A Journey Towards Mastery…
The Miano Apprenticeship is a rigorous, 4-level drawing and painting program, under the direction and training of ARC Associate Living Master Charles Miano, designed for artists seeking a professional standard in their work. The skills acquired during this program may also be applied to other professions including but not limited to illustration, animation and graphic design. Students who join the Miano Apprenticeship come from all walks of life and travel in from all over the world.
A two-fold course of study:
Over the course of the last decade, Southern Atelier’s Founder, Charles Miano, has developed a program of study unparalleled in the world of representational fine art. This 2-fold curriculum includes both projects and practice. In levels 1 and 2, apprentices use dry media. In levels 3 and 4 apprentices move to oil painting.
In addition to long projects and finished works, the practice aspects of our apprenticeship curriculum takes students on a journey of learning to see, by working strictly from a live model. This course has been most effective in developing an artist’s ability to capture gesture and movement. Short to intermediate length life poses are used to enhance an artist’s faculty with the brush and develop error-free calligraphy and craftsmanship. Over time artists see tremendous improvement in capturing life accurately with style. This rigorous quick sketch, gesture study, working in Miano Method is unique among traditional ateliers. Artists will work hundreds of hours training their eye-hand coordination.
These assignments are designed specifically with the old masters in mind as apprentices complete long term drawings and paintings. Master copy work from the flat, cast drawing and painting, long pose figure and portrait drawing and painting assignments are expected to be completed with utmost diligence each month. Artists learn to communicate through a visual language in much the same way that Masters such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Caravaggio, and Rembrandt did. In these lessons attention is given to the science and technical matters of drawing and painting.
Miano Apprenticeship Benefits
The Miano Apprenticeship is designed for those who desire to devote necessary time to develop their skill thoroughly with persistence and patience.
Southern Atelier maintains a limited number of full time apprentices to ensure concentrated one-on-one instruction from Charles Miano. These apprentices also benefit from personal studio space, gallery representation, commission opportunities through The Guild, discounts on visiting master artist workshops and teaching opportunities.
Although our program is broken into trimesters, an apprentice can join at any time although we recommend joining on the closest opening trimester. Miano’s apprentices share in this unique Renaissance-guild style experience occurring approximately 35-40 hours a week in the studio.
Our Apprenticeship program takes place at Southern Atelier year round under the direction of ARC Associate Living Master Charles Miano. Click here to learn more about our enrollment process and start your application.
Click below for the Application Form to Become an Apprentice