You look at one every day in the mirror, but how well do you know how to capture a human face on paper?
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jake Spicer to the studio for two days dedicated to drawing portraits! So why not come and be taken under the wing of one of the UK’s most accomplished drawing tutors?
With an emphasis on enhancing your observational skills, Jake will guide you in capturing the human portrait on paper. Through a series of demonstrations, exercises and one-to-one tuition you will study the models and explore a practical method of sketching the head from any angle. As you progress through the course, your efforts will focus on drawing specific parts of the face, exploring the qualities that are required for a convincing likeness.
So whether you’re complete novice or an experienced artist in need of a refresher, we guarantee that you will not only leave feeling inspired but also with the confidence to take your newfound skills further.
Observational skills and capturing a portrait.
Explore the mark-making required to draw a portrait and develop a practical method for sketching the head from any angle.
Proportions and specific features.
Structuring the features of the face, giving attention to the eyes, nose, mouth, ears and hair. Exploring the qualities that are required for a convincing likeness.
This two day course includes:
- A series of structured demonstrations and exercises
- Working from not one but two life models who will pose for varying lengths of time
- Relaxed & attentive one-to-one guidance for every student
Anyone, regardless of experience – we generally advise 14 years old+ though. Please note that the life models will be undressed throughout the class.
What is included in the price?
- Two full days’ teaching (10am-4:30pm)
- Two professional life models
- Tea, coffee, biscuits
- Drawing materials: A2 & A3 cartridge paper, Charcoal, Pencils, Graphite sticks & Erasers
- Use of a beautiful purpose-built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
- Beautiful countryside setting
This course is for you if:
- You want to learn how to capture the human faces on paper or enhance what skills you already have
- You want to draw with more confidence and learn new skills
- You want to get away from it all and immerse yourself in a fun, creative environment
- You want to improve your powers of observation
- You love creativity
Beyond the course
After the two days, you will be armed with many new skills to incorporate into your own art.
There are further opportunities for you to continue to explore these at the Phoenix Studio and we can also point you in the direction of other classes including online sessions (such as the fabulous Draw Brighton Patreon page).
Jake has also written a number of best selling books about drawing if you wish to study his teachings further, signed copies will be available to buy from Jake during the course.
If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&Bs and hotels.
ABOUT THE TUTOR
Co founder of Draw Brighton and the Drawing Circus, Jake is passionate about drawing and is equally passionate about teaching. Well renowed and respected among the wider art community, Jake has written numerous best selling books about drawing, has a monthly column for Artist & Illustrators magazine and gives lectures and classes on the applications of drawing as a tool for understanding, communication, artmaking and as a vehicle for social good. He is also undertaking a long term study into the fundamental processes of drawing and also paints when he can.
In the past he has worked with the BBC, ITV, Brighton University, The Big Draw, The Old Market Theatre, Creative Futures, West Dean, Playgroup Festival, Brighton and Hove Museums & RAM, The Camden Arts Centre, The National Portrait Gallery among others.
You can have a look at his website here.
I’m always so excited about Jake teaching at the studio – he’s an inspiring tutor, his enthusiasm is infectious and his courses are perfect for any aspiring artists!
James Ort – Studio Manager
I’ve been to many portrait courses and this one superseded them all 🙂
Jake was an excellent tutor. The course was well constructed and I picked up lots of useful tips. Our model – Manko – was the best I have worked from. Not only was she beautiful and very interesting to draw – she held poses and returned to poses with great accuracy. I would recommend this course to beginners or more practised artists.
Unbelievable that my first drawing workshop was at this amazingly creative and peaceful centre. And more impressive, I was able to draw many portraits in a relaxed and comfortable way. Jake, the artist, was able to develop and extend my skill with much ease. Manko, the model, was superb with her striking poses which were held still as we drew with the most apt background music. The whole centre operated with much ease, love and creativity. Thank you.