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.
Last updated July 2018 (ordered by date)
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 figures 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 4-7, 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 29-31, 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 email@example.com or call 802-246-7742.
Figurative Art Convention and Expo, Miami, Florida
THE ANATOMY EXPLORED IN RED CHALK
November 7-10, 2018
From Da Vinci’s sublime studies to Michelangelo’s muscular creations, the study of anatomy has inspired extraordinary achievements in the history of art. We can see that their work was shaped by a deep knowledge of the human machine and that this zest for learning led directly to works of absolute mastery. This class will explore the style and substance of figure drawing, viewed through the prism of human anatomy. The anatomical structures of the body will be drawn using the traditional technique of red chalk, the quintessential master tool for describing the warmth and energy of the human body.
This will be a traditional workshop as part of the conference, where you draw along with Rob. He will teach from the stage, with large-screen monitors showing slides and strokes. A materials list will be provided for registered workshop attendees.
Must be a registered attendee of the main FACE event to attend. Attendance is limited. For more information go to https://figurativeartconvention.com.
Thee Art League of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia
DaVINCI AND THE RENAISSANCE PORTRAIT EXPLORED
December 14-16, 2018
DaVinci’s penetrating portraits are models of technical clarity uniquely blending the traditions of the past with a particular modern spirit. Students in this class will follow his approach from preparatory chalk drawing to monochrome grisaille right up to the finished glaze of color as they create portraits inspired by the great Renaissance master’s example. Models will be costumed in Renaissance garb in order to evoke the rich history of the period. Model fees are extra. See The Art League website for info.
Scottsdale Artists School, Scottsdale, Arizona
THE FIGURE IN ACTION
January 21- 25, 2019
The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting have influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on the arrangement of the model and painting and drawing technique. For information see the Scottsdale Artists School website.
$825 + $50 model fee/ 5 days
Valeri Atelier, San Francisco, California
ANATOMY EXPLORED IN RED CHALK
May 7-10, 2019
From DaVinci’s sublime studies to Michelangelo’s muscular creations, the study of anatomy has inspired extraordinary achievements in the history of art. We can see that their work was shaped by a deep knowledge of the human machine and that this zest for learning led directly to works of absolute mastery. This class will explore the style and substance of figure drawing viewed through the prism of human anatomy. The anatomical structures of the body will be described using the traditional technique of red chalk, which is the quintessential master tool for describing the warmth and energy of the human body. See Sadie Valeri Atelier website for more information.
Franciscan Life Process Center, Lowell, Michigan
June 13-15, 2019
EXPLORING DRAWING AND PAINTING FROM THE CLASSIC TO THE CONTEMPORARY
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 more complete understanding of artistic technique. The first part of the class will focus on drawing methods with an emphasis on form and light. The final days 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 which will illustrate each approach. For information and registration call Kathy at 616-897-7842 or see the Franciscan Life Process Center website.
The Flemish Classical Atelier, Bruges, Belgium
A MODERN APPROACH TO THE CLASSIC FIGURE
Jul 15-26, 2019
This two-week class takes place in gorgeous and historic Bruges, “The Venice of the North” and will explore both classic method of figure drawing and the modern manner of alla prima oil painting with an emphasis on modeling and finish. The first week will be devoted to red chalk and silverpoint drawing using modern drawing tools and focusing on anatomical precision. The complexities of drawing technique including hatching and sculptural modeling will be highlighted.
The final week will focus on the alla prima painting approach which will allow students to compose a figure painting with the look and finish of classic Renaissance paintings. Though alla prima (the direct manner of finishing a painting while it is wet) is often considered an impressionistic approach, it is also ideal for the careful and thorough modeling which is a hallmark of classical painting. This approach will allow students to thoroughly and efficiently complete a painting without the time consuming classic approach of glazed layers. Methods of drawing, paint manipulation and color arrangement will be included and a thorough analysis of the anatomy will be stressed. See http://www.flemishclassicalatelier.com.
The Art League of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia
BEAUTIFUL REBELLION: THE TRADITION AND TECHNIQUES OF THE PRE-RAPHAELITES
September 9-13, 2019
The 19th century Pre-Raphaelites were inspired to create unusually modern works by studying the forgotten traditions of early Renaissance art. Students in this workshop will explore the materials, methods and the distinctive aesthetic of artists such as Rossetti, Millais and Holman Hunt. Popular narratives in this genre of painting will be recreated by the models as they dress in costumes evoking Shakespeare and the Arthurian legends. Techniques such as silverpoint, tempera, and oils will be examined and demonstrated during the course of the week. Model fees are extra. See The Art League website for info.
Information to come
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