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3-Day Weekend Workshop

Spatial Structures in Painting: Planning Interior Spaces and Landscapes
A 3-day Intensive Workshop with Matt Klos

August 9-11, 2024 (Friday - Sunday)

Friday, August 9 - Public Demo, 6-10pm
(The introductory part of the 3-day workshop. Tickets will be available separately for the general public soon.)

Saturday, August 10 - Workshop, 10am - 5pm*

Sunday, August 11 - Workshop, 10am - 5pm

(1 hour lunch break each day)



10% discount offered through June 28: $346 (Student Rate: $294)

Full price registration through August 9:
$385 (Student Rate: $327)

* 15% discount student rates offered only with valid academic student i.d. We will contact you to obtain verification in advance of the workshop.


A painting is a construct. The painter uses a combination of color, value, and mark-making to organize the surface of a work. In this workshop, we will craft paintings with a focus on creating zones. This will allow the painter to identify and organize the painting into large shape areas: thinking first of light, dark, warm, and cool and then moving to hue, chroma, and texture.

Identifying a simple structure makes it possible to succeed in creating a complex painting. Beginning and intermediate painters sometimes assume deft rendering or virtuoso paint handling holds the key to unlocking greater possibilities in their work. More commonly, a convincing large-shaped structure is what is lacking in their paintings.

This workshop is for beginning, intermediate, and advanced painters interested in a gestalt approach to planning and painting landscapes and interior spaces. Students will benefit from slide lectures, individual instruction, and critique.


Key Workshop Objectives:

• Reduce visual information to create legible big-shape compositions.
• Identify zones in nature to assist in building a painting.
• Increase understanding of paint handling.
• Increase understanding of color by studying value and saturation.
• Continue to develop a personal sense of color and expression.
• Develop a “hierarchy of light” in compositions.

Class Size:
Maximum: 15

Materials List:

(download/print PDF here)


Level of Study: This workshop is suggested for individuals with some painting experience. Basic knowledge of oil painting is recommended.


ARTIST'S DEMONSTRATION (open to the public):
Friday, August 9th, 6-10pm
$30 general public; $20 for current students w/ valid academic I.D.)
(Tickets will be available on Eventbrite soon.) Tickets are NOT required for workshop participants.

On Friday, August 9, Manifest Drawing Center will welcome artist Matt Klos to our Central Parkway facility, where he will be conducting a 3-hour public demonstration of his painting process. Details will be posted here soon.


For those traveling to Cincinnati to attend this visiting artist workshop, there are many exciting or practical options for accommodations. For a special stay within a mile of Manifest's new facility, we would recommend checking with The Clifton House Bed & Breakfast* ( or The Gaslight Bed & Breakfast ( Alternatively, the 21c Museum Hotel is in the heart of downtown just four miles from our location (link). Many other common hotels are within a few miles of our location as well.

*We have confirmed that the Clifton House will honor a special discounted rate for Manifest workshop participants.

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.


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

Manifest's new home on Central Parkway is a historic 1932 structure ideally suited to the various programs of the Manifest Drawing Center (and future Manifest Gallery). Even now, mostly unchanged from 90 years ago, it serves as a playful collaborator in our educational mission. Students and guests are inspired by both the content of our programs, and the spaces in which they occur. This beast is our gentle dragon.




Paintings by Matt Klos


About the instructor:

Matt Klos received his MFA in painting from University of Maryland, College Park and his BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD). He is a recipient of three Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council (2016, 2012 and 2008). His work has been featured in numerous group and solo exhibitions including the Prince Street Gallery in Chelsea, NY in 2011. He was awarded first place in the Bethesda Painting Awards in 2007 and received an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant in 2001. Klos currently teaches drawing and painting full-time at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD and has served as a guest lecturer/critic at various institutions including the New York Academy of Art, Boston University, College of William & Mary, Towson University, University of Missouri, and Mount Gretna School of Art. He is a member of the collective Perceptual Painters and Zeuxis.

Matt lives and works in Baltimore Maryland.


 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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