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







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

With the goal of exploring some of the most common drawing tools, this series is a rare, focused opportunity to acquaint yourself with the unique characteristics and deep potentials of our studio materials. Chief among our investigations of these mediums:

• Charcoal (September)
• Graphite (November)
• Pen and Ink (January)
• Soft Pastels (March)
• Conté (May)

… we’ll survey a variety of mark-making, value-building, and texture-developing options for each material, as well as the observational drawing goals best suited to each.

Through a curated selection of studio exercises, weekly self-directed projects, and ongoing analysis of historical drawings with students will develop confident strategies for drawing well beyond the class meetings!

And – of course – the manual training that’s naturally initiated by the material investigations will pretty great, too!

Whether you’re handling these materials for the very first time, or reacquainting yourself with your toolbox after a studio sabbatical, Drawing Materials is the perfect place to start. You may sign up for any class within the series individually – as a “refresher” on a specific tool, or you can register for the entire series as a whole for a significant discount! 


Series Instructor: Angela Livezey

Fee:  Individual 4-week Classes: $140

Full Series Price (all ten courses): $525 (25% discount)

Course Schedule: Sundays, 10am-1pm

Minimum Enrollment: 4


Level: All levels are welcome. Drawing Materials is geared towards absolute beginners and those wishing to brush up on their basic knowledge of drawing tools. 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:
Angela Livezey is an artist living and working in Cincinnati, Ohio. She received her Bachelors of Fine Art from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 2018 and was the first recipient of the Manifest Scholar-in-Residence Award, 2018-19. Angela has exhibited her work throughout the region, most recently in Manifest's 2019 NUDE show.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's NEW Drawing Center Studios in Walnut Hills at 656 E. McMillan St. (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's new studio facility provides two studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space all totaling over 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.



2019-2020 Schedule:
4 Meetings Per Course: Sundays 10am-1pm
(See full descriptions in Materials menu below.)


September 8-29
Registration Deadline: Thursday, September 5, 2019

November 3-24
Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 31, 2019

Pen and Ink
January 5-26
Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 2, 2020

Soft Pastels
March 8-29
Registration Deadline: Thursday, March 5, 2020

May 3-24
Registration Deadline: Thursday, April 30, 2020



Angela Livezey



Questions?: Contact Adam Mysock at

Map to NEW Walnut Hills Studios   |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar

(Note: Manifest's Drawing Center is moving in January 2020! Our map links will be updated before our first classes meet at the new space.)








September 8-29

Registration Deadline:
Thursday, September 5, 2019

Did you know that charcoal is your simple, fluid, dense, soft, hard, delicate, fast, bold, messy, clean, and above all, forgiving best friend? Charcoal can help you produce countless effects, but only if you know how to get it on the page, how to get it off, and how to move it around to create a variety of illusionistic effects. Come with a playful mindset and a shirt you don’t mind getting dirty.

Topics covered:

• Vine vs. Compressed
• What is this chamois for (and how do I pronounce it)?
• Toning paper (why and how)
• Hatching, informative mark making
• Building value with different utensils, layering, and marks.
• Applying value and directional mark making to key geometric forms
• Recognizing these shapes and marks in more complicated work

Charcoal Materials List

• Vine Charcoal (smallest amount)
• General’s Compressed Charcoal*
• General’s Soft, Medium, and Hard Charcoal Pencils (one of each) *
• Artist Chamois (this is a yellowish cloth)
• General’s Factis Mechanical Eraser
• Staedtler Mars Plastic Eraser
• Strathmore 300 Series Charcoal Paper – 9x12” (feel free to go larger in size if you prefer, but not larger than 18x24”)
• PanPastel Soft Tools Knife and Covers (These come in packs and singles. You’ll only need one. Any shape is fine.)

*While brands do not matter immediately and preferences are individual, General’s is usually the least expensive. You’re welcome to experiment with various brands.


November 3-24
Registration Deadline:
Thursday, October 31, 2019

Fun fact: Getting comfortable with graphite provides access to an exciting world of creative mobility like nothing else! It is one of the easiest materials to carry with you wherever you go, which makes it the perfect tool for keeping you consistently learning and training your hand. In this 4-week class, we will work on creating visual effects ranging from the studious and precise to the expressive and bold. We’ll find those effects and mark-making in master drawings, and we’ll discuss the role of a sketchbook in your studio practice.

Topics covered:

• Why are there so many pencils?
• Hatching and informative mark making
• Reductive and additive methods
• Applying value and directional mark making to key geometric forms
• Recognizing these shapes and marks in more complicated work
• Why your eraser is your friend (and not just a way to hide your mistakes)!
• Why do we have sketchbooks?
• How to make a sketchbook

Graphite Materials List

• Derwent Soft Tin Pencil set of 12 OR Faber Castel pencil set of 12
• Drawing 160 Artist paper pad OR Strathmore 400 series drawing pad (minimum size 9x12”, feel free to go larger in size if you prefer but not larger than 18x24”)
• Handheld, self-containing sharpener (any brand)
• General’s Factis Mechanical Eraser
• Staedtler Mars plastic eraser


January 5-26
Registration Deadline:
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Without a doubt, ink is one of the most expressive and liberating materials with which to draw. This January, we will explore how to work with this medium to create specific effects, as well as how to take an occasional backseat to the surprising things the ink can do naturally. Bring a playful and open mind to work with one of the most spontaneous materials in the Drawing Materials sequence!

Topics covered:

• Creating value with ink washes
• Using an ink bottle and brushed vs. a brush pen
• Benefits to using a brush pen
• Hatching and directional mark making with pens
• Applying washes and different mark making to key geometric forms
• Recognizing these shapes and marks in more complicated works
• How is ink different than materials with which you’re already familiar?
• How do we adapt to an “active” material?

Pen and Ink Materials List

• Set of ​Pentel​ Arts Hybrid Technica Ballpoint Ink Pens: 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.8m
• Pentel​ Aquash Brush Pen
• Sennelier​ Shellac Based Ink (preferred color: sepia)
• Higgins​ Black India Ink (minimum size: 1 oz. bottle)
• Two Small Brushes - one fluffy and one more pointed*
• A 6-Well Rectangular Plastic Palette (this should be under a dollar)
• Strathmore​ Bristol Paper Pad (minimum size: 9x12” feel free to go larger in size if you prefer but not larger than 18x24”)

*Feel free to wait until after the first class to get this if you’d like suggestions


March 8-29
Registration Deadline:
Thursday, March 5, 2020

Soft pastel is like visual-art Sudoku, sometimes puzzling and always a game. In this section, we’ll explore how to get interesting marks on the page, how to get the unhelpful ones off, and how to move this amazing dust around. You will learn how to layer pastels by working in both grayscale and color. We will discuss different approaches to using pastels and learn why there are so many different pastels available.

Topics covered:

• Understanding the difference between softer and harder soft pastels
• Why are there so many pastels available?
• Why are some pastels more expensive?
• Diversity of mark making, using the side of the pastel
• Working in a controlled grayscale palette
• Working in a controlled color palette
• Is this drawing or painting? Discussions of different approaches
• Using fixative- benefits and drawbacks

Soft Pastels Materials List

• One Sheet Of ​BFK Reves​ (these are sold by the sheet and are 22x30”)
• Chamois
• ​Pink Pearl ​Eraser
• Vine charcoal (smallest amount)
• General’s​ Compressed Charcoal
• 2 ​Great American ​Pastels: *, Zest 565.4, White 299
• 4 ​Rembrandt​ Pastels: * Indian Red 347.3, Raw Umber 408.3, Olive Green 620.5, Mouse Grey 707.8
• 6 Prismacolor Nupastel Pastels: * Lemon Yellow 217-P, Light Ochre 243-P, Burnt Orange 222-P, Flamingo 406-P, Sanguine 213-P, Black 229-P

* Please get these colors exactly as we will be working with a set palette.





May 3-24
Registration Deadline:
Thursday, April 30, 2020

Have you ever picked up a Conté crayon by accident, only to realize that it’s so hard to erase? This material is waxier and harder than charcoal and often overlooked (or avoided) by beginning artists. Cleaner than Pastels and Charcoal, however, Conté creates can be excellent tool for on-the-go, energetic, and bold drawing. This month, we’ll explore the different application techniques Conté encourages, the sense of conviction necessary for this medium, how to create both subtle value shifts and descriptive marks, and the wonderful effects papers can have on Conté.

Topics covered:

• What is Conté made of?
• How is Conté different than charcoal?
• Benefits to toothy paper
• Benefits and drawbacks to toned paper
• Hatching, informative mark making
• Building value slowly
• Creating atmosphere
• Three Crayon Technique
• Applying value and directional mark making to key geometric forms
• Recognizing these shapes and marks in more complicated work

Conté Materials List

• Stonehenge Paper Sheet Warm White 22”x30”
• Stonehenge Paper Sheet White 30”x 40”
• Conté Crayon Matchbox 4 Pack
• General’s Factis Mechanical
• Staedtler Mars plastic eraser



Manifest's 16th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

gallery hours:

tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

Contribute to our Annual Fund



gallery map
2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
656 E. McMillan St.
cincinnati, ohio 45206



Copyright © 2020