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DRAWING CENTER STUDIO

 

 

 

DRAWING ESSENTIALS

Ten individual four-week classes (four Thursday evenings each) focusing on
the most essential skills and knowledge to serve the beginning or novice drawer.

(Available in Two Formats: Online OR In-person)

Try one, or take them all! (25% discount for the full package.)

 


Drawing Essentials
AN INTRODUCTION TO BASIC DRAWING CONCEPTS

“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.” – John Ruskin



The mechanics of drawing don’t have to be mysterious. Slow and careful looking, deliberate mark-making, patient comprehension, and fearless revisions are the foundations of any productive observational drawing practice. 

Whether you’re picking up a pencil for the first time, or brushing up on your skills after a studio sabbatical, Drawing Essentials is the perfect place to start. This ten-class series offers a foundation in basic observational drawing practices and techniques, in an effort to unite the hand, the head, and the heart.  

You may sign up for any class within the series individually—as a “refresher” on a specific topic—or you can register for the entire series as a whole for a significant discount! 

This class provides two optional formats - online OR in-person (see below):

**NOTE: This series will now be offered in both online and in-person formats for the Drawing Center’s 18th Season.

Whichever meeting plan a student selects will apply to every class meeting for that month’s registration (i.e. If someone registers for the in-person option for September’s Composition course, they will only have access to the in-person instruction offered for that month).

If space is available, students may switch between online and in-person formats from month to month.

Those wishing to register for the (discounted) full series at the beginning of the cycle will be asked to select whether they would prefer to work online or in the studios for the entire 10-month series.

For in-person meetings, masks will be required of all participants and social distancing will likely be practiced as frequently as possible. Updated health and safety information will be added to this webpage as local, state, and federal guidance evolves.

ADDITIONALLY, Manifest will reserve the right to move in-person meetings onto an online format should local, state, or federal health guidance demand such action.

 

Series Instructors:

Online: Samantha Haring, Manifest Resident Instructor

In-person: Katherine Colborn

 

Fee:  Individual 4-week Classes: $170

Full Series Price (all ten courses): $1275 (25% discount)

 

Course Schedule: Thursdays 6-9pm

Minimum Enrollment: 4  
Maximum Class Size: 10

 

Level: All levels are welcome. Drawing Essentials is geared towards absolute beginners and those wishing to brush up on their basic drawing skills. Each class will feature short demonstrations, specific lessons, and individual feedback for each student. Drawing is a practice that has a far reach, and whether your artistic goals are for pleasure or profession, we believe that anyone can learn to draw and in doing so, learn to appreciate the world more deeply.

 

 


 



***[ REGISTER HERE ]***


2021-2022 Schedule
4 Meetings Per Course: Thursdays 6-9pm

(See full descriptions in Essentials menu below.)

COURSE SCHEDULE

Composition
            September 9-30
            Registration Deadline: Monday, September 6, 2021

Measuring Your Observations
            October 7-28
            Registration Deadline: Monday, October 4, 2021

Gesture and Contour
            November 4-December 2* 
            *no class meeting on November 25th 
            Registration Deadline: Monday, November 1, 2021

Space/Depth/Perspective
            January 6-27, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, January 3, 2022

Value
            February 3-24, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, January 31, 2022

Volume
            March 3-24, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, February 28, 2022

Texture and Surface
            April 7-28, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2022

Introduction to Color Theory
            May 5-26, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2022

Optical Color/Perceptual Color
            June 2-23, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, May 30, 2022

Expressive and Symbolic Color
            July 7-28, 2022
            Registration Deadline: Monday, July 4, 2022






LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's Drawing Center Studios in Walnut Hills at 656 E. McMillan St. (second floor) (see map and directions below). Manifest's new studio facility provides two studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space all totaling over 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.

 

Map to Manifest's Walnut Hills Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar

Instructor Bio: ONLINE

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 has been Resident Instructor at the Drawing Center since 2016. 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).

 

Instructor Bio: IN-PERSON

Katherine Colborn was born in Albany, NY, raised in Cleveland OH, and now lives and works in Cincinnati. She received her BA in Arts and English from Xavier University and her MFA in Studio Art with a focus on Drawing and Painting at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. She has taught drawing, painting, printmaking and foundations design at the university level since 2016. Her work engages with themes of sanctuary and threshold, exploring the place of painting in a culture saturated with an abundance of imagery.

In recent years, Katherine has traveled to Berlin and Mexico City, and has made multiple trips to Ireland for personal research and study. In 2015, she completed an artist residency at the Burren College of Art in County Clare. She has exhibited her work around the United States; recent exhibitions include a solo show at Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina, as well as group shows with the Bolivar Gallery at the University of Kentucky and the Weatherspoon Art Museum, and nationally juried exhibitions at Site: Brooklyn in New York City, Manifest Gallery in Ohio, and Durham Art Guild in North Carolina. She is currently preparing a solo exhibition at the Kansas City Art Coalition in Missouri for the fall of 2021. When she is not in the studio, she can be found (most likely with a coffee in hand) hiking around many of Cincinnati's parks, or cultivating her balcony vegetable garden with her husband, John.

     

COMPOSITION

MEASURING YOUR
OBSERVATIONS

GESTURE & CONTOUR

SPACE / DEPTH & PERSPECTIVE


September 9-30
Registration Deadline:
Monday, September 6, 2021

Composition is the foundation of all good design. Learn to create visual harmony through the thoughtful arrangement of shapes and forms. Organizing pictorial space in an aesthetically pleasing way is the first step towards creating an image that communicates. Come harness the visual power of order, design, balance, and harmony.

Topics covered:

  • Design principles: symmetry, balance, rhythm, movement, proportion, anomaly, contrast, emphasis, hierarchy, unity
  • Seeing in shapes
  • Organizing the picture plane
  • Thumbnails and considering edges
  • Introduction to compositional theory, including the rule of thirds, ratios, and other compositional forces

Materials List:

• 2B pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)


October 7-28
Registration Deadline:
Monday, October 4, 2021

Learning to draw is learning to see. Creating an accurate drawing requires letting go of what you think something looks like, and honing your attention on what your eyes actually see. Perceptual tools like angling, measuring, and sighting offer foolproof methods for creating truthful drawings every time you step into the studio.

Topics covered:

  • Angling
  • Measuring
  • Sighting and proportions
  • Organizational lines
  • Perceptual strategies for accuracy

Materials List:

• 2B pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)

 


November 4-December 2* 
*no class meeting on November 25th 
Registration Deadline:
Monday, November 1, 2021

A good drawing has sensitive lines and specific edges. Paying attention to contours, contrast, and the speed of the mark will increase your visual acuity and expand your visual language.

Topics covered:

  • Movement, energy, fast drawing
  • Thumbnails
  • Blind contour, continuous line contour, broken line contour
  • Edge control
  • Sensitive lines
  • Negative space

Materials List:

• 2B pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)


January 6-27, 2022
Registration Deadline:
Monday, January 3, 2022

Space is the place. Conveying a sense of depth on a flat surface is one of the most satisfying visual tricks an artist can pull. Broaden your perspective and increase the depth of your imagery.

Topics covered:

  • Linear perspective: 1 point, 2 point, 3 point
  • Edge quality, line variety
  • Overlap
  • Non-western perspectival systems
  • Interior space

Materials List:

• 2B pencil
• Kneaded eraser
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)


VALUE

VOLUME

TEXTURE & SURFACE

INTRO TO COLOR


February 3-24, 2022

Registration Deadline:
Monday, January 31, 2022

We see the world through light and shadow. Light reveals form and creates beautifully poetic illusions of contrast, form, and space. Seeing shadow-shape relationships is the first step towards describing and, ultimately, understanding the role light plays in a composition.

Topics covered:

  • Shadow shape mapping
  • Value scales
  • Additive value techniques
  • 6 levels of light
  • Rendering a sphere

Materials List:

  • 2B, HB, 2H pencils Prismacolor premier colored pencils: white, black (2 each)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser (either the Factis or Tombow Mono)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)
  • 1 sheet Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19x24”, Stygian black
  • 1 sheet Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19x24”, either Steel grey or Felt grey



March 3-24, 2022
Registration Deadline:
Monday, February 28, 2022

Creating the illusion of form on a flat surface has long been the aim of perceptual artists. Through a variety of lighting scenarios, we will explore the beautiful nuances and subtleties of value drawing.

Topics covered:

  • Edge quality
  • Three kinds of light: direct, reflected, ambient
  • Reductive value techniques
  • White and black pencil on toned paper techniques
  • Introduction to temperature
  • Atmospheric perspective

Materials List:

  • 2B, HB, 2H pencils Prismacolor premier colored pencils: white, black (2 each)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser (either the Factis or Tombow Mono)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)
  • 1 sheet Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19x24”, Stygian black
  • 1 sheet Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19x24”, either Steel grey or Felt grey

 


April 7-28, 2022
Registration Deadline:
Monday, April 4, 2022

There is nothing like the visual impact of a full value drawing. Describing a variety of light effects on different surfaces and textures is an easily attainable skill… with practice. Bring your keen eyes and your curiosity, and be prepared to observe with intention and care.

Topics covered:

  • Understanding light effects on a variety of surfaces
  • Drapery and patterned forms
  • Full value drawings
  • Modulating edges
  • Describing texture through mark-making and value

Materials List:

  • 2B, HB, 2H pencils Prismacolor premier colored pencils: white, black (2 each)
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Retractable eraser (either the Factis or Tombow Mono)
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)
  • 1 sheet Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19x24”, Stygian black
  • 1 sheet Canson Mi-Teintes paper, 19x24”, either Steel grey or Felt grey

 



May 5-26, 2022
Registration Deadline:
Monday, May 2, 2022

Color is the most powerful element of design. Good color has the alchemical ability to turn the most basic object into something incredibly beautiful. Join us to learn the building blocks of color and its experiential qualities.

Topics covered:

  • 3 characteristics of color: hue, value, intensity
  • Simultaneous contrast, visual complements
  • Subtractive color
  • Transparency
  • Color wheel
  • Color scales

Materials List:

• 24 set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Staedler white vinyl eraser
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)


   

OPTICAL COLOR / PERCEPTUAL COLOR

EXPRESSIVE &
SYMBOLIC COLOR


June 2-23, 2022
Registration Deadline:
Monday, May 30, 2022

Observational drawing is not merely about copying what you see; it’s about understanding why something appears the way it does. In this class we will identify perceived colors, describe their unique qualities, and attempt to recreate them with increasing finesse and accuracy.

Topics covered:

  • Color temperature and value
  • Local color
  • 3 kinds of light: direct, ambient, reflected
  • Color mixing in colored pencils
  • Full spectrum drawing

Materials List:

• 24 set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Staedler white vinyl eraser
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)


July 7-28, 2022
Registration Deadline:
Monday, July 4, 2022

Color has the potential to alter consciousness, affect mood, and transform the mundane into the magical. The psychology of colors and their inherent meaning has a tremendous impact on the content of a work of art. Working with various color palettes, we will explore the communicative power of color.

Topics covered:

  • Limited color palettes and color relativity
  • The role of color in defining spatial depth
  • Color and temperature
  • Unifying and resolving a drawing

Materials List:

• 24 set of Prismacolor Premier colored pencils
• Retractable eraser (either the Factis BM2 or Tombow Mono)
• Staedler white vinyl eraser
• Pencil sharpener
• Sketchbook, recommended size 9x12”-14x17” (two recommendations: Strathmore 400 series Field Sketchbook, 9x12”, 70 pages (link) or Strathmore Recycled Sketch Pad, 14x17, 100 sheets (link)



  Season Funder:

Manifest's 18th season is funded in part by a grant from the Josephine S. Russell Charitable Trust, PNC Bank, Trustee. This season's programming is also supported by the generosity of tens of thousands of contributors to the ArtsWave Community Campaign, by a sustainability grant from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about the visual arts.


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