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Drawing Materials Atelier: Soft Pastels
Instructed by Mike Bale

Saturdays, 12-3pm
February 16 - March 9, 2019

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2019


As a 4-week studio/lab supplement to our recent Drawing Materials: Soft Pastels class, this Atelier will offer participants dedicated studio time, a weekly live model, and one-on-one instruction focused on the continued exploration of Soft Pastels.

Although the Atelier will present less generalized, group instruction, it will enable more independent, problem-based development while maintaining a low-pressure, supportive communal setting. At Manifest we know that dedicated practice is key to growth and the achievement of skill. Therefore this Atelier style offering is intended for those committed to continuing their search and discipline at their own pace.

The offering is also open to those who did not attend the recent Soft Pastels class, but who would like individual coaching in this group setting.


Tuition: $120

Class Size:
Minimum: 5
Maximum: 12

Materials List:

  • Strathmore Pastel Paper Pad 9x12
  • NuPastels (various values and colors, preferible a few darker) minimum of 4 - suggested colors (Burnt Sienna, Cad Yellow Deep, Sepia, Cordovan, Indigo Blue)
  • Rembrandt Pastels (various values and colors preferably a few lighter) minimum of 4 - suggested (Olive Green, Light Yellow, Permanent Red Light, Ultramarine Light, Grey)
  • Great American or Sennelier Pastels (Various values and colors, light and dark) minimum of 3 - suggested (Dead Leaf Green, Coral Red, Orange Lead, White, Purplish Blue Grey)
  • Chamois
  • Pink Eraser
  • Kneaded Eraser
  • Hard Vine Charcoal


Level of Study: Drawing Materials Atelier courses are geared toward participants early in their drawing education with some exposure to the specific medium-focused topic. In this series, participants will have self-directed opportunities to test out still-fresh techniques and tools, and receive feedback in a supportive classroom environment.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar


Mike Bale


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About the instructor:

Mike Bale is an artist living and producing work in Newport Kentucky. He received his BFA from Northern Kentucky University. After a Residency in Tetouan, Morocco, he continued to attend open sessions at the New York Studio School, Art Students League of New York, and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art. Mike went on to instruct both private and Manifest-affiliated courses in drawing and painting. His work examines the poetics of observation and spatial construction through figurative narrative paintings. His aim is to compose a reality found only in the painted language. One that diverges from observed reality, but upholds the same sensations and intensity. His influences can be traced back to art history, classic cinema, and social anthropology.



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.

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

closed Sun and Mon

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