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.
Updated October 2020
Due to the Covid pandemic, Rob is teaching online only at the moment. FORM AND FUNCTION: THE FOUNDATIONS OF DRAWINGS AND PAINTING THE PORTRAIT AND FIGURE (online class: four classes and four critique sessions)
October 30, November 6, 4, 11, 13, 18, 20, 2020
This class explores the fundamental principles of drawing and painting both the portrait and figure with an emphasis on clarity and craftsmanship. Using basic materials from graphite to oil paint, participants will follow a systematic approach to understanding anatomy and structure through line and tone. Examples of great masterworks will be used to inspire and instruct while facilitating the clear and concise rendering of the figure and portrait. This solid foundation creates the framework for a more lively and expressive approach to art. The class will feature an analysis of classic and contemporary artworks followed by demonstrations applying the complex principles of form, anatomy, and style represented by each masterwork.
There will be eight sessions in total (all participants can view both the critique sessions and the classes) utilizing the Zoom online platform. Invitations and instructions will be provided. Rob will record each class in HD with a separate device (higher definition than Zoom) to enable students to stream each class at a time of their choosing until one week after the final class (in addition to or instead of the live class).
CLASSES will be held on four consecutive Fridays (October 30, November 6, November 13, and November 20) from 2 pm To 5 pm US Eastern Standard Time (where all participants will have the opportunity to both observe and submit questions using the chat feature).
CRITIQUE SESSIONS for the first three classes will be held on the following Wednesdays (November 4, November 11, November 18) and the final critique will be held on the following Monday, (November 23 ) from 2 pm to 5 pm US Eastern Standard Time. The critique is limited to the artwork of 20 students (see below under prices), although all participants may observe.
MODELS will appear primarily in the form of photo reference; however, there will be live in-studio models as well. The model reference images will be shown on screen (within Zoom’s rules) and participants will be directed to a website should they decide to purchase the same set from the model for their own use.
FULL PARTICIPATION in the critique group (limit of 20 students) $450
The above critique tier is sold out but you may still sign up for
AUDITING (can participate by submitting questions via Zoom chat during the Friday classes and can observe all Wednesday critique sessions) $250