Your tutor, Brian Raymond, will enable you to experience the life drawing insights of the Canadian artist, poet and novelist Heather Spears from her outstanding book The Creative Eye.
The Creative Eye by Heather Spears, published in 2011, brings the understanding of the practice of life drawing and creative vision into the 21st century. The Creative Eye drawing manual continues to develop the Kimon Nicolaides’ approach to life drawing (The natural way to draw, 1941) by contributing valuable insights and unique teaching practices to what is already the benchmark standard for teaching contemporary life drawing.
Why I teach Heather’s book
I was fortunate enough to benefit from Heather’s teaching when I first invited her to teach her book in my Ancoats studio in 2011. Over the following years, Heather taught the course on numerous occasions during which I was fortunate to have experienced her insightful teaching and had the opportunity to get to know her. I am now privileged to be able to pass on her insights and help bring her book to life to students wishing to gain a deeper experience of drawing from life.
Interviews with Heather Spears
This is a fully taught and directed drawing course where students will be drawing directly from a variety of life models. Your tutor, Brian Raymond brings his own experience and knowledge to help bring to life the unique insights from the pages of Heather’s book The Creative Eye.
This intensive life drawing course of 20 learning-hours over 4 days, is fully taught and guided by the tutor. Students will be guided through a series of exercises and creative processes to enable them to understand and fully experience all the techniques and insights that Heather has written about in her book The Creative Eye. Students 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 them 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 so you can understand every aspect of her book.
By the end of the course …
Students’ drawings will benefit from a deeper exploration of the processes of life drawing and gain a deeper understanding of creativity and visual perception. Students come away with a heightened passion and insight for life drawing together with a toolkit of new techniques that help them draw more accurately and avoid many common drawing errors.
Helpful info + Guidance
“Highlights have been discovering my previous errors/habits. Very worth doing for any level or experience.” Dean P
“This is a wonderful course that I felt completely immersed in for the full 4 days. I feel I’ve learned a huge amount (and unlearned lots of old habits!). The course has really helped me look/see in a different way and has completely changed how I will approach life drawing in the future.” Sheila K
“A challenging and intensive course that will change the way you see and interpret your subject. You will approach your work from so many new perspectives over the course.” Angela D
“Educational and enlightening. The highlights of the course were drawing the flow of the body and it’s parts.” John P
“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.” Ruth C
“Be prepared to be stripped back and start from the beginning. Allow yourself to be guided. Enjoy being taken out of your comfort zone, go with the flow! It’s amazing and truly inspiring.” Sarah M