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

Monday 19 June to Friday 23 June 2017, 10am – 4pm, £350 (including materials 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 we 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. We 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.

Book through the Sussex Sculpture Studios sussexsculpture@btinternet.com

Expressive Portrait Head Weekend Workshop, Sussex Sculpture Studios, Billingshurst, West Sussex

Saturday 8 and 9 July 2017, 10am – 4pm, £160 (including materials and firing)

Want to capture more expression and character in your portrait sculptures? Want time to experiment with different poses, textures and techniques? If yes, this two-day course is for you. Using a different model each day you will have the chance to sculpt in clay a series of smaller heads and one larger. At a later stage you can choose to hollow-out and fire these. The course is suited to those with some experience of portrait sculpture. Course maximum: 8.

Portrait Sculpture with Hazel Reeves (Summer), Phoenix Arts, Brighton, East Sussex

31 July-4 August 2017, Monday to Friday, 11.30am – 5.30pm, £330 (includes materials)

Sculpting a portrait in clay can be 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. During the five days a life-sized clay portrait of a live sitter will be built on an armature, then prepared for firing. This concentrated modelling will be interspersed with fun exercises – with clay and without – to help train up the eye and hands. Course fee includes most materials but please bring an A4 sketchpad and drawing implement (pencil, pen etc).  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.

Book through Eventbrite.

Portrait Sculpture Masterclass with Hazel Reeves, The Art Academy, London

14-18 August 2017, Monday to Friday, 10-5pm, £340, Intermediate to Advanced

Portrait sculpture is an immensely absorbing and enjoyable discovery with every new sitter. This course aims to build upon your previous experience [Intermediate/Advanced] to further how to observe and translate your observation into a clay portrait sculpture from a life model. Refresh, renew or find alternative ways of looking through group and individual discussion with your tutor, Hazel Reeves MRBS SWA FRSA. Whether setting out a portrait head from a structural point of view with a clear path of constructive method and/or searching for a more expressive manner of approach, you will benefit from exploring with a professional sculptor to help build upon your own sculptural experience. Hazel will take you through the tried-and-tested method she uses to set up a life-size portrait for a commission. This approach ensures the portrait is structurally-sound before moving-on to working on the detail of features. A likeness will slowly emerge over the five days. Maximum: 13.

Book here.

Student mailing list

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

One-to-one portrait sculpture tuition

I undertake one-to-one tuition in my studio for beginners as well as mentoring for other professional sculptors.

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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