Ted Seth Jacobs

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Ted Seth Jacobs

In found memory of world-renowned artist Ted Seth Jacobs. Please rest in peace, and know that your work will live on. The instruction and knowledge you shared has created some of the best artists of our time. The Bay Area Classical Artist Atelier is proud to have known, learned from, and hosted Ted’s work shops at BACAA Studios in California and at Ted’s Ecole Albert Defois Bellevue Studio in France.

Taught at BACAA Restructured Realism Programs:
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Taught with BACAA at Ted’s Ecole Albert Defois Bellevue Studio Restructured Realism Programs:
2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

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

Website/ www.bwwsociety.org/gallery/tedsethjacobs.htm

Website/ www.artrenewal.org/articles/2002/Dictionary/form1.asp

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.

BACAA of Clody-Demo 12/08

 Books by Ted Seth Jacobs:
Drawing with an Open Mind

Light for the Artist

A Dictionary of Human Form

Drawing with an Open Mind


The Art of Ted Seth Jacobs

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Michael Grimaldi

Michael Self Portrait

Michael 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

Patricia Watwood


Patricia 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

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

Edward Minoff

Taught, 2012 scheduled to teach August 6-11, 2013

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. 

Tony Ryder


TaylorTony Ryder

Taught yearly workshops at BACAG 2001-2005

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


Noah Buchanan

Taught 2011, 2012

Scheduled to teach summer 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. Buchanan 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.