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Studio Seminar

Led by Samantha Haring

Schedule: Every other Sunday, 1-4pm
Beginning September 17, 2023, and running through July 28, 2024

(no meetings in December 2023 or August 2024)

Enrollment is available through rolling, 7-meeting blocks. Start any open Sunday! Registration required at least two weeks in advance of start date.



“If I were unable to speak, I could make something and show it to you, and you would get the idea without my having to verbalize it.” 

— Sheila Hicks

How do you maintain a studio practice? Where do you find your artistic community? What do you need to move your work forward in a meaningful way?

This rolling class will help you develop your art-making practice and deepen your connection to your craft. Come curious, and you will learn to think more critically about your work, experiment with new directions in your studio, and share in a community of rigor and support with equally dedicated artists.

Each meeting will begin with a hands-on-making exercise to challenge your assumptions about your creative practice. The second half of each session will be spent in group discussion, where you will share 1-3 pieces of your personal work made outside of class. The time will be divided evenly between each participant, and you will have an opportunity to receive open, honest, and attentive feedback on your artwork. The class will meet every other week, giving you time to reflect on our conversations and create work at your own pace.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Developing a personalized, sustainable studio practice
  • Considering the intersection between subject, form, and content in your work
  • Constructive criticism and participating in a community of support

Level of Study

This class is for individuals with art-making experience interested in developing their personal artistic practice. Foundational knowledge of the materials and techniques an artist uses in their studio is recommended, and the curiosity and drive to create art outside of a classroom setting is a must!



7-meeting Block: $315
Covers seven consecutive class meetings (roughly spanning 13 calendar weeks from a student’s first class meeting to their last)*

One makeup session for one absence may be added to the end of a 7-week session. Students are also encouraged to attend the Drawing Center’s FREE Open Studios, offered every Friday afternoon, 1:30-4pm, or Sunday afternoon, 2:30-5:00pm, as an extension of this class. This is optional for those who are interested. Required (FREE) tickets to Open Studios can be claimed here.



Every other Sunday, 1-4pm**
(no meetings in December 2023 or August 2024)

Ongoing, bi-weekly in 7-meeting blocks. Sessions will be removed from this list, or note will be made, when all seats are full. Session dates further in the future will be added several weeks out.

** Seating is very limited. Early registration is recommended.

Upcoming Session Start Dates with Open Seats:

in 2023
November 26

- no meetings in December -

in early 2024
January 14
January 28
February 11
February 25
March 10
March 24
April 7
April 21
May 5

Sessions are limited to 10 participants max. Enrollment can begin on any scheduled Sunday* with registration required two weeks in advance, and will continue for 7 meetings.***

* see registration for details and limitations. Please note: sessions falling on U.S. holidays generally skip dates too.

*** registration is only available in 7-meeting blocks. We strongly feel the full benefit of the program only comes from at least one full cycle of the 7-meeting program. Repeat and ongoing enrollment is encouraged for those who would like ongoing practice and support.


Class Size

Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 10  


  • Sketchbook – something portable that you can use for in-class exercises and critique notes
  • Your choice of materials for in-class exercises
  • Your choice of materials for out-of-class personal work



LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, a film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds, and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.





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 and recent Manifest International Drawing and Painting Annuals.

Haring was one of the 2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence at Manifest Gallery. 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.


  Entrance to Drawing Center programs at M1




Map to Manifest's M1 Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar


 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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