May I Introduce Anthony Ryder?


Twilight by Tony Ryder, 1998, pencil drawing, 25 x 19.
Twilight by Tony Ryder, 1998, pencil drawing, 25 x 19.

Tony Ryder: Weekend With the Masters Instructor

Anthony Ryder studied at the Art Students League of New York, the New York Academy of Art, and the Ecole Albert Defois, in France, with oil painter Ted Seth Jacobs. He was chosen by Jacobs to be his substitute at the New York Academy in 1986. He subsequently taught at the Art Students League of New York, and has since taught painting and drawing in France, and in many parts of the United States.

His work is based on a synthesis of observation and traditional painting theory, working exclusively from life. Ryder is the author of the popular book The Artist’s Complete Guide To Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition (Watson-Guptill Publications, New York, New York) and is the director of the Ryder Studio School, in Santa Fe.

The aim of the Ryder Studio is two-fold: to teach basic painting and drawing skills, and to impart a traditional aesthetic sensibility based on principles derived from nature, long known in the history of fine art.

The Ryder Studio provides students with a foundation of experience on which to build for the rest of their lives. Each artist has his or her own unique talent.   This talent derives its form and content from many sources. One very important source is the instruction he or she receives. Artistic instruction is like aesthetic DNA. The work of mature artists is an expression of the ideas and working methods they adopted as students.

 A student of painting has many things to learn. At the Ryder Studio a broad range of issues is covered. There are three main categories of instruction: basic set-up, manual and procedural techniques, and principles of light and form. The deepest issues of painting and drawing have to do with our vision of the world.  The information that comes down to us from the tradition of painting, about the nature of the visual experience, light and form, teaches us to portray the world according to its inherent wisdom, nobility and beauty. The art of representational painting is not simply a matter of recording visual facts. It’s about discovering a beautiful vision of the world, one that edifies and enlightens our minds and hearts.

For more information on Ryder, visit his website. For more information on the Ryder Studio School, visit the school website.

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