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Updated September 2017

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Upcoming Workshops/Events
(ordered by date)


The Putney Barn, Putney, Vermont
EXPRESSIVE DRAWING, The Figure and Portrait
October 4, 5, 6, 2017
A thorough understanding of anatomy can have a powerful influence on the expressive potential of our artwork. This class will explore the figure and portrait with a particular emphasis on anatomical form. Each day will focus on a particular aspect of the figure or portrait. Form and function will be discussed along with formal aspects of drawing including organization, materials, style and the expressive potential of line. Classes from 9-4 each day, Tuition $525. 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.


The Art League of Virginia
The Art of Children's Portraiture
December 8, 9, 10, 2017
The depiction of children and childhood has fascinated artists since antiquity. This workshop examines the great tradition of children's portraiture through drawing and painting. The particular anatomy of a younger face is studied as well as approaches and strategies to render fabric. Models of various ages pose each day in a variety of outfits and costumes. Both charcoal drawing and oil painting demonstrations are featured. Model fees are extra. Go to The Art League's website for info.


Sadie Valeri Atelier, San Francisco, California
February 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 2018

This five day workshop 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. Full Course Description coming soon. For more info go to the Sadie Valeri Atelier website.
Small Class Size:This is a rare opportunity to study with Robert in a small class limited to just 15 students!
Early Bird Price Before October 1st: $1250
Non Refundable Deposit: $650 before Oct 1st
Deposit holds your place. No refunds under any circumstances.
Final Balance Due December 1st: $650
Regular Price After October 1st: $1450
See their website for more information.


The Art League of Virginia
March 16, 17, 18, 2018
This class explores the classic art of portraiture through a variety of techniques in and water based media. Beginning with the graphically linear pencil, students experiment with the beauty of line and form. The final two classes focus on wash techniques with pen, inks, and watercolors. Each session looks at the various techniques and the artists who used them including Ingres, Rembrandt, and Sargent. Overall facial anatomy and the features are studied and detailed through demonstrations. Model fees are extra. See The Art League's website for info.

The Art League of Virginia
PARIS: through the eyes of the artist
March 26-April 2, 2018
Info to come


The Southern Atelier, Sarasota, FL
WORKSHOP and Exhibition
May 2018
Rob will be teaching a workshop as well as having a joint art exhibition with artists Dan Thompson and Charles Miano. More information to come.


North River Arts, Marshfield, Mas
June 2018

Info to come


The Art League of Virginia
Velasquez To Sorolla: Exploring The Spanish Classical Tradition
September 10-14, 2018
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 Velasquez and Fortuny for their special manner of handling paint, examine and practice SorollaÕs distinctive color approach. From genuine period pigments to bold modern colors, students learn the different characteristics and attributes of each artistÕs palette. This workshop includes the study of the portrait and figure bohe costumed and nude. Model fees are extra. See The Art League website for info.


Through Whidbey Island Fine Arts
October 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2018
Through Whidbey Island Fine Arts
Info to come.

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

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