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
    213
    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. Students will be 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. No class Sept 26th Rosh Hashannah.

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

    Still Life Oil Painting in north light. Inspired by the colorist tradition of the Cape Cod School of Art, students will learn to create form and atmosphere using color. Class is open to all levels of experience. Supply list available at www.melissagryder.com. No Class Sept 26.

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Gryder
    Ages
    18+
    Room Number
    213
    Member Price
    $150
    Non-Member Price
    $175

    Learn to draw the portrait using charcoal. Focus on anatomy, composition as well as capturing the gesture and spirit of the model. Supply list available at www.melissagryder.com. No class Sept 21 or Oct 5. Model fee $40 due with first class

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Gryder
    Ages
    18+
    Room Number
    Offsite
    Member Price
    $225
    Non-Member Price
    $250

    Students will learn good practices for successful plein air painting. Class will meet at an offsite location in the Annaoplis area. Design, color, light, perspective, atmosphere and depth will be discussed. A limited number of plein air french easels will be available for student use upon request. Supply list available at www.melissagryder.com

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

    Still Life Oil Painting in north light. Inspired by the colorist tradition of the Cape Cod School of Art, students will learn to create form and atmosphere using color. Class is open to all levels of experience. Supply list available at www.melissagryder.com.

  • 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.

  • Instructor Name
    Melissa Gryder
    Ages
    18+
    Room Number
    213
    Member Price
    $150
    Non-Member Price
    $175

    Learn to draw the portrait using charcoal. Focus on anatomy, composition as well as capturing the gesture and spirit of the model. No Class Nov 23. Supply list available at www.melissagryder.com Model fee $40 due with first class

Melissa Gryder

Teaching Artist