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Instructor: Robert Liberace
Robert Liberace

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 fascinating portrait tradition featuring models dressed in period-inspired attire. The first part of the workshop 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 rest of the time will be spent painting the portrait and costume in oils including discussions on alla-prima paint handling and color.

This class will be taught on the Zoom digital platform. Class size will be limited.

3 classes of demo and discussion:September 10, 17, 24  2pm-5pm

3 classes critique: September 15, 22,29 2pm-5pm

For more information, contact The Art League School at 703-683-2323.

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Class Supplies

Costume Drama: Features and Fabric Explained Supplies

Costume Drama: Features and Fabric Explained, Robert Liberace

Drawing materials:
2 sheets of fine quality drawing paper:  Creme (or similar) Canson “Mi Teintes”  (about 18” x 24”) or Any good quality drawing paper that you like.
Colored Pencils or Graphite Pencils:  Prismacolor Verithin Colored Pencils at least 3 Terra Cotta or Tuscan Red (Conte sanguine drawing pencils or Pitt pastel pencils #190 will serve as an alternative)
Graphite Pencils: 2B HB 2H
White Chalk
1 General’s White Charcoal Pencil
1 Pencil Sharpener
1 Kneaded Eraser
1 Drawing Board

Painting materials:
Paint colors (oils): Rob likes Winsor & Newton oils, but any brand above student grade is fine.
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Light
Permanent Rose
Alizarin Crimson
Manganese Violet
Dioxazine Violet (also called Windsor violet)
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Phthalocyanine Blue (Winsor & Newton calls their’s Winsor Blue – It comes in two shades, red and green. Either if fine but if you are newly purchasing it, get the green)
Phthalocyanine Green
Titanium White, lead white (flake white) or Flake White Replacement

Hog bristle filbert shaped bristle brushes: #2, #4, #6, and #8 (Any brand of hog bristle is fine but Rob likes Silver Brush “Grand Prix” type).
Filbert shaped sable brushes: #2 and #4 (Rob likes both Silver “Renaissance” sable brushes or Escoda Brand sable brushes.)
Palette knife (optional)
Solvent:  Turpenoid or Gamsol only
Medium: stand or linseed oil (or medium of choice), (For students traveling to a workshop, remember that solvents cannot be taken on a plane so we will have extra at the travel workshop sites – plan on bringing a small empty lidded container or jar.)
Rags (or good paper towels)
Canvas or Panel: Two 16″x20″ or 18”x24″
“Yes” canvas is an inexpensive fine cotton.  “Centurian” is a fine inexpensive linen. Ampersand makes a nice gesso panel

Tone the surface mid-gray with acrylic paint.  You can tone them with white plus a little ivory black and a hint of burnt umber or use Golden Heavy Bodied Neutral Gray N6 acrylic paint. Canvas should be similar in color to the gray box:

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