A Journey Towards Mastery…
Over the course of the last decade, Southern Atelier along with Artistic Director Charles Miano, has developed a program of study unparalleled in the world of Representational Fine Art. Its core principles evoke a time-honored tradition of drawing and painting, reminiscent of the great Renaissance Masters. These tenets include the love of beauty, capturing the spirit of humanism, the essence of nature, the energy of life and the application of fine craftsmanship.
This program is available to those who share a love for great art, a desire to reach a higher level of craftsmanship and who will devote necessary time to develop their skill slowly and thoroughly.
The Atelier Apprenticeship is a 4 year drawing and painting program designed for artists seeking professional level skills; drawing (Years 1&2) and painting (Years 3&4). While the program is appropriate for those seeking a professional career in fine art, skills acquired may also be applied in other professions, including but not limited to graphic design, illustration, and animation. Apprentices work from the live model four days a week, and can expect teaching opportunities, gallery representation and a professional level of skill in Representational Fine Art.
At any given time, Southern Atelier maintains a limited number of full-time apprentices. Full-time apprentices can expect to complete the program in approximately a 4-year time period. In return, they can expect teaching opportunities, gallery representation and more importantly a professional level of skill in Representational Fine Art. An apprentice can join at any start date and share in this unique renaissance-like experience accruing approximately 35-40 hours a week of studio time.
Director: Charles Miano
Train one-on-one with an ARC Associate Living Master
As the “hands-on” director of Southern Atelier, Charles Miano is widely recognized for his attentive, intensive teaching methods and generous support of emerging artists. There, he doggedly pursues in-depth, saturated studies in the tradition of the Old Masters.
Exercise & Project Based Curriculum
Our apprentices have the distinct advantage of participating in a two-fold course of study:
The exercise curriculum takes students on a journey of learning to see as an artist by working strictly from the live model. This course has been most effective over the years in developing an artist’s ability to capture accurate shapes, learning to describe a system of value, as well as improving ones eye-hand coordination. Students go through rigorous training in the fundamentals of structure drawing, before moving on to monochrome followed by color oil painting exercises. Principles such as blocking in structures, anatomy, values and edges as well as learning gestures and movement are thoroughly discussed, demonstrated, and practiced.
Short to intermediate length-life poses are used to enhance an artists facility with the brush and develop error-free calligraphy and craftsmanship. Over time, artists are seeing tremendous improvement in the art of seeing as well as capturing life accurately with style and substance.
Apprentices are assigned projects in the course of their study at the Atelier. The assignments are specifically designed with the Old Master Tradition in mind as they learn to complete long term drawings and oil paintings. These tasks get progressively more challenging as artists build on a solid foundation, thoroughly learning the elements that create great art.
Portrait and Figure Long Poses as well as Bargue, Cast and Old Master Copy assignments are expected to be completed with the utmost diligence and excellence each month. Artists are learning to communicate through a visual language in much the same way as Masters such as Michaelangelo, Leonardo, Carravaggio, and Rembrandt practiced. In these lessons, attention is given to the practice and science of both drawing and painting. Artists learn all the pertinent technical matters involved in crafting a traditional work of art.
Study at Southern Atelier Full Time
We believe that the surest way to improve one’s skill as an artist, is through the process of consistent specialized instruction over time, combined with dedication and a commitment to the tenets of Classical Art.
Spaces are purposefully limited to ensure that the best instruction and individualized attention is given to each apprentice. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. The tuition for a 4-month term with any start date is $3,800 US dollars. This includes all studio sessions, a key to the facility and all model fees.
Full-time students of Southern Atelier may benefit from as many as 40 hours of intensive study per week (except in the summer when some classes are not offered). The program includes the student’s choice of any 10 instructed three-hour class sessions per week in addition to one uninstructed life session and two open-studio sessions per week. Note, however, that only 30 hours of study are required to receive a certificate of completion.
Part-time study as well as advanced-level workshops are available during the summer months for those interested in Atelier study all year long. Individual class and model fees apply.