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 2020
Portrait Society Zoom Event, Thursday, August 27, 2020
Hello friends and artists,
With a $10 donation, help The Portrait Society break a world record this coming Thursday, August 27 from 4:30 to 7:30 US Eastern Standard Time.
In addition to an afternoon of inspiration and information from an internationally known artist and teacher, the Portrait Society will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest online figure drawing lesson. The goal is to register 5000 or more artists from around the globe (who must watch for a minimum of the first half-hour). All proceeds benefit The Edward Jonas Memorial Fund and The Artist’s Fellowship. Watch or draw along as Rob draws a costumed figure, and don’t miss this unusual opportunity to learn with a master!
To register, go to https://portraitsociety.wufoo.com/forms/z1hf5dd1bzdoqd/
Single Sheets mid-tone gray Drawing Paper: 2 sheets, middle or light grey tone is ideal. “Mi Tientes” (smooth side) or “Ingres” paper works well (both about 19×25).
Red Sanguine Pastel Pencils (Conte sanguine is suitable as well
Pitt pastel pencils #190 or 192
Generals White Charcoal Pencil
Stick of white Conte (or similar)
Generals Charcoal drawing pencils (or similar): soft, medium and hard
Soft vine (willow) charcoal
Roll of masking tape
Pencil Sharpener and/one single aged razor blades
#6 Bristle brush any brand
Rob was asked about model photos. He plans to make some available for those interested (most likely shortly after the class) and will announce it Thursday.
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 the 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.
Village Arts, Putney, Vermont (Putney Painters’ Barn)
COSTUME DRAMA: FEATURES AND FABRIC EXPLORED
October 29, 30, 31, 2020
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 portrait tradition and features models dressed in period-inspired attire. The first day 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 two days will explore painting the portrait and costume in oils and feature discussions on alla-prima paint handling ad color. Classes are 9 am to 4 pm and the tuition, including model fees, is $525. Please go to the Putney Barn website for more information and registration.