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Painting the Great Indoors

8-Week *Remote Learning* Course

Instructed by Brad Davis, Manifest Resident Instructor


Sundays, 10am-1pm
January 17-March 7, 2021

Registration Deadline: January 14, 2021



As we’re compelled to spend more time indoors these days – whether it’s because of the pandemic, the colder weather, or other factors – the interior environments that surround us have begun to take on a new prominence in our lives. But how can we, as artists, better understand our novel relationship to our indoor refuges?

In this class, we’ll look at the ways that artists have used painting as a language for exploring and rediscovering these spaces we call home. Through the development of small, alla-prima oil paintings, students will create work that emphasizes the character and beauty found in our most prosaic places.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Oil painting materials and techniques
  • Constructing engaging compositions
  • Working with the “technical narrative”
  • Interpreting space through abstract shapes



Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12



Materials list:

The following oil paint colors either in Winsor & Newton (not Winton) or Gamblin brand.

  • Titanium White
  • Viridian Green
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cadmium Red
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Ivory Black
  • Alizarin Crimson

Other supplies:

  • Liquin Impasto
  • Small container for paint thinner (an old coffee can or butter container is fine)
  • Odorless Mineral Spirits
  • Long handle, bristle brushes (#1, #2, #4)



  • Level of Study:
    This class is suggested for individuals with some painting experience. Basic knowledge of drawing will be helpful.



    Questions? Please contact the Drawing Center Coordinator, Adam Mysock at with any questions about this list and/or course.


    This class meets online. Instruction will be given through a combination of live video (Zoom) group sessions and emailed individual correspondence. Brad will email a connection link and course info to all registered participants the Wednesday before class starts. You’ll need an internet connection and a computer or tablet with a webcam to participate.


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  • Brad Davis

    Andrew Wyeth


    Vilhelm Hammershøi


    Gustave Caillebotte




    About the instructor:

    Resident Instructor Brad Davis is a painter from Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2016, and his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2019. His paintings are typically centered around the urban environment and seek to transform its banality through careful and personal reconstruction. In addition to teaching at Manifest Drawing Center, Davis also teaches at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP). Davis’ work has been exhibited nationally and was included in the 2018 XL Catlin Art Prize traveling show. Most recently he has been shown at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Union League of Philadelphia and Capitol One Bank.





    Manifest's 17th season is funded in part by a grant from the Charles Moerlein Foundation, Fifth Third 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 and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.

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