Atelier Apprenticeship

Charles Miano believes 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. Southern Atelier’s unique Full-time Apprenticeship is filling that need.

www.SouthernAtelier.org for information regarding Miano’s classes, Full-Time Atelier Apprenticeship  and scheduled Sarasota, Florida Workshops.


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Charles Miano teaching during a demonstration.


Upcoming Workshops at www.southernatelier.org :

Red Chalk with Charles Miano

Join Southern Atelier Founder, Charles Miano, on a journey of expression as he teaches the secret fundamentals of Red Chalk Drawing in large format. Charles will explain the nuances of red chalk drawing as it applies to direct observation of the live model. Blocking-in shapes, tone masses, edges as well as morphology will be explained and demonstrated throughout the workshop. Artists will learn important technical aspects of the medium including how to stretch paper and a special sizing preparation. In addition, Charles will discuss the historical importance of red chalk and how Masters such as Michelangelo, Leonardo and Raphael all utilized its tremendous potential.


Workshop Fee: $450 plus shared model fees

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Organize a Workshop in your Community

If you would like to organize a Drawing or Painting workshop in your community, contact info@southernatelier.org for pricing and scheduling. These workshops are designed for adults over 18 and for all levels and abilities. Workshops are usually offered in 3, 4, 5 or 10- day terms.


Design a Workshop

Oil Painting

Work with Charles Miano to design a workshop based on the needs of your community. Miano is flexible and able to cater his teaching toward specific targets.



Private Workshop

Private workshops and classes are available upon special request. With many years as Director and Primary Instructor at Southern Atelier, Charles’ down to earth nature and adaptability allows him to easily accommodate his instruction toward individuals. This can enable artists to meet their personal goals and find there own unique path.



“Charlie Miano and Southern Atelier have produced one of the best classical art programs in the country … The Atelier’s dedication to excellence and intensive instruction provides students an ideal environment to fully develop their skills. The school represents a fresh new wave of art instruction …”

— Robert Liberace

“Charlie Miano is a visionary. He is building a school for his community with a passion that is rare, and a generosity for his students that is even more scarce. With his skills, Charlie is tapping into a vitality within the community of students.

He is building a comprehensive program with expertise, practice, and deep understanding. Charlie is helping to reawaken interest in the fundamental visual arts, the appreciation of aesthetic beauty, and the quality of vision by transcending craftsmanship.

The Southern Atelier is emerging as a premier institution for higher learning, atelier training, and the reestablishment of legitimacy in studying from direct observation, working from life. It is the kind of school that we all should embrace.”

— Dan Thompson

“Mr. Charles Miano’s teachings are beautifully balanced in every sense of the word. During his lessons East meets West, the intellectual counterparts the emotional, and the effort and hard work that he demands of his students is also presented with the need to let things develop naturally. It is a refreshing and daring methodology that challenges most, if not all, art schools’ curriculums by providing real, honest and unselfish instruction to students with serious intentions in art.”

— Joe Oliva Ganoza

“I believe that my instruction in drawing and painting has been of the highest quality, which is the direct result of Charlie Miano’s commitment to excellence in art education. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to become a professional artist; and because of the opportunity that I have had to study at the Southern Atelier, that dream is becoming a reality.”

— Nancy Fazio

“I have been astounded at the number of people who are moving to Florida and specifically looking for a professional classical art program… there is no doubt that the Southern Atelier has become a major school for the arts…”

— Kerry Vosler

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