The Alliance for the Arts has announced a 3-day painting workshop with renowned artist Robert Liberace. Titled The Painterly Sketch: Alla-Prima Portrait, the seminar will take place Friday through Sunday, February 1-3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Robert Liberace is equally accomplished in drawing, painting, and sculpture. Inspired by the knowledge, skill, and elegance of the old masters, he works in a variety of media including pencil, chalk, pen and ink, watercolor and oil. However, Rob is perhaps best known for his classic and distinctive style of figure drawing and painting.
American Artist magazine highlighted Rob's drawing techniques as the cover feature in their May 2002 annual drawing issue and American Art Collector magazine published an article on his figure painting in their March 2010 issue. Three of Rob's drawings were selected to be displayed in New York's prestigious Arnot Museum of Art.
Rob is known nationwide for his inspiring and informative teaching style. He teaches at The Art League of Virginia and holds workshops throughout the United States and abroad. American Artist's Workshop Magazine featured one of Rob's Ireland workshops in their Spring 2006 issue. They also published an article about him in the Summer 2009 issue of the same magazine.
Rob pioneered one of the first online teaching courses for American Artist Magazine which included live webinars and critiques. He also teaches for their annual "Weekend with the Masters" workshops. He has filmed a series of tutorial dvds on painting and drawing which are available through his website.
In The Painterly Sketch workshop, Liberace will lead students of all levels through an exploration of the modern approach of alla-prima or "premier coup," which involves the direct application of color without an elaborate underpainting. Compliments of Hals and Sargent, students will receive a variety of paint handling ideas, with Rob giving attendees a close look at both restrained and complex color approaches in addition to a study of each of the facial features.
Robert received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from George Washington University, where he originally attended school on a baseball scholarship. He has lived in Virginia for the past 14 years with his wife, Lina Liberace, and their two daughters in the 1910 home they've spent years renovating. He is represented by the Arcadia Gallery in New York City, the John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, and the M Gallery in Charleston.
Visit www.artinlee.org or call 239-939-2787 for more information about this and the other educational opportunities available through the Alliance.
The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance for the Arts galleries and gift shop are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1:00 on Saturdays. The Alliance is located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard. To become a member, please visit http://www.artinlee.org/JoinUs/membership.html or call 239-939-2787.