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'Small' works by Adam Mysock, Andrea Vetter, and Christian Schmit




Three workshops—covering painting, photography, and sculpture—dedicated to the how, the what, and the why of miniature making!

Manifest Drawing Center is excited to announce three two-day workshops highlighting the unique benefits and challenges of art with tiny formats or tiny subjects. Each weekend workshop will offer in-depth demonstrations, lively discussions about the history of small-scale art, and plenty of time for students of all ages and skill levels to create their own miniature masterpieces!

Painting the Portrait Miniature:              November 11–12

Photographing the Infinitesimal:            December 9–10

Sculpting, Scaled Down:                         
December 16–17

Schedule: 10am - 2:30pm each day with a 30 minute lunch break
The workshops are not sequential. Take one or take them all!


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: The Wednesday before the workshop begins, unless otherwise noted

$80 per workshop, $200 for all three

Class Enrollment Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 12

Level of Study: These workshops are open to beginning through advanced artists.

Materials: Necessary materials will vary from workshop to workshop. The appropriate materials list will be distributed upon registration.

For more details, contact Manifest Drawing Center coordinator Adam Mysock at:



Painting the Portrait Miniature
taught by Adam Mysock

November 11–12
10am - 2:30pm each day with a 30 minute lunch break

Using acrylic paint on specially prepared panels, painter Adam Mysock will usher participants through the creation of eye-miniatures – minute paintings depicting the eye or eyes of a spouse, loved one, self, or child.  Mysock will cover a variety of topics – including color theory, facial anatomy, and mark-making – throughout the course of the workshop.  Brushes and panels will be provided free to all students.

Photographing the Infinitesimal
taught by Andrea Vetter

December 9–10
10am - 2:30pm each day with a 30 minute lunch break

Relying on today’s most ubiquitous camera – the cell phone camera, photographer and miniature enthusiast Andrea Vetter will guide participants through challenges specific to macro – or extreme close-up – photography, including decisions related to lighting, depth-of-field, and composition. Classroom demos and discussions will be paired with fieldwork, and students will come away with a finished print of their artwork. 


Sculpting, Scaled Down
taught by Christian Schmit

December 16–17
10am - 2:30pm each day with a 30 minute lunch break

Concentrating on paper sculpting techniques, Christian Schmit will guide participants in this workshop through a series of exercises exploring the properties of paper, template making, X-acto knife cutting and scoring, folding, burnishing and gluing. Students will be guided through the processes of planning, sketching and sculpting their own tiny constructions. Free materials and tools will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring recycled and specialty papers and cardboard.


LOCATION: 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 classroom studios and a darkroom totalling nearly 4000 square-feet. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Studio    |   Studio Calendar    |   Darkroom Calendar

Adam Mysock

Andrea Vetter

Christian Schmit


Adam Mysock

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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