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.

Describe your approach to teaching:

I believe that drawing is a visual language with which we can articulate our ideas and observations. I aim to teach core skills, helping students to draw more competently and confidently.

What inspires your own work?

I am inspired by my interactions with people, by the stories we tell one another and by a curiosity about the world.

Help preserve our future

West Dean College and Gardens are part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

Find out how you can help support us