Class testimonials


Incredible Expertise and Wisdom

Thank you for sharing your incredible expertise and wisdom these past 4 weeks. As a portrait student, I’ve been refreshed and revived and inspired by your teaching.  Your witty way not only kakes receiving easy and fun but you are quite entertaining too! Thanks for your and Cate’s sweet hospitality. I’d endorse you any day! Artistically yours, Mary Hoffman

Mary Hoffman

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

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


More Paining 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

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