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BACAA EnvironmentBay Area Classical Artist Atelier in the San Francisco Bay Area Mid-Peninsula

BACAA is a recognized institution offering Workshops with eminent teachers of the Contemporary Classical Realist Tradition and weekly Art Classes for artists of all abilities who desire to study drawing and painting in this tradition. We are located 30 minutes south of San Francisco, CA in the beautiful town of  San Carlos CA. The BACAA studio has 25-foot ceilings and high north facing windows, which provide the ideal environment for classical study.

Beginning in 2001, BACAA set a high standard by hosting a successful workshop with Anthony Ryder.  For the last ten years we have successfully hosted distinctive workshops with many esteemed teachers, such as master artist Ted Seth Jacobs, Michael Grimaldi, Dan Thompson, Jon deMartin, Juliette Aristides, and many more. We have developed a relationship with the realist community in the United States as well as in Europe. We now host about ten master workshops per year in addition to our weekly classes.



BACAA WorkshopBACAA is committed to upholding the highest standards of art instruction by providing opportunities for all artists and students including:

  • Drawing and painting workshops taught by master artists
  • Classes for drawing and painting from casts, self-portraits and live models with long pose
  • Seminars and visits of Galleries and museums to create an understanding of these art traditions and why they are indispensable
  • An intimate atelier setting based on the methods and procedures of world renowned artists, mentors Anthony Ryder and Master Artist Ted Seth Jacobs
  • A supportive, collaborative, inspiring, and student-friendly learning environment

This setting is perfect for students to practice atelier traditions and develop skill, fostering artists to carry on the realist tradition and further the tradition as it pertains to contemporary society.

After the success of the 2012 summe Master Intnsive program, BACAA is excited to offer an exciting 3 month summer program June-August 2013  3-month summer program.


Portrait of Evan by Linda Dulaney, Oil on Canvas, 2010History of BACAA

Linda Dulaney, Founder of BACAA, is a lifelong artist who manifested her desire to bring a school to life in the San Francisco Bay Area, based on the ateliers of the Rennaissance and old masters. Starting in the mid 1990s, Linda developed a clear understanding of the style and type of instruction she wanted in an atelier. In 2001, Linda hosted the first workshop with Anthony Ryder in the San Francisco Bay Area. This grew into the Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier providing a unique blend of classical art classes and workshops focused on the use of live models and natural light. BACAA hosts the best Contemporary Classical Artists of our time for these intensive workshops and continues the traditional classical approach to drawing and painting. 

Linda’s teaching experience and artistry comes from years of study with some of the greatest realist artists. Her most influential teachers were Tony Ryder, Ted Seth Jacobs and Michael Grimaldi.
Linda teaches the daytime classes for students of all levels of experience. She is passionate and committed to teaching her students to see the beauty that is conveyed working from natural light. She relentless in furthering the students skills to develop their artwork from life. Her inspiration is to teach her students to discover the fascinating human structure and form.