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



Open Sessions


Open Studio/Cast Lab is a FREE weekly opportunity for students, professionals, and the creative public alike to utilize Manifest Drawing Center’s most supportive resources — including our growing collection of classical anatomical casts!


FRIDAYS, 1:30-4pm
SUNDAYS, 4:30-7pm

Cost: FREE!
Participants still must register at least 3 hours in advance of arriving at the Drawing Center and also note that we are observing social distancing protocols and require masks be worn at all times while in our facility.)



Register Here (required)

Cost: FREE

Are you new to drawing and looking for a supportive, professional environment for your studies? Perhaps you are an experienced artist searching for a dedicated, creative community and energizing dialogue?

Each Sunday, artists are invited to bring their work—whether it be for a school assignment or personal practice—into our main studio, to become a part of an inspiring network of makers. With the help of our moderators, participants will have full access to nearly 1600 square feet of studio space, our studio equipment, and a collection of more than 40 classical casts (the only regional collection open to the public for the specific purpose of drawing). This opportunity is not to be missed!

Cast drawing provides the opportunity for artists to practice a variety of fundamental drawing skills while also allowing for the study of classical proportions and historical works. With the help of a moderator, casts will be set up and lit early during the sessions.

Our drawing horses and easels are available on a first-come first served basis, and supplementary seating—including chairs, stools, and cushions—are also available.

As this is an independent study opportunity, participants must provide their own supplies.  And participants must register for this FREE offering.

Casts available for drawing include:

Life-sized Houdon L’Ecorche

La Belle Italienne Mask

Full bust of Julius Caesar

Full bust of Lemnian Athena

Full bust of Hermes

Full bust of Classical Female

Full bust of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Full bust of Poseidon

Full bust of Apollo Belvedere

Full size Venus torso

Reproduction of Belvedere Torso

Classical Nike relief sculpture

Numerous (anatomical) Hands and Feet

And more...

For more information and to register, email Drawing Center Coordinator Adam Mysock at:

While this offering is currently free of charge, participants still must register at least 3 hours in advance of arriving at the Drawing Center and also note that we are observing social distancing protocols and require masks be worn at all times while in our facility.


LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Walnut Hills at 656 E. McMillan St. (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's new studio facility provides two studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space all totaling over 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Manifest's Walnut Hills Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar




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.

gallery hours:

tues-fri 12-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by appointment)
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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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