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Figure Painting

Instructed by Samantha Haring

Saturdays 10am-1pm
June 16-August 4

Registration Deadline: June 13, 2018


Learning to see color quickly and accurately is one of the most important skills an artist can develop. Working directly from a nude model, students will develop their visual acuity and increase their sensitivity to color through a series of perceptual painting exercises. Short poses will provide an opportunity for alla prima painting and quick color decisions, while longer poses will allow students to explore indirect painting and more fully realized figures. In this class, students will learn how to match color that they see, how to capture the figure quickly in color, and how to translate what they see into a painting with both accuracy and poetry.

This class will cover the following topics:

  • The relationship between hue, value, and saturation
  • Seeing differences in color temperature
  • Mixing both accurate and expressive skin tones from life
  • Various methods of mark making and paint application to create a convincing illusion
  • The psychological and emotional potential of color in a figurative composition


Tuition: $325

Class Size:
Minimum: 6
Maximum: 12


Materials List:

  • Recommended Pigments (feel free to supplement any additional colors you like)

    • Titanium white
    • Cadmium yellow light
    • Cadmium yellow medium
    • Cadmium red or napthol red light
    • Permanent alizarin crimson
    • Ultramarine blue
    • Cerulean blue
    • Yellow ochre
    • Venetian red
    • Raw umber
    • Viridian
    • Ivory Black

    *As much as possible, try to avoid purchasing anything that says “hue”.


    • A minimum of 8-10 prepared surfaces, ready to paint
    • Surfaces may include paper, canvas board, stretched canvas, Masonite or birch plywood panels, Arches oil paper… your choice, so long as the surfaces are properly prepared before the start of each class
    • Recommended size range: 16x20” – 24x30”


    • Long-handle synthetic or bristle brushes in a range of sizes. I would recommend 2, 4, 8, and 12 for variety. Brushes come in several shapes, including flat, bright, filbert, and round. A range of sizes of flats and rounds will be more than enough to begin.


  • Palette (either palette paper, or a piece of glass, or a handheld wooden palette…)
  • Palette knife for mixing paint
  • Rags
  • 2 glass jars with lids
  • Odorless turpenoid or other mineral spirits if you choose to use oils


Level of Study: This class is suggested for individuals with some painting experience, as a basic knowledge of painting materials and techniques is expected. Some observational drawing experience will be helpful.

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

Euan Uglow



Samantha Haring




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 and her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 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 was one of Manifest's 2015-2016 Artists-in-Residence. She is currently a Resident Instructor at the Manifest Drawing Center; she also teaches drawing and design courses at University of Cincinnati's College of DAAP. Haring’s work is published in issues #119 and #123 of New American Paintings. Her paintings are also featured in the Manifest INPA 4 and 5 as well as the INDA 11. She currently maintains a studio in Cincinnati.



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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