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



Plein Air Painting

Instructed by Ellina Chetverikova


Registration Deadline: September 5, 2017



Sundays 3:30-6:30pm

September 10- October 22


Learning to read light and replicate scenes from direct observation is an integral part of a painting practice. This fall we will be chasing the sunset in multiple locations around Cincinnati as we paint outdoors or en plein air. During this 7-week class we will explore the conditions for painting on-site, observe colors under natural light, and learn to work quickly and follow our natural instincts. The quality of light in the fall is especially magical, and we will take full advantage of these golden hours of the season.

By the end of this course, students will:

  • have an introductory understanding of the gouache medium
  • be able to make quick compositional decisions
  • work quickly to capture shifting lighting conditions
  • be able to harmonize and simplify complex landscapes
  • be able to take color notes
  • complete 2-3 paintings during the 3-hour class time



Level of Study

All levels of experience are welcome.


Minimium: 4
Limit: 10


  • Paper: Artistico Fabriano Watercolor paper  HOT PRESS 140 lb
  • Sketchbook no smaller than 5X7”, no bigger than 9X12”
  • Kneaded Eraser              
  • Generals graphite Pencils HB, 2B
  • Masking tape
  • Artbin Solutions box 3003 (Example Link)
  • Plastic Palette Cups 12pk. (Example Link)
  • Cup for water
  • Easel and  9X12” wooden board or cardboard (Note: if you don’t have an plein air easel you could get away with using a stiff, thick piece of wooden or paper board)
  • Folding chair (portable, like a camp chair)
  • Hat to protect from the sun
  • Plastic bottle for water
  • Paper towels

Windsor Newton Designer Gouache
(recommended brand) 14ml tubes:

  • ivory black
  • permanent white
  • raw umber
  • yellow ochre
  • spectrum yellow
  • alizarin crimson
  • spectrum violet
  • ultramarin blue
  • orange lake light
  • brilliant green
  • flame red
  • winsor green


  • Oval Wash #1/2 any brand synthetic or ESCODA Synthetic #14
  • ESCODA Round Synthetic #8
  • ESCODA Round or flat Synthetic #0


This course will take place at outdoor locations around Cincinnati. The instructor will provide a complete list of locations on the first day of class. In the case of rain, students should meet at Manifest Drawing Center in Madisonville.

For the first class (September 10th) we will meet at the Donald Spencer Overlook in Eden Park. Directions will be distributed upon registration.

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.






gouache paintings by Ellina Chetverikova



About the Instructor

Ellina Chetverikova is an artist originally from Ukraine currently residing in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was born in Severodonetsk, Ukraine in 1989. She completed her BFA at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, and MFA at Rochester Institute of Technology. Most recently Ellina was one of two Artists-in-Residence (MAR) at Manifest for the 2016-2017 year-long season. Her popular residency-concluding solo exhibit at Manifest Gallery in June 2017 included 20 plein air gouache paintings.

Ellina's work is based on autobiographical accounts which she sums up and expresses through painting and drawing. She embodies the transcendence of personal experience, using her artwork as a personal visual diary. Ellina’s plein air paintings can be viewed at:

Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar


Manifest's 14th 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

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2727 woodburn avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45206

drawing center map
4905 whetsel avenue
cincinnati, ohio 45227



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