Rob is known for his inspiring and informative teaching style. He teaches at The Art League of Virginia and holds workshops throughout the U.S. and abroad. He regularly tours students through the great museums of Europe, garnering from his extensive knowledge of the old European masters and is a visiting instructor at The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, demonstrating old masters’ techniques. Rob also teaches and demos regularly for The American Portrait Society. For American Artist Magazine, he was asked to pioneer one of their first online teaching courses and taught regularly at their “Weekend with the Masters” workshops. Responding to the growing need for classical art instruction on those unable to travel, Liberace Studio has produced a series of tutorial dvds in which Rob demonstrates his techniques focusing on figure, portrait and anatomy. He has written articles on technique for both American Artist and The Artist’s magazines.
List updated April 2018 (ordered by date)
The Portrait Society of America’s 2018 Art of The Portrait Conference
Hyatt Regency, Reston, Virginia
April 19-22, 2018
On Thursday, April 19, 9 am-4 pm, Rob will be teaching a workshop, Robert Liberace: A Master’s Eye – Drawing Workshop (full).
On Friday, from 7:30-10 pm, Rob, along with fellow artist Rose Frantzen, will be painting figure demos.
On Saturday, from 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Rob will be doing a demo on the main stage (ballroom) called “Expressive Portrait in a Limited Palette” where he will demonstrate how the efficient use of using only three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue, can create a full range of flesh hues as satisfying as using a complex color palette.
Southern Atelier, Sarasota Florida
WORKSHOP AND EXHIBITION
COLOR: GREAT TRADITIONS EXPLORED
May 15-18, 2018
Rob will be teaching a workshop as well as having a joint art exhibition with artists Dan Thompson and Charles Miano.
This class explores the “painterly” approach in the manner of 16th Venetian painting and drawing. This idea is represented best by North Italian Renaissance artists such as Titian and Veronese and influenced painters from Velasquez to Sargent. The “colorito” approach involves more mass oriented drawing materials such as charcoal, pastels and ink wash, and the painting method stresses the broad application of paint with an emphasis on color resulting in pictures with an atmospheric subtlety. The first two days will concentrate on drawing using the traditional mediums of ink wash and charcoals. Day three and four will be focused on painting both the portrait and figure. Go to the Southern Atelier website for more info or to sign up.
North River Arts, Marshfield, Massachusetts
THE DYNAMIC FIGURE: A CLASSICAL APPROACH
June 22-24, 2018
This class, taking place in a lovely New England town just south of Boston, will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists use to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. The renowned technique of red chalk drawing will be featured along with intensive sculptural oil painting (full color) with an emphasis on form and modeling. Special emphasis on the anatomy of the figure and portrait will be given. Demonstrations will focus on materials, paper preparation and painting and drawing technique. We will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists use to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. The renowned technique of red chalk drawing will be featured along with intensive sculptural oil painting (full color) with an emphasis on form and modeling. Special emphasis on the anatomy of the figure and portrait will be given. Demonstrations will focus on materials, paper preparation and painting and drawing technique. For more information go to northriverarts.org or call 781-837-8091.
Warehouse 521, Nashville, Tennessee
THE PORTRAIT AND FIGURE: DRAWING AND ALLA PRIMA
July 9-12, 2018, Monday through Thursday, 9:30-4:30
This class will explore both the organized and elegant manner of classical drawing and the dynamic, fresh approach of contemporary alla prima painting. Though each style has a distinctive character, together they provide the artist with a complete understanding of artistic technique. The first part of the week will focus on drawing methods with an emphasis on form and light. The later part will concentrate on the spirited technique of alla prima, (“wet into wet” application of paint) which will center on color and paint dynamics. Demonstrations will be given each day that will illustrate each approach. Visit Warehouse 521’s website for more information.
The Art League of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia
VELAZQUEZ TO SOROLLA: EXPLORING THE SPANISH CLASSICAL TRADITION
September 10-14, 2018
Explore the great Spanish artists of the past: their unique and dynamic approach to painting and their influence on modern painting. Study distinguished masters such as Velazquez and Fortuny for their special manner of handling paint, examine and practice Sorolla’s distinctive color approach. From genuine period pigments to bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics and attributes of each artistÕs palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figure both costumed and nude. Model fees are extra. See The Art League website for info.
Whidbey Island Fine Arts, Langley, Whidbey Island, Washington State
FRANS HALS: BIRTH OF A PAINTERLY PORTRAIT
October 4, 5, 6, 7, 2018
Frans Hals was the first portrait painter to merge rigorous naturalism with effortless and economical virtuosity. His sublime approach signaled the beginning of alla prima painting and influenced some of the greatest painters of the nineteenth century such as Zorn, Sorolla, and Sargent. This class will explore the methods and materials of this great Dutch master and apply them in the studio by creating portraits inspired by his impeccable grace and fluidity. Go to the Whidbey Island Fine Art website for more information and to enroll.
Village Arts of Putney, Putney Vermont
DRAWING THE EXPRESSIVE PORTRAIT
October 29,30, 31, 2018
From DaVinci’s screaming soldiers to Hals Laughing Cavaliers, the history of art is full of powerful examples of the portrait portrayed expressively. This workshop will focus on rendering the complexities of the human portrait in an active manner by studying the aspects of facial anatomy which convey expression. Each day a different emotion will be studied and rendered in a variety of drawing styles. For more information contact Penelope at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 802-246-7742.
For information on The Art League of Virginia’s Friday classes see link for The Art League in top bar.