Drawing the head

Students at Drawing the head course with Heather Spears

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.  

This is an exciting 3 day course where you will benefit hugely from Heather Spears’ insights and experience as taught by Brian Raymond.

A great opportunity for beginners and experienced artists to immerse themselves in drawing the head.


“This has been an intensive drawing experience.  I have had to learn to trust the process.”
Sandra T

“Never learnt before.  Really established skills on the 4 days.  Learnt so much.  [Heather] is a great teacher and classmates too, 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 at the beginning.”
Helen J



3 Days


Includes most materials

No dates planned

10 – 4pm

Adult Beginner,  Improver, Intermediate


Contact me if interested

Interview with Heather Spears 

Course details

This is an annual opportunity to experience the life drawing insights of Denmark based Canadian artist, poet and novelist Heather Spears. 

I was fortunate enough to benefit from Heather’s teaching when I met her in 2011.  I have since invited her to teach at my studio on numerous occasions over the previous few years. 

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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. Your tutor will be Brian Raymond who brings his own experience and knowledge to help bring to life Heather’s unique insights to drawing the human head.

Your drawings will benefit from a deeper exploration of the processes of life drawing and gain a deeper understanding of creativity and learning how to ‘see’.  You will come away with a heightened passion and insight for drawing the head, with a toolkit of new techniques to help you draw more accurately and avoid many common drawing errors.  

This intensive life drawing course stretches over 15 hours of learning time and is fully taught and guided, with a series of exercises and creative processes to enable you to understand and fully experience the human head in a new light – across ages and cultural heritage.  

Heather encourages her students to stretch and develop their artistic abilities and your tutor Brian will do the same in order for you to understand how to draw the head more sensitively and compassionately. 

Being willing to take risks, rather than being good at drawing, is the important thing.
 Learning that you can make new choices about paying attention.


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.

 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. 

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” …learning about the psychology of seeing really helped.  I’ve realised I can actually draw! I’ve found it’s helped the way I look at people’s faces … which has helped me as a make up artist.”
Bethany P

“Great to go back to basics and learn how I should be doing it.”
Helen P

Choosing the right course

Courses are grouped into 4 strands, each with a different focus. 
Create your own patchwork of courses depending on your interest and availability. 
There is no specific starting point.


Fundamental building blocks applicable to all art styles


Materials + techniques to fall in love with


Stand out – learn to develop a strong artistic voice.


Ongoing development away from formal courses


  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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