Life Drawing Course List

Originally devised and taught by Heather Spears, an internationally renowned artist, author, poet and tutor, these courses cut through to the essence of drawing the human form. 

Heather Spears has taught both The Creative Eye and Drawing the Head courses in my studio a number of times over recent years and has given me permission to continue her teaching legacy.  My own teaching experience helps bring Heather’s insights, perceptiveness and unique series of exercises and drawing practices to life making them accessible to new students looking to learn and improve their life drawing skills.

Heather Spears’ book The Creative Eye is available to buy on Amazon and she is in the process of writing her second drawing book ‘Drawing the Head’.

Both life drawing courses are fully taught life classes by Brian Raymond and are suitable for beginners to experienced artists.

  • The Creative Eye 

    All working artists struggle to be more creative.  This intensive multi-day course will clearly explain what you’re up against and give you new techniques to draw better, avoid many common drawing errors, and better understand the creative process.  Brian Raymond teaches this fully taught life drawing course with drawing from various life models each day.  Heather Spears is the author of the outstanding book The Creative Eye – which in my experience changed my whole approach to drawing!

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  • Creative life drawing Manchester peer-group

    The group for everyone who loves life drawing.
    Creative Life drawing Manchester is a Manchester based life drawing group. Join if you are looking for a life drawing class that is welcoming, friendly, inclusive and supports everyone in their chosen style of life drawing, mixed media, or painting. Creative Life drawing Manchester is a small peer-supported life drawing group and is a great place to improve and learn from each other, while enjoying the support and encouragement from other group members.

    If you love the challenges and rewards of life drawing then come along and join us.
    Suitable for: Absolute-beginners, Beginners, Improvers, Intermediate, Experienced artists.

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  • Drawing the head

    A chance to focus entirely on drawing the head or portrait. This intensive multi-day course, originally devised by Heather Spears, gives you the opportunity to draw directly from life models of all ages – from young toddlers through to the elderly and ethnically different models. A wonderful experience giving you the chance to study a diverse group of models and learn so much about the differences and similarities of the human head.

    Heather Spears is the author of the outstanding book The Creative Eye – which in my experience changed my whole approach to drawing!

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What can I expect

Structured learning
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.  

Individual attention
Loads of individual 1:1 encouragement to explore, experiment and discover.

Inclusive + personalised learning
A teaching style that focuses on your individual needs and is fully accepting of your individuality.

Creativity and technical skills
Teaching that allows you to learn new technical skills and develop your creativity, and leave inspired to continue to develop your skills further at home.

Welcoming studio
The Gallery Studio is a warm, creative and friendly space offering a relaxed informal, yet focused, teaching style.