Los Angeles is a beacon to all types of artisans beyond the better known culinary and film congregations. Those who practice the fine arts can find just as much tutelage and inspiration as any aspiring actor, filmmaker or chef. And when it comes to the arts, of any kind really, one can never stop learning. Sometimes even the most esteemed fine artists find knowledge and inspiration by going back to the basics. Regardless of your medium, sketching classes are a wonderful way to hone your talent or, for beginners, a great place to start. Check out these top five sketching classes in Los Angeles.
Kline Academy of Fine Art
3264 Motor Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Cheryl Kline, founder of Kline Academy of Fine Art, knows about the frustration artists can feel when not able to translate their passion and ideas into a physical entity. Having learned from master artists herself, Kline is proud of the teachers she has brought on to her staff. Amazingly talented and completely devoted to their craft and nurturing their students, Kline Academy has a variety of sketching classes like Renaissance Drawing, Figure Drawing From Life and Figure Construction where aspiring artists of all levels can come together and learn. Check out the website for classes and scheduling.
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Ann Bridges Art Studio
3875 Wilshire Blvd., Suite #1401
Los Angeles, CA 90010
A well-respected artist and teacher in Los Angeles, Ann Bridges offers 15 years of teaching experience at Cal State and the prestigious Orange County High School. At the Ann Bridges Art Studio, students will find that it’s one of the best places to begin or refresh one’s abilities. Some of Bridges’ students have gone on to Yale, Parsons, School of the Boston Museum of Fine Art, School of the Chicago Art Institute and San Francisco Art Institute, just to name a few. Choose between drawing and painting, figure drawing and painting and acrylic. There are even classes for kids. Check the website for prices and scheduling.
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
Whether you’re a beginner looking to hone your skills or a seasoned artist hoping to find new inspiration, there’s no better place to find help with either than the Getty museum. The Getty, home to thousands of masterpieces, offers many workshops, classes and lectures throughout the year. Sketching classes include opportunities to sketch actual priceless paintings and sculptures in the museum. Some classes focus more on one particular aspect of a subject like the position of hands, the logic of light and proportion. What’s even better is that these classes are free. Check the website for workshop and class schedules.
The Wizard of Art
1947 Hillhurst Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
While The Wizard of Art’s classes are open to all skill levels and ages, the kids seem to love this place the most, and so do their parents. In fact, these are drawing classes the whole family can take. Everyone starts out as a beginner with charcoal pencils and pastels. From there, a student progresses to watercolors, acrylics and oils. Everyone goes at their own pace, and each class has a maximum of 11 students with two teachers present so everyone can get one-on-one instruction. Offering daily classes which last an hour, on Saturdays classes are even longer at one and a half hours. In addition there are summer workshops that offer multiple family member discounts.
Raminfard School of Arts
10604 W. Pico Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90064
The Raminfard School of Art is a wonderful learning environment of all ages and skill levels for people who appreciate the challenge in creating and the beauty of fine art. Each class is designed to promote not only skill but personal growth and satisfaction with their results. Students quickly learn to use mediums of pencil, oil, charcoal and pastels. Everyone is given one-on-one instruction and attention by gifted teachers in a supportive environment. Classes are two hours long, Monday through Friday, with multiple classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays for more flexible attendance.
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