Narrative Portrait Painting

With instructor

Cheryl Kline

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$100 - $570

Wed. 2pm - 5pm

Course Description

We begin by setting the pose and creating enough “atmosphere” to add an element of mystery to our sitter. Caravaggio was a master of “Chiaroscuro” literally “coming out of the dark.” We will use this method for more dramatic lighting and shadows. This is a long pose, live model workshop and students will advance at their own pace. Many times we will begin with a monochromatic painting and then we focus our attention to the endless variables of skin tones and lighting, shadow patterns and modeling the form. We encourage artists to develop their own unique style and add their own story elements to the pose. The last thing we want is to churn out clones of us.

What You'll Learn

Learn to set up the pose to create a narrative

Learn how to create dramatic lighting

Learn to mix skin tones from a Florentine Palette

Learn how old master glazing techniques can aid in unifying your painting

Learn ways to check your proportions using mirrors, iphone, and photography

Watch live demonstrations throughout to visually guide you

Personalized one-on-one instruction

Enrollment Options


Cheryl Kline

Cheryl Kline, founder and owner of Kline Academy is a working artist whose works are found in the collections of noted individuals and institutions around the world. She has won numerous awards including an Honorable mention from the Portrait Society of America and Salmagundi Club of New York. She studied with master artist Jan Saether at The Bruchion School of Realist Art the same building as Kline Academy is located today, and at The Florence Academy of Art in Italy. Kline has a Degree in Commercial Art from Woodbury University.


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.


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!


3264 Motor Ave.

Los Angeles, CA 90034



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Studio Hours

Mon 12 - 9:30pm

Tue 12 - 9:30pm

Wed 10am - 9:30pm

Th 10am - 9:30pm

Fri By Appointment

Sat 10am - 5pm

Sun Closed

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