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



Making (and) Meaning

8-Week Course

Instructed by Katie Baker

Saturdays 10am-1pm
January 6 - February 24

Registration Deadline: January 3, 2018


Tuition: $325
Course fee includes FREE access to all Wednesday Open Figure Sessions during the duration of the course.

Class Size:
Minimum: 4
Maximum: 12

Description: Practiced artists, working in any medium, will navigate the often-challenging process of recognizing and polishing the content, or meaning, of their artwork in this interdisciplinary course.

This class will address many of the more complex topics professional artists wrestle with in their studio practice, including:

  • Choosing subject matter/discovering what is truly important
  • Researching personal concepts by seeking peer artists, parallel ideas, and comparable visuals
  • Contemplating effective visual communication strategies
  • Considerations of ambiguity and clarity - How clearly does an artist need to “speak”?
  • Encourage the feedback loop between visual practice and conceptual development
  • Working in a series
  • Critique and analysis - Have the ideas been communicated successfully?
  • Finding an audience
  • “Finishing” a work, or body of work
  • Bringing work out of the studio into the world – What is the best venue for the work? How should the work be prepared for such a venue?
  • Communicating ideas through professional avenues; artist statements, talks, proposals, show statements, etc.


Materials List:

  • Sketchbook - (around 9 x 12")

  • Drawing pad - 11" x 14" to 18" x 24"

  • Graphite Pencils - HB, 2B, 4B

  • At least one ballpoint or felt-tip pen, acid-free ink

  • White plastic eraser

  • Pencil sharpener/X-acto knife

Students will also need to provide media/materials that they will use to pursue their own, individual creative project or series for the class. This will be discussed during the first and second week of the course. Students may need to purchase additional materials if their work calls for it.

Level of Study: This class is suggested for individuals who have experience with their medium beyond the introductory-level. Basic knowledge of drawing materials and techniques is expected.

About the instructor:

Katie Baker is an artist living, and maintaining a studio, in Covington, Kentucky. She received her MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2012, and has since worked with thousands of contemporary works of art by artists from all across the United States and beyond while serving as Exhibition Coordinator at Manifest Gallery. She has instructed courses in drawing, painting, and photography at Northern Kentucky University, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and with the Summerfuel International College Prep Program.

Her artistic practice includes drawing and installation works that examine reality-based narratives and fictions. Baker’s drawings and installations are constructed to enhance, comprehend, or obfuscate reality. Her creativity is influenced by observational drawing practices, magical realism, family/personal/cultural symbols, science fiction & fantasy, and comic books.

She’s a personal fan of birds, bats, and alien conspiracies.


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


Mark Tansey


Vernon Fisher


Katie Baker


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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