A tronie: (16/17th-century Dutch for "face") is a common type, or group of types, of works common in Dutch Golden Age painting and Flemish Baroque painting that shows an exaggerated facial expression or a stock character in costume. Join Charles Miano on an expressive exploration of character and costume in his unique classical approach to portrait painting. Miano will highlight his special Sprezzatura Style of painting which distinguishes his work as both studied and bold. Read more
- Elizabeth Jenness BurgeAlumni
I looked for a long time for a learning opportunity such as The Southern Atelier provides. I have attended other institutes of art education. [In my] experience, the Southern Atelier is on par with Ateliers in Major American and European metropolitan citys… The Southern Atelier provides instruction in a way that most life circumstances can incorporate. I have benefited greatly from the solid foundation taught at The Southern Atelier.
Mr. Charles Miano’s teachings are beautifully balanced in every sense of the word. During his lessons East meets West, the intellectual counterparts the emotional, and the effort and hard work that he demands of his students is also presented with the need to let things develop naturally. It is a refreshing and daring methodology that challenges most, if not all, art schools’ curriculums by providing real, honest and unselfish instruction to students with serious intentions in art.
- Dan ThompsonARC Living Master
Charlie Miano is a visionary. He is building a school for his community with a passion that is rare, and a generosity for his students that is even more scarce. With his skills, Charlie is tapping into a vitality within the community of students.
He is building a comprehensive program with expertise, practice, and deep understanding. Charlie is helping to reawaken interest in the fundamental visual arts, the appreciation of aesthetic beauty, and the quality of vision by transcending craftsmanship.
The Southern Atelier is emerging as a premier institution for higher learning, atelier training, and the reestablishment of legitimacy in studying from direct observation, working from life. It is the kind of school that we all should embrace.
- Kerry VoslerAmbassador, Portrait Society of America
I have been astounded at the number of people who are moving to Florida and specifically looking for a professional classical art program… there is no doubt that the Southern Atelier has become a major school for the arts…
I believe that my instruction in drawing and painting has been of the highest quality, which is the direct result of Charlie Miano’s commitment to excellence in art education. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a professional artist; and because of the opportunity that I have had to study at the Southern Atelier, that dream is becoming a reality.
- Robert LiberaceARC Living Master
Charlie Miano and Southern Atelier have produced one of the best classical art programs in the country … The Atelier’s dedication to excellence and intensive instruction provides students an ideal environment to fully develop their skills. The school represents a fresh new wave of art instruction …