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



Painting Our Region’s River Valleys

Instructed by Rob Anderson


Registration Deadline: April 5, 2018



Sundays, 9am–12pm
April 8 – June 3

(No class meeting on April 29)


This course focuses on atmospheric perspective, and strategies for creating depth through a shift in scale and a limited range of values. Students will be working directly with oil paint on-site, focusing on the many valley views that the Greater Cincinnati area has to offer.

In this course, students will sharpen their abilities to:

  • observe and record the variables that most efficiently yield a believable sense of space
  • quickly establish clear compositions that suggest great visual depth
  • develop the subtle shifts in tones and shape relationships to create complete images
  • explore the sense of gesture and spontaneity that the landscape so easily provides



Course fee includes FREE access to all Wednesday Open Figure Life Drawing Sessions during the duration of the course.


Minimium: 4
Limit: 12


  • Paints (Instructor recommended brand):
    - Titanium White
    - Cadmium Yellow,
    - Yellow Ochre,
    - Cadmium Red
    - Alizarin Crimson Permanent
    - Phthalo Blue
    - Ultramarine Blue
    - Sap Green
    - Phthalo Green
    - Raw Sienna
    - Raw Umber
    - Paynes Grey

  • Optional Paints
    - Burnt Umber
    - Burnt Sienna
    - Viridian
    - Venetian Red
    - Lemon Yellow
    - Cereleun Blue
    - Cobalt Blue

  • Suggested brands:
    - Artists grade: Gamblin or Winsor Newton
    - Student Grade: Winton, Utrecht Studio, or Daler-Rowney Georgian (Please, do not buy the Michael's brand – or equivalent – paints. Remember, you get what you pay for in terms of pigment quality/concentration.)

    - Odorless Mineral Spirits (Gamsol, recommended)

  • Mediums:
    - Liquin original formula
    - Liquin Impasto Gel 200 ml

  • Surfaces:
    - 2 Sheets of heavy drawing paper 22”x30”.
    - 4 to 8 pre-primed canvases ranging from 12”x16” to 18”x24”

  • Miscellaneous:
    - Drawing board 18” x 24”
    - Masking tape
    - Art supply box
    - Sketchbook
    - Acrylic gesso (white one pint)
    - 3” flat brush
    - Cotton rags/paper towels
    - Pencils (hb)
    - Soft vine charcoal
    - Various round, flat and filbert brushes (bristle or synthetic will work)
    - Wooden palette (must be at least 12" x16")
    - Sil-o-coil jar to hold thinner, or any glass jar with a lid
    - A portable easel (a french easel, suggested)

Please contact Manifest Drawing Center coordinator, Adam Mysock at with any questions about the material list.

Level of Study

This class is suggested for individuals with some painting experience, as a basic knowledge of painting materials and techniques is expected. Some observational drawing experience will be helpful.



This course will take place at outdoor locations around Cincinnati (including Ault, Devou, and Mt. Storm Parks).

For the first class (April 8th), directions to the class meeting site will be distributed upon registration.

Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.



Rob Anderson








About the Instructor

Rob Anderson received his formal training from both Xavier University (BFA, 05) and the University of Cincinnati (MFA, 07). He has since been teaching drawing and painting at a collegiate level at many of the local colleges, including Miami University and Northern Kentucky University.

Anderson is known for his investigations of the entirety of his surroundings, specifically his ability to extract intensities where they may be seemingly obscured. Through such visual restraints, Anderson’s creativity is most often born.

His work explores the subtleties of the ordinary human experience. Anderson’s paintings are mostly done from direct observation, which allows him to slow down and examine things usually seen only through glance and overlooked; the mundane. Anderson makes quiet images focusing on the senses rather than the sensational. The geometric nature of his images creates a sense of solitude which allows the pictures to slowly unfold before the eye, and establishes sites for the development unique visual conditions.

Developing images from what is in front of him is essential to his work. By dealing only with that which is within his personal experience, Anderson endeavors to speak honestly through his paint.

Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar


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

Contribute to our Annual Fund



gallery map
2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



Copyright © 2018