By Tom Ryan, courtesy National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

April 7-Nov. 11 – National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
From Art is not easy. Even those with natural ability often attend schools and studios to learn the principles. Western artist, Tom Ryan (1922-2011), invested six years and three schools in his education; but what did he study? What was it like at the Art Students League in 1951? His lecture notes and assignments answer these questions and more. Step into the classroom with Ryan as he takes “General Illustration” with famed teacher Frank Reilly. Learn the principles of art as he did; the meaning of snow on the shoulders; the difference between hues and values; the importance of anatomy; and the draftsmanship precision of perspective. The exhibition runs daily until Nov. 11. For details, visit

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