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Guild Apprenticeship

Website: http://southernatelier.org/

Email: info@southernatelier.org

7226 21st St. E., Sarasota, Florida, United States

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Program Director: Charles Miano

 

Journey Toward Mastery

Over the course of the last decade, Southern Atelier, under the guidance of Founder and 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.

Southern Atelier’s  Guild Apprenticeship Program is available to those who share a love for great art, who have a desire to reach a higher level of craftsmanship and who will devote necessary time to develop their skill slowly and thoroughly.

Our Classical Atelier Guild Apprenticeship is a rigorous, four-level drawing and painting program designed for artists seeking professional level skills: Drawing (Levels 1 & 2) and Painting (Levels 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.

The Atelier’s Guild Apprenticeship is a two-fold learning experience: practice and projects. At all levels of the program, students work from the live model for quick studies and long poses. In Levels One and Two, apprentices use dry media; in Levels Three and Four, apprentices move to oil painting. Graduate Artists may apply to stay on as Journeymen for a Level Five Specialization in either of two electives: Narrative Composition or Alla Prima Painting.

When they complete the program, apprentices can expect teaching opportunities, gallery representation and a professional level of skill in representational fine art.

 Southern Atelier maintains a limited number of full-time apprentices. Full-time apprentices can expect to complete the program in approximately four years. In return, they can look forward to 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.

Guild Artists have the unique advantage of studying color and light in a tropical paradise destination, Sarasota, Florida.  It is a beautiful, peaceful and sumptuous environment conducive to  concentration and growth. With the full and brilliant spectrum of expressive color in the ambiance around them, students are growing to see a whole new world of possibilities for their artistic journey. 

 

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.

Visit our Website for more detail regarding our application process.

 

Website http://southernatelier.org/
Email info@southernatelier.org
Founded 2007
Course languages English
Part-Time Instructors 4
Full-Time Instructors 3
Students 65
Accommodation Yes
Costs

Full time: USD 3800 / semester

Southern Atelier

7226 21st St. E.

Sarasota, Florida, United States

info@southernatelier.org

Susan J. Foster

Instructor

Susan J Foster, internationally known award-winning artist, was born in Warren, Ohio. She studied at OCA in Toronto, Ontario and with friends she considers to be some of the finest teachers in the world. Susan has exhibited extensively, including solo shows in Charleston, S.C. and Sarasota, FL. She was a finalist in the world-wide competition “Blossom 2, Art of the Flower” and has, among other prizes, won the Bowles Award for Portraiture. Formerly an instructor at Ringling College of Art in the CCSP program, Susan now teaches Still Life painting at the Southern Atelier in Sarasota, Florida, where she and her husband Norm and their Cavalier, Posy, currently reside. “Every painting offers me a fresh challenge, something to strive to convey….perhaps a sense of space, grace, sustenance, a texture or fragrance of something lost or something I wish to be found, or the frailty and brevity of life on our planet. Or perhaps, a place to come home. I never quite feel like I capture that thing, whatever it is, but so far have been able to resist the urge to entitle paintings “No, but I like this bit right here” or “Not Quite…Number 934″. But I love every one of them for what they have shown me about painting, about myself and my ongoing journey as an artist and as a teacher.”

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Dáša Pierce

Instructor

Dáša’s interest in art emerged as a teen, but was put on hold for two decades for a career in Continuing Medical Education (CME). She has since studied with Nelson Shanks, Robert Liberace, and David Leffel, and has attended the Florence Academy of Art and the Lorenzo Medici School of Art.

She has won numerous awards in the sciences, including a record of 7 International Science and Engineering Fair Awards in 1982.  She was also a recipient of the US Army Cherry Blossom Award, and was presented as an Honorary Guest to Prince and Princess Hitachi at the Japan Student Science Awards. She also holds a Bachelor’s in Zoology and a Master’s of Public Health from the University of South Florida.

 

Anthony Stokes

Instructor

Anthony spent many years as a tattoo artist in the Sarasota area before he began studying with Charles at Southern Atelier, making him one of Charles’s earliest apprentices. He has been a faithful and energetic member of our art community for six years. In his training, Anthony has absorbed the knowledge and the techniques of past Master artists, and he is able to enthusiastically  bring to his classes his own take on what is important. Color, value, shape, anatomy…Anthony is an incredible instructor who makes his students feel like they are important. Anthony guides his students through the building blocks of atelier training, and his students respond with the understanding that Anthony has the authority of experience.
 
“I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to encourage and share the knowledge that has been passed down to me and help others grow in their craft and express themselves through art.”

Charles Miano

Founder and Director

Charles Miano (b. 1977) is an American Artist whose art explores humanistic values, based on a classic foundation and contemporary inspiration. Miano is recognized as a Master by the Art Renewal Center. He is the Founder and Director of Southern Atelier in Sarasota, Florida and an advocate of the revival of Classically Inspired Representational Art.

Through his atelier and as its “hands-on” director, 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. Miano also travels to teach workshops and lecture on realist art and his own artistic methods.

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