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 AUGUST 2021
THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA
This class will be taught on the Zoom digital platform. Class size will be limited.
3 classes of demo and discussion:September 10, 17, 24 2pm-5pm and 3 classes critique: September 15, 22,29 2pm-5pm Eastern Standard Time (New York time)
From Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” to Sargent’s “Lady Macbeth,” artists have used elaborately costumed subjects to accentuate the drama for their art. The class explores the beauty and complexity of this fascinating portrait tradition featuring models dressed in period-inspired attire. The first part of the workshop will involve drawing with a focus on the anatomy of both the face and fabric. Special attention will be given to the various characteristics of fabric folds. The final days will explore painting the portrait and costume in oils and include discussions on alla-prima paint handling and color. Model fees are extra and will be calculated on the first day of class. Our current safety protocol requires Proof-of-Vaccination to attend this class. The classroom is equipped with HEPA/UV-C air cleaners. This workshop was intended to be in-person at The Art League, but due to the difficulties dealing with Covid, Rob decided to keep it online for now. For more info on the class, call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to The Art League Website. Additional information will be sent to students via email.
THE ROCHESTER ARTS CLUB, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
October 25-29, 202
WAIT LIST ONLY
FRANS HALS: BIRTH OF OF THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT
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. For more info or to be placed on the wait list contact Suzi.
FRANCISCAN LIFE PROCESSING CENTER, Lowell, MI
November 4, 5, 6, 2021
CLASSICAL DRAWING AND ALLA PRIMA PAINTING
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 questions please call Kathy at (616) 897-7842, ext. 352 or see the following web page.
THE FLEMISH ATELIER, BRUGES BELGIUM
July 26-August 6, 2022
THE GOLDEN AGE OF FLEMISH AND DUTCH ART: DYNAMIC DRAWING AND PAINTING IN THE MANNER OF RUBENS AND HALS
Inspired by the exuberant manner of Peter Paul Rubens and Frans Hals, this class will study the materials, methods, and styles of two of the greatest 17th-century masters. The first week will feature Ruben’s Troi-crayon technique 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 for both figure and costume work. The workshop will also involve a trip to study firsthand 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.
INSTRUCTION: Demos and on the easel critiques.
CLASS HOURS: 9 am to 4pm with lunch at 12 noon. Classes are 6 hours a day, five days a week, Monday to Friday.
For more information go to The Flemish Atelier website.