This weekend workshop will begin with an introduction to the observational aspects of drawing with a series of exercises that help you to relax into a focused state of observation.
On the morning of the first day you will look at approaches to drawing the head with a demonstration from the tutor and explore the practical challenges of working from a mirror, making a series of short, guided studies of your own face. In the afternoon we will look at the visual history of self portait drawing, exploring the introspective aspect of making a study of your own face and how we can tell a story about our identities through the inclusion of objects and personal symbolism. On the second day we will settle into a longer self portait, developed from short compositional studies where the tutor will help you to develop a long, more substantial study as a culmination of the weekends reflections.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Jake Spicer is a painter, Head Tutor of Brighton drawing school 'Draw' and co-director of the award-winning Drawing Circus. He has written a series of popular instructional drawing books and has a monthly column in Artists & Illustrators Magazine. Jake also teaches periodically at The National Portrait Gallery, Camden Arts Centre and Brighton University and studied at UCA Farnham, learning to draw under John T. Freeman.