UPCOMING WORKSHOPS/EVENTS

ON TEACHING…
Rob is internationally 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 teaches and demos regularly for The American Portrait Society. He was asked to pioneer one of their first online teaching courses for American Artist Magazine in 2009 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 and since Covid he teaches several online classes per year. He has written articles on technique for both American Artist and The Artist’s magazines.

If you are interested in hosting a workshop, please contact Rob or Lina or you can see Rob’s workshop information and fees here.

Updated August 2022

VIENNA, AUSTRIA, THROUGH THE EYE OF THE ARTIST (travel workshop)
THROUGH THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA
September 12-19, 2022
Openings still available. Contact us for details.
Join Rob as he explores some of the great museums in the culturally rich and ornate city of Vienna, Austria from our base at the historic Grand Hotel Vienna. Museums include the Albertina, The Kunsthistorisches Museum, The summer residence of the Hapsburgs, the Schonbrunn Palace. The group will also take time to do sketching in various parts of the city. One day trip may be included outside the city (possibly Budapest).

THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
DRAWING THE DYNAMIC FIGURE: STYLE, EXPRESSION and TECHNIQUE
Friday in-person classes, September 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21, 2022
This class examines a variety of drawing techniques used to render the human figure and portrait with an emphasis on clarity, craftsmanship, and expression. Participants will study the form, function, and dynamics of the figure and portrait while exploring the tools and characteristics of materials ranging from red chalk to watercolor. The class 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 a more lively and expressive approach to drawing. The class will include five studio classes and one online critique session (Date to be determined later). Call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to their website for more information.

THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
EXPLORING SARGENT THROUGH THE SPANISH TRADITION
Three day in-person workshop, December 2, 3, 4 (or 9, 10, 11), 2022
Inspired  by the upcoming exhibition at the national gallery “Sargent and Spain”, This class looks at the extraordinary portrait technique of John Singer Sargent and the great Spanish artists who shaped his work. Using oils we will explore many aspects of Sargents approach from his unerring alla prima brushwork to his enthusiasm for Velazquez and Fortuny. We will also closely study the structure and features of the face in addition to a special focus on fabric through Spanish inspired costume. Call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to their website for more information.

THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
PRIMARY COLORS: LIMITED PALETTE PORTRAIT IN OILS
Three day in-person workshop, March 17, 18, 19 (or 24, 25, 26), 2023
Details to come. Call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to their website for more information.

THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
STYLE, EXPRESSION and TECHNIQUE; ITALIAN TRADITIONS FROM CLASSIC TO MODERN
Friday in-person classes, February 3, 10, 17, 24, March 10, 2023
This class examines a variety of classic and modern painting techniques used to render the human figure and portrait with an emphasis on clarity, craftsmanship, and expression. Participants will study the form, function, and dynamics of the figure and portrait while exploring the tools and materials related to classic form painting and alla-prima. The class will follow a systematic approach to understanding anatomy through light and color using both limited and highly chromatic palettes with a variety of lighting arrangements. Examples of great masterworks will be used to inspire and instruct while facilitating a more lively and expressive approach to painting. The class will include five studio classes and one online critique session (Date to be determined later). Call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to their website for more information.

SCOTTSDALE ARTISTS SCHOOL, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
PORTRAIT AND FIGURE: DRAWING AND ALLA PRIMA PAINTING
In person, February 27 – March 3, 2023
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 latter 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. For more information go to The Scottsdale Artists School (info may not be up yet as of June 2022).

THE WOODLANDS ART LEAGUE, HOUSTON, TEXAS
March 2023
Info to come.

THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
ITALIAN TRADITIONS FROM CLASSIC TO MODERN
In person, Friday classes, April 14, 21, 28, May 5, May 12, 2023
This class explores the revolutionary tradition of Italian art from the Renaissance to the modern era. The techniques, methods and innovations from the most influential and radical Italian artists will be studied and applied. The classic elegance of Renaissance masters such as Raphael and Bellini will be compared to modern masters like Mancini and Boldini. The class will examine a range of techniques beginning with the fiery intensity of DaVinci and Tiepolo’s red chalk figure drawing. We’ll finish with an exploration of oil portrait painting inspired by the daring concepts of the nineteenth century Macchiaioli. The class will include five studio classes and one online critique session (Date to be determined later). Call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to their website for more information.

THE PUTNEY BARN, PUTNEY, VERMONT
COSTUME DRAMA – FEATURES AND FABRICS EXPLORED
Delayed, dates to come. To be put on interest list, email Cat.
From Vermeer’s “Girl with the Pearl Earring” to Sargents “Lady Macbeth” artists have used elaborately costumed subjects to accentuate the drama of their art. The three day class explores the beauty and complexity of this portrait tradition and features models dressed in period inspired attire. The first day will involve drawing (or painting if preferred) 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 two days will explore painting the portrait and costume in oils and feature discussions on alla-prima paint handling and color.