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 April 2021
THE ART OF THE PORTRAIT, PORTRAIT SOCIETY CONFERENCE, ONLINE
May 3-9, 2021
Rob will be doing a live demo and then critique of students work as a special pre-conference activity , May 3, 9am-4pm. Then on Saturday, May 8 from 2-4:30pm, join Rob in his studio as he steps you through his process of creating a portrait combining his broad knowledge of anatomy and technique to produce a painting where all of the parts contribute to a whole.
NEXT ONLINE CLASS:
May 14-June 9, 2021 (eight sessions)
ITALIAN TRADITION FROM CLASSIC TO MODERN
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 finish with an exploration of oil portrait painting inspired by the daring concepts of the nineteenth-century Macchiaioli. The class will feature virtual life models appearing both live and photographed.
CLASSES will be held Fridays (four classes May 14, May 21, May 28, and June 4) from 2pm To 5pm 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 (May 19, May 26, June 2, and June 9) from 2pm to 5pm 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) and participants will be directed to a website should they decide to purchase the same set for their own use.
The purchase buttons below will be activated on April 30, 12 pm (noon) eastern time
FULL PARTICIPATION in the critique group (limit of 20 students – can ask questions during class and your artwork will be critiqued on critique days) $450
AUDITING (can participate by submitting questions via Zoom chat during the Friday classes and can observe all Wednesday critique sessions) $250
THE PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA’S “ART OF THE PORTRAIT” ANNUAL CONFERENCE(online)
May 6-9, 2021
Rob will be taking part in the pre-conference workshops with “The Hand and Eye Connection, May 3, 9am-4pm
After a demonstration, Rob will teach attendees how the basis for drawing is a connection between the eye and the hand and how not to let your mind overtake the process. Rob will also be doing a demo and answering questions one one day of the conference. Details will be announced.
WAREHOUSE 521, NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (first in-person class of 2021!)
July 8-11, 2021
VELAZQUEZ TO SOROLLA: EXPLORING THE SPANISH CLASSICAL TRADITION
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. Thursday-Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm, $850 (includes model fee).
To sign up, please visit the Warehouse 521 website.
THE ROCHESTER ARTS CLUB, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK
October (or possibly November), 2021
final plans to be announced (although it may be wait-list only)