The Creative Eye Life drawing
Intensive 4-day taught course
The Creative Eye: All working artists struggle to be more creative. This life drawing course will clearly explain what you’re up against. Through a series of practical exercises that reveal what is going on during the act of drawing it brings to life the unique teachings of Heather Spears from her book The Creative Eye.
The course offers 4 days of drawing from a life model and offers practical solutions that will help every artist draw better as well as overcome creative blocks, bad drawing habits and common preconceptions. The teaching style continues in the tradition of contemporary observational life drawing.
A great opportunity for beginners and experienced artists to immerse themselves in life drawing and creativity.
“Just do it! Intensive, exhausting, cathartic. Lots of new concepts to explore in a supportive environment. Non judgemental approach. First attempts at life drawing, really enjoyed it.”
“Highlights have been discovering my previous errors/habits. Very worth doing for any level or experience.”
“Educational and enlightening. The highlights of the course were drawing the flow of the body and it’s parts.”
“A challenging and intensive course that will change the way you see and interpret your subject.”
Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun
Includes most materials
July 23 – 26
10 – 4pm
Adult Beginner, Improver, Intermediate, Experienced
7 places remaining
Booking closes 20th June
Interview with Heather Spears
Your tutor, Brian Raymond, will enable you to experience the life drawing insights of Denmark based Canadian artist, poet and novelist Heather Spears from her outstanding book The Creative Eye. Read my review of Heather’s book.
The Creative Eye is a welcome addition in the tradition of Kimon Nicolaides’ original 1941 masterpiece The natural way to draw, and brings the understanding of life drawing into the 21st century. 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 the unique insights from the pages of Heather’s book The Creative Eye.
Your drawings will benefit from a deeper exploration of the processes of life drawing and gain a deeper understanding of creativity and visual perception. You will come away with a heightened passion and insight for life drawing 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 20 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 all the techniques and insights that Heather has written about in her book The Creative Eye. You will gain a deeper understanding of the creative process, insights into why artists struggle with drawing from the model and learn a wide variety of techniques and skills to enable you to draw more accurately and avoid many common drawing errors.
Through her writing, 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 every aspect of her book.
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
Carefully structured teaching that will lead you step by step, giving you the confidence to try new things.
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.
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 revive your passion for life drawing and learn about Heather Spears’ approach that will change your attitude to life drawing for ever.
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“If you feel you have drawing habits you want to be free of – then this course is for you.”
“Thorough explanations and directed experiences throughout – all great. Fantastic.”
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.