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Tony Ryder Portrait Drawing Master Workshop July 30-August 3, 2018

Non Symbolic Portrait Drawing Master Workshop.

July 30-August 3, 2018

Hours: 10:45-5:15 p.m daily excepting weekend.

Lunch: 1:30 p.m -2:15 p.m.

Non-symbolic drawing represents what we see with our eyes, not substituting ideograms, like present day ‘emojis’. In learning to draw non-symbolically we develop an understanding of the building blocks of visual experience: the form of things, and the light by means of which we see this form. We become aware of the fact that in all of nature in general, and in the human figure and portrait in particular, there is a certain wonderfully beautiful kind of formal structure about which there has for centuries been a special knowledge and language. We who practice the art of drawomgfrom life study this knowledge. 

Form drawing is a way of painting that is one with the understanding of form and light. It is a methodical way of processing and representing our perception of the appearance of the model. Through the agency of light, a great quantity of information shines from the model. In form drawing we learn how to format and sequentialize that information, and bring it into our drawing one pencil stroke at a time.  

In this portrait drawing workshop Tony demonstrates form drawing on a toned paper.  He illustrates the block-in and refinement of the drawing. He shows and explains how he sees. He explains and demonstrates the logic of the method of drawing from dark to light. He describes in great detail the forms of the head, their fluid shapes, convex surfaces and how they fit together. He shows how he builds the painting from the drawing up, again and again with each form, unified by the perception of the organization of the form of the model and the coherent action of the light.  

Cost: $850 Summer 2018 

BACAA Tony Ryder 2018 Registration Form (PDF) soon to be posted

Registration form/Terms and conditions must be signed and emailed prior to payment.

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Partial Payments are not accepted. 

We do not accept cash.

All tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable. 

Registration form/Terms and conditions must be signed prior to attendance 


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969 G Edgewater Blvd

Foster City, CA 94404





345 Quarry Rd

San Carlos, CA 94070






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