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Updated March 2017

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Upcoming Workshops/Events
(ordered by date)

The Art League of Virginia
The Techniques of Tiepolo
March 31, April 1, 2, 2017
Venice, known for its celebrated painters such as Titan and Tintoretto also produced one also produced one of the greatest draftsmen in history, Giambatista Tiepolo. He fused the great traditions of Florentine "disegno" with Venetian "colorito" to produce a distinctly original approach to drawing. This class explores Tiepolo's dynamic approach to ink and red chalk drawing and look at both traditional tools and modern day equivalents to achieve similar effects to the great 17th century master. Hours 10am-4pm, Tuition: $345, For more information go to The Art League website.


Carmel Visual Arts, Carmel California
The Dynamic Figure:
A modern Approach

May 1-5, 2017
From Renaissance masters such as DaVinci to modern mavericks like Schiele artists from the past explored a variety of approaches to infuse their work with movement and energy. This class will study the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will then execute their own pictures using modern materials and employing contemporary ideas of color. The renowned technique of red chalk drawing will be featured along with intensive sculptural oil painting (full color) with an emphasis on form and modeling. Class time from 9am to 4pm. Tuition: $950 including model fees. Please go to the Carmel Visual Arts website for more information.


Bruges, Belgium
A Modern Approach to the Classical Figure
July 17-28, 2017
Two week workshop (ten days intensive). This class will explore both classic method of figure drawing and the modern manner of alla prima oil painting with an emphasis on modeling and finish. The first week will be devoted to red chalk and silverpoint drawing using modern drawing tools and focusing on anatomical precision. The complexities of drawing technique including hatching and sculptural modeling will be highlighted. For more informations go to The Flemish Classical Atelier website.


Whidbey Island Fine Arts, (1 hour north of Seattle)
Exploring Sorolla
August 28-31 2017
This workshop explores the great Spanish artist Joaquin Sorolla and his unique and dynamic approach to painting. Students look at and practice Sorolla’s special manner of paint handling and color approach. Using bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics of his highly chromatic palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figure, both costumed and nude.Internationally recognized artist, workshop instructor and author, Robert Liberace will focus on exploring the dynamic power of Sorolla’s brush stroke.
More info and registration are at the Whidbey Island Fine Art website.


The Art League of Virginia
Exploring Sargent
September 11-15, 2017
John Singer Sargent's unerring eye and bold, fluid application distinguishes him as on of the greatest artists to ever handle a brush. This five day class is inspired by the extraordinary portrait technique of Sargent and explores many aspects of his approach from the color of his palette to his enthusiasm for the great baroque artists, Valasquez and Hals. In addition to focusing on the great master Sargent. We will also look at the structure, features and anatomical form of the face. Hours 10am-4pm, Tuition: $480, For more information go to The Art League website.


The Putney Barn, Putney, Vermont
Expressive Anatomy, Series II
The Torso and Arms*

October 4, 5, 6, 2017
Info to come. Classes from 9-4 each day, Tuition $525. *Students who participated in the Series I Anatomy Workshop will have priority to sign up until February 28th, 2017. Anatomy Series III: The Torso and Legs will be scheduled for October 2018. To register contact Penelope Simpson or call 802-246-7742.


The Art Establishment, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Line and Mass: The Figure and Portrait Explored in Drawing and Painting
October 20, 21, 22, 2017
This class will explore both the organized and elegant manner of classical drawing, and the dynamic, fresh approach of 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 day will focus on drawing methods with an emphasis on form and anatomy. The final two days will concentrate on the spirited technique of alla prima, which will center on color and paint dynamics. Demonstrations will be given each day that will illustrate each approach. For more information, please contact Barbara or call The Art Establishment at • 610.807.9201 and speak with Ellen. For more infor go their website.


Art League FRIDAY Class Information
This section updated Fall 2016


If you are interested in taking classes or local workshops from Rob through The Art League in Old Town, Alexandria, Virginia. Or if you have specific questions about classes or workshops, please contact the school directly at 703.683.2323 or go to www.theartleague.org.
(Rob is not involved in the sign-up process and does not know if a class or workshop is filled until the first day of class.) Workshops are not always listed in the catalog, so be sure to ask what is currently scheduled. They fill up quickly, so don't delay in signing up.

In the past, students signing up for Rob's Friday classes have been camping out to be sure to get a spot in the class. Now Rob's classes have been opened up to two classrooms each (with assistants) to allow a few more students to enroll. It seems to be working out well, so enrollment should be easier. Contact The Art League for details.


9 weeks each: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer sessions.
Sign up through The Art League:

Rob's Friday painting and drawing class info can be found on The Art League Website.

Fall Term 2016
starts Sept 21 - Nov 22- nine sessions, Registration opens Aug 8

Winter Term 2017
starts Jan 11 - March 13- nine sessions, Registration Begins: Nov 7

Spring Term 2017

starts April 4 - June 6- nine sessions, Registration Begins: Feb 13

Rob does not teach summer Friday classes but teaches a five day workhshop in July or August of each year.

Rob has morning and evening classes each Friday,
Fall, Winter and Spring

Morning Class: The Figure and Portrait; a Modern Approach to Classical Drawing
, Fridays 10am - 3pm, Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Spring 2017 session, nine classes each session, tuition $380. Please contact The Art League for more info.
Fall: no class October 7, makeup December 9.
Winter: no class Jan 20 or Feb 10, makeups March 17 and 24.
Spring: no class April 14 or 21, makeups June 16 and 23.
This class explores beautiful master drawing techniques and the artists that used them. Using both authentic and contemporary materials, students study artists from Michelangelo to Ingres in order to develop a deeper understanding of the richness and power of their methods and materials. The fall and spring classes focus on red chalk, pencil, and silverpoint, while the winter class focuses on charcoal, pastel, and watercolor. Model fees are extra. Students need to purchase supplies for this class. A list of recommended supplies is available in the School Store located in room 217 of the Torpedo Factory.

Evening Class: The Classical Portrait and Figure (Painting), Fridays 3:30pm - 7:30pm, Fall 2016, Winter 2017 and Spring 2017,
Fall: Does not meet October 7 and make-up will be December 9.
Winter: No class on January 20 or February 10, make-ups will be March 17 & 24.
Spring: No class on April 14 & 21, make-ups will be June 16 & 23.
Nine classes each session, tuition $310. Please contact the Art League for info. This class focuses on the two most important traditions in classical painting--Disegno and Colore. The first half of the term looks at the sculptural Tuscan approach of Disegno, which involves a developed grisaille and subsequent layers of glazed paint. The second half of the term features the painterly Venetian practice of Colore which relies on direct application of paint. Students need to acquire supplies for this class. A list of recommended supplies is available in the School Store located in room 217 of the Torpedo Factory (The Art League) Art Center.


Where to stay and getting around... Art League Workshops
Rob's classes are held at the Madison Street Annex of The Art League at
305 Madison Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

Transportation from King Street Metro - If you are taking the metro to Alexandria, it might be a bit of a walk from the King Street station to The Art League, but the free King Street Trolley, running every 10 minutes is an option. Here is information as of October 2016. Keep in mind it goes from the Metro station to the Torpedo Factory (The Art League's main building) which still six blocks south of the Madison Annex where Rob normally teaches. More info on getting around Alexandria here.

Several nearby places to stay in Old Town, Alexandria include:
Hilton Hotel
Embassy Suites
Morrison House
Hotel Monaco
Lorien Hotel and Spa

Sheraton Suites
Here is a google map with nearby hotels and locations.

Supply Lists

Taking a class or workshop from Rob? Need tips on traveling with art supplies? Click on the image below to see the (approximate) lists of materials needed.

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