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Art Journey: Drawing & Painting Fundamentals

With instructor

Johnny Castillo

Art Journey: Drawing & Painting Fundamentals

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$85 - $1440

Sun. 10am - 1pm

Course Description

In Part One of this artistic journey, we will be primarily focusing on observational exercises and stepping beyond traditional approaches.

- Learn the fundamentals of drawing and painting through a series of exercises.
- By combining both classical and contemporary techniques, we will push beyond what we see.
- We will initially focus on grasping the fundamentals, but will gradually push beyond our comfort zones
through the manipulation of value, color, composition, execution, and subject matter.
- Our goal will be to learn the rules to eventually break them!

Initially focusing on understanding the fundamentals of drawing, such as light logic, form, shape, edges, proportion, and space/perspective, students will complete a 4-week still life drawing exercise.

The second exercise will consist of translating what you learned from the drawing onto a canvas through a monochrome still-life painting. Students will apply classical “grisaille” underpainting techniques with a color of their choosing- red, green, purple, blue, etc. This exercise will serve as an introduction to the fundamentals of painting and the vast contemporary world of color manipulation.

Upon completing the second exercise, students will be given the option to keep working from life or to brainstorm unique ideas/compositions to work from. Students will be expected to combine previously learned material while experimenting with a full spectrum of colors. We will play with mixed media, different textures, subject matter, you name it! The possibilities in this class will be endless.

What You'll Learn

Learning the fundamentals of drawing and painting.

Sharpening your observational drawing and painting skills.

Pushing beyond your comfort zone.

Manipulation of value, color, composition, execution, and subject matter.

Explore various styles and techniques.

Build a body of work for your portfolio.

Receive valuable feedback and personalized one-on-one instruction.

One Day - Pay Per Class
$85.00 USD
4 week course
$280.00 USD
8 week course
$530.00 USD
12 week course
$780.00 USD
18 week course
$1125.00 USD
24 week course
$1440.00 USD

Enrollment Options

Kline Academy Studio Manager


Johnny Castillo

Johnny Castillo (b. 1995) is a Los Angeles based contemporary painter who investigates his placement in America as a first-generation Guatemalan immigrant. By deconstructing his emotional and psychological experiences, Castillo explores the idea of displacement and inhabiting an in-between world-a place where one never seems to have access to their home country or the American dream.

Castillo was born in Guatemala and was brought to Los Angeles, California at the age of 5. He has experienced the American culture for 22 years now. Unable to visit his home country due to his legal status, Castillo fights to remember what he feels like are now faint memories of a Guatemalan home he once inhabited.

Having obtained an Associate’s Degree in Studio Arts from Santa Monica College, Castillo is currently studying Drawing and Painting at The Long Beach School of Art.

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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.

Additional Information

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*Note - Ongoing classes bill from the beginning of the month but you can start your instruction any week!  

*Also be sure to prepay, as this class fills up quickly!

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