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Mastery with David Hardy


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As often happened with the old guild apprenticeships, David Hardy started his art studies when he was eleven years old. His grandmother, Marion Virginia Randall Randlett, became his first teacher. She had studied with William Merritt Chase during the early days of the Art Students League of New York. Even in her later days, "Mammaw" still fumed her resentment that when she did her anatomy studies, classes were segregated and she was herded into a "ladies’ group"

At age nineteen, Hardy continued his studies with the prominent Dallas portrait painter, Ramon Froman, under whom he studied for three years. Afterwards, He enrolled in the American Academy of Fine Art in Chicago. There he studied anatomy and figure drawing with an elderly Antonin Sterba. Sterba, when quite young, had studied with some of the French Academy greats at the Academe Julliane in Paris. Sterba introduced Hardy to the approaches favored by Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres for constructing the human figure. Hardy went on to advanced figure drawing under the tutelage of Joseph Van der Brouk, graduate of the Royal Academy in Brussels. Van der Brouk emphasized the importance of describing light on form. Hardy’s figure painting teacher at the Academy was the renowned William Moseby. A talented colorist, Moseby was a graduate of both the Royal Academy in Brussels and the Superior Institute in Antwerp.

After three and a half years of continuous studies, Hardy moved to New York. He then enrolled in his grandmother’s alma mater, the Art Students League. At the League, he worked with the great anatomist, Robert Beverly Hale. Frank Mason, his figure painting instructor at the League, introduced him to research and Old Master painting formulations reconstructed by Jacques Maroger, former Head of Restoration, the Louvre Museum, Paris. While in New York, Hardy also studied creative thinking for artists with Jack Potter at the School of Visual Arts. 

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An accomplished draftsman and painter, Hardy has exhibited at the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and the Grenwich Gallery, New York.  He is included in a highly regarded textbook, "A Guide to Drawing", Fifth Edition, by Daniel M. Mendelowitz and Duane A. Wakeham. This text is used by major college art departments nationally, including, among others, Stanford University.

Hardy is also among artists featured in the North Light Publications book, "The Best of Flower Painting", and is listed in "Who’s Who in American Art". He was invited to participate in "The Best of Oil Paintings", issued by Rockport Publications. His portraits and other paintings are included in major collections nationally and abroad.  He is described by the Art Renewal Center as a "Living Master”.

David Hardy’s rare combination of warmth and knowledge and skill sets the tone of his teaching, combining both support and challenge.




Monday 2nd

Light & Atmosphere 10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Tuesday 3rd
Composition 10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Wednesday 4th
The magic of Color 10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Thursday 5th
Charcoal/Chalk Still life 2-5

Friday 6th
Charcoal/Chalk Still life10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Monday 9th
Model:Underpainting 10-1
Landscape Glazing2-5pm

Tuesday 10th
Painting:Glazing 10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Wednesday 11th
Painting:Blocking in 10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Thursday 12th
Painting:Velatura 2-5

Friday 13th
Painting:The Finish 10-1
Landscape demo 2-5pm

Entire unit of 10 sessions $400.00
Individual sessions $50.00

David demos landcapes in the afternoon
8 sessions $200.00
Individual seasions $30.00

Lunch with David from 1-2pm

Earlier Event: November 16
Artist Spotlight featuring Mary Cassatt
Later Event: December 7
13th Annual Paradise Studio Tour