creative research gallery and drawing center
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DRAWING CENTER STUDIO

 

 

 

DRAWING ESSENTIALS

Ten individual four-week classes (four Thursday evenings each) focusing on
the most essential skills and knowledge to serve the beginning or novice drawer.

Try one, or take them all! (30% discount for the full package.)

 


Drawing Essentials
AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC DRAWING CONCEPTS

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin



The mechanics of drawing don’t have to be mysterious. Slow and careful looking, deliberate mark-making, patient comprehension, and fearless revisions are the foundations of any productive observational drawing practice. 

Whether you’re picking up a pencil for the first time, or brushing up on your skills after a studio sabbatical, Drawing Essentials is the perfect place to start. This ten-class series offers a foundation in basic observational drawing practices and techniques, in an effort to unite the hand, the head, and the heart.  

You may sign up for any class within the series individually—as a “refresher” on a specific topic—or you can register for the entire series as a whole for a significant discount! 

Series Instructor: Samantha Haring, Manifest Resident Instructor

Fee:  Individual 4-week Classes: $120

Full Series Price (all ten courses): $850 (30% discount)

Course Schedule: Thursdays 6-9pm

Minimum Enrollment: 4

Level: All levels are welcome. Drawing Essentials is geared towards absolute beginners and those wishing to brush up on their basic drawing skills. Each class will feature short demonstrations, specific lessons, and individual feedback for each student. Drawing is a practice that has a far reach, and whether your artistic goals are for pleasure or profession, we believe that anyone can learn to draw and in doing so, learn to appreciate the world more deeply.

 

Instructor Bio:
Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. She makes quiet paintings that discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence. Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring’s work has been shown nationally, most recently in Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. Her work is published in issues #119 and #123 of New American Paintings, as well as the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5. She was one of the 2015–2016 Manifest Artists in Residence, and has been Resident Instructor at the Drawing Center since 2016. In addition to teaching at Manifest Drawing Center, Haring is a Drawing Instructor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP).


Location:
Hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's facility provides two studio classrooms totalling over 3500 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.

 




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2018-2019 Schedule
4 Meetings Per Course: Thursdays 6-9pm

(See full descriptions in Essentials menu below.)

COURSE SCHEDULE

Composition
            September 6-27
            Registration Deadline: Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Measuring Your Observations
            October 4-25
            Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 1, 2018

Gesture and Contour
            November 1-29*
            *no class meeting on November 22nd
            Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 29, 2018

Space/Depth/Perspective
            January 10-31
            Registration Deadline: Monday, Jan. 7, 2019

Value
            February 7-28
            Registration Deadline: Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

Volume
            March 7-28
            Registration Deadline: Monday, March 4, 2019

Texture and Surface
            April 4-25
            Registration Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019

Introduction to Color Theory
            May 2-23
            Registration Deadline: Monday, April 29, 2019

Optical Color/Perceptual Color
            June 6-27
            Registration Deadline: Monday, June 3, 2019

Expressive and Symbolic Color
            July 11-August 1
            Registration Deadline: Monday, July 8, 2019

 

 

Questions?: Contact Adam Mysock at mysock@manifestdrawingcenter.org

Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar

 

COMPOSITION

MEASURING YOUR OBSERVATIONS

GESTURE & CONTOUR

SPACE / DEPTH & PERSPECTIVE


September 6-27
Registration Deadline:
Monday, September 3, 2018

Composition is the foundation of all good design. Learn to create visual harmony through the thoughtful arrangement of shapes and forms. Organizing pictorial space in an aesthetically pleasing way is the first step towards creating an image that communicates. Come harness the visual power of order, design, balance, and harmony.

Topics covered:

  • Design principles: symmetry, balance, rhythm, movement, proportion, anomaly, contrast, emphasis, hierarchy, unity
  • Seeing in shapes
  • Organizing the picture plane
  • Thumbnails and considering edges
  • Introduction to compositional theory, including the rule of thirds, ratios, and other compositional forces

Materials List:

  • Pencils: 2B, HB, 2H
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • Newsprint 18x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”


October 4-25
Registration Deadline:
Monday, October 1, 2018

Learning to draw is learning to see. Creating an accurate drawing requires letting go of what you think something looks like, and honing your attention on what your eyes actually see. Perceptual tools like angling, measuring, and sighting offer foolproof methods for creating truthful drawings every time you step into the studio.

Topics covered:

  • Angling
  • Measuring
  • Sighting and proportions
  • Organizational lines
  • Perceptual strategies for accuracy

Materials List:

  • Pencils: 2B, HB, 2H
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • Newsprint 18x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”

 


November 1 – 29*
*no class meeting on November 22nd
Registration Deadline:
Monday, October 29, 2018

A good drawing has sensitive lines and specific edges. Paying attention to contours, contrast, and the speed of the mark will increase your visual acuity and expand your visual language.

Topics covered:

  • Movement, energy, fast drawing
  • Thumbnails
  • Blind contour, continuous line contour, broken line contour
  • Edge control
  • Sensitive lines

Materials List:

  • Pencils: 2B, HB, 2H
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • Newsprint 18x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”


January 10-31
Registration Deadline:
Monday, January 7, 2019

Space is the place. Conveying a sense of depth on a flat surface is one of the most satisfying visual tricks an artist can pull. Broaden your perspective and increase the depth of your imagery.

Topics covered:

  • Negative space
  • Linear perspective: 1 point, 2 point, 3 point
  • Edge quality, line variety
  • Overlap and non-western perspectival systems
  • Interior space

Materials List:

  • Pencils: 2B, HB, 2H
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • Newsprint 18x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”

VALUE

VOLUME

TEXTURE & SURFACE

INTRODUCTION TO
COLOR THEORY


February 7-28
Registration Deadline:
Monday, February 4, 2019

We see the world through light and shadow. Light reveals form and creates beautifully poetic illusions of contrast, form, and space. Seeing shadow-shape relationships is the first step towards describing and, ultimately, understanding the role light plays in a composition.

Topics covered:

  • Shadow shape mapping
  • Value scales
  • Additive charcoal techniques
  • 6 levels of light
  • Rendering a sphere

Materials List:

  • Vine charcoal
  • Workable spray fixative (Krylon)
  • White Prismacolor Premier colored pencil
  • Canford drawing paper, gunmetal grey, 20.5x30.5” 
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • HB Pencil



March 7-28

Registration Deadline:
Monday, March 4, 2019

Creating the illusion of form on a flat surface has long been the aim of perceptual artists. Through a variety of lighting scenarios, we will explore the beautiful nuances and subtleties of value drawing.

Topics covered:

  • Edge quality
  • Three kinds of light: direct, reflected, ambient
  • Reductive charcoal techniques
  • White pencil on toned paper techniques
  • Introduction to temperature
  • Atmospheric perspective

Materials List:

  • Vine charcoal
  • Workable spray fixative (Krylon)
  • White Prismacolor Premier colored pencil
  • Canford drawing paper, gunmetal grey, 20.5x30.5” 
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • HB Pencil


April 4-25

Registration Deadline:
Monday, April 1, 2019

There is nothing like the visual impact of a full value drawing. Describing a variety of light effects on different surfaces and textures is an easily attainable skill… with practice. Bring your keen eyes and your curiosity, and be prepared to observe with intention and care.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding light effects on a variety of surfaces
  • Drapery and patterned forms
  • Full value charcoal drawings
  • Modulating edges
  • Describing texture through mark-making and value

Materials List:

  • Vine charcoal
  • Workable spray fixative (Krylon)
  • White Prismacolor Premier colored pencil
  • Canford drawing paper, gunmetal grey, 20.5x30.5” 
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • HB Pencil


May 2-23

Registration Deadline:
Monday, April 29, 2019

Color is the most powerful element of design. Good color has the alchemical ability to turn the most basic object into something incredibly beautiful. Join us to learn the building blocks of color and its experiential qualities.

Topics covered:

  • 3 characteristics of color: hue, value, intensity
  • Simultaneous contrast, visual complements
  • Subtractive color
  • Transparency
  • Color wheel
  • Color scales

Materials List:

  • 24 NuPastel chalk pastels
  • 24 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
  • Canson Mi-Teintes felt grey or equivalent midtone, 19x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • HB Pencil
  • Workable spray fixative (Krylon)
   

OPTICAL COLOR/PERCEPTUAL COLOR

EXPRESSIVE &
SYMBOLIC COLOR

   


June 6-27

Registration Deadline:
Monday, June 3, 2019

Observational drawing is not merely about copying what you see; it’s about understanding why something appears the way it does. In this class we will identify perceived colors, describe their unique qualities, and attempt to recreate them with increasing finesse and accuracy.

Topics covered:

  • Color temperature and value
  • Local color
  • 3 kinds of light: direct, ambient, reflected
  • Color mixing in both pastels and colored pencils

Materials List:

  • 24 NuPastel chalk pastels
  • 24 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
  • Canson Mi-Teintes felt grey or equivalent midtone, 19x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • HB Pencil
  • Workable spray fixative (Krylon)


July 11-August 1

Registration Deadline:
Monday, July 8, 2019

Color has the potential to alter consciousness, affect mood, and transform the mundane into the magical. The psychology of colors and their inherent meaning has a tremendous impact on the content of a work of art. Working with a full spectrum palette, we will explore the communicative power of color.

Topics covered:

  • Full spectrum drawing
  • The role of color in defining spatial depth
  • Color and temperature
  • Unifying and resolving a drawing

Materials List:

  • 24 NuPastel chalk pastels
  • 24 Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
  • Canson Mi-Teintes felt grey or equivalent midtone, 19x24”
  • Strathmore 400 drawing paper 18x24”
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser
  • HB Pencil
  • Workable spray fixative (Krylon)



Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.



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(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45206


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cincinnati, ohio 45227


  

 


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