Red Chalk Drawing Workshop with Charles Miano November 21-23

red chalk drawing-modelwebRed Chalk Drawing Workshop with Charles Miano

November 21-23, 2014, 9:30AM- 4PM

Southern Atelier’s Charles Miano will explain the nuances of red chalk drawing as it applies to direct observation of the figure and portrait. Blocking -in shapes, tone masses, edges as well as modeling form will be explained and demonstrated throughout the workshop. Life, naturalness and expressive spontaneity will also be stressed. Artists will learn technical aspects of the medium including necessary paper preparation. In addition, Miano will expound upon the historical importance of red chalk and how its use can be applied in a contemporary framework.

Tuition: $395 + model share


Drawing for Educators with Charles Miano and Mandy Hallenius December 13th-14th 2014

with Charles Miano & Mandy HalleniusSat – Sun 12/13-12/14 2014  •   9:30-12:30 & 1:00-4:00  •   In this weekend workshop designed specifically for art teachers, participants will be introduced to a 19th century drawing curriculum known as The Charles Bargue Drawing Course. Throughout the workshop,  participants will learn how to control proportion, organize values, and increase their sensitivity when drawing realistically. K-12 lesson plans will be provided so that participants can immediately integrate these skill-based drawing concepts into their current curricula.

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All levels        $300  

Painting in the Russian Tradition with Iliya Mirochnik, October 17-19, 2014

IMG_1413The Russian Figurative Tradition of the late 19th century developed as a
stylistic mergence of a traditional academic approach with the broken color and
direct paint application found in the work of the French Impressionists. This
workshop will focus on the method of direct painting as applied to the figure
where participants will learn to find a fluid way to transition from drawing to
painting, as they begin to merge the decorative and compositional elements of
the canvas with a thorough knowledge of the figure. The 2-part goal will lead
students to work on developing the big color and value statement of the
painting, avoiding details in order to establish a strong and expressive
composition, while at the same time working on capturing the movement,
proportions and plasticity of the figure. Participants will be working in a
large size to achieve a breadth of execution that will allow the work to be
viewed from a distance.

Tuition: $425 + model share

Art & Heritage Tour of India/Workshop with Charles Miano September 17th-October 3rd 2015


Traveling with artist and teacher Charles Miano
“Painting the People of India”

Join Charles Miano, founder and director of the classical art school Southern Atelier in
Sarasota, Florida, on an inspirational 16-day tour of one of the world’s most ancient and
cherished cultures. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to paint alongside this well-
reknowned and respected artist as you experience the exotic beauty of India. Charles will
explore in depth the nuanced humanity and heritage of places and people through this
portrait painting workshop and tour of discovery. In the course of the trip we will visit
eight unique locations in India – its palaces, museums, royal residences, lush gardens,
courts, tombs, temples, forts, mosques and markets in addition to many artistic marvels
Indian Girl-5and natural wonders. Along with art classes in Delhi, Udaipur and Jodhpur, there will be
two sessions of yoga in Udaipur and Jaipur. We will stay in impressive five-star and
historical hotels and explore the most delectable regional cuisine. Artists will bring their
creative skills to a whole new level on this enlightening, eye-opening journey!

Camp Atelier – Introducing Classical Art to a New Generation- Ages 7+ July 2014


Camp Atelier beginning July 14th 2014, with Cori Washington and Vicki Chelf

This interactive 2-part program incorporates both traditional visual and contemporary expressive arts allowing participants to have fun and focus on their personal interests. The program weaves visual and expressive arts in a dynamic engaging format and provides the opportunity to focus daily on at least one focused long term visual art project.
Week I – Kaleidoscope Kids: Making art fun with paint, puppets, photography and play
Week II – Feel and Draw the Rhythm: How music can bring out physical expressions in dance, movement and emotions with color.
Week III – Brushes & Paint: Pulling all the elements of artistic expression on canvass.
Monday through Friday
10 :00 am to 3 : 00 pm
with a one hour lunch
between 12:00 and 1:00
(participants bring their own lunch)
175.00 dollars for 1 week,
335.00 for 2 weeks,
490.00 for 3 weeks
*Family Price* – $25 off per week with two family members enrolled

More Information Available Here

Application Available Here

Made possible by grants from the Dart Foundation. The Florida Bureau of Cultural affairs, and the Community Foundation.


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Southern Atelier Soiree Fundraiser with Demo by Steven Assael

Assael_webMay, 6th 4pm

Food, Drink, Fine Art and Music

This event will feature a master artist painting demonstration by
-Steven Assael

Cocktail attire

$30 Donation to attend

And a special guest performance by concert pianist
-Eleonora Lvov

The Southern Atelier has been given the outstanding opportunity to receive matching funds for every dollar donated on May 6th starting at Noon. Please feel free to participate in this event whether or not you can attend the evening festivities. Don’t miss this Giving Challenge!

You can help us change lives for the better by giving emerging Visual Artists of Sarasota classical training. Join us in the 2014 Giving Challenge on May 6 at noon through May 7 at noon.

Visit, search for ‘Southern Atelier,’ and make your tax-deductible contribution of $25 or more. An opportunity to match your donations will be provided on a first come first serve basis starting at Noon on May 6th!

Donation Levels:
Rembrandt – $1000 and up
Da Vinci – $800
Michelangelo – $750
Sargent – $500
Bouguereau – $350
Monet – $200
Van Gogh – $100 and under

Kids Drawing Class

Monday 10am – 12pm with Vicki Chelf

For home school middle to high school students (parents are welcome to join in!). This class is a bit different from most kids classes because I am teaching them in the Atelier method of realism – the same techniques that are taught to the adults!

1 individual session – $10 + Supplies

Romel De La Torre, April 14 – 16th 2014

Romel de la Torre (27)Alla Prima Portraiture Workshop with Romel De La Torre

April 14th – 16th, 2014 9:30 AM – 4 PM
Fee: $435 plus model share

This three-day workshop will unfold in a relaxed, fun, and yet, informative and intense, working environment. Each morning Romel will demonstrate his approach to painting a portrait from life by means of a direct and fluid painting style. Strong emphasis will be placed on improving color use, drawing skills, value relationships, and capturing the “feeling” of light.
We will learn to use the elements that make a painting stronger and exciting: creative use of color & edges, visual movement, paint application/ brushwork, distribution of abstract shapes and strong design. Techniques of past great artists like Sargent, Zorn, Sorolla, etc. will also be explored.
All levels are welcome – and as they will be different, the instruction will be individualized for each student’s specific needs.
Be prepared to work hard, make new friends and most of all – have fun.

Romel de la Torre is a consummate artist in all media, and one of today’s most highly regarded. His figures, landscapes, portraits, and still life paintings display unparalleled technical skill, fluid style, and thorough understanding of light, color, form and design.
He was born into a community of artists in the Philippines, where his artistic interest started at a very young age. Later, after Romel and his family migrated to the U.S., he graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago with a fine arts’ concentration.
Romel is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America & the Portrait Society of America; his work is housed in private collections nationally and internationally. Among his many important honors are the Oil Painters of America National Exhibition Grand Prize and Artists Magazine Portrait Artist of the Year. He currently instructs advanced painting and portraiture at The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts, Chicago.



The Figure in Action

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February 10th – 13th, 2014 9:30 AM – 4 PM with Robert Liberace

The expressive movement and energetic form of classical figure painting has influenced artists for centuries. This class will explore the dynamic potential of the human form and introduce these concepts into drawings and paintings. Students will study the various approaches artists from the past used to infuse their work with movement and energy and then execute their own pictures with the help of live models. Demonstrations will be given focusing on arrangement of the model with painting and drawing technique.

Fee: $550 plus model share

Oil Portraiture Workshop with Lynn Sanguedolce January 10th – 12th, 2014 9:30 AM – 4 PM


Oil Portraiture Workshop with Lynn Sanguedolce

January 10th – 12th, 2014 9:30 AM – 4 PM


Fee: $435 plus model share


More Information Coming Soon!