Class testimonials

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING . . .

Easy Fluid Manner

I took an oil painting course from Robert through his studio gallery. I probably learned more in six weeks than I did throughout 6 years of college when it came to painting technique. Robert was accessible, personable, patient, enthusiastic and communicated a great deal of information in an easy, fluid manner. He has an astute eye, a quick and engaging mind, and is well-educated in many aspects of the arts including theater, music, and writing. He is a Renaissance man without pretense and willingly shares his knowledge with ease and likable informality. I recommend him highly. Anne Garavaglia

Anne Garavaglia

Freedom is the Result

Just need to let you know how much I enjoyed your introduction to me of the Reilly Method of Painting and your Power Palette approach to predetermining hues and values! Freedom is the result of this structure! As we paint and enter the flow of the visual communication between the artist and the model, having the power palette permits color selections and modification without gaps in the flow. The Creative Energy can stay higher! Thank you for keeping the Masters’ Secrets alive for a new generation of painters!  Cessily Thalacker, Artist and Teacher

 

Cessily Thalacker

Forthright Encouragement

Just wanted to thank you again for your artist talk last week at your gallery. Your generous lending of knowledge, expertise and forthright encouragement was a much appreciated and valuable to this learning artist. You are a very articulate communicator. Juribi Young

Juribi Young

Hard Act to Follow

Thank you for such a wonderful workshop here on Salt Cay island. You are an inspiring teacher and will be a hard act to follow. All the best for your new gallery. We miss you…Candy Herwin

Candy Herwin

Valuable Insight

On behalf of Leadership Oakland, thank you for all your help in making this year’s Art & Entertainment Session so successful. The session was very highly rated with some great input and kudos as well. Your valuable insight and experience really impacted our participants and helped them understand issues facing businesses, organizations and our community. — Dawn D. Magrett, Exectuvie Director

Dawn D. Magrett
Leadership Oakland

Given Me More Confidence

During the two-hour drive home from the Raleigh workshop, I had time to review all of the valuable information you provided. I am anxious to put these new ideas to practical use in my studio. I know now that those first strong, decisive strokes I apply to canvas are the same ones I end up blending away. You will perch on my shoulder as I paint. I’ll hear you say, “Stop apologizing!” and “Lose some of those edges!” From now on, I’ll allow most of the mosaic brushstrokes to remain and carefully choose which strokes should blur into others. You confirmed the things I kinda/sorta already knew, but didn’t quite know what to do about them. This insight has given me more confidence. Of the many workshops I’ve attended, I have to say that yours is my favorite. —  Donna Claybrook

Donna Claybrook

Worked Miracles

Just wanted to let you know that your workshop has worked miracles for me!!!! I was still having a little trouble so I decided to watch your DVD! Wow! It’s like a Kleig Light went off in my head! Everything I ever learned anywhere suddenly made sense! Value is Key! (But you do choose warm and cool over hue! I’ve noticed!) I am no longer plagued by muddy color! I’ll send you a pic as proof once it dries a little more and I can add a few glazes to the background. You told me you would help me and you did! — Karen Silvestro

Karen Silvestro

Incredible Expertise and Wisdom

Just a note to thank you for sharing your incredible expertise and wisdom these past four weeks in our portrait painting class.  As a portrait student, I’ve been refreshed and revived and inspired by your teaching.  Your witty way not only makes receiving easy and fun but you are quite entertaining too!  Thanks for yours and Cate’s sweet hospitality.  I’d endorse you any day, Artistically yours, Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman

Real Eye-Opener

Painting class was an eye opener today… I thought I was out of my league but with the right teacher anyone can be a beautiful creator. Thank you to my art instructor Rob Maniscalco!  Alicia Mendoza Barrineau

Alicia Mendoza Barrineau

Paint with Wine Party Was Wonderful

The Paint with Wine party was wonderful for us, thank you for opening your home to us and letting us invade your life!  Your patience, sense of humor and talent are abundant and for that, we are very grateful. We will pass along recommendations to all those we encounter, trusting in the knowledge your class kicks ass above and beyond those painting party factories!!!  See you soon, Tracy

Tracy

Painting Party Fun!

We had such a blast! And Rob Maniscalco is an awesome teacher! We all want to come back for sure.  Shauna Mackenzie VanBogart

Shauna Mackenzie VanBogart

Painting Parties Rock!

I have been to other BYOB Painting Parties before, but this was the best! It was an honor and privilege to be in the presence and being instructed by a true artist like Robert Maniscalco!  Both he and his wife were so gracious and entertaining. I want to go and take private lessons with him in the future. Marian Mills

Marian Mills

Workshop in Chapin

I am impressed by your book, Point of Art, and I have read, underlined and included your words in my art journal.  So many times you condensed and verbalized my thoughts and feelings about art and the creative process.  I even found the line on page 61, in “The Easy Way vs the Right Way,” to describe your workshop in Chapin.  You gave us “the necessary information presented in a way we can understand and assimilate.”  You presented in an extremely entertaining, fun, non-intimidating, and fact-filled manner.  Your comments throughout the two day workshop were as important and informative as the more concrete methods you taught.  Jean S. Kirkley.

Jean S. Kirkley

Private Coaching is Great!

I just wanted to let you know that I have already gotten so much out of our sessions. I see much improvement in my paintings and my drawings. I see more than I did before meeting with you. I realize I need to slow down (way down) and focus on every foundational element you have taught me one step at a time. Thank you so much for your time and accommodations, it is exactly what I need! I am a huge admirer of your work, especially “Quench.” I am excited to learn from you as an artist. I enjoy exploring your studio work as well as your website. Sarah Harris

Sarah Harris

Best Teacher

Rob is the best teacher of all things art that money can buy. If you want to learn to create brilliance, there is no better place to begin your journey.Greg AND Pamela Vandervelde

Pamela McAlister

Improvement in my Painting

I am so pleased with the improvement in my painting that was visible immediately as a result of your instruction. You do the critiques so candidly and without allowing personalities to effect your comments. I will certainly recommend you and your workshops whenever possible. — Brenda Delle

Brenda Delle

Got My Money’s Worth

I absolutely got my money’s worth! Now I know I can paint a face & all the parts will be in the right place! Painting the P3 way is a lot of fun! — Caroline Goodman

Caroline Goodman

America’s Best

I regard Rob Maniscalco’s art as some of America’s best! His portraiture is some of the most animated, alive creations I have ever seen. When I look into the eyes of his people, I feel that I can read them and their “lives,” as if they were standing in front of me in the flesh! He has a rare gift, and I am privileged to have his work in my library! I must also add that I am proud to share his genuine concern for the welfare of world humanity and its destiny which is so evident in his art! Rob Litchfield
Rob Litchfield

Delivers Frank Reilly’s Teachings

The P3 is packed with knowledge! There is no better starting point for realistic painting than Frank Reilly’s teachings, and Rob Maniscalco delivers this information in easily digestible prose, along with inspirational advice and technical know-how.   —  John Ennis, Portrait Artist, author of The Reilly Papers blog

John Ennis

Expertise and Wisdom

Thank you for sharing your incredible expertise and wisdom. As a portrait student, I’ve been refreshed and revived and inspired by your teaching. I’d endorse you any day! Artistically yours, — Mary Hoffman

Robert Focuses on the Craft

Put Robert’s lifetime of study to work for you because the best way to learn is to learn what a master has discovered, so they can save you at least some of the headaches. You cannot avoid them all, but Robert deeply understands the how of teaching, and what you must go through to learn. The Power of Positive Painting focuses on the craft aspect of painting. Certainly, Robert’s artistry comes through but no attempt by him is made to sway the reader stylistically. His method is intended to equip you for any representational genre, style or subject. Robert explores that place between art and craft and science with courage and sensitivity. Eric Rhoads, founder and publisher of  Fine Art Connoisseur and Plein Air magazines.

Eric Rhoads

You Have Learned from the Best!

Rob Maniscalco is a distinguished artist, writer, art teacher, playwright and actor. I applaud him for that. As you might expect, I am a tough critic. I think your book will be a success! The Power of Positive Painting gives many valuable insights. It’s been my pleasure and honor to be able to get this “sneak peak” of his wonderful book. Rob, your dad was a wonderful artist! I see you are as well. You have learned from the best! Jack Faragasso, Frank Reilly authority, Professor Emeritus at the Arts Student’s League

Jack Faragasso

Amazingly Thorough, Insightful

IF I was an artist, especially a painter, I would insist this book goes into the curriculum in every art school in the country. Amazingly thorough, insightful, and full of views from 30,000 all the way down to the runway. Doug Crowe

Doug Crowe

A Dream Come True

I really do appreciate you and what this instruction is doing to lift up my artwork to a higher level. As an artist, this has been a dream come true, to be able to understand light and shadows. You’re a very special teacher. I thank you. — Maureen Gonzalez

Maureen Gonzalez

Eye for Seeing Right On

Your eye for seeing this child was right on. He is an extremely intelligent young man. He is a builder, wants to be an engineer.  He builds cities in his house with train sets, building blocks of all kinds.

I really do appreciate you and what this instruction is doing to lift up my artwork to a higher level. As an artist, this has been a dream come true, to be able to understand light and shadows. You’re a very special teacher. I thank you. — Marueen Gonsalez

Challenging But Rewarding

Great studio for all levels of emerging artist! Challenging yet rewarding classes. Group or private available. Robert teaches tricks of the masters in a way that gets results. The studio is on the marsh, so plain air is available. All ages and levels are welcome Oil is the medium of choice but acrylic are welcome:) Commissioned Oil portraits, pets, and fine art available. — C.A. Yelp Customer review

CA Yelp customer

Reached a Breakthrough

I’ve learned so much from Robert in the classes I’ve had with him. It’s been a great opportunity, learning from someone who reads his students well – someone who has taken the time to listen to specific concerns and then has systematically taken the time in class to address them. Through his classes I feel that I’ve reached a breakthrough and have moved into bolder, more deliberate brushstrokes, in addition to utilizing a much better, more well-prepared palette. Friends and family are commenting on how these lessons have so enormously improved my painting. Of course, I’m really looking forward to future classes. Who wouldn’t be, after experiencing such great results! — Jane S Yelp Customer review

Jane S Yelp customer

Absolute Blast

This was one of the best adventures we’ve had while on our “girls” beach trip!! Though Robert typically does classes for six, he made an exception and did a class for all eight ladies. We had an absolute blast! Initially, a couple in our group were apprehensive about “painting”… …not anymore! This event has already been requested for next summer’s Folly trip!! Everyone LOVED their finished product. This is a MUST DO adventure! We really loved that this was tailored to OUR group and that we were not just “a part” of a large class of 30 people! HIGHLY recommend!! Reba L. Yelp Customer review