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 January 2020
(See Rob’ Friday Art League classes here)
Scottsdale Artists’ School, Scottsdale (a suburb of Pheonix), Arizona
PORTRAIT AND FIGURE: DRAWING AND ALLA PRIMA
February 10-14, 2020
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 later 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. Drawing and Oil/ Intermediate to Advanced. $865 + $60 model fee/ 5 days. For more information visit their website.
Great Lakes Academy, Duluth, Minnesota (artist Jeffrey Larson’s Atelier)
THE CLASSICAL FIGURE, A MODERN APPROACH TO DRAWING
March 19-21, 2020
The old masters created extraordinary drawings using a range of natural substances from earth minerals to squid ink. This class will explore the complex and dynamic tradition of master drawing using modern materials to emulate the rich character of master drawing in order to create contemporary renderings infused with a classical art spirit. The forms of the human figure, aspects of light and shadow and the abstract dynamics of line and gesture will be studied and employed. For more information, visit The Great Lakes Academy of Fine Art website.
The Art League of Alexandria, Virginia
March 27, 28, 29, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm
THE DYNAMIC OIL SKETCH: A STUDY IN SARGENT’S PORTRAIT APPROACH
John Singer Sargent’s masterful bravura technique of capturing the oil portrait is the inspiration for this class. Students will work in the “premier coup” approach that Sargent masters during his time at Carolus Duran’s Paris studio. Each day features a different pose and demonstrations are given, showing how to efficiently capture complex detail in a short time. Tuition $355, Model fees are extra. For more information, call The Art League at 703-683-2323. or go to The Art League Website.
The Art League (of Alexandria, Virginia)
VENICE, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE ARTIST
April 6-13, 2020
The Portrait Society of America’s 22nd annual
ART OF THE PORTRAIT CONFERENCE
held at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista Hotel, Orlando, Florida
April 16-19, 2020
Rob will be teaching a pre-conference drawing workshop “The Eye and Hand Connection” on Thursday, April 16 from 9 am to 4 pm. He will also be doing a demo on Saturday, April 18 from 2:30 to 4:45 pm along with artist Adrienne Stein called “See the parts, See the Whole.” See the full conference schedule.
The Portrait Society of Atlanta, Georgia
May 11-15, 2020, 10 am to 4 pm
This class will comprehensively study all aspects of the portrait from the detailed description of light and shadow with a limited palette to full-color depictions of the features and costumed form. Exercises designed to efficiently describe form and color related to the face and fabric will be demonstrated and the facial anatomy will be thoroughly explored. Various approaches from loose Alla-prima painting to controlled modeling will be featured. Check their website for more information.
Warehouse 521, Nashville, Tennessee
VELAZQUEZ TO SOROLLA: EXPLORING THE SPANISH CLASSICAL TRADITION
July 9-12, 2020
Explore the great Spanish artists of the past: their unique and dynamic approach to painting and their influence on modern painting. Study distinguished masters such as Velazquez and Fortuny for their special manner of handling paint, examine and practice Sorolla’s distinctive color approach. From genuine period pigments to bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics and attributes of each artist’s palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figures both costumed and nude. For more information visit the Warehouse 521 website.
The Flemish Atelier, Bruges Belgium
July 27 to August 7, 2020, 9 am to 4 pm with lunch at noon
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 style from two of the greatest 17th-century masters. The first week will feature Ruben’s Troi-crayon technique (using black, red and white) 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 both figure and costume work. The workshop will also involve a trip to study first hand 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.
For information, please visit The Flemish Atelier website.
Whidbey Island Fine Arts, Whidbey, Washington (an hour or so north of Seattle)
August 21, 22, 23,24, 2020
COLORE: GREAT TRADITIONS EXPLORED
This class explores the “painterly” approach in the manner of 16th Venetian painting and drawing. This idea is represented best by North Italian Renaissance artists such as Titian and Veronese and influenced painters from Velasquez to Sargent. The “colorito” approach involves more mass-oriented drawing materials such as charcoal, pastels and ink wash, and the painting method stresses the broad application of paint with an emphasis on color resulting in pictures with an atmospheric subtlety. The first two days will concentrate on drawing using the traditional mediums of ink wash and charcoals. Day three and four will be focused on painting both the portrait and figure. Info and materials list can be found on their website.
The Rochester Arts Club, Rochester, New York
FRANS HALS: BIRTH OF THE PAINTERLY PORTRAIT
October 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 2020
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. Go to their website for more info.