This course provides a sound foundation to drawing the head, shoulders and features of the face, with a focus on making practical 15-20 minute long studies of the head in different orientations to establish a consistent, constructed approach to drawing the portrait from life.
The course will begin with an introduction to drawing the head and shoulders, with accompanying demonstrations from the tutor and practical exercises to aid observation and construction of the portrait. Throughout the course, you will explore focused approaches to drawing individual features of the face as well as hair, clothing and accessories. At the end of the course, you will be encouraged to put all lessons learnt over the weekend into practice, drawing a series of guided portraits from the model with a focus on capturing likeness and expression.
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.