Contemporary Realism inspired by the Cape School Tradition

Melissa Gryder lives and works in Annapolis, Maryland.  She received her BFA in 1999 from Frostburg State University and went on to continue study at Oxford University and University of North Florida.  She spent over a decade studying portraiture and color extensively with Cedric Egeli, John Ebersberger, and at the Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA.  She has been teaching painting classes in the Annapolis area for over 6 years and at Maryland Hall since 2018.  Locally she is represented at Main Street Gallery.  She has been featured in national juried exhibitions and museum shows throughout the United States. Her works are included in collections in the United States, Japan & England.  She is an active member of Portrait Society of America, Oil Painters of American, American Impressionist Society, Mid-Atlantic Painters Association and the Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.  She is currently the Vice President of the Maryland Society of Portrait Painters, of which she has served on the board for the past 8 years.

 
 
 

When I moved to Annapolis 15 years ago, I was thrilled to discover Maryland Hall. I love how many of the painting instructors at Maryland Hall have been trained in the Cape School tradition. It is a treasure for students to be able to study various subjects of painting with different instructors who share similar backgrounds.

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Melissa Gryder's Classes This Season

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Gryder
    Ages
    18+
    Room Number
    Online
    Member Price
    $200
    Non-Member Price
    $225

    Interested in oil painting, but not sure where to begin? Join us for the basics of oils! Focus of this class will be to build good habits using proper materials and good techniques for successful oil painting. Class open to all levels of study.Supply list available at www.melissagryder.com. This class is taking place remotely. If you have registered, you will receive an email with details on how to access the class.

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Gryder
    Ages
    18+
    Room Number
    214
    Member Price
    $150
    Non-Member Price
    $175

    Focus on teaching fundamentals of landscape painting, teaching students the importance and use of design, composition, perspective, color. Focus will also be on painting in studio from photographic reference using oil paints and advanced students will learn to create larger finished work based on plein air studies. Due to the nature of this class, it may be taken multiple times to develop various skills, meeting each student’s individual needs. Student skill from complete beginner to advanced would be accommodated, focus is on students looking for more information on exploring landscape painting. For more information and supply list, please contact the instructor at info@melissagryder.com. Instructor's website: www.melissagryder.com.

Melissa Gryder

Teaching Artist