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



Open Session
Free classical drawing practice for students, professionals, and the creative public.
3 hour sessions of open access to Manifest's classical and anatomical
resources four days throughout the year.

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2:30-5:30pm

Saturday, March 10, 2018, 2:30-5:30pm
Saturday, July 7, 2018, 2:30-5:30pm

NEXT OFFERING: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 2:30-5:30pm

Cost: FREE!
(participants still must register in advance or upon arriving at the Drawing Center)



Register Here (required)

Cost: FREE


Are you new to drawing and looking for a supportive, professional environment for study? Are you an artist looking for a community of dedicated artists to exchange ideas with? The Manifest Drawing Center is offering free quarterly Cast Drawing sessions for newcomers and friends alike to come and draw from our growing collection of classical anatomical casts.

Professionals, students, and the creative public are invited to work side-by-side in a relaxed environment towards the common pursuit of excellence in drawing.

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. Manifest’s modest but growing collection is the only regional collection open to the public for the specific purpose of drawing – this opportunity is not to be missed!

With the help of a moderator, casts will be set up and lit early during the sessions. Drawing horses and easels are available on a first-come first served basis. Supplementary seating, including chairs, stools, and cushions are also available. Participants should provide for their own supplies.

Participants must register for this free offering. This is an independent study opportunity!

Casts available for drawing include:

Life-sized Houdon L’Ecorche

Half bust of Hermes

Half bust of King Agrippa

Full portrait bust of Julius Caesar

Full bust of classical female

Full size venue torso

Reproduction of Belvedere Torso

Classical Nike relief sculpture

Small anatomical muscular torso model

Full bust of Hermes

Flayed (anatomical) Hand

Foot from Michelangelo’s David

One life-cast hand

One oversized hand

And more...

LOCATION: All courses and demos are 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 nearly 4000 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.
Course participants should provide for their own supplies and drawing board.

Email questions here.


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Manifest's 14th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and 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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4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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