March 19th, Master Demo by Huihan Liu

Sign up for an extraordinary portrait painting demonstration from life by Huihan Liu, an internationally recognized Master Chinese-American painter. This is the artist’s first visit to Florida and to Southern Atelier. We are very honored to have this opportunity to observe him work and get an excellent insights into his methods, qualities of brush work and attitudes toward his narrative painting. Join us!

March 18th, Artist Talk @ SA by Huihan Liu

Mar. 19-23, 2018, Figure and Studio Painting Workshop with Huihan Liu

Workshop Overview

This intensive 5-day workshop is design for painters who have already had painting experience but would like to continue improve craftsmanship as well as visual concept. The beginning of the class will focus on painting from the live model, and the last two days of class will focus on studio painting.

There will be a deep discussion regarding visual perception as well as aesthetic conception. Students will learn how to use a photo reference as a visual concept to develop a studio painting. They will use design, placement of composition and focal point, and paint from the model.

Students should bring their own photo references to the class for the studio painting assignment in the last two days. This project will be completed as a final presentation by end of the class. Huihan Liu will share his thoughts by doing one and half day formal demonstration and a slide presentation. Individual attention will be given throughout the workshop.


Huihan Liu Bio  

Born in Guangzhou, China in 1952. Huihan completed his formal art training at the Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art with a BFA in 1975. He taught in the art school of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art between 1979-1987. Huihan was a candidate and was accepted by the Graduate School of Guangzhou Academy of Fine Art in 1985. He went to the United States to further his study in 1987 and graduated from the Academy of Art College in San Francisco with an MFA in 1993. Huihan is a Master Signature Member of Oil Painters of America, an Artist Signature Member of California Art Club, and is the Graduate School Advisor of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

Huihan was influenced by the 19th century academics from both the French and Russian schools who brought their ideas to the China art schools in the 50s. He has high regard for that group of Naturalists who believe in academic tradition and continue to portray scenes from ordinary life in the late 19th century。That inspiration took him on many trips to different regions in the world. He uses his paintings as a cultural bridge to connect people and to share their joyful moments and compassion with others.

Huihan’s paintings can be considered impressionistic realism, with a combination of primary field study and reference, and with a focus on compositional arrangement, color design, accurate detail, spontaneous brushstrokes and texture. In his figure painting, he pays close attention on the characteristics of people, their gestures and the atmosphere in order to suggest the hidden meanings of the piece.

When he was in China, he participated in many show exhibitions both regionally and at the national level. Huihan has been participating in many national shows and invitational exhibitions in the U.S. During the last twenty years, his paintings have won many awards such as, “Best of Show in Painting-John Scott People’s Choice Award,” in Western Rendezvous of Art; “Gold Medal for Best Painting” in California Art Club’s 92nd Annual Juried Exhibition; Gold Medal for the Master Signature Member at the Oil Painters of America National Show; as well as the Members’ Choice Award for The Master Signature Division in the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition. Since 1997, Huihan’s work has been featured in articles by numerous national magazines such as Art of The West magazine; Southwest Art magazine; The International Artists magazine; The Artist’ Magazine and Western Architecture & Art magazine.

More info about Huihan Liu : From the E and W Huihan Liu AS17

Workshop Supply List

  • Studio Workshop Color Palette

Titanium White, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Yellow Ochre, Alzarin Crimson, Cadmium Red Deep, Permanent Rose, Dioxazine Purple or Permanent Blue Violet, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian Hue, Ivory Black.

  • Mediums


Linseed Oil

  • Brushes

Signet Robert Simmons   #3, #5, #7   Flat       DickBlick

Fan Brush                         #4                             Utrecht

Rhenish Ultrecht Natural Curve Bristles   #10 Flat #6 Bright

Ultrecht Finest Interlocked #7 Filber

Rhenish Utrecht Kolinsky Red Sable #4, #6 Flat #6 round

  • Canvas

11”x 14” 5 pieces (neutral grey undertone)

9” x 12” 3 pieces (neutral grey undertone)

  • Wet Painting Carrier

Palette Knife

Paper towel

Pochade Paint Box with easel or tripod.

* The list of supply is only the suggestions.

May 15 -18, 2018, Colore: Great Traditions Explored with Robert Liberace

This class explores the “painterly” approach in the manner of 16th Venetian painting and drawing. This idea is represented best by North Italian Renaissance artists such as Titian and Veronese and influenced painters from Velasquez to Sargent. The “colorito” approach involves more mass oriented drawing materials such as charcoal, pastels and ink wash, and the painting method stresses the broad application of paint with an emphasis on color resulting in pictures with an atmospheric subtlety. The first two days will concentrate on drawing using the traditional mediums of ink wash and charcoals. Day three, four, and five will be focused on painting both the portrait and figure.

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Price: $650 + Model Fee Shared

Still Life Painting with Sue Foster

FosterS-Blue Flow w LemonsTuesday 9:30am – 12:30pm & 1 – 4pm

Wednesday 9:30am – 12:30pm & 1 – 4pm with Susan Foster

This oil painting class will equip an artist with the skills necessary to fulfill their artistic vision. In a progressive and comprehensive manner, Susan Foster will explain the nuances of her Painting technique in oil. Attention will be given to pictorial composition, accurate rendering of shapes, values and edges within the totality of the still-life arrangement.

Class Price:  

$300 for a bundle of 10 classes

$40 for a single class

Atelier Method Old Master Copy Drawing and Painting with Charles Miano


Wednesdays 10 – 12:30 AM  and 1 – 4 PM

This course will build an understanding of painting principles, processes and effects as handed down by example in the paintings of the ages. Starting with studies done with charcoal or a limited palette the student will explore and familiarize themselves with some works by influential masters and then will choose a painting to copy.

Class Price:  

$300 for a bundle of 10 classes

$40 for a single class

Atelier Method Fundamentals of Drawing

Wednesday 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
In this class you will begin to bring eye and hand together through an understanding of how to create the illusion of space in two dimensions. Basic concepts will be introduced through specific excercises designed to teach you to see, think and then draw.  The consistant practice of drawing under instruction will facilitate continual opportunity to discuss and implement a sound drawing approach. Beginners and all levels welcome.

Class Price:  

$300 for a bundle of 10 classes

$40 for a single class

Feb. 16, 2018, “3 dimensional Expressions”: Artist Talk by Ed Jonas

Join nationally renowned portraitist and sculptor, Edward Jonas for a discussion of his approach to painting and sculpture, followed by an artist reception on Feb 16th, the night before his 2-day workshop, Sculpture for Painters, at Southern Atelier.

Free to the public! All are welcome!

One belief has accompanied Florida artist Edward Jonas throughout his 40-year career: it is that while abstract art speaks to the artist, realistic art speaks to the world. His high regard for the classical approach in both artistic techniques and teachings has brought not only high demand for his work but made him an advocate for change in art education programs. This belief led Ed to be co-founder and current Chair of the Portrait Society of America, a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to promoting the practice and appreciation of fine art portraiture and figurative works. This twenty-year-old international society, which is headquartered in Tallahassee, is supported by over 3,100 members that represent every state in the union and over twenty foreign countries.

Portrait subjects include Governor Buddy MacKay, U.S. Ambassador to Viet Nam, Pete Peterson, families of professional golfer Greg Norman, Fuzzy Zoeller and Jack Nicolas. He is also working on Governor Rick Scott’s official Gubernatorial portrait painting.  Recently, Ed has gained notice for his sculpture. His monumental bronze of two football players titled Sportsmanship stands at the west side of Doak Campbell Stadium. This past January saw the unveiling of his bronze of the founder of both Florida State University and the University of Florida, Frances Wayles Eppes, grandson of Thomas Jefferson.
Ed continues to make Florida his home and his studio time is now divided between assisting the Portrait Society in its educational mission and his portrait painting and sculpture commissions.

Feb 5,12,19, Watercolor Atelier with Vlad Yeliseyev

Pre-registration for this workshop is required. Please call 941-753-7755 or email:

No Classes between Mar.19th-24th, 2018