Impressionist Portrait and Figure Painting on the Beach Workshop with John Ebersberger

Impressionist Portrait and Figure Painting on the Beach Workshop with John Ebersberger

November 8 – 10, 2013 9:30 AM – 4 PM

This workshop is suitable for all levels of ability and will help the student unlock the mystery of color, and its use in describing light, in portrait and figure painting.  John studied with American Impressionist Henry Hensche during the last ten years of Hensche’s life.  In this workshop you will be introduced to the unique method of color study developed by Hensche and his mentor, Charles  W. Hawthorne at the famed Cape School of Art in Provincetown, MA.

The figure in sunlight is the quinessential Impressionist motif, and Lido Beach in Sarosata is an ideal location for this fun and informative workshop.  In addition to color we will explore how to set up the “action” of the figure, proportions of the head and figure, and other aspects of painting a vibrant, realistic, portrait and figure.   Instruction will include demos, as well as one-on-one instruction at the easel.   John will also provide full-color handouts for students.

Fee: $455 plus model share

Join us for a Visual Presentation with Q &A on November 7th 

“Lineage of Color Exploration”
Presented by John Ebersberger
Join artist John Ebersberger as he discusses the lineage of color exploration from Claude Monet to Charles Hawthorne to Henry Hensche and beyond in a PowerPoint presentation at Southern Atelier.
All are welcome to attend!


Gene Costanza

LJ's vineyard Costanza_webGene Costanza is a contemporary realist painter of traditional subject matter, focusing primarily on landscape.

Costanza orchestrates paintings that engage the viewer and invites them to enter his world. By capturing the light and atmosphere, the feel and smell, the wind and wave, he hopes to share places that mean something to him and the moments that evoke common feelings we share. One person summed it up with, “I love to watch your landscapes.” Task accomplished in that case.

Russian Academic Drawing Workshop with Iliya Mirochnik October 10 – 13, 2013 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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Russian Academic Drawing Workshop with Iliya Mirochnik

October 10 – 13, 2013    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

During this masterclass we will study drawing in the manner of the Repin State Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. The goal is to imagine and experiment with an approach that makes the transition from drawing to painting as seamless as possible. Over the course of four days students will produce both a portrait (size approximately 16x20in) and a large scale nude (approximately 25×50), in  charcoal, sanguine, or sepia. They will also learn how to construct a large drawing surface, to stretch paper, and to prepare an underlying tone for the paper.

The class  will focus on 2 main elements:
1. Composition:
The course will stress an ongoing dialogue between the artist and the model through drawing,  as the former develops the freedom to continuously alter what unfolds in their personal search of the most effective composition.
2. Anatomy and Construction:
In order to attain that freedom necessary to produce a good drawing, it is important for an artist to really know what exactly they are drawing. This is achieved through the analysis of form and light in relation to the mechanisms of the body – and is the main tool used to create dramatic, dynamic, and strong compositions. Knowing the form allows one to depend less on the actual model so that one can focus more on what is most beneficial for the drawing itself.
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Iliya Mirochnik is an artist who works primarily in traditional media. He believes that only through a careful and studious analysis of the artists and art of the past can one develop a firm stance in order to create something truly meaningful in the present. Precisely for this reason, Iliya chose to study in the prestigious Repin State Institute of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Russia, where he received his BFA in 2011 and is currently continuing in the MFA program. The Academy is known for emphasizing the teaching of classical rigorous disciplines, rooted in the 19th century, of painting, drawing, and composition.
Fee: $465 plus model shareMeet -n- Greet, October 9th, a la carte: $15


Private Lessons in Drawing and Painting with Charles Miano

Private Lessons with Charles Miano

Private Lessons in Drawing and Painting with Southern Atelier Director Charles Miano  are available on request. Rates starting @ $100/hour, model fees may also apply. If interested, please contact administration to book an appointment.

Figure & Portrait Painting Workshop with Hodges Solieau September 14 & 15, 2013 9:30 AM – 4 PM

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Figure & Portrait Painting Workshop with Hodges Solieau

September 14 & 15, 2013    9:30 AM – 4 PM


In this weekend workshop, acclaimed artist Hodges Soileau will demonstrate how to begin a painting in various ways. He will encourage each artist to remain open to possibilities, depending on the situation, and one’s own temperament. “Having options in their arsenal” allows an artist to tackle any subject, and prevent them from becoming a formula painter. Hodges will impart some of the principals that he considers most important while working in oils or any medium that uses color. He will also demonstrate, explain and stress the principals of shape, value, edges, and color temperature.

Fee: $250 plus model share

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Drawing Head-Studies Workshop with Charles Miano August 24 – 25, 2013 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

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Drawing Head-Studies Workshop with Charles Miano   { featuring special guest model appearances }

August 24 – 25, 2013    9:30 AM – 3:30 PM


The face conveys – and never betrays – the primordial essence of one’s soul and spirit. With this firm belief, Charles Miano will conduct an in-depth study of head drawing in charcoal. Students will gain knowledge of anatomical, skeletal, and muscular structure as well as the key fundamentals of head construction, systems of value, and morphology of form. Through a variety of sitter and poses, Charles will explore the life elements inherent in gesture and rhythm. He will encourage artists to find and capture the expressive mood unique to each sitter with a naturalness and spontaneity of their own. He will demonstrate and discuss how to lend substance and authority to the human portrait.

Fee: $225 plus model share

– 10 % discount for all enrolled in July Painting Workshop –

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Oil-Painting Workshop with Charles Miano Mon, July 8 – Fri, July 12, 2013

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Oil-Painting Workshop with Charles Miano

Mon, July 8  –  Fri, July 12, 2013


Artists of all levels of ability and experience are invited to advance their skills in this
intensive oil-painting workshop. Through classical and contemporary methods, each
artist will create a realist still-life painting in oil. In a naturally lit studio, a spirited but
serene setting, participants will develop their abilities to capture light keys by putting
Impressionist color theories and techniques into action. They will also build on their
knowledge of such fundamentals as composition and proportion, paint-handling and
brushwork, shapes, values and edges, blocking-in and form modeling. Whether for practical
skills, artistic expression, earnest communication, or a therapeutic outlet… as Monet so
aptly put it: It’s on the strength of observation and reflection that one finds a way. So we
must dig and delve unceasingly.

Fee: $475 plus model share



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Introduction to the Atelier Method: Drawing June 17 – 28, 2013

Introduction to the Atelier Method: Drawing  June 17 – 28, 2013 (2 Weeks Monday-Friday)


This course will introduce students to a classical drawing approach. Over the two weeks students will work to train their ability to see, understand, and recreate life. Additionally, students will gain historical insight into the methods of the 19th century French Academics. Skills gained in this workshop create a foundation on which all visual arts rest.


Bargue drawing (9:30am to 12) provides the essential underlying structure for all successful drawing. In this class we will use masterful charcoal plates completed by 19th century artists to learn how to realize a drawing from simple shapes into one with realistic rendering of light and form.


Figure Sculpture Workshop with Stephen Perkins April 26 – 28, 2013

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Figure Sculpture Workshop with Stephen Perkins 

April 26 – 28, 2013 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

This intensive workshop would appeal to anyone interested in the figure as an art form – sculptors,
painters, draftsmen and graphic artists alike. It will involve working from a live model and capturing
the gesture through rapid block-in sketches – but in clay as opposed to charcoal. Seeing the form in
this simple manner, in large masses, will allow students to grasp its essence: life qualities,
proportions and movements. They will then “draw out” these fast starts, spending additional time
on them in their investigation of technique and structure. Towards the end, efforts towards a more
finished look will be intensified. Critiques and demonstrations will focus on the entire figure along
with details such as hands, feet, torso etc. Rather than creating one piece over the course, students
will develop their abilities through multiple pieces, so it is recommended they bring a camera in
order to record their progress.

Tuition: $395

Painting the Head in Oil with Charles Miano- March 22-24, 2013


Painting the Head in Oil- March 22-24, 2013, 9:30AM- 4PM

This workshop will focus on painting from life in Oils. Charles Miano will illustrate a cohesive procedure designed to enhance the artist’s ability to understand color, light and form by working from direct observation of the portrait. Structure of the head will be considered in depth, as well as exercises designed to improve brushwork using a system of value.

Artists will have the opportunity to progress to a long pose portrait painting lasting 4 consecutive life sessions, using an impressionist palette. Attention will be given to the overall atmosphere and personality of the light key.

Some of the important skills and understanding required for a successful painting will be addressed during this workshop including values, edges, paint quality and composition.  In addition, students will learn the importance of simplifying color masses to create harmony and perceiving beautiful color variation producing effects of realism and subtlety.  There will be regular demonstrations and critiques throughout the course. This workshop is designed for artists of all levels.

Tuition: $395