Maniscalco Gallery

Maniscalco Gallery

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The Power of Positive Painting© Workshops and Classes
Put Robert Maniscalco’s 37 years of experience to work for you. His 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 modern realist.  P3 participants explore value-based “light on form” painting methods to create expressive, colorful, accurate professional level portraits and fine art. 

Have you noticed  many artists avoid the figure and the human head in their work? This course will give you the skill and confidence you need to bring 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.

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North Charleston, SC 29418
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  • Anne Garavaglia

    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.

  • Mary Hoffman

    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,

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

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?

for actors, I offer myself as a fully trained, experienced actor and director. I do audition coaching as well as private training in the Strasberg method as well as an eclectic blend of many processes and methods geared at getting the student to as organic and deep a performance as possible.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?


Teaching drawing and painting at Charleston Southern University


Seabrook Island Art Guild – Portrait Painting Worhshop, SI, SC


Chapin County Art League – Portrait Painting Worhshop, Chapin, SC


Gibbes Museum of Art – Charleston, SC – Portrait painting workshop


Charleston Artist Guild – Charleston, SC – Portrait painting demonstration and workshop


Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center – Birmingham, MI – Advanced Portrait workshop


Adult Learning Institute – Farmington, MI – multidisciplinary presentation

2005, 07

Self-Employment for the Arts Conference (SEA) – Chicago, IL – Being a Professional Artist Today


Associated Creative Artists – Dallas, TX – demonstration


Atlanta Portrait Society, Atlanta, GA – Portrait painting demonstration


Edsel & Elenore Ford House, GP, MI – Plein Air Workhsop


Renaissance Shop, Raleigh, NC “Power of Positive Painting” workshop


Warren Tri-County Arts, Warren, MI Judge Prestige Art Show


Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI “Power of Positive Painting” workshop


Plymouth Community Arts Council, MI – “Artragious Fest” Featured artist/workshop


St. Bernard Art Guild, LA – “Power of Positive Painting” workshop

1995, 96

Metairie Art Guild, LA -“Power of Positive Painting” lecture/demonstration

1994 –

New Orleans Art Association, LA -“Power of Positive Painting” lecture/demonstration

1987, 96, 97

Grosse Pointe War Memorial, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration

1986 & 01

Scarab Club of Detroit, MI – two day portrait workshop


Downriver Council for the Arts, Dearborn, MI – guest speaker “Being an Artist Today”

1985, 08

Lakeside Palette Club, St Clair Shores, MI – portrait lecture/demonstration


Lakeshore High School, St Clair Shores, MI “Career Night” speaker


Romeo Art Guild – portrait lecture/demonstration

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.


For drawing and painting classesi I charge $125 for four weekly classes, 2.5 hr each sessions. I also offer private lesson @ $85 / session. Less if you buy blocks of 2 or 4.

For actors, I offer private coaching for $45 / session. 

How did you get started teaching?

Teaching helped me learn. I have taught painting and acting for over 35 years.

What types of students have you worked with?

beginners to advanced. We are always beginners if we have chosen to continue learning new things.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

choose the better artist over the consumate teacher

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

I ask students to think about their goals and what they might be willing to do to obtain them. I believe talent is just the thing others see se when we have worked hard and deeply. Painting and acting is fun and rewarding when we can align our ambitions to our level of commitment.