Atelier School of Classical Realism

The Old Master Drawing & Painting Technical Foundation Class

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM or 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This is an ongoing course and begins with drawing exercises to develop the understanding and skills necessary to use value (tone) for realistic rendering. Visual memory comparison measurements are used.

Students explore Old Master techniques for creating depth, distance, atmosphere, solid form, and convincing surface textures on a two-dimensional surface. Subjects range through cast studies, self portraits and still lifes.

Painting is begun once students have mastered the drawing segment of the course or its equivalent (subject to approval). The study of COLOR TEMPERATURE at the ASCR is one of the most thorough and helpful being taught today. The dynamics of color as affected by pictorial lighting come alive for the student artist. Advanced students learn the direct approaches to PLEIN AIR oil painting followed by coaching in Old Master layered glazing techniques.

Admission is by portfolio review.

To register, contact David Hardy by phone at 510-465-1958 or 510-407-1336
or by email at

Long Pose Figure Drawing Workshop

$15.00 per session if paid in advance monthly
$20.00 per session "drop in"
Sunday 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Monday 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM

This is a time for independent study and development of individual initiative. The model takes one pose for the session. These are repeated for about two months and, when desired by a majority of those participating, even longer. This permits students to study the anatomy of the model in detail. A marvelous opportunity is also presented to gain experience in the final finishing of a figure drawing or figure painting. There is no instruction during the workshops, but critiques are available during regular class hours.

Drop-in is welcome or email Gabriel Castillo ( for more information.