Portrait Painting Workshop

With instructor

William Neukomm

Portrait Workshop at Kline Academy

Course fee ranges from:

(based on selection)

$75 - $719

Sat. 2pm - 5pm (Registration Open)

Course Description

This course emphasizes the academic approach to painting the portrait from life and the various techniques and mediums used for rendering three-dimensional form. Students will learn how to approach the portrait from working with a live model. The class will be broken down into 3 sections: Week one will introduce students to basic portrait construction. Week two will be introducing students to the concept of form, understanding shape, value, and edge. Week three and beyond we will continue with the long pose and perfecting our painting. Beginners are encouraged to stick with drawing until they can capture accurate proportions. Intermediate and advanced students are welcome to start the first week with paint and you will learn a quick and simple technique for blocking in and advancing your portrait study.

What You'll Learn

Learn basic anatomy of the face and skull and find accurate proportions

Learn to block in the portrait using simple values

Learn how to mix skin tones

Learn to paint the portrait in a representational style and capture a likeness

Continue to refine your style and perfect your proportions with each class

Live demonstrations

Personalized one-on-one instruction

One Day - Pay Per Class
$75.00 USD
5 Saturdays | May 1 - 29 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | $50 off
$325.00 USD
4 Saturdays | June 5 - 26 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | $40 off
$260.00 USD
12 Week Quarter | Saturdays | 2:00pm - 5:00pm | $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.”


Jong Lee

Figure & Portrait Painting Student

If you are looking for a place to draw or paint in Los Angeles area, Kline Academy of Art is the place to be. It offers a variety of courses geared toward improving drawing and painting skills on many different genres. The instructions are top notch with excellent instructors who will accommodate you no matter what level you are. They also offer workshops by modern masters such as Steven Assael and Robert Liberace! I've been coming here on a regular basis for about two years now and I'm really enjoying the experience at KA.

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!