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Abstracting from Observation

8-Week Course

Instructed by Manifest Resident Instructor Samantha Haring

Sundays 12-3pm
January 7 - February 25

Registration Deadline: January 4, 2018


Tuition: $325
Course fee includes FREE access to all Wednesday Open Figure Sessions during the duration of the course.

Class Size:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12


“Abstract literally means to draw from or separate. In this sense, every artist is abstract… a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts.”
— Richard Diebenkorn

This class will expose students to:

  • Methods for seeing abstractly
  • Techniques for building mature compositions and controlling the language of mark-making
  • Strategies for observing and utilizing color and value structures
  • The creation of space and depth in a picture plane
  • Efficient systems for capturing the essence of a subject
  • Painterly realism
  • Personal exploration of subject and form
  • Hard and soft edge contrast


Materials List:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pencils (2B, HB, 2H)
  • Charcoal: vine and compressed
  • Set of 24 NuPastels
  • Kneaded eraser, Mars Plastic Eraser, Retractable eraser
  • Strathmore Drawing Pad 400 series 18x24”
  • Workable spray fixative
  • Optional: charcoal pencils, colored pencils, markers, various papers and supports


Level of Study: This class is suggested for individuals with some observational drawing experience. Basic knowledge of drawing materials and techniques is expected.

About the instructor:

Samantha Haring is a Midwest painter from Des Plaines, Illinois. She makes quiet paintings that discuss the nature of loss and the inherent duality of absence and presence. Haring earned her MFA from Northern Illinois University (2014) and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2011). 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 shown nationally, most recently in Chicago, Cincinnati, and New York. Her work is published in issues #119 and #123 of New American Paintings, as well as the Manifest International Painting Annuals 4 and 5. She was one of the 2015–2016 Manifest Artists in Residence, and is currently Manifest’s Resident Instructor for 2017-2018. In addition to teaching at Manifest Drawing Center, Haring is a Drawing Instructor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning (DAAP). Haring’s work can be seen at:

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Madisonville at 4905 Whetsel Avenue (second floor) (see map and direction links below). Manifest's studio facility provides two classrooms, a darkroom, and a processing room all totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar

Samantha Haring


Drawings by Samantha Haring


Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by a grant from the Robert H. Reakirt Foundation, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by an impact grant from ArtsWave, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous contributions of individual supporters who care deeply about the visual arts.

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(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45227



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