Southern Atelier is an art school dedicated to promoting timeless, classical principles in Contemporary Art.
Southern Atelier provides instruction in classical style painting, drawing and sculpture. We encourage dialogue between students, professional artists, researchers and instructors. We seek to foster community relationships by inviting the public both to enjoy art and to learn about art, art history and classical training methods.
Becoming an artist is a noble journey. Art shares the beauty of life with others, makes us more compassionate, and ultimately makes us more human. Founded in 2008 by Charles Miano, Southern Atelier Center for the Arts has become a premier center for representational visual arts study. We are proud to be a place where artists may explore, share, and grow in art.
Classical Principles – Contemporary Art
Our academic origins come from a long visual arts tradition that began during the Renaissance, and reached a pinnacle in the late 19th Century with the creation of numerous painting ateliers in Paris. Southern Atelier is modeled after these original ateliers and is dedicated to promoting timeless, classical principles in Contemporary Art.
We offer our signature Atelier Apprenticeship, Master Workshops and a variety of Courses. Our visual arts program of direct drawing and painting from life emphasizes the application of Old Master craftsmanship and the observational study of color and light, as created by the sun’s illumination of nature.
Family of Creatives
The atelier is a family of visual artists, musicians, dancers and other creatives. This rich, creative center of talent infuses vibrancy into our diverse Courses and unique community events. These programs have included dance, music, theater, exploratory arts, humanities, and more.
Sarasota – “Cultural Coast” of Florida
The natural beauty of Sarasota, Florida, with its luminous light, colorful skies and tropical climate offers artists the unique opportunity to paint outdoors year round. With award winning beaches, a thriving arts community and a relaxed atmosphere, Sarasota is an idyllic place to gain knowledge and Inspiration. Known for its cultural events, museums and natural wonders, there is plenty to explore and enjoy.