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P3 CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS WITH ROBERT MANISCALCO
The Power of Positive Painting©
Workshops and Classes
Due to the Covid19 I am teaching privately or in very small groups with social distancing and precautions in place.
Consider putting Robert Maniscalco’s 40 years of experience to work for you. Taking regular classes, private lessons or two and three day portrait painting workshops have lead to many successful painting careers all over North America. His “secrets” were no secret to the masters. Based on the Frank Reilly Method, Robert has adapted this amazing painting system to the needs of the modern realist. P3participants explore value-based “light on form” painting methods to create expressive, colorful, accurate professional level portraits and fine art.
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Pablo Picasso
Also, as the P3 title suggests, Robert’s philosophy of teaching, as well as his approach to painting, is “positive.” Robert’s teaching is all about taking positive action, constantly moving forward in our process. He is proactive. Participants develop confidence through their reliance on knowledge, rather than some mysterious force we call talent. The task before us, painting form in a convincing manner, is normally presented as possible only to those “talented” few. Robert has taken talent out of the equation. He realizes if a person can’t read and write, it is highly unlikely he will ever publish a book. A musician must train her ear and practice to achieve command over her instrument. Likewise, artists must train their eye to see the subtle changes in values and develop a visual literacy and sensitivity if they want to begin to paint their vision. Robert has discovered the trick to seeing like an artist sees. Good news: it’s not rocket science! Robert empowers his students with ancient knowledge, so that with practice and application, they too may begin to see and paint like a master.
Like Picasso, who learned the rudiments of visual literacy before he found his style, Robert recommends we engage in the process of achieving mastery over the visual elements, if for no other reason than to give us confidence and authority to go after our ultimate vision. Who knows where that journey might lead?
The Secret Knowledge
Most novice artists focus on a color’s hue, all the wonderful colors in the rainbow. Let’s face it, hues are more fun, like a kid in a candy store, right? Robert’s focus, however, is on breaking down the fundamentals, the ones most teachers tend to gloss over of skip altogether. Maybe they assume you know it because they do. Some people naturally see in subtle values, but most of us have to be trained to see them. To the untrained eye, the mastery of values seems like magic, but it really isn’t. Understanding how values are what really tell the story of what we see is where the real magic begins. This is where the true joy of representational drawing and painting starts, creating the illusion of form with an understanding of light and value. As we begin to see the study of values, how light is what reveals form, we are able to see and understanding the natural world, freeing us to create endless universes of possibility.
Most amateur artists focus on a color’s hue, all the wonderful colors in the rainbow. Let’s face it, hues are more fun, like a kid in a candy store, right? Robert’s focus, however, is on breaking down the fundamentals, the ones most teachers tend to gloss over of skip altogether. Maybe they assume you know it because they do. Maybe they are hoarding this knowledge because they are afraid it might put them out of business. It seems like magic, but it really isn’t. This is where the magic trick (and true joy) of representational painting starts, creating the illusion of form with an understanding of light and value. Robert teaches a method of seeing and understanding, rather than a specific technique.
Robert will reveal his legendary Power of Positive Painting© Method of portrait painting from life. His no nonsense approach goes directly to the heart of the matter. His simple “Three Rs” drawing technique and value-based painting approach demystifies the process so you can quickly get to the fun stuff. Have you noticed how many artists avoid the figure and the human head in their work? This course will give you the skill and confidence you need to breathe life into your art. Maniscalco will also include plenty of professional tips unique to portraiture as a career. Many past participants have expressed they learned more in three days with Robert than in all their college art courses combined. Robert has produced two instructional portrait DVDs, along with lots of free and inexpensive Online instructional materials.
Sign up for a block of P3classes at Robert’s studio: 5440 Ansley Trail, North Charleston, SC 29418 [/button]
Many participants have repeated the workshops and followed up with classes, because there is always more to get from The Power of Positive Painting