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.

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 July 2020

“The Expressive Human Figure: An Exploration of Style, Expression and Technique from the Classic to the Modern”
July 24 to August 24 (four classes and four critique sessions)
This online class examines a variety of drawing and painting techniques used to render the human figure. Participants will study the form, function and dynamics of the figure while exploring the tools and characteristics of classic materials ranging from ink to oils. The class will feature the analysis of several artists and their works followed by demonstrations applying the complex principles of form and style represented by each masterwork. For complete info see this page.

The Portrait Society of America Live Webinar with Rob
August 27-30, 2020
Four days of online learning from 9am to 9pm EST. See info here.
August 27th, from 4:30 PM -7:30 PM EST, join the attendees from all over the world to our first live webinar – Drawing the Figure with ROBERT LIBERACE. Sign up for a unique experience and be counted as part of the Guinness World Record for Largest Online Figure Drawing Lesson. Certificate of participation awarded by GWR.

POSTPONED – no future date set yet
Warehouse 521, Nashville, Tennessee
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.

POSTPONED – no future date set yet
The Flemish Atelier, Bruges Belgium
July 27 to August 7, 2020, 9 am to 4 pm with lunch at noon
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.

POSTPONED – no future date set yet
Whidbey Island Fine Arts, Whidbey, Washington (an hour or so north of Seattle)
August 21, 22, 23,24, 2020
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
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)
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.