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3-Day Weekend Workshop

Light & Dimensionality in Watercolor
A 3-day Intensive Workshop with Reuben Negrón

June 21-23, 2024 (Friday - Sunday)

Friday, June 21 - Public Demo, 6-10pm
(The introductory part of the 3-day workshop. Tickets are available separately for the general public here.)

Saturday, June 22 - Workshop, 10am - 5pm*

Sunday, June 23 - Workshop, 10am - 5pm

(1 hour lunch break each day)



Early Registration through May 3: $405 (Student Rate: $345)

Regular Registration through June 21:
$450 (Student Rate: $383)

*student rates offered only with valid academic student i.d. We will contact you to obtain verification in advance of the workshop.


Watercolor is often lauded as either one of the most unforgiving artistic mediums or as a sketching tool only meant for studies. However, contrary to these opinions, watercolor is actually a versatile painting medium capable of intense depth, color, and complexity that can rival the most celebrated oil paintings.

In this three-day workshop, artist Reuben Negrón will demystify watercolors by guiding workshop participants, step-by-step, through his process. From start to finish, Reuben will highlight the importance of beginning with an underpainting, working in layers, and allowing for improvisation. By building a painting from the ground up, the class will learn the value of establishing a strong structural drawing, pushing contrast, and the ever-shifting relationships of color. This workshop will also include lectures and discussions on materials and best practices.

The workshop will begin with an in-person demonstration, followed by two days of painting, guided by personalized instruction and feedback.


A drawing reference will be provided by the artist two weeks prior to the workshop. Students will be expected to translate that reference into a finished line drawing ahead of the workshop. Examples of finished line art will be provided.

Key Workshop Objectives:

• Demystify watercolors by establishing an approachable and repeatable process.

• Develop an understanding of how light and dimensionality can be achieved by way of transparent layers, contrasting values, and color relationships.

• Explore watercolor materials and best practices.

Class Size:
Maximum: 15

Materials List:

(download/print PDF here)


Level of Study: This class is suggested for individuals with some drawing and painting experience. However, knowledge of watercolors is not a requirement.


ARTIST'S DEMONSTRATION (open to the public):
Friday, June 21st, 6-10pm
$30 general public; $20 for current students w/ valid academic I.D.)
(Reserve tickets on Eventbrite here) Tickets are NOT required for workshop participants.

On Friday, June 21, Manifest Drawing Center will welcome artist REUBEN NEGRÓN to our Central Parkway facility, where he will be conducting a 3-hour public demonstration of his watercolor technique and process (includes a 30-minute intermission). Reuben will discuss each phase of his painting process while completing a painting in front of the audience. All attendees will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the development of the artwork. The demo is the introductory part of Reuben's workshop – Light & Dimensionality in Watercolor. Separate tickets are required only for the general public not enrolled in the workshop. The Demo is free for workshop participants.



For those traveling to Cincinnati to attend this visiting artist workshop, there are many exciting or practical options for accommodations. For a special stay within a mile of Manifest's new facility, we would recommend checking with The Clifton House Bed & Breakfast* ( or The Gaslight Bed & Breakfast ( Alternatively, the 21c Museum Hotel is in the heart of downtown just four miles from our location (link). Many other common hotels are within a few miles of our location as well.

*We have confirmed that the Clifton House will honor a special discounted rate for Manifest workshop participants.

LOCATION: Unless otherwise specified, all courses are hosted at Manifest's new facility at 'M1' in Clifton at 3464 Central Parkway (see map and directions below). Manifest's new facility provides multiple studio classrooms, private lesson space, a darkroom, a film processing room, and a multi-purpose lecture and class meeting space as well as on-site parking, grounds, and exterior spaces in which to relax, discuss, and make art. The studios are outfitted with professional equipment, furniture, and study aids.


Map to Manifest's M1 Studios   |   Studio Calendar   |   Darkroom Calendar

Manifest's new home on Central Parkway is a historic 1932 structure ideally suited to the various programs of the Manifest Drawing Center (and future Manifest Gallery). Even now, mostly unchanged from 90 years ago, it serves as a playful collaborator in our educational mission. Students and guests are inspired by both the content of our programs, and the spaces in which they occur. This beast is our gentle dragon.



Paintings by Reuben Negrón


About the instructor:

Reuben Negrón is an American figurative realist best known for his narrative watercolor paintings and charcoal drawings. He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. His work has been shown internationally with recent exhibitions in Paris, Barcelona, Oslo, and New York. In 2023, Reuben’s work was exhibited at the Museu Europeu d’Art Modern (MEAM) in Barcelona, Spain as part of the Figurativas Bienniel. Reuben’s work has been written about in articles by Cultura Inquieta, La Razón, Cultbytes, Hyperallergic, Juxtapoz, Huffington Post, and featured in the pages of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine. Most recently, his work was included in the Lunar Codex, an archive of art, literature, music and the moving image, which touched down on the Moon’s surface in February of 2024.

 Josephine S. Russell
Charitable Trust

Manifest is supported by sustainability funding from the Ohio Arts Council, and through the generous direct contributions of individual supporters and private foundations who care deeply about Manifest's mission for the visual arts.

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