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



Drawing + Mindfulness

Instructed by Brigid O’Kane & Troy Bronsink


Registration Deadline: September 7, 2017



Mondays, 7-9:30pm

September 11- October 30


“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” – Thomas Merton

“Be still with yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.” – Minor White

“The more you look, the more you see.” 
 Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

We wake up every morning at the intersection of art and life. For some, our attention to the interior life bears fruit as beauty and action in the world. For others, the skilled, focused presence toward our artwork awakens an inner clarity and sense of "home." That unmistakable alchemy of acting in the world with integrity is born from such intersections. Drawing elements such as negative space, balance, or movement are worth exploring in life as much as in artwork.

Join an 8-week small group collaboration between The Hive: A Center for Contemplation, Art, and Action and Manifest Drawing Center. Each week will include drawing studio guidance as well as guided meditation springing from 7 principles of design. Classes are 2.5 hours and alternate between Manifest Drawing Center in Madisonville, and The Hive in Northside. Each class will be co-facilitated by Brigid O'Kane and Troy Bronsink, who will bring their expertise and beginners-mind to bear in both domains of art and contemplation.



Level of Study

The class is open to those from all levels of drawing or meditation experience who are willing to participate as part of the group for all 8 weeks of guided direction, while also sharing their personal integrative consideration to both life and art. 


Minimium: 8
Limit: 15


  • Sketchbook: approximately 8.5”x11” in size with white paper

  • Eraser: any firm white vinyl eraser such as the Staedtler Mars Eraser

  • Pencil Sharpener: Brass Bullet Sharpener or single hole sharpener with plastic dome that collections shavings

  • Pencil: Any standard #2 pencil, a set with more variety of hardesses is welcome but not required

  • Ball point Pen: any color

  • Ultra fine black sharpie marker. Additional thicknesses are welcome in addition to the ultra fine


The Hive
1662 Blue Rock St. #1a
Northside, 45223

Manifest Drawing Center
4905 Whetsel Ave., Floor 2
Madisonville, 45227



Location Schedule

September 11 (First Class): The Hive

September 18: Manifest Drawing Center

September 25: The Hive

October 2: Manifest Drawing Center

October 9: The Hive

October 16: Manifest Drawing Center

October 23: The Hive

October 30: Manifest Drawing Center








About the Instructors

Troy Bronsink is the founder and director of the The Hive. Troy is a spiritual director, published author, organizer, entrepreneur, ordained minister, singer songwriter, mixologist, and consultant. He has presented at SXSW, TEDx, Creative Mornings, as well as at universities and events around the US exploring the intersections of design thinking, leadership, and contemplation. He and his family live in Northside.

Brigid O'Kane is a co-founder of Manifest Creative Research Gallery and Drawing Center and a Professor of Design at the University of Cincinnati. Brigid is internationally known for her award-winning presentations and has a well-established reputation as a writer, lecturer, and planetary futurist. She blends her creative interests in visual art and design with her expertise in the academic arena of design education.



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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.

gallery hours:

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

closed Sun and Mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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cincinnati, ohio 45227



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