ramseier

Abstract Painting Student

I have been a student at the Kline Academy for about 4 months now and it has been a great experience. I came to the Abstract Painting class with absolutely zero training – and after 2 classes I was actually painting! Now I’m totally hooked, making really great progress and enjoying every minute.  The teachers and staff at Kline Academy are fantastic. It’s a no stress, creative and very supportive environment, for people of all ages. I highly recommend!

Avraham Greenhut

Avraham Greenhut

Portrait Painting Student

I'm just re-evaluating how lucky I am to have had the opportunity to study with Cheryl, Max, Steve, and Dorian. I turn to Cheryl's Portrait book all the time... Thank you for helping me to keep fighting, Cheryl's words carried weight when she said it would be a shame if I gave up. Cheryl is an amazing instructor and artist.

Laurie MacMillan

Special Music: Individual Vision in Abstract Painting

Rob was absolutely the best workshop leader I have ever experienced. The class was the perfect mix of information, demonstrations, and personal attention, and he didn’t waste our time with silly exercises, Rob quickly managed to create a fun atmosphere and a community feeling among the group. He offered extra time, and gave us the ability to contact him later if we wanted to ask a question, etc. I entered the class thinking I would be able to work in acrylics, but it became obvious to me the first class that I really needed to work in oil, with the rest of the group. I am not sure now how much will translate back to acrylic, but in any case, I learned a lot. I can’t recommend his class highly enough.

Robert with artwork at Kline Academy

Robert Mendoza

Classical Drawing Student

Being a student at Kline has been a great experience. Currently I am taking the classical drawing class on Tuesday nights with Juri and she is the best! A thoughtful and effective communicator, she is a great teacher /motivator. Along with separate daily practice I can see myself getting better at drawing. The class is also a great environment to l earn in with friendly peers who enjoy art and offer support. Highly recommend for those who want to get better at drawing and are discipline.

Susan with artwork at Kline Academy

Susan Lim

Classical Painting Student

My name is Susan. I am taking the Classical Painting class on Thursdays. In only one short year, I’ve learnt so much from the team at Kline Academy. I had never done oil painting in my life and I've now completed several masterpieces! Cheryl is the best teacher one can ask for, she is passionate, has vast knowledge about art and to top it of, she really cares about my growth as an artist. Now with the confidence and a background in classical painting, I am ready to explore other style of painting with the classes Kline Academy has to offer!

Janice with artwork at Kline Academy

Janice Nadelhaft

Landscape Painting Student

Although I had taken classes in life drawing and watercolors at local schools, when I decided to try oils, I felt that I needed special training. I certainly found it at Kline Academy. In the eleven years since I started with Cheryl, I’ve taken a number of different classes, in each of which I have picked up different skills from caring (and patient) teachers while enjoying the company of fellow students, some of whom have become good friends.

David with artwork at Kline Academy

David Lunn

Classical Painting Student

The Kline Academy of Art is a wonderful place for artists of all ages, and levels of ability, to attend. Students of the academy will find it to be a comfortable environment, personally challenging, and very rewarding. For myself, driving 4 hours round trip to the academy to learn from world class instructors has been worth every moment of my time, and can’t wait to begin my next project.

Sarah with artwork at Kline Academy

Sarah Kim

Figure Drawing Student

I highly recommend the art classes here at Kline Academy if you want to actually learn the fundamentals and techniques that will give you the tools to create any kind of art! I especially recommend the figure and portrait classes!

Sarah with artwork at Kline Academy

Sarah Brooke

Classical Painting Student

Lucky was the day when I googled “art classes Los Angeles” and Kline Academy was first on the list. I have gone from a nervous total beginner to a confident oil painter in less time than I ever thought possible. This is a place where both beginners and professionals can learn in an exciting and supportive atmosphere.

Dota with artwork at Kline Academy

Dota Sata

Classical Painting Student

I’m glad to have an opportunity to learn foundation in the traditional way at Kline Academy. Such a class is very rare to find in LA. Teachers are very friendly but not too casual. It’s a hidden gem, definitely.

Venelina with artwork at Kline Academy

Venelina Yurukova

Classical Painting Student

I’ve been coming to Kline Academy for 5 years now, and couldn’t be happier with my choice of art school. I feel very lucky to have Cheryl as my teacher. She is an incredible instructor and has taught me so much! I will always be grateful!

Amy with artwork at Kline Academy

Amy Olmedo

Classical Painting Student

I absolutely love my painting class at Kline! It is a supportive community for all your art endeavors. I have learned so much!

Elaine with artwork at Kline Academy

Elaine Svenonius

Landscape Painting Student

After retirement I aimed to become an artist. Kline Academy extended my reach far beyond what I could have imagined.

Tina with her classmates

Tina Whitehouse

Floral Painting Workshop Student

It was so lovely meeting you and all the Artists and staff at your Academy. Kathleen’s workshop was most enjoyable and provided me with great information on color and composition but most of all it has given me a renewed vision and enthusiasm to get back in the studio and continue to paint with the passion and lust for art that took me there years ago. Thank you for your fabulous Art Atelier experience.

Lori Johnson

Special Music: Individual Vision in Abstract Painting

What a wonderful experience coming to the Kline academy each week from Dallas Texas! My art supplies were directly shipped and Cheryl, along with her amazing staff, couldn’t have been more gracious and attentive! They made my weekly commute enjoyable and even more valuable to work with our talented instructor Mr. Rob Szot.

I was able to expand my mind “Szotting” as I like to say and learning new techniques of layered goodness!
I really enjoyed my time with the class and the wonderful staff at Kline! Its safe to say, the in-person learning environment made it so special and I can’t wait to take more courses as I spread my wings in the world of art!!!

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