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Often it is in value where artists find the magic of image-making. Mood, form, and atmosphere can all be enriched by the use of value. Value denotes the level of light being reflected by a subject, or the darkness/lightness of the material being observed. The application of value brings the image out of line and one step closer to being an illusionistic representation. Understanding the functions of value is essential, for the seductive power of the magical representative image can become a distraction and undermine a work's success. This class will focus on a variety of approaches to understanding and applying value to both imagined and observed subjects, and provide strategies for successful use of value in describing forms both accurately and with compelling creative decisions.



July 8-August 26, 2017
Saturdays 10am–1pm

Instructor: Samantha Haring, Manifest Drawing Center Resident Instructor

Registration Deadline: July 5


This class will cover these and other topics and processes centered on value drawing:

  • local value and value of light

  • the six categories of light and shadow 

  • media exploration, including charcoal, graphite, colored pencil, etc.

  • mark-making

  • using texture to create value

  • controlling/creating light sources for good effect in drawing 

  • mapping values, and seeing exercises focused on accurate interpretation of the observed

  • using value for compositional effect


About the Instructor

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 is currently Manifest’s Resident Instructor for 2016-2017. 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).  Haring’s work can be viewed at:




$300 per 8-week course
($200 student rate)

Minimum enrollment: 5

Level of Study: Core Fundamentals courses are suitable to all levels, from advanced high school to professional.

Materials List:

  • To be distributed upon registration


Questions?: Contact Kate Cunningham at

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 3000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.

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from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and the generous contributions
of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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