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Introduction to Classical Drawing

With instructor

Johnny Castillo

Learn Historic Classical Drawing Skills at Kline Academy

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$85 - $1440

Tues. 6:30pm - 9:30pm

Course Description

This essential practice presents the ultimate challenge to the artist and once mastered, opens up a world of possibilities. 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!

Course Schedule (Subjects may change depends on students’ progress)
Week1: Introduction to French Academy Drawing. You will copy one of "Bargue’s" plates in graphite pencils. We will start with a very simple plate such as a foot, leg, hand or back. A step-by-step demo will be provided.
Week 2-3: You will copy another plate in charcoals. This will be your choice, but I recommend trying something a little more complicated than the first one.
Week 4: After creating two plates, you will move on to the Cast Drawing. (You can create more plates if you want to.) You will start with a very simple cast such as a hand or eye. A step-by-step demo will be provided.
After working with several casts over the course of a few months, you can start Cast Painting or you can transfer to the Life Drawing Class and work with live models. Occasional brief lectures, handouts, assignments and demonstrations will be given.

What You'll Learn

Measuring proportions, establishing angles and refining shapes

Tone and finalize shadow shapes

Rendering forms and focus on values, edges

Historical techniques for rendering: hatching, line weight for emphasis, form emphasis, mass emphasis

Tools and tricks for helping you see shapes and values accurately

Live demonstrations and personalized instruction to help you learn faster

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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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!

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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