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Tony Ryder

TaylorTony Ryder

Taught yearly workshops at BACAG 2001-till present
Is one of the most extraordinary draftsmen, and one of the most gifted artists of our times. His knowledge is vast and his paintings and drawings are exquisitely executed.
Tony is the author of one of the best-selling books on figure drawing.
The Artist’s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing: A Contemporary Perspective on the Classical Tradition was published in 2000.

He has received exhibition prizes and fellowships from the Salmagundi Club and Art Students League in NYC, and from the La Napoule Foundation (France). Tony is the founder of the Ryder Studio School in Santa Fe, NM.

Since 1988, he has taught at the New York Academy of Art, the Art Students League in NYC, the Gage Academy, BACAG, and across the United States in a variety of private schools and organizations.

He graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy, and went to art school at the Rhode Island School of Design, and the Art Students League (NYC). From 1983 to 1989 he studied oil painting and drawing from life in New York City and in France with master artist and teacher Ted Seth Jacobs.

In 1985 Ted asked him to substitute teach his figure drawing class at the New York Academy of Art. Since that time, he has taught life drawing and painting at the Art Student’s League of New York, and the Seattle Academy of Fine Art, and in many other schools around the country, and in France, to countless students of all levels.

“The things I learned from Ted are a priceless heritage, a truly sublime, highly informed and culturally refined approach to portraiture and the study of the figure, rooted in a continuous teaching tradition reaching back to the time of the Renaissance.”

Teacher Mentor Taught at BACAG 2001-2005 provided the inspiration that lead to the creation of Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier. Continues to support and encourage the progression of the contemporary classical movement.
To see a detailed list of his exhibits

Visit Tony’s website at


  Two Flowers   Justine   Gabrille


Ted Seth Jacobs

Ted Seth Jacobs

Taught at BACAA Restructured Realism Programs
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
Ted Seth Jacobs world-renowned draftsman, painter, and art teacher, with more than 60 years of professional practice behind him. He is the author of three books on the arts, Light for the Artist (1986) Drawing with an Open Mind (1985) and Dictionary of human form, (2009)
Ted Jacobs taught at the Art Students League 1946, he was one the founding faculties in New York Academy of Art and the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 1987 founded his school Ecole Albert Defois Vihiers, France.
In 2004, he taught a series of lectures at Studio Incamminati, in Philadelphia, PA. His lectures were about representing human structure and action. He is the author of A Dictionary of Human Form. He has had more than sixty one-man exhibitions, in New York City, Boston, Washington DC, Biarritz and elsewhere. He has received countless notable commissions in all genres: portrait, mural, landscape, and still-life, and received numerous awards and prizes for his work. He is renowned for his strong influence on two generations of artist-draftsmen, and artist-teachers, including: Anthony Ryder, Jacob Collins, and Michael Grimaldi, Andrew Reiss, Dennis Cheaney, Michelle Tully, Timothy Stotz, Linda Dulaney among many others. Ted Jacobs’ studio-residence in Les Cerqueux sous Passavant, France is listed on the national registry of museums, and houses much of his work from 1985 onwards.

Ted Seth Jacobs
Mes IllusionsLes Cerqueux sous Passavant
49310 France
Tel/ (0)2 41 59 57 55
Website :
NB/ All work done only from life or imagination. No photographic aids ever employed.
Born 11th June 1927
1943 Art Diploma, Long Beach High School NY.
1943 Studied at The Art Students League of New York (ASL)
Instructors/ Dumond, Zorach, Reilly, Sternberg.
Painting, Drawing, Sculpture.

 Books by Ted:Ted’s Portrait Painting at BACAA of Clody-Demo 12/08

Drawing with an Open Mind

Light for the Artist

A Dictionary of Human Form




The Art of Ted Seth Jacobs
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Michael Grimaldi

Michael Self PortraitMichael Grimaldi

Taught at BACAA, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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Michael Grimaldi has studied painting and drawing at the Art Student’s League of NY, The National Academy, The New York Studio School, The Ecole Albert Defois, The Water Street Atelier and independent studies in anatomy and dissection at Facultad Medicina, Argentina.

Mr. Grimaldi has taught figure and portrait drawing and painting at The School of Visual Arts, NY; The National Academy, NY; The Seattle Academy of Fine Arts, WA; The Water Street Atelier, NY; Studio Incamminati, PA; Studio 126, NY, and at the Grand Central Academy of Art, Janus NY, which he co-founded, Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier, San Carlos, CA.

Exhibitions include: Arcadia Gallery NY, Arnot Museum, Forbes Magazine Collection, Forum Gallery NY, National Academy Museum NY, The John Pence Gallery CA, and the De Young Museum CA.

Awards include: The Edward G. McDowell Travel Grant (1993), Stacey Foundation Grant (1998 & 1999), The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (1999 & 2002), an Artist in Residence Fellowship from The Forbes Foundation (2002), and The Alma Schapiro Prize: Affiliated Fellowship, American Academy in Rome (2007).

Michael Grimaldi’s website:

Michael Grimaldi: Summer 2011


Kerry Dunn

Taught 2015 scheduled to teach 2016


A Studio Incamminati graduate and instructor Kerry was named “one of 25 Artists of Tomorrow” by American Artist magazine. His self-portrait was awarded Best in Show in the Portrait Society of America’s 2013 International Portrait Competition and was featured on the cover of American Art Collector. Kerry also earned a Certificate of Excellence in the Portrait Society of America’s 2009 competition and earned an Exceptional Merit Award from the society in 2007. In 2010, he was awarded First Prize in the Laumeister Fine Art Competition at the Bennington Center for the Arts and received Best in Show at the Salmagundi Club’s 2009 annual Juried Painting and Sculpture Exhibition for Non-Members. Kerry was one of four studio artists chosen by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for the initial Face to Face: The Craniofacial Program Portrait Project. He was a finalist in the 2008 American Artist Magazine self-portrait competition and had work accepted into The 2008 Biennial: Contemporary American Realism at the Fort Wayne Museum. His work and teaching methods have been featured in American Artist magazine and exhibited in numerous group exhibitions and private collections. Kerry joined Studio Incamminati in 2002 after studying with Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League in New York.


Colleen Barry

Taught at BACAA 2015, scheduled to teach 2016

Colleen currently lives and works in New York City. She has studied at the National Academy of Design, Sam Adoquei’s studio, Andrea Smith’s Harlem Studio of Art, and Jacob Collins’ Water Street Atelier and Hudson River Fellowship. She has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and honors, including Newington Cropsy Award, given by Greg Wyatt in 2004, which sent her to Italy to study the Italian masters. Among others, she exhibited her work at the National Academy of Art, The National Arts Club, the Cork Gallery, Frost & Ree.


Graydon Parrish

Taught at BACAA 2014, 2015 Scheduled to teach twice 2016


Graydon Parrish received his training at the New York Academy of Art where he earned his MFA and in the private atelier of Michael Aviano. Later he continued his education studying art history at Amherst College and assisting Gerald M. Ackerman on the catalogue raisonees of Jean-Léon Gérôme and Charles Bargue. This contributed to his deep understanding of 19th century artistic practices, philosophies and criticisms. Parrish has lectured at the Clark Art Institute, the University of Hartford, the Austin Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Today, Parrish’s work can be found in many public collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Butler Art Institute and the Blanton Museum of Art as well as the personal collections of Michael Huffington, Christopher Forbes and Carmen Dell’Orefice.

BioGraydon Parrish received his training at the New York Academy of Art where he earned his MFA and in the private atelier of Michael Aviano. Later he continued his education studying art history at Amherst College and assisting Gerald M. Ackerman on the catalogue raisonees of Jean-Léon Gérôme and Charles Bargue. This contributed to his deep understanding of 19th century artistic practices, philosophies and criticisms. Parrish has lectured at the Clark Art Institute, the University of Hartford, the Austin Museum of Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Today, Parrish’s work can be found in many public collections including the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Butler Art Institute and the Blanton Museum of Art as well as the personal collections of Michael Huffington, Christopher Forbes and Carmen Dell’Orefice.



Jon deMartin

Julie with a gold bandJon deMartin

Taught at BACAA 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015

Jon received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, NY. He studied with Michael Aviano, Gustav Rehberger, Nelson Shanks and independently with Daniel Greene. Additionally, he trained in cast drawing with Millet Andrejevic and Edward Schmidt. He is represented by Hirschl & Adler, New York; John Pence Gallery, San Francisco; and The Classical Gallery, Alexandria VA. He is also an instructor at the Art Students League, NY; the Lyme Academy, CT and the New York Academy.








Dan Thompson

Self Portrait after PalmerDan Thompson

Taught in 07, 08, 09,10,11,12, 13,14, 2015
Scheduled to teach Summer 2015

In 2001, Dan Thompson was awarded the Grand Prize for his self-portrait at the American Society of Portrait Artists competition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Some of Dan’s other honors include two Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grants, The Stobart Foundation Grant, two  Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Awards from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC, two artist in residences from the Forbes Foundation, and The Walter Erlebacher Award from the New York Academy of Art.

Dan Thompson is a founding member of the Janus Collaborative School of Art and the Grand Central Academy in New York. He received his BFA from the prestigious Corcoran School of Art in Washington D.C. and his MFA from The New York Academy of Art. His teaching experience includes positions at the Art Students League of New York and Studio Incamminati, where he teaches painting.  He is also a professor of drawing at Parsons The New School for Design and The New York Academy of Art.  In 2007, Dan was selected as an ARC Living Master Artist.

Dan’s work is included in the collections of The University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD, American University in Washington, D.C, Joh. Barth & Sohn, in Nuremburg, Germany, and in other private collections throughout the United States, and as well as in the Middle East.

Persian Archer Amy Dream of Yusef Oakwie


Juliette Aristides

Seated NudeJuliette Aristides

Taught at BACAA 2007, 2008 , 2010, 2011,2012, 2013,2014, 2015

Scheduled to teach 4th week of August Summer Program 2016

Juliette Aristides is a Seattle based painter who seeks to understand and convey the human spirit through art. Aristides is the Director of the Classical Atelier at Gage Academy of Fine Art in Seattle, WA since 1998.  Author of the Classical Drawing Atelier, Classical Painting Atelier and the forthcoming book Lessons in Classical Drawing with Publishers Watson-Guptill, NY. Aristides has frequently contributed to Artists Magazine. Her work has been featured in national magazines such as Art Connoisseur, American Art Collector and international magazines such as Gulf Connoisseur Magazine.She is a recipient of the Elizabeth Greenshields Grant. Aristides has been listed as a living master by the Art Renewal Center.  She exhibits in one person and group shows nationally and is represented by Skotia Gallery in Santa Fe, NM and John Pence Gallery in San Fransisco, CA. To see some of her work go to: Her teaching website where you can see student work and instruction for the Classical Atelier can be seen by visiting: 



Workshop: April 2-6,2012


Books by Juliette:

Classical Drawing Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice

Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice

Lessons in Classical Drawing: Essential Techniques from Inside the Atelier




Patricia Watwood

GeminiPatricia Watwood

Taught at BACAA 2011

Patricia Watwood has exhibited at galleries and institutions worldwide such as Hirschl & Adler and Forbes Gallery in NYC, Galerie Albert Benamou in Paris, and John Pence in San Francisco. Museum shows include the Oglethorpe, Arnot, Joseloff, Bruce, and Dahesh. Artistic success, for Watwood, was born out of natural talent and her diligent studies, having earned an MFA with Honors from New York Academy of Art and studying with Jacob Collins of the Water Street Atelier, and Ted Seth Jacobs at the Ecole Albert Defois in France.

Watwood states, “Formal training is the indispensable underpinning of my practice. I seek to follow and build upon the artistic intelligence and traditions of the past, and bring them anew to my own generation.” Watwood’s style is Contemporary Classicism, which combines classical painting techniques with the language of representation. Representation (painting recognizable objects) makes our common visual language a means of communication between viewer and artist, and the painting can become like a poem that the viewer reads and relates to their own experience.

A survey of Watwood’s paintings from 2000-present can be seen this October to December 2011 in a solo show at the St. Louis University Museum of Art, entitled “Patricia Watwood: Myths & Individuals”. The show travels to the Forbes Gallery in NYC for exhibit ion February to April 2012.

Aside from studio painting, Watwood has been an adjunct professor of drawing at New York Academy of Art and has given lectures and workshops across the country with Teaching Studios of Art, BACAA, the Portrait Society of America, and Studio Incamminati. She is a writer and blog contributor for American Artist and Artist Daily publications.

CV for Patricia Watwood



Edward Minoff- August 2013

Meredith, 9x 9 inches, Pencil and White Chalk on Prepared Paper

Edward Minoff

Taught, 2012, 2013, 2014

Edward Minoff graduated with honors from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Throughout high school and college he

studied painting and sculpture at the Art Students League of New York, The National Academy School of Design and at Vassar College. After co-founding the animation house, AMPnyc, he began to study at the Water Street Atelier with Jacob Collins. The lure of the studio proved irresistable, so he left his animation company to devote himself entirely to painting, later journeying to Florence to study at the Florence Academy of Art. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at the Grand Central Academy, Columbia University and was a co-founder of the Hudson River Fellowship.


Exhibitions include: John Pence Gallery in San Francisco , Cavalier Galleries in Nantucket and Greenwich, CT, Gallery Henoch in NYC, Forbes Magazine Collection in NYC, The National Arts Club in NYC,  The Fort Wayne Museum of Art in Fort Wayne, IN, among others. 



Linda Dulaney

EvanLinda Dulaney-Founder Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier

Teaches Weekly drawing and Painting Classes.

Visit the BACAA Classes Page.

My interest in portraiture began when I was very young. I continued to develop this passion by drawing and painting portraits. In 1996 I was fortunate enough to connect with Tony Ryder a contemporary realist master who became my mentor and teacher.





Tony Ryder is the author of The Artists Complete Guide To Figure Drawing 2000

From 1998 -2006 I studied with Tony Ryder, I attended various yearly workshops that he taught. In 2001 Tony encouraged me to establish Bay Area Classical Artist Guild. From 2001-2005 Tony taught at BACAG here in the San Francisco Bay Area. In late 2005, Tony encouraged me to open an art school where I could share the methods and techniques that I had learned. In 2006, I founded the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier.
Portrait Painting of Evan by Linda Dulaney
I completed my studies with Master artistTed Seth Jacobs Master from France. I studied Restructured Realism for 3 consecutive sessions at BACAA

It is a most rewarding experience studying with Ted he has opened new horizons for me and I am seeing the figure in a whole new organic way. Visit Linda’s Blog

My portraits of Evan and Clody are currently in exhibition at the Caldwell Gallery Redwood City, CaIn 2004 I was asked to paint the Portrait of Dr. Leslie Holmes former senior pastor of the historic church of First Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh PA. My portrait painting of Dr. Leslie Holmes was unveiled November 5, 2006 at the First Presbyterian Church Pittsburgh PA. In fall of 2007 American Artist Magazine featured a 12 page article about BACAA and my drawings of self portrait , JR and Bridgitte were published in the article. My portrait Drawing of JR and my self portrait were published in the Portrait Society of America Art of the Portrait issue Jan 2008 Art. My portrait drawing of Walter is printed in the PSA Third Quarter 2006 issue of The Art of The Portrait Newsletter. My portrait commissions are in many private collections in the US.

Linda Dulaney Bio

Former Executive Director of ARC
Member California Art Club
Member of Portrait Society of America
My favorite art gallery is the John Pence Gallery San Francisco
Teacher and mentor Tony Ryder & Ted Seth Jacobs Michael Grimaldi
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Darren Kinglsey

Sefl PortraitDarren Kinglsey

Taught in 2011 returns April 2013
Darren studied at Studio Incamminati Professional Program with Nelson Shanks, he has studied with Michael Grimaldi, Anthony Ryder, Robert Liberace and Ted Seth Jacobs. Prior to his arrival at Studio Incamminati, Darren studied at the Art Students’ League in New York, and spent four years at The Atelier in Minneapolis, where he also served as a drawing and painting instructor.

Darren is a member of Studio Incamminati’s Professional Program faculty and has conducted a workshop in Form Painting with the Figure with fellow instructor, Stephen Early. His teaching experience also includes the Portfolio Programs Figure Drawing & Painting and Figure Drawing in Graphite as well teaching in the Nelson Shanks Intensive and Advanced Painting Workshops at Studio Incamminati and the Armory Arts Center workshops in West Palm Beach, FL.
In the year 2000, he won the prestigious American Society of Classical Realism Scholarship, and was a finalist in American Artist Magazine’s Realism Today competition. He participated in the Studio Incamminati group exhibitions at the Union League Club of Philadelphia; the Chauncey Center, Princeton, NJ; Daylesford Abbey, Paoli, PA; and the annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tour exhibition at Studio Incamminati. His work is in the collection of the Union League of Philadelphia and Studio Incamminati as well as many private collections including the collection of Nelson and Leona Shanks, Dr. & Mrs. Allen Kwon, Mr. Christopher Cimarusti, Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Paneyko and the Larry and Anne Hall Collection. Darren is represented by the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco.

Mark Andrea Legs Irma Pencil

Noah Buchanan

Taught 2011 - To Present

Scheduled to teach summmer workshop 2013 Structure and Anatomy drawing classes

Noah Buchanan was born in 1976, raised in Southern California. In 1994, he began his artistic studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he studied classical painting and drawing as well as extensive studies in human anatomy. He received a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 from University of California, Santa Cruz where he studied closely under Frank Galuszka. In 2002, he received a Masters of Fine Arts from the New York Academy of Art where he studied with Martha Erlebacher, Steven Assael and Vincent Desiderio. Noah has received a number of awards and 4 Individual Artist Grants; the Stobart Foundation Grant, The Posey Foundation Award.The Stacey Award as well as the Sugarman Award. Other noteworthy awards include The Congressional Art Award and the Chancellor’s Award; University of California at Santa Cruz. chanan has participated in exhibitions in New York, Pennsylvania and California. He has exhibited internationally in London and Aberdeen, Scotland. His paintings and drawings are featured in private and public collections throughout the United States. The artist shows with John Pence Gallery in San Francisco and Artists’ House Gallery in Philadelphia. He teaches painting and drawing at colleges in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in New York City. He currently lives in Manhattan where he teaches at the New York Academy of Art. His work is based in the academic tradition of the figure, and favors themes of the mythic, symbolic and heroic. He is primarily interested in depicting the human figure as an anatomical event, which houses the spirit of the human condition. 

EXHIBITIONS 2010 John Pence Gallery. The Human Figure. San Francisco, CA .Artists’ House Gallery. Group Exhibition. Philadelphia, PA. Artists’ House Gallery. Sound and Silence. Philadelphia, PA 2009. Medialia Gallery. The Protean Body. New York, NY Artists’ House Gallery. Group Exhibition. Philadelphia, PA2008 John Pence Gallery. Drawings. San Francisco, CA.  Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Shrine Dedication. La Crosse, WI. Triton Museum of Art. Still Life. Santa Clara, CA.2007 John Pence Gallery. Summer in San Francisco. Triton Museum of Art. Drawings: Visions, Surfaces and Beyond. Santa Clara, CA. John Pence Gallery. Drawings and Small Still Life. San Francisco, CA. Artists’ House Gallery. Group Exhibition. Philadelphia, PA. 2006 Artists’ House Gallery. December Small Works Exhibition. Philadelphia, PA.



Douglas Flynt 

2005 WORKSHOP STUDY with instructor Anthony Ryder
2001-2003 WATER STREET ATELIER (Primary Instructor Jacob Collins), Brooklyn, New York
2000-2002 MASTER OF FINE ARTS, New York Academy of Art, Graduate School of Figurative Art
1999-2000 APPRENTICESHIP (Edward Jonas, Vice Chair of the Portrait Society of America, portrait artist and sculptor), Tallahassee, Florida
1996-2000 BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS IN STUDIO ART, Florida State University

2006-2008 ONGOING ATELIER APPRECTICESHIP (Instructor), Flynt Atelier, Fort Myers, FL



Dennis Cheaney

Green PearsDennis Cheaney

Taught 2009 
“If you are searching for an instructor who has extensive information, presented in a clear and understandable manner, I highly recommend that you take advantage of the workshop presented by my former student, Dennis Cheaney. He has a very clear grasp of my principles, and teaches them quietly and patiently, but effectively. For beginners, I don’t know of a better workshop, and the more advanced will profit from his vast knowledge base.Ted Seth Jacobs 1/09”

Dennis has studied at the Ecole Albert Defois with the eminent artist and portraitist Ted Seth Jacobs, in New York at the Water Street Atelier with the noted artists Jacob Collins and Michael Grimaldi and at the Art Students’ League of NY with Deane Keller. He carries a MFA (1998) from the New York Academy of Art in New York City and a BA (1995) in Mathematics from the University of Southern California.
Mr. Cheaney has taught drawing and painting from life at the New England Realist Art Center, MA, which he founded in 2003, and figure drawing workshops and still life painting at the Copley Society of art in Boston. Dennis is scheduled to teach classes at the Academy duCret in New Jersey as well as at the New York Academy of Art in 2008.

Dennis’ paintings have earned him several awards, including a Director’s Choice Award from the Copley Society (2006), the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant for figure painting (2000) and an Andy Warhol Foundation Scholarship (1997 & 1998) to the NYAA. Dennis has exhibited in Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Texas, Canada and France. He is represented by the Copley Society of art and the Brigham Galleries on Nantucket.

Dennis Cheaney’s website: