Life drawing with Jake Spicer

Ref: SWE10267

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About this course

With a mixture of quick and longer poses, make studies from the model exploring form, composition, line and tone.

Course Description

This course will help you develop the fundamental skills of observation and mark-making that life drawing demands. If you have never explored life drawing before, it will be an opportunity to build a solid foundation on which to develop, and for those with more experience, it will be an excellent chance to revisit core principles and receive one-to-one input on developing your personal practice.

Through a mixture of demonstration, structured exercises and one-to-one feedback, you will first explore the visual dimensions of drawing through exercises in line and tone, followed by an energetic exploration of form and gesture, working from short and medium length poses. On the final day, you will be introduced to practical techniques for working through a longer pose, using an understanding of basic anatomy to help you proportion the figure and compose your drawing effectively.

By the end of the course, you will have a better understanding of the core skills that go into the practice of life drawing, providing you with a foundation on which to develop your figure drawing practice. You will also leave with a better understanding of how to use your materials, having established a sound process for drawing short, medium and long poses from life.


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


Life model fees are included in the course fee. The cost of providing charcoal, paper, a 3B pencil, masking tape and paper for the first evening session.

What students need to bring

Prang charcoal pencil recommended, plus any items you have from the available to buy from the College Shop list.

Available to buy

Available from shop:
A mixture of A1, A2 and A3 cartridge paper 
Willow charcoal 
Charcoal pencil
2B and 6B pencils
Plastic eraser
Black ballpoint pens
A portfolio, plastic folder or art tube for transporting work at the end of the course


Jake Spicer

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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