Beginning Portrait Drawing Workshop

With instructor

William Neukomm

Beginning Portrait at Kline Academy

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$75 - $719

Sat. 10am - 1pm (Registration Open)

Course Description

Whether you aim to become the next great figurative artist or just find joy in the process of drawing, this course will set you on your path and will give you the tools you need to create a successful body of work!

We emphasize the academic approach to drawing the portrait from life and the various techniques and mediums used for rendering three-dimensional form. Composed of three and four week long poses, each student will be given ample time to study the shapes, values and edges of the human head and explore different techniques. Students may choose to work in charcoal, white chalk and graphite or a combination of both. This essential practice presents the ultimate challenge to the artist and once mastered, opens up a world of possibilities. Occasional brief lectures, handouts, assignments and demonstrations will be given. Open to all levels & ages.

What You'll Learn

Learn to get over fear and anxiety of producing a perfect portrait

Learn simple techniques to find accurate proportions

Learn how shadow shapes create the illusion of form

introduction to edges - soft and hard and how they affect your drawing

Continue to refine and perfect your proportions with each class

Live demonstrations

Personalized one-on-one instruction

One Day - Pay Per Class
$75.00 USD
4 Saturdays | June 5 - 26 | 10:00am - 1:00pm | $40 off
$260.00 USD
4 Saturdays | July 10 - 31 (*No Class 7/3) | 10:00am - 1:00pm | $40 off
$260.00 USD
12 Week Quarter | Saturdays | 10:00am - 1:00pm | $180 off
$719.00 USD

Enrollment Options

Kline Academy Instructor William Neukomm


William Neukomm

William Neukomm is a modern, realist painter. William is a professional, exhibiting artist who has won numerous awards. He has an impressive education in the arts: a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute, A Diploma in both Drawing and Painting from the Florence Academy of Art and a Master of Fine Arts from Laguna College of Art and Design. "I believe that the use of representational imagery is the best way to communicate specific visual information. The concept is simple, but not easy. It requires mastery. By rooting my work in the European tradition, I am able to address complex themes in an accessible manner. Mimesis, however, is not sufficient. I strive to make art that builds upon the virtuosity of the past while also being unabashedly modern and distinctly American. My current work focuses on exalting the domestic scene. As a father I have an excuse to play and to relive the joy and pain of childhood. Being a parent also prompts me to tap into my own fears as I attempt to shield my children from negative experiences.”


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!