Drawing the head

A chance to focus entirely on drawing the head.  This intensive evening course gives you the opportunity to draw directly from life models of all ages – from young toddlers through to the elderly and ethnically different models.  This variety of models gives you the opportunity to learn how the head changes as it ages, and features and structure varies between cultures.  

Giacometti said, ‘The Human head is stranger, and more mysterious, than the head of a wolf.’  This is an exciting course where you will benefit hugely from Heather Spears’ insightful and experienced teaching.

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
3 eve classes | Tues, Wed, Thurs

Drawing the Head with Heather Spears

Key Information



Tutor: tbc
Eves: Tues, Wed, Thurs
Times: 6.30 – 9pm



Places available
  • My courses are suitable for everyone.  But why?

    Mixed ability classes are dynamic and offer increased learning opportunities.
    Beginners are inspired by working alongside more experienced learners.
    Experienced learners build self confidence by sharing their knowledge and skills.

    Streamed classes can put a ‘glass ceiling’ on your learning and limit your progression.
    Adult learners bring a life time of skills and experience to the class.  This can’t be streamed.
    I believe in leaving the opportunity open for unexpected leaps of learning and creativity that can propel students beyond the narrow definitions of ‘beginner, intermediate or advanced’.

     This is why – We draw. We learn.  Have fun – together.

  • Essential items to bring
    Pencil: 4B, 6B, 8B or 9B
    Kneadable ‘putty’ rubber
    Drawing paper:
         Winsor & Newton, Medium Surface Cartridge Pad – A2, 220gsm   or
         Daler Rowney Fine Grain – heavy weight drawing pad – A2, 200gsm

    Optional items to bring
    Baby wipes (hand cleansing tissues)
    Rag (old cloth) for smudging charcoal or paint when drawing
    Wear old clothes or bring an apron
    Pen and notebook for taking notes during the course


  • “Educational & enlightening.”
    John P

    “Never learnt before!  Really established skills on the four days.  Learnt so much.  Great teacher and classmates.  Wonderful experience.”
    Greg C

    “Challenging – I’ve not done an intensive course like this before and did not know what to expect.  It was a great experience – I enjoyed the variety of models and methods.  It was good to have some guidance and ‘re-think’ how to do things starting from the beginning.”
    Helen J

    “Very worth doing for any level/experience.”
    Dean P

    “If you have any [bad] drawing habits you want to be free of – then this course is for you.”
    Marjan W

  • 3 evening Course: 6.30 – 9pm each day
    Tutor: Heather Spears

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 12

    Course includes tea, coffee & biscuits. Please provide your own lunch on full day courses and workshops.


    The following items are provided
    Drawing boards
    Charcoal (willow & compressed)
    Chalk  pastels
    Masking tape
    Bulldog clips
    Newsprint paper
    Other materials & equipment as well

  • Heather Spears is a Canadian writer and artist. She was educated at the University of British Columbia, The Vancouver School of Art and the University of Copenhagen. She is divorced and has 4 children. Heather has lived in Denmark since 1962. She has held over 75 solo exhibitions and published 11 collections of poetry and 4 novels. The Creative Eye (illustrated edition 2012), is the first of a series on visual perception. 
    Click here to visit Heather’s website and read her full biography.

What can I expect

This is a unique opportunity to experience the teaching of Denmark based Canadian artist, poet and novelist Heather Spears.  She is a renowned drawing instructor and regularly teaches in Canada and the USA.  I was fortunate enough to benefit from her teaching when I met her in 2011.  I have since invited her to teach in Manchester on numerous occasions. 

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This is a fully taught and directed drawing course where you will be drawing directly from a variety of life models. Heather has a unique insight and her knowledge and teaching skills will be of huge benefit to your drawing and understanding of the human head.  

 Choose this course if you want to concentrate on drawing the head, with fully taught and guided teaching to help you improve your drawing skills and knowledge. 

Course structure

This course stretches over 7.5 hours of learning time (over 3 evenings) and you will be drawing from a life model the entire time. Heather directs her students through a variety of exercises to enable them to construct the head, understand form, proportion and structure, achieve depth, facial detail, subtlety and expression.

Heather encourages her students to stretch and develop their artistic abilities. Her enthusiasm is infectious and many students return to take other courses with her.  She is a thoroughly kind, knowledgeable and inspirational instructor.  

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  1. Louise Allen
    8 January 2018 @ 4:10 pm


    I’m really interested in this course! Is I still running?


    • artfulantics
      8 January 2018 @ 8:15 pm

      Hi Louise

      Many thanks for contacting me. At the moment Heather has no plans to come over to Manchester to teach this course. I keep trying to persuade her to travel over again but she is very busy with her writing and poetry at the present time.

      I can only suggest you sign up for my newsletter (I only send out about 6 per year so your inbox won’t get inundated) and if the course runs again you will find out.

      There is a sign up form lower down the front page of my website. Click here.

      I hope this helps.
      Best regards


  2. Heather Spears
    13 February 2015 @ 6:24 pm

    Excited to be teaching The Human Head drawing course in Manchester again. The head is a mystery and if you can approach it as a mystery you might learn how to draw it. Lots of different models. What is a face an why is the face the most significant object of all? What is our brain up to when we look at a face? Come on an adventure.


    • artfulantics
      13 February 2015 @ 6:53 pm

      Hi Heather
      I looked back over my drawing from the last time you did this course and was so pleased with what I had achieved that weekend. Drawing from so many contrasting models actually helped me ‘see’ and understand the human head that much more and I think resulted in better drawings than usual. As always I’m grateful for your teaching and your time, effort and willingness in coming all this way to teach in Manchester.


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