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

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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

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.



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

The Figure in Action

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!


The Art of Tai Chi


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

Steven Assael Oil Painting Workshop December 4th – 8th 2013

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Steven Assael Oil Painting Workshop

December 4th – 8th (Thurs & Sunday 1/2 Days) 9:30 – 4 2013
This oil-painting workshop will be all about COLOR.Work from life to discover the many ways in which color has a relationship to form, and how it can be developed to look alive, with a clear focus on movement. Further your understanding of color through the observation of light and shadow, warm and cool tones.First, the live model will be placed under a warm light so as to expose all elements of color in the flesh under that light. Then, with a cool light on the model, all the differences in color on the flesh will be revealed, so we can paint it just so.Throughout the workshop we will discuss materials, craft, issues of light & shadow, form and movement, the reflective properties of flesh, and numerous other aspects of painting. The key elements of drawing, tone, value and color with a unified direct application of paint will be fully explored. Lectures, demonstrations and critiques are par for the course.Fee: $685 plus model share

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!


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