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 January 2023

ONLINE ZOOM CLASS
STYLE AND SUBSTANCE:  THE PORTRAIT AND FIGURE INSPIRED BY MUCHA
January 13 – February 1, 2023
 Alphonse Mucha’s sinuously rhythmic lines and theatrical designs transformed the art world and established “Le Style Mucha” known widely as art nouveau. From 19th century Parisian Metro stations to 20th century Golden Age illustrations, artists have created iconic works patterned on Mucha’s inventively elaborate arrangements, and his style still has the power to inspire artists today. This class will examine Mucha’s extraordinary techniques in drawing and painting including both his academic training in Paris and his later avant-garde designs. We will be using materials from graphite to oils to study and capture gestural line, complexity of fabric, and expressiveness of hands and facial features in an attempt to capture some of the magic that is Mucha. 
Models will be both “live” and photographed.

This online class will consist of six sessions (both classes and critiques) as described below. 
CLASSES will be held Fridays (three classes on January 13, January 20, and January 27) from 2 pm To 5 pm US Eastern Standard Time. Participants will be able to watch the class later (streamed for a limited time) in addition to (or instead of) the live class. CRITIQUE SESSIONS will be held on Wednesdays (January 18, January 25, and February 1) from 2 pm to 5 pm US Eastern Standard Time. The artwork of 20 students (see below under prices) will be critiqued, although all participants may observe. MODELS will appear primarily in the form of photo reference; however, there will be live models as well. The model reference images will be shown on screen (within Zoom’s rules).
FULL PARTICIPATION in the critique group (limit of 20 students – can ask questions during class and their artwork will be critiqued on Wednesdays). $350 
AUDITING (can participate by submitting questions via Zoom chat during the Friday classes and can observe all Wednesday critique sessions) $200
REGISTRATION will open on Tuesday, January 3 at 12 noon, eastern standard time on this page through the button codes below.

Full Participation $350 (The critique group is sold out)

Audit $200


THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
Friday Winter Classes: PAINTING THE DYNAMIC FIGURE
in person, Fridays beginning February 3, 10am-3pm
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 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 follows 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 are 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. No class on March 3. This class requires supplies. Most supplies and supply lists may be obtained at The Art League Store in the Torpedo Factory, room 217. The store hours are 11am – 5pm, 7 days a week. 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 ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
PRIMARY COLORS: LIMITED PALETTE PORTRAIT IN OILS
Three day in-person workshop, March 17, 18, 19, 2023 from 10am to 4pm
From DaVinci’s moody monochromes to the famed four color palette of Zorn, artists have long been fascinated with the elegance and effectiveness of limited palette painting. This workshop explores how artists ingeniously captured a wide chromatic gamut with a few essential colors. Participants use these techniques to create alla prima oil portraits suggesting a wide spectrum of colors. This approach develops students’ resourcefulness and facilitates a greater focus on paint handling and modeling. Each class features a specific palette of colors, including Zorn’s distinctive method, and discussions and demonstrations examining both anatomy and color help shed light on this extraordinary tradition. Model fees are extra. Call The Art League at 703-683-2323 or go to their website for more information.

THE WOODLANDS ART LEAGUE, HOUSTON, TEXAS
STUDIES IN LIGHT: EXPORING SOROLLA
April 2, 3, 4, 2023
Explore the great Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla and his unique and dynamic approach to painting. Students look at and practice Sorolla’s special manner of paint handling and color approach. Using bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics of his highly chromatic palette. This workshop includes the study of the costumed portrait and features discussions on anatomy and painting fabric.Registration: wal.wildapricot.org /registration. Registration will be open to non-members after September 30th,2022. 
List of materials:  will be send via email to register participants
Cancelation policy:  100% refund minus administration fees until 12 am December 31st, 2022, 70% refund minus administration fees until 12 am, February 1st, 2023.  No refunds after February 1st, 2023. 
Cost:  The Woodlands Art league member: $700 plus model fee, Nonmembers: $775 plus model fees. Contact Hilda for more info.

The Woodlands Art Leagues reserves the right to cancel the workshop if the minimum number of attendees is not reached, in which case 100% minus administration fees will be refundable to all registered.

THE ART LEAGUE OF ALEXANDRIA, ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA
Friday Spring Classes: ITALIAN TRADITIONS FROM CLASSIC TO MODERN
in person, 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.

TRAVEL WORKSHOP: HOLLAND THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ARTIST 
May 30 through June 5, 2023
Join Rob abroad as he takes you through the art museums of Holland, which will include the largest Vermeer show ever curated at the Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum! We’ll stay in Amsterdam and visit other cities such as Delft, The Hague, and Haarlem. Although there will be some drawing in museums and drawing/watercolor  outdoors, the workshop divided between that and touring museums and possibly one or two other destinations. Contact Margaret at The Art League of Virginia for more information.

THE PUTNEY BARN, PUTNEY, VERMONT
COSTUME DRAMA – FEATURES AND FABRICS EXPLORED
Tentatively planned for the end of Oct 2023. To be put on an 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.