Rob teaches Friday classes and three workshops a year at The Art League of Alexandria, Virginia. For information about spring, summer, and fall workshops go to the workshop page. Rob’s classes and workshops are held at The Art League’s Madson Street Annex, 305 Madison Street, Alexandria, Virginia.

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

REGISTRATION – In the past, students signing up for Rob’s Friday classes have been camping out to be sure to get a spot in the class. (Registration in person takes precedent over registration online on The Art League website. Now his classes have been opened up to two adjacent classrooms (each with assistants) to allow a few more students to enroll.  Contact The Art League for details. 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.

Rob teaches Fall, Winter, Spring sessions. See The Art League website info for Rob’s classes here.


This class explores beautiful master drawing techniques and the artists who used them. Using both authentic and contemporary materials, students study artists from Michelangelo to Ingress, in order to develop a deeper understanding of the richness and power of their methods and materials. The Fall and Spring classes focus on red chalk, pencil, and silverpoint, while the Winter class focuses on charcoal, pastel and watercolor. Any model fees are extra. Students need to purchase supplies for this class. A list of recommended supplies must be picked up from the School Store located in room 217 of the Torpedo Factory (see below).


Intermediate/Advanced This class focuses on the two most important traditions in classical painting–Disegno and Colore. The first half of the term looks at the sculptural Tuscan approach of Disegno: a developed grisaille and subsequent layers of glazed paint. The second half of the term features the painterly Venetian practice of Colore which relies on direct application of paint. Students need to acquire supplies for this class. A list of recommended supplies is available in the School Store (see below).


THE ART LEAGUE STORE – All supplies (except for the Silver Brush sets shown below) are easily 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, so you do not need to worry about bringing in your list.

For store hours and information go to their website.

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.”

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


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)