The Creative Eye

All working artists struggle to be more creative.  This course will clearly explain what you’re up against.  Through a series of working exercises that reveal what is going on during the act of drawing.  The course offers 3 days of drawing from a life model and offers practical solutions that will help any artist draw better as well as overcome creative blocks, bad drawing habits and common preconceptions.

Suitable for all abilities.  Everyone is welcome.
3 day course | inclusive of Sat + Sun

The Creative Eye with Heather Spears

Key Information

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Days: tbc
10 – 4pm


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  • 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

    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

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  • “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 Day Course: 10 – 4pm each day
    Tutor: Heather Spears

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced, adults

    Group Size
    Min 6 – Max 10

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

  • The following are included as part of the course fee.

    • Charcoal (compressed and willow)
    • Chalk pastels
    • Conte
    • Newsprint drawing paper


    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.

Course structure

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 creativity, the drawing process.  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.  

 Choose this course if you want to stoke your passion for drawing, particularly life drawing, and want to learn from a unique and gifted artist, tutor and author of The Creative Eye.

Course structure

This 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 all the techniques and insights that Heather teaches.  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.

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

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.


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

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  1. Kathleen Brady
    29 March 2016 @ 5:37 am

    I would like to book a place on the next Creative Eye course.
    Can you send me details please?
    Thank you.
    Kath Brady


    • artfulantics
      29 March 2016 @ 7:46 pm

      HI Kathleen
      The artist and author Heather Spears comes over from Denmark to teach this course. At the moment we have not set dates for the next course, but I hope it will be in the autumn. Dates will be posted as soon as we have settled on a date. If you would like to attend peer-led life drawing sessions I run these in my studio on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday each month – you’ll see details on my website about these sessions. I hope this helps. Best regards, Brian.


  2. Heather Spears
    12 February 2015 @ 11:49 pm

    Looking forward to returning to Manchester in the spring. I am immersed in writing about drawing and it will be great to be acually drawing with students, getting into the process again. The location is special and inspiring, and the courses so well organized, Brian, it will be a wonderful experience as always. Hope there will be a course of drawing the human head too.


    • artfulantics
      13 February 2015 @ 6:50 pm

      Hi Heather
      Good to hear from you. So pleased you’re looking forward to teaching in Manchester. It will be a pleasure to have you stay once again. I’ll be drawing with your students as well – I find there’s always something new to pick up and learn from your teaching – even after doing the course a few times. Thank you once again.


  3. Heather Spears
    5 September 2014 @ 7:50 am

    great website Brian!


    • artfulantics
      10 September 2014 @ 5:48 pm

      Thanks Heather.
      So glad you like the site. I’m looking forward to hosting you next year when you come over to teach this course. Perhaps ‘Drawing the Head’ as well.


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