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 continously for over eleven 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 and Wednesdays 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 access to the live model offered each year across 50 weeks (not including instructed courses, QuickDraw, and Drawing Marathons).

*NEW! Starting January 2019!


Standard 10 session pass:*
(10 visits in 12 weeks)
$90 per block of 10 (Tuesdays OR Fridays)
$115 per block of 10 (Wednesdays)

Year-long pass:* (approximately 50 visits)
$360 per year for Tuesday OR Friday

$450 per year for Wednesday

*Student rates are roughly half-price with valid student I.D. and academic reference.

Other options including free high school samplers and multi-track Drawing League membership packages listed at right.

These standard packages offer each participant 10 sessions across a three month period, or 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 begin on the first day attended and expire when ten sessions have been attended or three months elapse, whichever comes first, or in the case of the one-year option the pass expires one full calendar year after the first date attended.

LOCATION: Hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms totalling over 3000 square-feet. The 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.

Tuesdays:Scott Ramming

Wednesdays:Katelyn Wolary
Fridays: Mike Bale

Tuesday OR Friday track will provide a mix of gesture poses for warmup and usually one 90 minute pose for the evening. At the moderator's discretion multiple shorter poses may be set up during any given meeting. ($90 / $45 student for a ten-session pass. $360/180 for a year).

Wednesday track will provide 2-day poses as the norm with three hours each meeting. This track is designed to offer the multi-day poses and longer sessions so larger or more refined works can be completed. ($115 / $60 student for a ten-session pass. $450/225 for a year).

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.


Attend ANY and all
of the scheduled Open Sessions each week for either a half-year or full-year period. This provides valuable flexibility from week to week, gives members the ability to maximize access to the studio and the live model, and promotes a stronger culture among studio regulars. ($630 or $1050). Memberships expire either six months or twelve months from the date of the first attendance.

Benefits of Drawing League Membership include: a 40% discount value on half-year membership, and a 50% discount value on full-year membership; plus free access to:

- all Open Life Drawing Sessions (three days every week!)
- Drawing Marathons*
- QuickDraw Sessions
- Visiting Artist Public Demos by Visiting Artists
a 10% discount on any Instructed Courses

*Marathons are offered intermittently. A specific number may or may not align with a League Membership period but we generally aim to offer at least two per year.

Walk-ins (one-time or part-time participants) are welcome. Each visit on a walk-in basis costs $12 or $15 per person ($6 students with current valid school I.D.). This allows those who cannot find time to participate every week to take advantage of the value of Manifest's studio program. NOTE: Walk-ins still 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 terminal. ($12 or $15 / $6 student)

Offered on selected dates only.

High school students and teachers are invited to experience Manifest's Open Figure drawing session a few times each year. Online registration is required in advance (free of charge - see link below). Students must provide contact information for their teacher as a reference. Space is limited to first-come-first served. (FREE)

Twelve hours of life drawing in two days!
This special opportunity is offered about two times each year to provide more extended poses and concentrated time with the model. ($60 / $30 student, and free to current Drawing League members).


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar REGISTER HERE

Manifest's 15th 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

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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