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



life drawing year-round



As Manifest's oldest running program, operating continuously for over fifteen years, the Open Sessions continue to provide the Greater Cincinnati region a valuable life-drawing opportunity in which professionals, students, novices, teachers, and the creative public can work side-by-side in common pursuit of shared learning around the discipline of drawing while working from the nude model. The Drawing Center's relaxed yet vibrant no-pressure environment inevitably leads to new learning, support, and productivity that complements formal study (at the high school, college, or professional level), or other non-figure-based artistic work. Each session is moderated by Manifest Associates who are trained and well-qualified artists and/or instructors at the college level.



YEAR-ROUND Weekly Open Figure Sessions
Sessions are offered on a weekly basis on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays throughout the year. Our CALENDAR is the best place to confirm the status of a session or course. In general, major holidays or weather emergencies are the only times sessions are not offered.


Tuesdays 7-9pm (short pose)
Wednesdays 6:30-9:30pm (long pose)
Fridays 11:30am-1:30pm (short pose)

350 hours of regular access to the live model
throughout the year!

Tuesday and Friday sessions generally begin with 10 minutes of gesture (short, energetic) poses and one 90-minute pose for the remainder of the session. At the moderator's discretion, multiple shorter poses may be set up during any given meeting.

Wednesday sessions also begin with 10 minutes of gesture (short, energetic) poses but are unique in that they provide 2-day poses with a single model as the norm, with three hours each meeting. These multi-day, longer sessions are designed to allow artists to engage with larger or more refined works.

Note: on very rare occasions a session may be canceled on a particular day due to overlap with a Manifest instructed course or public artist demo scheduled for the same space. Communications about such a closure will be made in advance, and noted on our calendar, and all 10-week block participants will have their registrations extended by one session.



Tuesdays Scott Ramming
Wednesdays Katelyn Wolary
Fridays Mike Bale



High school students and teachers are invited to experience Manifest's Open Figure drawing session a few times each year as our guests. Attending students must provide contact information for their teacher as a reference. Online registration is required in advance for all. Space is limited to first-come-first served.

High School Samplers are free to anyone with valid student or faculty i.d. Check the Drawing Center’s homepage for information about upcoming Samplers.

Twelve hours of life drawing in two days! This special opportunity is offered quarterly to provide more access to extended poses and concentrated time with the model. Drawing Marathons are typically moderated by nationally-renown, special-guest visiting-artists.


General $60
Student $30
Free to current Drawing League members




Unless otherwise specified on our public calendar and social media, all Open Figure sessions are hosted at the NEW Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Walnut Hills at 656 E. McMillan St. (second floor) (see map and directions below). In addition to a photography darkroom and finishing room, Manifest's studio facility provides four painting and drawing studio classrooms totaling over 4000 square-feet.

Our studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids. Drawing horses and easels as well as storage shelf space are available on a first-come first served basis. Supplementary seating, including chairs, stools, and cushions is also available. Participants should provide for their own supplies and drawing board, and assume all risk for items and art left at the studio.



Walk-ins (one-time or part-time participants) are always welcome! This allows those who cannot find time to participate every week to take advantage of the value of Manifest's studio program according to their schedule. Before participating, walk-ins must register via our registration page (see link below) and select the 'walk-in' option, including the date to be attended, or register using our on-site, in-studio terminal.


General $14 per visit
Student $7 per visit




(10 visits in 12 weeks)

General $105 per block of 10 visits
Student $50 per block of 10 visit

These passes offer each participant 10 visits to any Open Figure session across a three-month period, starting with the first day attended. Enrollment is non-transferrable. Passes expire when ten sessions have been attended or three months have elapsed, whichever comes first.

*Starting in September 2019, all 10-Block passes will be good for any Open Figure session on any Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday. They are no longer day-specific.



YEAR-LONG PASS:** (approximately 50 visits)

General $420 per year for Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Friday
Student $210 per year for Tuesday, Wednesday, OR Friday

These passes offer each participant approximately 50 sessions across a one-year period starting with the first day attended. Participants' visits must occur in the track selected throughout the period (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday). Enrollment is non-transferrable. Session passes expire one full calendar year after the first date attended.

**Year-long passes are still day-specific. When you register, you’ll be asked to select either Tuesday, Wednesday, or Friday participation. Your pass will provide you with unlimited visits to that day’s Open Figure sessions for 12 months.



Looking for even more time working from live models or engaging with the Drawing Center Community? Then you’d be a perfect candidate for a…


Full-Year Membership: $1125 (a 51% discount off the cost of attending individual Open sessions)
Half-Year Membership: $675 (a 42% discount off the cost of attending individual Open sessions)

Drawing League Membership allows you to attend ANY AND ALL scheduled weekly Open Figure sessions, Drawing Marathons*, and Visiting Artist Public Demonstrations offered during the duration of your membership without any further payment.

With the full-year membership representing a discount value of more than 50% off the cost of attending individual Open sessions, the Drawing League Membership is our most economical option for our participants to gain…

• valuable flexibility from week to week
• the ability to maximize access to the studio and the live model
• a stronger culture among studio regulars
• a 10% discount on all Instructed Courses

Memberships expire either six months or twelve months from the date of the first attendance.

*Marathons are offered quarterly. A specific number may or may not align with a League Membership period.


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


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

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

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656 E. McMillan St.
cincinnati, ohio 45206



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