Summer Color and Light Labs

Summer on the Gulf of Mexico is a magical time of year. Charles Miano, Director of Southern Atelier, in lieu of his regular classes will offer these seminars, which focus on the exploration of nature’s color and light. The Color and Light Seminars are designed to give participating artists and Miano assistants the unique opportunity of practicing color and light key life studies while enjoying the beauty of Florida’s natural environment. These seminars are planned to give participants a most comfortable and stimulating learning experience. 

These four seminars will equip artists with the holistic knowledge needed to understand from a prismatic standpoint how to mix and perceive colors, values, and edges to achieve realism in a variety of natural subjects.

Participants will come away with greater knowledge and skill, as well as completed studies and finished compositions.

The seminars will highlight how to understand open palette painting, the use of materials, impressionist color theory, mixing the proper paint consistency, the use of mediums, brush handling, calligraphy, and color as expression.

Learning checklist:

  • Mixing color
  • Palette knife
  • Brush techniques
  • Painting the light effect: indoor and outdoor, natural and artificial
  • Color theory fundamentals
  • Basic palettes
  • Prismatic palettes
  • Value systems
  • Color schemes and relationships
  • Color study quick sketch
  • Color design
  • Color harmony
  • Color modeling
  • Edges
  • Capturing the illusion of light
  • Making pictures

Color studies will be made in four categories:

Painting Beach Sunsets

May 26-28, 2017

Artists will sketch en plein air in the breezy evening on the Gulf of Mexico Lido Beach in Sarasota. They will then return to the studio to complete a Beach Sunset Composition from the studies.

Painting Floral Still Lifes

June 23-25, 2017

Artists will learn how to quickly sketch “Alla Prima,” the colorful harmonies and abstract patterns of some of nature’s most vibrant subject matter. This seminar will highlight color composition and painting from life under nature’s light.

Painting Children’s Portraits

July 28-30, 2017

Often without much experience, students contend with washed-out or chalky flesh tones when painting portraits, In this seminar, learn how to capture a likeness, as well as the vibrant tones of a young person’s skin tone.>

Painting Tropical Birds of Florida

August 25-27, 2017

Join us in the Jungle Gardens for quick sketching of the tropical birds of Florida from life. Using these sketches, artists will then return to the studio to create paintings of life energy and vibrant colors.

Understanding Color Values

October 14-15, 2017

Learning to accurately portray Color Values is the key to describing our visual experience in Painting.  Artists will learn to describe the “light effect”, using a range of tonal values.

Join Charles Miano for an experience of a lifetime in his exclusive summer Color and Light seminars at Southern Atelier. Reserve your space now as enrollment is limited. All levels are welcome to attend and to receive personal one-on-one training with a Master Artist and the founder of this ARC-approved Atelier. 

Tuition is $250 per seminar.
Each seminar is 2 1/2 days.
Participate in all four seminars and receive a discount of 15%.
(A split model fee is additional where applicable.)

To sign up, give us a call at 941-753-7755 or email us at info@southernatelier.org.