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





Instructed by Emil Robinson


Extending the Gesture is an expansion on Manifest’s popular Gesture Drawing Workshop in that it includes a 2nd session, one week later, where students will return to be guided in how to incorporate these principles into longer, more developed figure drawings, so that the completed works of art retain the responsive immediacy of a gesture approach. 

Life drawing requires a practice that is active and dynamic to fully identify with the figure on its own terms. Prior to the slower, more measured Academic approach to figure drawing, master artists like Michelangelo and Rubens drew quickly and responsively, developing an immediate eye-to-hand relationship through gesture drawing.  Too often emphasis is placed on the exterior of the figure as an envelope that holds light and three-dimensional form. As the basis for drawing, line should be a life force that moves through the body, inside and out, elucidating rhythm and energy. In this intensive class we will draw from the model rapidly in an attempt to connect ourselves intuitively to the human form. Various exercises will be implemented to encourage this practice including master copies, analysis of historical precedent and multiple shorter and longer drawings from the figure.

After completing this two-part workshop, participants should anticipate a clearer grasp of how gesture drawing not only activates the initial steps of a figure drawing, but threads it’s way through the entire process.


COST: $120

Tuition covers the complete two-day course and all model fees. Materials and supplies are not provided.  Tuition is non-refundable except in the event of complete course cancellation.


  • Hard and Soft Vine Charcoal
  • Newsprint
  • kneaded eraser
  • soft white eraser

    s course is designed for those already comfortable with drawing the human form, and possessing basic to intermediate skills in drawing.

SCHEDULE: Sundays, 1-6pm, February 5th and 12th.
(One make-up day can be scheduled by Manifest to cover meeting cancellation due to weather, etc. Refer to calendar for up-to-date schedule. Cancellations will be communicated by email.)

Minimium - 4
Limit - 12

LOCATION: Hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's new studio facility provides two classrooms totalling 3000+ square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.






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Manifest's 13th 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)

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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cincinnati, ohio 45227



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