Rob teaches one (in-person) class each Friday during the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions for The Art League of Alexandria, VA, along with three-day fall, winter, and spring workshops. Classes and workshops are listed on the main workshop page.


Please see our FAQ page or contact the school directly at 703.683.2323 or go to
Rob’s classes and workshops are listed on this website here.

REGISTRATION – Registration in-person takes precedent over registration online on The Art League website. Rob is not involved in the registration process and does not know if a class or workshop is filled until the first day of class and has no authority to prioritize students.


THE ART LEAGUE STORE – Supplies can be found at 105 North Union Street, Alexandria, room 217. Phone 703-548-8127. The Art League is non-profit and sells supplies at a discounted rate to Art League members and students. The store has Rob’s supply lists on hand. For hours and information go to the store website.

SUPPLIES FOR DRAWING CLASSES (the list is approximate)

Single sheets of fine quality drawing paper: Fall and Spring Classes use: Any good quality drawing paper that you like. Canson “Ingres” or “Mi-Teintes”(smooth side recommended) are good. Twinrocker “Yale” or “Calligraphy Cream” is ideal but more difficult to find. The paper should then be tinted using a thin watercolor wash (yellow ochre or raw sienna). After it dries apply a diluted layer of size (5 parts denatured alcohol to one part orange or amber shellac). This preparation will be demonstrated on the first day of class. Winter and Summer Classes use: Canson paper, Twinrocker or Gutenberg laid for ink wash.

Conte pencils: colors: sanguine (reddish-brown), black, white

Charcoal drawing pencils: soft, medium and hard

Berol Verithin colored pencils: colors: terra cotta, black (winter classes won’t need the pencils)

Small tubes of watercolor: (one or more tubes from the following colors) burnt sienna, burnt umber, raw umber, raw sienna, and yellow ochre. One tube of white designer’s gouache or watercolor.

Newsprint pad, 18″ x 24″

drawing board, 18″ x 24″

Roll of masking tape

Kneaded eraser

Chamois cloth

Clips and clamps to hold the paper on to drawing board

Some single-edged razor blades

Large flat bristle brush (inexpensive type), size 2″ or 3″

Paint rags from home

SUPPLIES FOR PAINTING CLASSES (the list is approximate)

Paint colors (oils): burnt umber, burnt sienna, cadmium yellow light, cadmium orange, cadmium red light, permanent rose, alizarin crimson, manganese violet, dioxazine violet (also called Windsor violet), ultramarine blue, cerulean blue, phthalocyanine blue and green (optional), viridian, titanium white, lead white or lead white replacement (flake white). Rob likes Winsor & Newton oils, but any brand above student grade is fine.

Brushes: hog bristle filbert shaped bristle brushes: #2, #4, #6, and #8 (Any brand of hog bristle is fine but Rob likes Silver Brush “Grand Prix” type). Filbert Series 1003 filbert shaped sable brushes: #2 and #4 (Rob likes both Silver “Renaissance” sable brushes or Escoda Brand sable brushes.)


Palette knife (optional)

Medium: stand or linseed oil (or medium of choice), solvents with low odor only, such as Turpenoid or Gamsol.

Rags (or good paper towels)

Canvas and Panels: between 9″x12″ and 18″x24″ toned a neutral medium-gray with acrylic paint. Centurian linen canvas or Ampersand gesso panels are good. For the gray paint you can use acrylics: white plus a little ivory black and a hint of burnt umber or use something premixed like “Golden Heavy Bodied Neutral Gray N6.”



Silverpoint, which is a small length of 18 gauge silver rod, found at some jewelry stores and online. You only need about an inch to fit into the lead holder, but it is usually sold by the foot. Silver will be available in class if you cannot find it. The Art League store does not carry silverpoint materials.

Lead holder: Koh-i-noor #5612-c (to hold silverpoint)

Brown sepia ink

Crowquill pen

Pen holder with #512 nib

Real or imitation Sable round-tip brushes: small (from #1 to #3), medium (from #5 to #7)