Beginning Drawing Foundations

With instructor

Johnny Castillo

Beginning Drawing at Kline Academy

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$85 - $1440

Sat. 10am - 1pm

Course Description

We have structured this foundation drawing class so that many different skill levels from absolute beginner to intermediate artist can participate. Drawing students will start the class with basic drawing exercises along with explaining drawing materials and how to use them to achieve ultimate results.

We will spend time drawing the basic forms from a still life set up using direct lighting to help you understand value. You will learn how to see these same basic forms when you draw more complex objects. You will learn about proper proportions and relationships. We will cover eye level and foundation perspective, explore line and values, direct lighting and cast shadows as well as soft and hard edges. You will be given lots of one on one instruction with plenty of demonstrations to guide you through the different elements of good drawing.

What You'll Learn

Learn to draw simple to complex objects

Learn how to understand value

Work with lighting as it relates to form

Learn how to use charcoal and dry mediums

Learn perspective and composition

Learn to create the illusion of 3 dimension

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 Instructor & Studio Manager


Johnny Castillo

Guatemala-born, Johnny Castillo is a contemporary realist whose work is significantly influenced by his experiences as an undocumented individual. By diving into psychological experiences and exploring his emotions, Castillo’s goal is for his art to be an experience in which others can find solace and pieces of themselves that they thought were forgotten.

Castillo is currently studying Drawing and Painting at The Long Beach School of Art's undergraduate program. He has also received an Associate’s Degree in Studio Arts from Santa Monica College. Castillo is currently managing/ teaching at Kline Academy of Fine Art.

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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.

Additional Information

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