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Youth Afterschool Course with Elizabeth Jenness

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[returning in the fall!]

Wednesdays 4:00 – 6:00 pm

The goal of these classes is to provide skill-based learning to create a deeper understanding of the visual imagery that is all around us. At the Atelier we believe that anyone has the ability to create art,  by learning basic skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Each lesson will encourage a child’s creativity while asking them to analyze what they see and apply it in a variety of different exercises.

The classes will focus on emphasizing form primarily using charcoal to establish and build upon a foundation of traditional drawing.

If you are interested in taking this class, please contact Elizabeth Jenness at elijebrg@mail.com.

Ancient Art Lecture Series: “The Roman Contribution to Art” A special 60 minute lecture by Dr. David Miano, followed by discussion ~ Monday, April 11, 2016. 10:00am – 11:30am

Monday, April 11, 2016. 10:00am – 11:30am.

romansMany historians and art critics tend to see Roman art as, at best, a poor copy of Greek art. It is possible that the Romans themselves shared this perspective. Roman authors often rave about Greek sculptors, like Phidias and Praxiteles, but they make no mention of Roman sculptors. The elements of Greek sculpture – realism, idealism, harmony of form – held a great appeal to the Romans. Where the Greeks treated art almost as a form of religious expression, the Romans seem to have treated it more like a commodity.

This lecture and discussion, however, is not about the uniqueness of Roman art, so much as the importance of the Romans for the continuation and propagation of the Greek art style and its eventual incorporation into the later artistic traditions of Europe. Chances are, the building you’re sitting in, or some museum or civic building your student has ever been to borrows elements of Roman architecture. The great demand for art in Rome, especially among the Roman elite, means that the sheer volume of Roman art dwarfs that of any previous civilization. There is much to look at.

Ancient Roman art history is particularly fertile material for arguing the continued relevance of ancient art to students, offering an opportunity to answer the perennial question: “Why should I care about this?”

This is the third in a series of lectures on ancient art – $25 to attend
Coming soon: Ancient Chinese Art.

David Miano earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel as well as several anthologies designed for classroom use, including Pen, Stylus, and Chisel: An Ancient Egypt Sourcebook, and Ideas in the Making: A Sourcebook for World Intellectual History to 1300. Dr. Miano has taught at the University of San Diego, the University of California, San Diego, and at San Diego Mesa College. In 2009 he received the Revelle College Outstanding Faculty Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching. Dr. Miano is the founder and executive director of Schola Antiquorum, a national, non-profit academic society dedicated to the study of ancient history, and has recently joined the faculty of the Academy of Classical Arts and Humanities in Sarasota, Florida.

Ancient Art Lecture Series “The Greeks and the Beginnings of Western Art” A special 90 minute lecture by Dr. David Miano – Wednesday, February 24, 2016. 6:30-8:00 pm.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016. 6:30-8:00 pm.

vaseThere is no better introduction to Western artistic conventions than with an exploration of the art of ancient Greece. Greek art was an expression of humanism, and it refined the naturalistic representations of the material world. It was not art for the sake of mere decoration or for the expression of the artist’s individual philosophy, but it was a medium for the ennoblement of the human being. Much of the style, and many of the techniques of the Greek artists, were adopted by the Romans, making their way into Europe, and finally into our modern culture. We thus can understand art today better by knowing the work of the Greeks. Dr. Miano will take us on a tour through Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture, highlighting the purpose and unique features of each, and introducing us to famous Greek artists and the artistic profession in that remarkable and ancient society.

This is the second in a series of lectures on ancient art – $25 to attend

Coming soon: Roman Art, and Ancient Chinese Art.
David Miano earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of  Shadow on the Steps: Time Measurement in Ancient Israel as well as several anthologies designed for classroom use, including Pen, Stylus, and Chisel: An Ancient Egypt Sourcebook, and Ideas in the Making: A Sourcebook for World Intellectual History to 1300. Dr. Miano has taught at the University of San Diego, the University of California, San Diego, and at San Diego Mesa College. In 2009 he received the Revelle College Outstanding Faculty Award in recognition of his excellence in teaching. Dr. Miano is the founder and executive director of Schola Antiquorum, a national, non-profit academic society dedicated to the study of ancient history, and has recently joined the faculty of the Academy of Classical Arts and Humanities in Sarasota, Florida.

 

 

 

 

Art Workshop for Young People ~ With Elizabeth Jenness-Burge, July 20-24, 2015, 10:00am – 3:00pm

kidsclass4Join us for this week long art workshop for young people where skill and creativity come alive. Highlighting an enjoyable learning experience in the spirit and practice of the Old Masters.

The goal of this workshop is to provide skill-based learning to create a deeper understanding of the visual imagery that is all around us. At the Atelier we believe that anyone has the ability to create art,  by learning basic skills such as those implemented by Da Vinci and Michelangelo.

Each lesson will encourage a child’s creativity while asking them to analyze what they see and apply it in a variety of different exercises.

The workshop will focus on emphasizing form primarily using charcoal to establish and build upon a foundation of traditional drawing.

 

 

Topics will include:

The tools and their uses

Basic shapes from flat to form

Form in perspective

Form in light and shadow

Form in design

We will apply ourselves to drawing from flat as well as drawing from life.

The lessons will provide a great start for the beginning student, as well as enhance the drawing skills of the more advanced student.

Cost: $245 – includes all materials

Southern Atelier Fundraiser Soiree

When: Saturday, February 7th, 2015, 4-7 PM
Location: 1741 Stanford Lane, Sarasota, FL 34231
Featuring Food, Drink and Entertainment
Special Guest Painting Demonstration By Mary Minifie
Minimum donation $25 per person

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The Art of Tai Chi

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For Health, Longevity and Creative Enrichment

Sundays, 12:15 PM: Introduction to Chen Tai Chi with Jinsong Yan

For thousands of years the Chinese have enjoyed the benefits that Tai Chi has to offer. Today many individuals of all ages and backgrounds from around the world are discovering what the Chinese have known for centuries, that the daily practice of Tai Chi manifests dynamic and powerful changes in one’s physical and mental well-being.

Coming soon: Join legendary teacher David (Jin Hua) Shi in bringing better health, increased vitality, mental clarity and a calmer spirit through the ancient Chinese art of Yang style Tai Chi. A practitioner over 30 years of both Chen and Yang old forms, David will use his masterful knowledge and skill to impart the ancient benefits of Tai Chi Chuan.

$15 donation per class – classes are ongoing

Sarasotavisualart.com: An interview with Charles Miano

An Interview with Charles Miano on Sarasota’s Southern Atelier

by Charles Valsechi

By Daniel | Published: April 26, 2012
What separates the Southern Atelier from local art centers and private art schools?

Southern Atelier is the only local institution whose primary focus is the study of drawing and painting from life.

How does the Southern Atelier differ from every other Atelier?

Through my travels and associations I’ve had the privilege of learning methods and techniques from a variety of sources. I can honestly say that Southern Atelier is devoted to the study of nature not the study of a particular technique or style of painting. When I say nature I mean the direct observation of the natural world including its personification the human figure. We see painting as a visual language that is constantly evolving and bettering itself. Our goal is not to mimic a particular master painter or historical style but to build on the masters shoulders allowing the universal principles of nature to guide and direct our progress. I have always found that the great masters of art had more in common than they had differences. This common thread could be described as a way or path of visual truth. Fundamental principles of nature have been taught in a variety of ways. We feel we have some of the most effective methods to get these insights across to students combining traditional as well as innovative approaches. So we really believe in the whole of world art history including Eastern and Western influences. We try and stay away from replication of one particular segment of it. We also try not to promote any one particular artist over another, no matter how strong the talent. Southern Atelier is not about one person, nor fame or even a name… It’s about the progress of humanity in art.

Another thing that separates us is the concentration on the spiritual and emotional impact of realist art. Not only do we learn to copy nature skillfully but to instill it’s essence and vitality. We learn through our years of study that painting has progressed away from a colored drawing to an expression of light and life. We realize that our growth is an infinite path and through humility we give back to the art itself. This is stressed at the atelier through short and long term life studies, rigorous academic drawing development from nature and memory as well as outdoor and indoor impressionist light key study. Our location here in the Southern part of the continent gives us the benefit of studying color under the sun’s illumination all year long. Few, if any, schools have that capability or are in a position to take advantage of that.

We feel this will give an artist the development necessary to reach new heights of creative potential through the coalescence of technique and concept. In addition, you’ll find our prices, as a nonprofit, a fraction of the cost of other programs.

How did the Southern Atelier begin?

It began years ago at Art Center Manatee where I was painting at the time. I had no desire to teach but was approached and offered a “painting class”. I now realize how vital teaching is. I told them that I could not deceive a student into believing that they could learn this craft in a mere “painting class”. So I told them that if they really wanted students to learn, I would be happy to develop a program for them. That program included all the seeds of our current curriculum, including foundational drawing skills and impressionist color study.

That “atelier” program grew exponentially until we needed a place of our own. Artists began to come from all over the South. We originally rented a barn out in the country from the Humane Society before we moved into town. Southern Atelier happened quite organically, a true grass roots movement.

Which artists from the past influence you most?

It depends on the path of my growth. For instance, if I’m interested in improving the personal and expressive content of my brushwork than I would say the literati and ch’an painters of the Sung Dynasty most influence me. If my interest is improving color, than I look to the impressionist lineage whether it be French, American or Russian. If my drawing needs expressive gesture and attention to anatomy than I am interested in studying the Italian masters. If its accuracy and refinement I’m after than I study the academicians. I am certainly one who appreciates the strengths of others and in that confluence delight in my own progress.

What kind of atmosphere does the Southern Atelier have?

The Southern Atelier is humble and enchanting. It is a joyful place bathed in natural light, a bohemian refuge from the clutter of the world where ego melts away. It’s where we heal our most potent creative energies and yet demand of ourselves tremendous discipline. Our Teachers, Staff and Monitors set the tone with great effort, making the atmosphere up building and encouraging. We also foster an inclusive community of support and sharing, an environment of growth, free from petty competition or divisiveness, with a healthy reverence and respect for each other, for art and for the natural world. We learn that when we cultivate inner knowingness, our environment improves as well as the profundity of our work.

What makes a great painting?

A going out of one’s self into nature unafraid and exalting.