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THE PAINTED SUBJECT
AN INTRODUCTION TO ART HISTORY'S GREATEST THEMES

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



Throughout our lives as artists, we may speak in a variety of visual languages in order create images unique to our own, evolving perspectives. For many artists throughout history, these visual languages, or “styles,” have been assembled from both their investigations into the connotative potentials of multiple subjects (consider Piet Mondrian’s famous tree studies that preceded his geometric abstraction, for example) and the complex influences of their artistic community. 

The Painted Subject is a new series of classes, grown out of our past Drawn Subject and ongoing Painting Essentials series, that offer curious artists the opportunity to experience such a survey of subject-matter connotations, systematically journeying through topics and Art History with a master painter as your guide…

• The Still Life

(September)

• Master Copies (November)
• The Portrait (January)
• The Figure (March)
• The Narrative (May)

… while simultaneously building further upon previous knowledge and skills, as they gain a better understanding of their personal “language.” Through an array of new observational studies from a different subject each month, we will focus on what guides your own perspective and the ways that it can be refined to develop an artistic voice.

 

Series Instructor: Brad Davis

Fee:  Individual 4-week Classes: $170

Full Series Price (all ten courses): $640 (a discount of nearly 25%!)

 

Course Schedule: Saturdays, 1:30-4:30pm

Minimum Enrollment: 4
Maximum Enrollment: 10

 

Level: The Painted Subject is specifically geared towards artists with basic knowledge of observational drawing and some painting media, but who may not have a clear idea of what to paint. This series will also benefit those wishing to brush up on their basic knowledge of particular subjects. Every class will feature short demonstrations, specific lessons, and individual feedback for each student. Painting 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 paint and in doing so, learn to appreciate the world more deeply.

 

Instructor Bio:
Brad Davis is a painter from Cincinnati, Ohio. He earned his BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2016, and his MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 2019. His paintings are typically centered around the urban environment and seek to transform its banality through careful and personal reconstruction. In addition to teaching at Manifest Drawing Center, Davis also teaches at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP). Davis’ work has been exhibited nationally and was included in the 2018 XL Catlin Art Prize traveling show. Most recently he has been shown at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the Union League of Philadelphia and Capitol One Bank.


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

works by Brad Davis

 


Brad Davis

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2021-2022 Schedule:
4 Meetings Per Course: Saturdays 1:30-4:30pm
(See full descriptions in Subject menu below.)


COURSE SCHEDULE

The Still Life: Evoking Vitality and Presence from the Inanimate
September 11-October 2
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Master Copies: Finding Yourself in Another’s Process
November 6-December 4*
*No class meeting on November 27
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Portrait: Painting Likeness and Character
January 8-29
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, January 5, 2022

The Figure: Painting Our Relationship to the Body
March 5-26
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Narrative: Character, Context, and Communication
May 7-28
Registration Deadline: Wednesday, May 3, 2022

 

SERIES MATERIALS LIST (link to PDF)

 

 

Questions?: Contact Adam Mysock at mysock@manifestdrawingcenter.org



 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

The Still Life: Evoking Vitality and Presence from the Inanimate

Master Copies: Finding Yourself in Another’s Process

The Portrait:
Painting Likeness and Character

The Figure:
Painting Our Relationship to the Body


September 11-October 2
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, September 8, 2021

The still life is a timeless subject throughout the history of oil painting and continues to inspire painters working today. Through an intense study of the inanimate, we will focus on how artists of past and present implement various modes of paint application to describe form, depth, and relationships. Students will be working with direct painting processes to explore temperature, color matching, surface treatment, and more.

Topics covered:

  • mass vs. line
  • gestalt shapes
  • color temperature
  • edge quality
  • materials/techniques


November 6-December 4*
*No class meeting on November 27
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Have you ever stood in front of a painting at the museum and marveled at how the artist achieved their results? One of the best ways to reveal the secrets of the past is by copying the paintings themselves. In this class, we will work directly from paintings in the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum in the tradition of the academic “master copy”. By dissecting everything from color palettes likely used by the artist to their brush strokes and layering techniques, we will create a master copy that helps us better understand the minds of our heroes.

Topics covered:

  • techniques and processes of the past
  • mark making/paint application
  • painting materials/mediums

 


January 8-29
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

Portraiture is perhaps the most personal and psychologically engaging pursuit in painting because it is linked to what we most readily identify with—ourselves. We will explore the dynamism created by various lighting structures over the human face as well as the complexity in painting convincing flesh tones, all while searching for a sense of personality.

Topics covered:

  • landmarks of the head
  • finding planes of light
  • color/temperature
  • defining parts of a shadow
  • turns of the head

 

 


March 5-26
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, March 2, 2022

While the figure is perhaps the most common subject throughout art history, its depictions and interpretations could never be exhausted. Painting the figure is a challenge built on the foundation of good composition, proportion, and form that ultimately presents artists with some of the greatest opportunities to relate to their viewers.

Topics covered:

  • proportions of the body
  • value hierarchy
  • color/temperature
  • gesture
  • composition

 

 

 
 
still life setup by Brad Davis

The Narrative:
Character, Context, and Communication

 


May 7-28
Registration Deadline:
Wednesday, May 3, 2022

Beyond demonstrating an understanding of the human form, artists are constantly finding new and engaging ways of telling a story about the people they paint. In this class, we will look at a wide variety of figure painters that do just this. By painting the figure into our own images, we will explore how tools such as composition, value, and color all play a role in our conscious and unconscious interpretation of a narrative.

Topics covered:

  • working from photo reference
  • staging a reference
  • creating convincing atmospheres
  • developing eye movement
  • technical narrative vs. overt narrative

 



 
 


  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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