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





Open Figure is an uninstructed life-drawing studio format whereby professionals, students, and the creative public can work side-by-side in common pursuit of excellence in the discipline of drawing (or various other media) while working from the nude model. This no-performance-pressure environment inevitably leads to new learning, support, and productivity that complements formal study (at the high school, college, or professional level), or other non-figure-related artistic work. Each session is moderated by Manifest Associates who are trained and well-qualified artists and/or instructors at the college level.

Twelve hours of life drawing in two days!

This special offering is generally intended for longer more extended poses. At the moderator's discretion with participant input multiple poses may be set up during this two-day drawing marathon. Each Quarter, we invite a new, special-guest moderator to lead participants through this intensive event. Stay tuned for details about our next moderator.

Participants are welcome to work in various media besides drawing, while taking into consideration other participants and the integrity of the studio space.


March 7 and 8, 2020
Moderated by Manifest's Artists In Residence Nate Gaefcke and Ron Prigat


9:30 - 12:30
12:30 - 2:30 lunch break (option for group lunch off-site)
2:30 - 5:30

10am - 1pm
1 - 1:30 break 
1:30 - 4:30

* This schedule is subject to change from one quarter to the next, depending on the goals of the moderator. If there are any changes, this website will be updated as soon as possible. Please check back regularly.

PRICE: $80
($40 for students with academic reference and valid current student I.D.) Free for current Drawing League members.

Manifest works hard to provide studio opportunities at a reasonable cost, including supplementing operations through grant funding. Therefore this special opportunity does not allow for a per-day registration or fee amount.

For the fee, participants may attend at their leisure, all or part of each day. Registration is required.

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.

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. Participants should provide for their own supplies and drawing board.


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


 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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closed on sun-mon

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map (m1)
3464 Central Parkway
cincinnati, ohio 45223



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