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Hannah Parrett

Myth Making:
Experience and Form

Instructed by Hannah Parrett



Sundays, 1:30-4:30pm
May 21-July 9, 2023

Registration Deadline: May 18, 2023





How we understand lived experience is often guided by the personal and cultural myths we embrace. But what shapes these stories? And in what ways do they change the way we move through the world?

This class will offer methods for thinking about metaphor, place, and belonging through exercises in attention. Writing, drawing, object-making, and painting will be components of this class as it explores the slippery boundaries between image/object relationships. Historical examples will be shared to demonstrate how these creative practices have intermingled with cultural objects as methods of storytelling and myth-making throughout time.


This class will cover the following topics:

  • Building personal formal systems (a personal syntax) to create affect in observational painting.
  • (How does the way that you handle your medium change the way we see the space? What are the qualities of how you are handling material? We will work on mark-making exercises to control compositional affect, and use various mediums to achieve the desired goal.)
  • Connecting intangible feelings about, or experiences with, an environment to tangible/perceptual formal devices.
  • (How can you start defining qualities in objects/spaces/figures that you are drawn to? How do you archive this? When do you use it?)
  • Explore varying material supports to engage Painting’s relationship with touch.
  • Work with transparency exercises in collage to embrace failure, play, experimentation, and creative thinking.


$340 (8-week class)

Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 12



Materials list: (link to printable PDF)


Level of Study:
This class is suggested for individuals with some painting, drawing, and object-building experience. Basic knowledge of material manipulation of these things is expected.


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



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






Hannah Parrett

Hannah Parrett

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About the Instructor

Hannah Parrett grew up on the southwestern edge of South Dakota - a space that inspires her practice through the investigation of myths surrounding the American West. She received her Masters in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University (2020) where she taught as a lecturer from 2020-2022 and is the co-founder of Dream Clinic Project Space, an artist-run gallery that operates out of a shared studio collective in Columbus, OH. She has exhibited locally and nationally at galleries that include The Neon Heater, Gilman Contemporary, Holland Project, and the Pizutti Collection through the Columbus Museum of Art. She has received the Greater Columbus Arts Council Fellowship and was featured in the Midwest Editions #155 #167 of New American Paintings. Hannah currently teaches at the University of Cincinnati and can be found at her Wave Pool studio fueling her obsession with relief carvings and in her new garden paradise that she shares with two bossy schnauzers and her partner Max.


 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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