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







September 9 - October 28, 2023

January 6 - Feburary 24, 2024

April 6 - May 25, 2024 June 8 - July 27, 2024



Life Drawing, or drawing from a live model, is often considered the most challenging and illuminating of all observational drawing experiences. Every time we draw from the model, we devote ourselves to a live subject with unique visual characteristics, energy, and personality. Through the figure, we have constant opportunities to explore every element of art (line, shape, value, color, texture, etc.) and principle of design (balance, proportion, economy, movement, variety, etc.). But with a bit of guidance, with a mentor offering a foundation or starting point, the human form can be manageable.

Whether you’re brand new to figure drawing or you’re looking to hone your general drawing skills, Manifest Drawing Center’s new series of figure-drawing classes—taught by our newest Resident Instructor, Scott Ramming—has been designed to offer you the tools and community needed to create responsive drawings that utilize the human form to communicate meaningful ideas to your world.

Sign up for any class within the series individually—as a “refresher” on a specific topic—or register for the entire four-class series for a significant discount.



Resident Instructor, Scott Ramming
is an artist living and producing work in the Madisonville neighborhood of Cincinnati. He received his BFA from Middle Tennessee State University and has taught painting at Mount Gretna School of Art.

Within the Manifest ecosystem, Scott has served as a moderator for the Drawing Center’s Open Figure sessions for over eleven years and has shown at Manifest Gallery several times, including a solo exhibition in 2021.

With a background in painting and drawing, he works from observation and imagination, utilizing the figure, landscapes, and still life. His practice is rooted in gestural intuition while maintaining a dialog with art history.


Series Schedule:

Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm
September 2023 - July 2024

Minimum Enrollment:
Maximum Enrollment: 12

Experience Level: The Figure Series classes vary in their rigor. An Introduction to Figure Drawing (September-October) is designed for beginners and those hoping to refresh their skills. The subsequent classes (January-July) rely on some prior experience with figure drawing (which can include having regularly attended our uninstructed Open Figure sessions in the past).



$360 for each 8-week class

$1,100 for the entire four-class + three-workshop** series (a savings of 25%)

*The fee covers live models for all class meetings

**In November, December, and March (2024), Scott will lead three 3-hour workshops covering the basics of drawing heads, hands, and feet. These workshops will be open to all (even if not enrolled in the 8-week classes), with separate registration required. However, anyone signing up for this four-part series of classes will be automatically enrolled in the workshops.




 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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cincinnati, ohio 45206

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