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



In Search of Spirit:
Exploring the Drawn Portrait

Instructed by Ellina Chetverikova

Sundays 12:30-3:30pm
June 10 – July 29

Registration Deadline: June 7, 2018


Combining technical insights from Russian Academic Drawing with a Western conception of psyche, this drawing course will explore the complexities of both constructing a portrait drawing and truly distinguishing one’s subject and their emotional appearance. Over eight weeks, students will complete a series of exercises and short portraits that will prepare them for a final long-term, psychological portrait of a model.


  • Working with light and shadow simplification as a key method of portrait construction
  • Utilizing simple shape placement to establish a solid foundation for achieving likeness
  • Developing compositional sketches and detailed notes before beginning each portrait to focus attention on key characteristics of a model
  • Attending to the qualities of drawn edges as an important strategy for relating the subject to their environment and lighting scenario
  • Learning ways to deal with all parts of the drawn portrait simultaneously


Tuition: $325

Class Size:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12

Materials List:

  • Fabriano Artistico Watercolor Paper 140 lb Hot Press
  • Staedtler Lumograph Griphite Pencils HB, 2H
  • Medium softness brush
  • Factis mechanical eraser
  • Kneaded eraser
  • X-acto knife
  • Sand paper for sharpening the lead of a pencil
  • White pencil


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

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

Franz Dvorak

Amaya Gurpide


Ilya Repin




About the instructor:

Ellina Chetverikova is an artist and educator living and creating in Cincinnati Ohio. Originally from Ukraine, Ellina immigrated to the U.S. to continue her studies in 2007. Ellina graduated from Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2012 with the BFA degree and received MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014.

Ellina’s teaching career began while she was a graduate student at RIT and has continued most recently as an Adjunct Professor at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and an Instructor-in-Residence at Manifest Drawing Center.

She actively exhibits her work, both nationally and internationally, and Ellina’s paintings have received several awards including the Wiltsie Watercolor Prize. She is a past recipient of the Manifest Drawing Center’s Bridge Scholarship and flourished as a Manifest Artist-in-Residence from 2016-2017.

Ellina is alright with not seeing sunrises, but cannot function properly if she misses seeing and painting sunsets.


Manifest's 15th season is funded in part by an impact grant
from ArtsWave, the Ohio Arts Council, and 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

Contribute to our Annual Fund



gallery map
2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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