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An Introduction to Watercolor

By Way of the Portrait (an online workshop)

Instructed by Samantha Haring, Manifest Resident Instructor


Saturdays, 10am-1pm
June 17– August 5*

Registration Deadline: June 14, 2023

* This class will be held online via the Zoom platform, with the exception of the final meeting on August 5th which will be held in-studio at the Drawing Center (3464 Central Parkway, 45223). Any students unable to attend the final meeting in person may still join via Zoom.




"The only virtue to it is to put down an idea about what you feel at the moment.”

— Andrew Wyeth



Welcome (back) to watercolor! Whether you’re returning to this elegant and expressive medium or starting from scratch, this systematic exploration of watercolor is the perfect way to grow both your appreciation for this material and your ability to render sensitive portraits. The human face is one of the most interesting and challenging subjects for an artist. The versatility of watercolor lends itself well to both quick, energetic gestures and careful, patient realism. We’ll play with the range of expression this material offers while developing a keener eye for expression and likeness.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • A review of beginning watercolor practices, including flat washes, gradients, variegated washes, and dry-brush
  • Wet-on-dry and wet-into-wet techniques
  • Transparent glazing
  • Portrait anatomy and features of the face
  • Capturing likeness with speed and confidence
  • Master copies, cast paintings, and self-portraits



Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12



Materials list: (link to printable PDF)


  • Level of Study:
    This class is suggested for individuals with some drawing experience. Basic observational drawing knowledge is recommended, as the main focus of the class will be on painting. Some limited drawing instruction will be included throughout the class as needed.


    Questions? Please contact Education and Studio Program Manager, Adam Mysock at with any questions about this list and/or course.


    With the exception of the final meeting, this class is scheduled to meet online. Instruction will be given through a combination of live video (Zoom) group sessions and emailed individual correspondence. Samantha 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, phone, or tablet with a webcam to participate.


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  • Berthe Morisot

    John Singer Sargent


    Andrew Wyeth


    Vanessa Bell




    About the instructor:

    Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. She makes quiet paintings in a noisy world. Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has also studied in Italy at the International School of Drawing, Painting, and Sculpture; it was there that she fully developed her commitment to light, color, and observational painting. Haring’s work has been published in New American Paintings as well as recent Manifest International Drawing and Painting Annuals.

    Haring was one of the 2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence at Manifest. She has been a Resident Instructor at the Drawing Center since 2016; she also teaches drawing and design courses at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design. She currently maintains a studio in Cincinnati, where she spends an inordinate amount of time staring at the color of dust. Watercolor was her first love.





     Josephine S. Russell
    Charitable Trust, PNC Bank Trustee

    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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