Portrait Drawing: Shape & Structure with Jake Spicer, 9th-10th May

Portrait Drawing: Shape & Structure with Jake Spicer, 9th-10th May

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 a weekend 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 a model and explore a practical method of sketching the head from any angle. As you progress through the weekend, 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.

COURSE DETAILS

DAY 1:

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.

DAY 2: 

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 weekend course includes:

  • A series of structured demonstrations and exercises
  • Working from a life model who will pose for varying lengths of time
  • Relaxed & attentive one-to-one guidance for every student

Suitable for?

Anyone, regardless of experience – we generally advise 14 years old+ though. Please note that the life model will be undressed throughout the class.

What is included in the price?

  • Two full days’ teaching (10am-4pm)
  • A professional life model
  • Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake
  • 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
  • Course notes and handouts

This course is for you if:

  • 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 love creativity

Beyond the course

After the weekend you will be armed with many new skills to incorporate into your own art.

There are opportunities for you to continue to explore these at the Phoenix Studio (at The Drawing Circus weekend, our monthly life drawing classes and our other courses). We can also point you in the direction of other classes and venues local to you.

Jake has  also written a number of excellent, accessible books about drawing if you wish to study his teachings further, signed copies will be available to buy from Jake during the weekend.

Need accommodation?

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.

£190 for the whole weekend, including tuition, life model, materials, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).

ABOUT THE TUTOR

Jake Spicer

The leader of the Drawing Circus, Jake is passionate about drawing and is equally passionate about teaching.

He’s a busy man – teaching multiple classes around the country – in Brighton, at West Dean College, touring with the Circus, The Camden Arts Centre and The National Portrait Gallery.

He write 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, Playgroup Festival, Brighton and Hove Museums & RAM, 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.

Pam Esseen

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.

Anon

£190 for the whole weekend, including tuition, life model, materials, tea, coffee, cake and biscuits

BOOK NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE ON WHAT WILL UNDOUBTEDLY BE A POPULAR COURSE.

Complete the booking form (top right of your screen, or scroll down if you’re on a mobile).


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