Rob Liberace’s Silverpoint and Ink DVD Now Available

Rob demonstrates first in silverpoint and then in ink, favorite materials of both DaVinci and Dürer.


Of all the drawing techniques available to artists, silverpoint and ink are perhaps the most graceful and elegant. These illustrious techniques were the first to be studied by the great masters such as Da Vinci and Dürer and their works demonstrate the unparalleled power and nobility of the media. In this video, Rob will explore this ancient craft by using specially prepared paper, silver stylus tools, and various ink types to show off the graphic beauty of silverpoint and ink with distinctive methods of modeling such as hatching, crosshatching, and linear glazing.

(Also several more DVDs are available as High-Definition downloads now.)


Upcoming Workshops

Rob has upcoming workshops in Scottsdale, Duluth, Atlanta, Orlando, Nashville, Bruges, Whidbey Island, Washington State, and Rochester! Here’s the rundown…

Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale (a suburb of Pheonix), Arizona
February 10-14, 2020
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 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 which will illustrate each approach. Drawing and Oil/ Intermediate to Advanced. $865 + $60 model fee/ 5 days. For more information visit their website.

Great Lakes Academy, Duluth, Minnesota (artist Jeffrey Larson’s Atelier)
March 19-21, 2020
The old masters created extraordinary drawings using a range of natural substances from earth minerals to squid ink. This class will explore the complex and dynamic tradition of master drawing using modern materials to emulate the rich character of master drawing in order to create contemporary renderings infused with a classical art spirit. The forms of the human figure, aspects of light and shadow and the abstract dynamics of line and gesture will be studied and employed. For more information, visit The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art website.

The Art League of Virginia, Alexandria, Virginia
March 27, 28, 29, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm
John Singer Sargent’s masterful bravura technique of capturing the oil portrait is the inspiration for this class. Students will work in the “premier coup” approach that Sargent masters during his time at Carolus Duran’s Paris studio. Each day features a different pose and demonstrations are given, showing how to efficiently capture complex detail in a short time. Tuition $355, Model fees are extra. For more information, call The Art League at 703-683-2323. or go to The Art League Website.

The Portrait Society of America’s 22nd annual
held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel, Orlando, Florida
April 16-19, 2020
Rob will be teaching a pre-conference drawing workshop “The Eye and Hand Connection” on Thursday, April 16 from 9 am to 4 pm. He will also be doing a demo on Saturday, April 18 from 2:30 to 4:45 pm along with artist Adrienne Stein called “See the parts, See the Whole.” See the full conference schedule.

The Portrait Society of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia
May 11-15, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm
This class will comprehensively study all aspects of the portrait from the detailed description of light and shadow with a limited palette to full-color depictions of the features and costumed form. Exercises designed to efficiently describe form and color related to the face and fabric will be demonstrated and the facial anatomy will be thoroughly explored. Various approaches from loose Alla-prima painting to controlled modeling will be featured. Check their website for more information.

Warehouse 521, Nashville, Tennessee
July 9-12, 2020
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 artist’s palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figures both costumed and nude. For more information visit the Warehouse 521 website.

The Flemish Atelier, Bruges Belgium
July 27 to August 7, 2020, 9 am to 4 pm with lunch at noon
Inspired by the exuberant manner of Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Hals, this class will study the materials, methods, and style from two of the greatest 17th-century masters. The first week will feature Ruben’s Troi-crayon technique (using black, red and white) along with his distinctive chromatic use of oils with a particular focus on the figure and anatomy. The second week will emphasize portraiture in oils with a strong influence of Hals’ painterly style and “premier coup“ approach. Models will be posing each day both figure and costume work. The workshop will also involve a trip to study first hand the work of Rubens in his own house and studio in Antwerp along with an excursion to the Royal Museum of Fine Arts (If it is open at this time) to examine both Rubens and Hals masterworks.
For information, please visit The Flemish Atelier website.

Whidbey Island Fine Arts, Whidbey, Washington (an hour or so north of Seattle)
August 21, 22, 23,24, 2020
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. Info and materials list can be found on their website.

The Rochester Arts Club, Rochester, New York
October 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2020
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 their website for more info.


Join Rob this Tuesday for the Sargent Charcoal Portrait Show and Sorolla’s Spanish Society Show in NYC, January 7

Join Rob for a trip to NYC to see John Singer Sargent's Charcoal Portrait show!
Above: Two of Rob’s charcoal portraits inspired by John Singer Sargent. 60 Sargent charcoal drawings will be on exhibit at The Morgan Library and Museum for the show “John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal” only through January 12, 2020.

For anyone in the DC/VA/MD area interested in seeing the John Singer Sargent charcoal show in NYC, and also visiting the Hispanic Society for the recently reopened “Joaquin Sorolla’s Visions of Spain” exhibit, there are seats available on a bus arranged by The Art League. Rob will be leading the group. (No need to be an Art League member).

The trip is in two days, Tuesday, January 7th, and reservations will be taken until 5pm tomorrow. The bus is door to door and is a motorcoach with a restroom. $159 for the day all-inclusive (includes tickets to both events).

See more information and sign up here!


Rob and his family were graciously asked to participate in The Principle Gallery’s Small Works Show in Alexandria, Virginia. Rob painted several using the girls as models. Celia and Ava did some amazing little studies. At 16, Ava may well be the youngest ever to show at the gallery! Lina did several paintings and a series of shoes with mice. Follow LiberaceArt on Instagram to see work from the family, or for info on Rob’s classes and work, The Robert Liberace group on facebook.

Lina’s “Wild Hare” and frame to match
Rob’s “The Bath of Venus”
Another from Celia’s sketchbook
One of the two exquisite little drawings from Celia for the show. Both are from her sketchbook
Rob’s “Mocha” style painting of Ava
A very cool ink drawing from Ava
Lina’s paperclay shoes
A “Mucha” style painting from Rob
And a lovely little drawing by Ava from her sketchbook
Lina’s butterfly painting

Rob’s paintings for the Principle Gallery Small Works show

It is always fun to see what comes out of Rob’s studio. This weekend he finished two small pieces for the Small Works show, opening at The Principle Gallery in Alexandria, Virginia this Saturday, December 1st.

“Menippus”, inspired by the famous Velasquez painting of the ancient satirical philosopher at the Prado.  oil on canvas, 8″x10″

Surprised Satyr, a classic “capriccio” study inspired by Bellini’s mythological paintings. oil on panel, 11″x14″

Two of Rob’s portraits unveiled at Inova Fairfax Hospital

Rob just finished a portrait of Dr. Robert Cates, a critical care specialist and chairman of the emergency room at INOVA Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Virginia. The unveiling of the portrait, as well as the one Rob earlier painted of Dr. Thomas Wise, was unveiled yesterday at Fairfax Inova Hospital. Dr. Cates has such a jovial personality, that Rob decided to give his portrait a bit of the “Frans Hals” treatment.

It is kind of fun that the portraits will hang in the same hospital where both our daughters were born!

Rob’s work Featured in China’s Collections Magazine

In the 2018 Art Renewal Center Salon, Rob was honored to win the Collections Magazine Award. Editor Hongbin Zhang from the publication interviewed Rob and wrote an article which features his work. Rob is not sure where the “Realism is like eating” headline came from but maybe someone can translate it for him! It is certainly a beautiful magazine and he is happy to be a part of it!

Demos Auctioned at The Art League to Benefit Model

Over the last decade model/artist Desi Steward has been a source of great inspiration to so many artists including Rob. Desi has recently been diagnosed with cancer which was a tremendous shock especially considering how young and physically fit he is. Finding and paying for appropriate treatment is especially difficult for most models because health care plans are not offered by the schools and institutions that depend on their hard work. Fellow model Gazelle Powers has created a donation site that can receive contributions to help Desi with his treatment. Donations can be made at
Fellow artist and Art League instructor Susan O’Neil has set up an art auction site that allows participants to bid on artwork All proceeds go directly to Desi’s treatments.
During the September “The Spanish Tradition from Velazquez to Sorolla” workshop at The Art League, Rob auctioned his demonstrations which went directly to Desi’s treatment fund set up by Gazelle. The artwork generated almost $10,000. Rob wishes to thank all those who participated in the event which highlighted the generosity of The Art League community and the devotion to our friend Desi. 

Several of Rob’s earlier paintings of Desi: left, oil on panel and right, oil on copper. Below, one of the demos auctioned off at the workshop.

John Singer Sargent Drawing at the Ecole de Beaux-Arts, Paris

While in Paris earlier this month, Rob arranged for The Art League group to see a special collection in the Ecole de Beaux-Arts school gallery. The school’s teaching and influence go back over 350 years. A highlight was seeing this gorgeous study which was drawn by John Singer Sargent while he attended there while studying for Duran. He won a top prize for the drawing in 1877. We also saw the cast he had drawn from (or a copy of it).


Detail of Sargent’s drawing

The actual cast above and a detail of the actual cast below.


We’ve updated the website and added new and larger images plus a section for Rob’s available work. We also have a blog page so if you aren’t on Rob’s Facebook group page, (or even if you are) you can sign up for the latest happenings with the link in the upper left. We’ve also included more information on commissions and on hosting workshops. Thank you and welcome!