Hazel Reeves teaching portrait sculpture


‘We all enjoyed your portrait-head course – thank you so much for being such a patient, kind and inspiring teacher’ – an experienced sculptor

Portrait Head in Clay, Sussex Sculpture Studios, Billingshurst, West Sussex

Summer School: Monday 13 July – Friday 17 July 2020, 10am – 4pm (£365 including clay, model and firing)

Have you ever wanted to capture someone’s face or expression in a sculpture? Working a portrait in clay from a live model is a really rewarding experience.  On the first day you will start by examining the model and exploring the structure of the head, building a small portrait in clay. This learning will then be used to start the development of a life-size portrait on an armature. You will continue to work on this with the model for the next three and a half days. For those less experienced, the final morning will be spent learning how to hollow-out the portrait in readiness for firing. This course will be taught in a way suitable for all levels of experience – from beginners to the advanced. Course maximum: 8.

Sussex Sculpture Studios sussexsculpture@btinternet.com
Mobile: 07765 892864 Landline: 01403 786224

Portrait Sculpture with Hazel Reeves, Phoenix Brighton, East Sussex

Summer school: Monday 27 July – Friday 31 July 2020, 11.30am – 5.30pm

Get ready to become hooked. Sculpting a portrait in clay is a very rewarding experience. This course will explore how to observe heads – how to see their differences and similarities, and in turn learn how to translate this understanding into a sculpture which captures a likeness of the sitter. On the first day we will sculpt rapidly an under-life-size head of the sitter, without measuring. During the next four days we will more systematically build a life-sized clay portrait of our sitter on an armature/bust-peg, then finally prepare it for firing. This concentrated modeling will be interspersed with fun exercises – with clay and without – to help train up the eye and hands. Course fee includes model costs, clay and armature. This course will be taught in a way suitable for those with experience of sculpting in clay and those new to it. Firing is not included. Maximum: 8.

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Expressive clay portrait workshop, Art Academy, London

Summer school: weekend Sat 15 Aug & Sun 16 Aug 2020, 10-4pm each day, £195

This 2-day workshop is an exciting opportunity to work with top portrait artist Hazel Reeves and is for those with a bit more experience with portraiture. It will enable you to focus on getting expression, character, emotion and movement in your sculptures. Using a different model each day, you will have the chance to sculpt in clay a series of smaller heads focusing on ways of bringing the piece to life, using texture, form, tone and the pose/composition. This concentrated modelling will be interspersed with fun exercises – with clay and without – to bring more spontaneity to your work.

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Student mailing list

Join my student mailing list to get advance notice of new courses – email me (hazel [at] hazelreeves.com) to join.

Mentoring and one-to-one tuition

I undertake mentoring for advanced students and other professional sculptors, and also one-to-one tuition in my studio for beginners as well as the more advanced.

If you are interested in attending classes, want me to teach a class or want one-to-one tuition or mentoring, email me hazel [at] hazelreeves.com.


‘Marvellous course, excellent and generous tuition enabled us all to progress and have fun in the process’ – beginner sculptor

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