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The Ryder Studio

1807 2nd St, #31, Santa Fe, United States

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The Ryder Studio
3331 La Avenida de San Marcos
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507-0410

Instruction in observational painting and drawing from life

Non-symbolic painting is the representation of what we see with our eyes, not substituting ideograms, like present day 'emojis'. In learning to paint non-symbolically we learn to see the building blocks of visual experience: the forms of things, and the light by means of which we see these forms. Nature in general, and the human figure and portrait in particular, possess a certain, wonderfully beautiful kind of formal structure about which there has been for centuries among painters of renown a special knowledge and language. We who practice the art of painting from life study this knowledge.

Form Painting

Form painting is an approach to painting that is one with the understanding of form and light. It is a way of processing and representing our perception of the appearance of the model. Through the agency of light, a great quantity of information radiates from the model. In form painting we format and sequentialize this information, bringing it into our painting one brushstroke at a time. The approach to form painting practiced at the Ryder Studio: dark to light, and wet-into-wet, beginning with careful drawing and maintaining attention to the key (value and color) of the light, aims at a refined presentation of the style of nature. 

Anthony Ryder studied with Ted Seth Jacobs, from 1983 to 1989, at the Art Students League of New York, the New York Academy, and in France at Ecole Albert Defois. He started teaching in 1985 and has taught at many schools from coast to coast. In 1998 he wrote and illustrated The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing (Watson-Guptill). In 2007 he opened the Ryder Studio in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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2017 Summer Intensive Workshops

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2017-2018 Atelier

30-hours per week. Intensive training in fundamental skills of drawing and painting from life. Full and part time study available.

Fall Term begins: Tuesday, September 5, 2017
Thanksgiving Holiday: November 18 - 26, 2017
Last Day of Fall term: December 15, 2017
Winter Break - Dec. 16, 2017 - Jan. 14, 2018
Winter/Spring Term Begins: January 18, 2018
Spring Break: March 10 - 18, 2018
Last Day of Spring Term: May 4, 2018

Full time
Payment in full:
$11,250.00, due on enrollment

Payment plan:
Deposit: $250.00 due: on enrollment
1st payment: $3500.00 due: August 15, 2017
2nd payment: $3750.00 due: October 15, 2017
3rd payment: $3750.00 due: January 15, 2018

Part time
Pay-As-You-Go Enrollment:
Part-time students may enroll in the Atelier for one or more weeks at the following rate:

Full days (30 hrs./wk.):
$415.00/wk. for 4 weeks or more
$475.00/wk. for 1, 2 or 3 weeks

Half days (15 hrs./wk.):
$235.00/wk. for 4 weeks or more
$260.00/wk. for 1, 2 or 3 weeks

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Course languages English
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Full time: USD 11250 / year

The Ryder Studio

1807 2nd St, #31

Santa Fe, United States

Aurora by Anthony J. Ryder

Raven by Anthony J. Ryder

Reverse by Anthony J. Ryder

Bill Cowdy by Anthony J. Ryder

Mind and Heart by Anthony J. Ryder

Murex by Anthony J. Ryder

Randall Orwig by Anthony J. Ryder

Meditation 1 by John Reger

M. Tobias Hall by Anthony J. Ryder

Trevor Burrowes by Anthony J. Ryder

Maribou La Tour by Anthony J. Ryder

Alisabeth Brown by Anthony J. Ryder

Haydyn Jackson by Anthony J. Ryder

Swan Lake by Celeste Ryder

Swiftly Passing by Celeste Ryder

Donna Chamisa by Deborah Allison

Triangulum (Michele's Missing Key) by M. Tobias Hall

Cinzia by Anna Wakitsch

Marguerite by Anna Wakitsch