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Four-day Portrait Drawing Workshop
March 10-13, 2012

| Public Demo and Q&A
Friday, March 16, 2012 6-10p.m.

[ Registration info here ]

In conjunction with a solo exhibit of Kassan's drawings at Manifest Gallery, the Brooklyn based artist will be offering two distinct studio experiences at Manifest's Drawing Center. An intensive four-day portrait drawing workshop continues Manifest's ongoing series of such courses instructed by prominent nationally known artist-instructors. The second offering, a more bite-sized opportunity for the general public, students, and artists alike will be a nearly four hour public demonstration the evening of Friday, March 16th, complete with wine and cheese reception and question and answer session. 

"My work is a way of meditation, a way of slowing down time though the careful observation of overlooked slices of my environment. It is the subtlety of emotion in my acquaintances that inhabit the aforementioned environment which intrigues me… The technical aspect of my work is a means to an end; an end rooted in the viewer's experience… Time is the most valuable thing that we all have, the one aspect of daily life that we can not get back once it’s gone. I want to use time while trying to understand the world around me.”























David Jon Kassan is an internationally recognized contemporary portrait artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Kassan has taught throughout the United States, Australia, Portugal and Iceland, and continues to be a sought-after drawing and painting instructor because of his steadfast commitment to the classic discipline of working from life and creating compelling expressions of the human form. He has received many awards, including 1st Place in the Portrait Society of America International Exhibition (2009) and the 1st Place Prize for Portraiture at The National Academy (2004). Kassan’s work is also included in numerous publications including International Artist Magazine and Drawing Magazine as well book publications such as The Upset: Young Contemporary Art (2008). More examples of David Jon Kassan’s work and full C.V. can be found at He is represented by Gallery Henoch (Chelsea), New York, NY.










Contemporary Portrait Drawing with David Kassan
March 10-13, 2012 – 10a.m.-5p.m.

Tuition: $550 (Student Rate: $400*) **
Payment required in advance.

Class Size:
Minimum: 10  /  Maximum: 20

Description: An intensive, 4-day workshop focusing upon drawing the portrait from a live model. Participants should anticipate a rigorous, yet lively course covering a full investigation of facial anatomy, accurate observational measurement strategies, proper rendering techniques for the capture of dramatic light and shadow, and direction on how to create a compelling contemporary portrait. This offering is open to all levels of experience, however, the workshop is best suited for those with previous basic drawing training.

* Student rates only with valid current academic student i.d.
Course registration also requires a current academic reference.

** A 10% surcharge will be required for late payments or other non-standard tranactions.


The Portrait Now: Public Drawing Demonstration by David Kassan

Friday, March 16, 2012 - 6-10p.m.

Admission: $20 (Student Rate: $10*)
Payment at the door by cash in the exact amount.

Description: Open to the public, during this focused session, David Kassan will draw from the live model, demonstrating the techniques of observation, accurate measurement, and rapid recording of likeness. The artist will draw for approximately 3 and a half hours with a brief wine/refreshment intermission and concluding with a half hour question and answer session. Seating will be provided, and will be on a first-come first-served basis. Observers are welcome to come and go quietly throughout the evening's demonstration.

ONLINE RSVP process is closed. Walk-in attendance will be accepted.

* Student rates only with valid current academic student i.d.
Course registration also requires a current academic reference.


LOCATION: Hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's new studio facility provides two classrooms totalling 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.
Course participants should provide for their own supplies and drawing board.


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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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