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Drawing The Human Form with Jake Spicer

Jake hard at work!

Duration: 2 days

Price: £180

Book with: James Ort
at The Phoenix Studio

The Phoenix Studio
Chinnor Rd
Towersey, Near Thame

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About the Course

Immense satisfaction, joy and fulfilment can come from drawing. Even if it isn’t your artistic medium of choice, the act of regularly putting pencil to paper can enhance many aspects of your creative pursuits. And yet, many people don’t draw because self-doubt tells them they can’t. This is such a waste!
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Jake Spicer to the studio for a weekend dedicated to drawing the human form. So come, be taken under the wing of one of the UK’s most accomplished drawing tutors.
Whether you’re complete novice or an experienced artist, we guarantee that you will not only leave feeling inspired but also with the confidence to take your newfound skills further.

With an emphasis on enhancing your observational skills, Jake will guide you in capturing the human form on paper. Through studying a life model you will explore depicting contours, shapes, tones and form through a series of demonstrations and exercises, plus one-to-one tuition from Jake. As you progress through the weekend, your efforts will focus on drawing specific parts of the body, as well as getting them proportionally correct.

So whether you’re complete novice or an experienced artist, we guarantee that you will not only leave feeling inspired but also with the confidence to take your newfound skills further.

Suitable for?

Anyone, regardless of experience – we generally advise 14 years old+ though. Please note that the life model will be undressed throughout the class.

About the Tutor

The leader of the Drawing Circus, Jake is passionate about drawing and is equally passionate about teaching.

He’s a busy man – teaching multiple classes around the country – in Brighton, at West Dean College, touring with the Circus, The Camden Arts Centre and The National Portrait Gallery.

He write books about drawing, has a monthly column for Artist & Illustrators magazine and gives lectures and classes on the applications of drawing as a tool for understanding, communication, artmaking and as a vehicle for social good. He is also undertaking a long term study into the fundamental processes of drawing and also paints when he can.

In the past he has worked with the BBC, ITV, Brighton University, The Big Draw, The Old Market Theatre, Creative Futures, Playgroup Festival, Brighton and Hove Museums & RAM, among others.

PLEASE NOTE - Jake is returning to the Phoenix Studio for the Drawing Circus event in the summer and is teaching a Portrait Drawing Weekend on September 14/15.

Need accommodation?

If you are travelling from further afield and would like to stay in the area for your visit then have a look at our recommended list of local B&B's, AirBnB's and hotels. There is a list on the Phoenix Studio website. If anyone has a campervan then you are more than welcome to 'camp' in our car park too!

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

A series of structured demonstrations and exercises
Working from a life model who will pose for varying lengths of time
Relaxed & attentive one-to-one guidance for every student

Two full days’ teaching (10am-4pm)
A professional life model
Tea, coffee, biscuits/cake
Drawing materials: A2 & A3 cartridge paper, Charcoal, Pencils, Graphite sticks & Erasers
Use of a beautiful purpose-built art studio with all the equipment & materials you will need
Beautiful countryside setting
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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Accommodation offered
  • Disabled access
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly

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