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 December 2021
ONLINE ZOOM CLASS
January 7-26, 2022
PRIMARY COLORS: LIMITED PALETTE PORTRAIT IN OILS
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 class explores how artists ingeniously captured a wide chromatic gamut with a few essential colors. Participants will 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 will feature a specific palette of colors, including Zorn’s distinctive method, and discussions and demonstrations examining both anatomy and color will help shed on this extraordinary tradition. 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 7, January 14, and January 21) from 2 pm To 5 pm US Eastern Standard Time. Participants will be able to watch both the class and the critiques later (streamed for a limited time) in addition to (or instead of) the live class. CRITIQUE SESSIONS will be held on Wednesdays (January 12, January 19, and January 26) 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).
REGISTRATION BUTTONS BELOW WILL BE ACTIVATED Saturday, December 18 at 12 noon, eastern standard time.
FULL PARTICIPATION in the critique group (limit of 20 students – can ask questions during class and their artwork will be critiqued on critique days). $350 (registration opens Dec 18 at noon)
AUDITING (can participate by submitting questions via Zoom chat during the Friday classes and can observe all Wednesday critique sessions) $200 (registration opens Dec 18 at noon)
SCOTTSDALE ARTISTS’ SCHOOL, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
February 28-March 4, 2022
PORTRAIT AND FIGURE: DRAWING AND ALLA PRIMA
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. Go to the Scottsdale Artists’ School website for more information.
THE FLEMISH ATELIER, BRUGES BELGIUM
July 25-August 5, 2022
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 styles of two of the greatest 17th-century masters. The first week will feature Ruben’s Troi-crayon technique 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 for both figure and costume work. The workshop will also involve a trip to study firsthand 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.
INSTRUCTION: Demos and on the easel critiques.
CLASS HOURS: 9 am to 4 pm with lunch at 12 noon. Classes are 6 hours a day, five days a week, Monday to Friday.
For more information go to The Flemish Atelier website.