The Atelier School of Classical Realism

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The Atelier School of Classical Realism is an independently owned and operated art school in the Temescal district of Oakland. The school was founded by David Hardy who is a seasoned artist and instructor. He teaches emerging and career artists techniques and principles passed down from the 19th century realism period. To learn about Mr. Hardy’s art and accolades, check out his artist’s website.

Classical realism is a method originated by the artist Richard Lack. The term refers to a 20th century painting that convincingly suggests a recognizable object. It is a method that requires artists to display depth, distance, and surface texture on a two-dimensional surface. Value is placed on skill level and beauty. The method was inspired by techniques used by the ateliers of 19th century Paris and Lack’s experience training with Boston impressionists.

The Atelier approach is the foundation that teaches artists the technical skills required to master their art. Here, you will learn Old Master drawing and painting techniques taught by award winning artists. Classes are small, and the personalized guidance ensures that you will get the attention that you need to grow. Instruction is offered three days a week either in the afternoon or in the evening. The course is ongoing, and admission is by portfolio review. For advanced students, career counselling and business planning is available.

Are you an artist that wants to practice drawing the human form? Long pose figure drawing workshops are held Sunday mornings and Monday evenings. Register for the course or a workshop here.

The school is easily reached by public transportation. Also MacArthur BART is only a 15 minute stroll away, and several AC Transit lines stop nearby. There are even bike racks available for those who prefer to ride out. Drivers can find metered street parking along Telegraph.