creative research gallery and drawing center
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Drawing Materials: Charcoal

Instructed by Katelyn Wolary

Sundays 9am-12pm
June 3 – June 24

Registration Deadline: May 31, 2018


In order to draw realistically, we have to teach ourselves to think and see abstractly. The first step is forgetting about the preconceived idea of “drawing a thing." Instead, by recording a series of specific shapes in shades of light and dark, a representation of form will begin to emerge. Charcoal is the perfect, simple tool, acting as a fluid extension of the artist’s hand, arm, body, and mind. It is simultaneously dense, soft, hard, delicate, fast, bold, messy, clean, and above all, forgiving. By exploring a variety of techniques for applying charcoal to paper, we will train our hands and minds to approach the idea of drawing by seeing differently.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • Approaching the “big picture” in terms of light and dark shapes
  • Working from plaster casts and still life objects
  • Practicing a variety of techniques and methods of applying charcoal, in all of its many forms
  • Creating dynamic drawings through composition, lighting, and visual hierarchy
  • Discussing the various qualities of how light acts on a form, and how to capture the effect in a drawing
  • Visually comparing and measuring your drawing to your subject
  • Embracing erasure, or subtraction, as another method of drawing, rather than “fixing a mistake”


Tuition: $100

Class Size:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12

Materials List:

  • Nitram brand, soft round vine charcoal (5-pack)
  • Hard and Medium charcoal pencils: General’s brand preferred, at least 2 of each 
  • 14” x 17” Strathmore 400 series drawing pad
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Handheld pencil sharpener


Level of Study: All levels are welcome! Drawing Materials is geared toward participants early in their drawing education. In this series, the materials of drawing will be explained and demonstrated step-by-step. Participants will have many opportunities to test out new techniques and tools, and receive feedback in a supportive classroom environment.

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

Katelyn Wolary

Stevan Assael


Hollis Dunlap




About the instructor:

Katelyn Wolary is an artist living and working in Cincinnati, OH. She received her BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in the spring of 2017, where she began her teaching career as a Teaching Assistant. She has also taught several drawing courses through the Cincinnati Art Museum’s community education program.

As a two-time recipient of Manifest Drawing Center’s Bridge Scholarship, Wolary has continuously taken advantage of the opportunity to attend weekly figure drawing sessions and programming at the Drawing Center to improve her observational skills. When not engaging with the Manifest community, she works to develop her personal vision through narrative, figurative oil painting and drawing out of her home studio in Corryville.

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.

gallery hours:

tues-fri noon-7pm, sat noon-5pm
(or by special appointment)

closed Sun and Mon

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cincinnati, ohio 45227



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