creative research gallery and drawing center
a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization

 

    

DRAWING CENTER STUDIO

  studio offerings year-round
making better artists

ABOUT OUR PROGRAM WHY DRAW? OUR INSTRUCTORS STUDIO CALENDAR DARKROOM CALENDAR

IMPORTANT NEWS!

In mid-2021 Manifest made a major step forward in our organization's history, purchasing a facility located between the dynamic Cincinnati communities of Clifton and Camp Washington that will become the permanent headquarters of all our nonprofit programming over the next three years. During the past several months our staff and board have worked to prepare for the initial phase of our relocation. The Manifest Drawing Center programs will move to the new facility (M1) at 3464 Central Parkway in their entirety by July 1, 2022. Some programs will begin transitioning sooner, with timeframes to be announced. We believe that it will be clear to visitors and our students just how the beautiful and historic French Normandy style structure will enable Manifest to become a sanctuary for the practice, learning, and experience of the visual arts.  (LEARN MORE ABOUT M1 and the future MANIFEST CENTER FOR THE VISUAL ARTS HERE).

PROGRAMS THAT HAVE MOVED TO M1
(3464 Central Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45223):

- All Open Studio / Cast Labs
- All Open Figure Sessions
- Drawing as Mindfulness

REGARDING COVID-19

While we work to ensure that all studio-based events can be held safely (allowing for proper social distancing, requiring masks for all participants, heightened cleaning procedures, etc.), some of our programs now offer the option of online OR in-person learning formats. More in-person Open Life Drawing seats have been added, with registration open up to 3 hours before each session starts. Our general mask policy at M1 will be that masks will be strongly encouraged, but optional. This is subject to change based on conditions and guidance from authorities, and may vary based on the course offering.


Announcing the first of our special
SUMMER 2022 VISITING ARTIST WORKSHOPS

Wet Plate Collodion Photography & Fresco Painting!

The Poetics of Place
Wet Plate Collodion and the Handmade Photograph
with visiting artist Joshua White
Saturday & Sunday, July 9th & 10th
A two-day exploration of the bewitching possibilities of the historic wet plate collodion!

Early registration discount of $100 for enrollments received by May 20, 2022!

Painting in Stone
The Technique of Buon Fresco with visiting artist Michael Nichols
Wednesday through Sunday, June 8 – June 12, 2022
An intensive, five-day exploration of the centuries-old buon fresco technique—painting with pigment and plaster!

Early registration discount of $100 for enrollments received by May 2, 2022!


2022 SPRING & SUMMER PROGRAMS
JOIN OUR MOST POPULAR
OPEN PROGRAMS!

Walk-Ins welcome! Low cost! Join any time.
Preregistration and ticket sign-up is required.
STUDY A SPECIFIC MEDIUM
THROUGH ONE OF OUR IN-DEPTH MULTI-WEEK CLASSES

Sequential explorations of media-specific techniques & subjects
designed for novice to intermediate artists!

Open Figure Drawing Sessions (NOW AT M1!)
Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7-9pm
Uninstructed drawing sessions with a live model. Walk-ins welcome. Student discounts available. Space is limited, so reregistration and ticket sign-up is required at least 3 hours in advance.

An Introduction to Watercolor
Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm
June 18 – August 6
An 8-week PAINTING class investigating the nature and rewards of this luminous, playful material.

Taught by Resident Instructor Samantha Haring

Drawing as Mindfulness (NOW AT M1!)
A Weekly Re-orientation to Life and Being in the World
Mondays, 7-9pm, Year-round
ONGOING WEEKLY OFFERING
Start any Monday!

Weekly Instructed sessions focused on activities (drawing, discussions, writing) promoting mindfulness of self and context.

Taught by Brigid O’Kane


The Drawing Essentials Series
Introduction to Color Theory
Thursdays, 6-9pm
May 5 – 26

A 10-part, foundations-level DRAWING series - offered monthly via 4-week classes.

Taught online by Resident Instructor Samantha Haring OR in-person by Katherine Colborn

NOW OFFERING ONLINE OR IN-PERSON OPTIONS!

Open Studio/Cast Lab (FREE!) (NOW AT M1!)
Fridays, 1:30-4pm
Sundays, 4:30-7pm

FREE weekly access to the Drawing Center’s main studio, furniture, and cast collection. All artists and varieties of studio work welcome.
Limited spaces available. Preregistration and ticket sign-up required – at least 3 hours in advance.

The Painting Essentials Series
Surface Play
Wednesday, 6-9pm
May 4-25
A 5-part, beginning-level PAINTING series - offered monthly via 4-week classes.

Taught by Resident Instructor Samantha Haring

Open Photography Lab Sessions
Sunday-Thursday, weekly*; 6-10pm
Weekly uninstructed access to our analog darkroom and film processing facilities. Walk-ins welcome. Student discounts available. Each Lab session will be limited to two participants per session. Preregistration is required at least 24-hours in advance.

The Painted Subject Series
The Narrative: Character, Context, and Communication
Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm
May 7–28
A 5-part, transitional PAINTING series - offered every other month via 4-week classes - probing the realities and implications of some of Art History’s greatest subject-matter themes. Ideal for those transitioning from the beginning to intermediate levels.

Taught by Resident Instructor Brad Davis
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Darkroom Orientation or
Darkroom (Re)fresher*
Sundays, 4:30-5:30pm
Review of safety procedures, basic work flow, darkroom guidelines, and the cleaning responsibilities of everyone using the photo facilities.
Limited spaces available. Preregistration and ticket sign-up required – at least 24 hours in advance.

Moderated by Michael Wilson

*3:30-5:30pm (first Sunday of each month only)
Orientation info plus demos of both film processing and photo printing.

The Photography Essentials Series
Introduction to Lighting
Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm
RESCHEDULED: New Dates will be Announced Soon
A NEW 5-part, survey of analog photography - offered via 4-week courses - exploring the processes and tools necessary for a rich darkroom experience. *Class meetings are held every other weekend.

Taught by Marlene Rounds

The ENVISION PROJECT 6
Wednesdays and Saturdays
May 4 – August 13
A FREE 14-week PHOTOGRAPHY program open to all Greater Cincinnati high school students exploring
visual storytelling through film and darkroom photography, in partnership with the Ohio Arts Council, the Ohio Civil Rights Commission, and WordPlay Cincy.

Taught by Vanny Mwamba and Resident Instructor Michael Wilson


Private Atelier Lessons
(photo, drawing, painting, critical feedback)
Click here to email us for more information on our individually
customized classes for youth and adults! Online and in-person options available.

Online, in-person, and hybrid options available.

Scholarships Available!
For Teens & Emerging Artists

Gift Certificates Available!
Good for all programs

YEAR-LONG ATELIER STUDYPASS
A full year of access to all Center offerings, plus access to studio for self-directed study.


PAST PROGRAMMING RETURNING SOON (email to inquire)
Drawing Marathon
12 hours of life drawing with 2 models.

More Alive By It:
Conversations about Photography and Life


FREE High School Open Figure Drawing Sampler
A FREE opportunity for High School students and teachers to experience working from a live model.
 
LYCEUM: A Culture in the Pursuit of Quality
Up to a year-long studio course, offered in 10-week increments, for those prepared to take on advanced independent and directed study.
Taught by Jason Franz, Manifest's Founding Executive Director
MINI-LYCEUM: Kids Teaching Kids Live Video Demos & Discussion About Key Topics in Art
A special production geared towards kids interested in visual art ages 8-14 (but open to all kids).
Led by Private Lesson Instructor Alexandra Franz (age 16)


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  Season Funder:

Manifest's 18th season is funded in part by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.


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tues-fri 12-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by appointment)
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closed Sun and Mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45206


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