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Anthony J. Ryder

    Anthony J (Tony) Ryder joined Ted Seth Jacobs' evening life painting class on January 17th, 1983 at the Art Students League of New York. He studied with Ted from 1983 to 1989 in New York City and in France at Ted's school, the Ecole Albert Defois. Tony began his teaching career in 1985 when Ted asked him to substitute teach his life drawing class. His instructional style combines abundant class demonstrations with careful, personal attention to each student. He is supportive, encouraging and generous with information. He loves to draw and paint, and to explain the processes of drawing and painting to his students. His book The Artist's Complete Guide to Figure Drawing, published by Watson-Guptill, was released in 2000. In 2007 he opened his school, The Ryder Studio. He and his wife Celeste live in Santa Fe, NM.  His work can be viewed online at:

    To Professor Ryder on the eve of his accession to the Jacobs' Chair of Philosophical Drawing

                                                         TSJ 1985

    Painting & Drawing from Life

    Tony specializes in teaching "Poster Study," "Life Drawing," "Portrait Painting and Drawing," and "Figure and Still Life Painting."

    He teaches these subjects in workshops, and as part of the 24-week long Ryder Studio Atelier.

    The Ryder Studio

    Santa Fe, NM

    Fleisher Art Memorial
    Philadelphia, PA

    Sag Harbor Fine Arts Center

    Long Island, NY

    Studio Escalier
    Argenton-Chateau, France
    Studio Incamminati
    Philadelphia, PA
    Hamptons Studio of Fine Art
    Riverhead, NY
    Andreeva Portrait Academy
    Santa Fe, NM

    Gage Academy
    Seattle, WA
    LA Academy of Figurative Art
    Van Nuys, CA
    Southgate Studio
    Franklin, Tennessee 

    Valdes Art Workshops
    Santa Fe, NM

    Artisan School of Fine Art
    Santa Fe, NM

    Armory Art Center
    W. Palm Beach, FL 

    San Mateo, CA

    Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center
    Maui, HI

    Water Street Atelier
    Brooklyn, NY

    Fine Arts Center

    Breckenridge, TX
    Art Students League

    New York, NY

    New York Academy of Art

    New York, NY


    Haynes Galleries

    Thomaston, ME
    Steven Boone Gallery

    Santa Fe, NM
    Canyon Road Contemporary Art

    Santa Fe, NM
    Jenkins-Johnson Gallery

    San Francisco, CA
    Andreeva Portrait Gallery

    Santa Fe, NM
    van de Griff/Claudia Marr Gallery

    Santa Fe, NM
    John Pence Gallery

    San Francisco, CA
    Valdes Art Workshops

    Santa Fe, NM
    Realist Gallery

    Santa Fe, NM
    Fletcher Gallery

    Santa Fe, NM
    Museum of Realism

    Ecole Albert Defois

    Anjou, France
    Salmagundi Club

    New York, NY
    Union League Club

    New York, NY
    New York Academy of Art

    New York, NY
    Art Student's League

    New York, NY

    Anthony Ryder’s work is in many private collections.


    January, 2000 

    The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing 

    September, 2001  

    Classical Drawing in Three Stages

    American Artist Magazine
    Winter, 2004  

    Anthony Ryder, Dedicated Realist

    Journal of the Portrait Society of Atlanta
    April, 2006  

    In Peak Form

    Artist’s Magazine
    October, 2008 

    School of Light

    American Art Collector 
    Spring 2010 
    The Ryder Studio School: Drawing on Light and Form

    American Artist Drawing Magazine
    Studios for the Serious Pursuit of Art Education

    American Artist Studios 

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