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

Six Saturdays: Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24, Dec 1, 10-4pm, £426 (includes 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 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.

Book through the Sussex Sculpture Studios sussexsculpture@btinternet.com

mobile: 07765 892864
landline: 01403 786224

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

Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019, 10–4pm, £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? Want a challenge? If yes, this two-day workshop is for you. Using a different model each day you will have the chance to sculpt in clay a series of smaller heads. This concentrated modelling will be interspersed with fun exercises – with clay and without – to help your modeling become more expressive. 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.

Sussex Sculpture Studios sussexsculpture@btinternet.com 

Mobile: 07765 892864
Landline: 01403 786224

Portrait Head and Expression: Sculpture Master Class, Morley College, London

Easter School: Monday April 15 – Thursday April 18 2019, 11-5pm, £230 (senior fee £205, concession fee £185)

Are your portraits feeling staid? Do you want to learn techniques to capture more character and expression? This four-day course combines a study of one long life-size head pose across the four days, with smaller, quicker expressive portrait exercises. The life-size piece will be hollowed-out ready for firing on the final day. Learn and develop observation skills, clay modelling, hollowing techniques for firing and individual approach focusing on achieving expression in a portrait head in clay. All levels, including beginners. Basic materials included, but extra charge for materials used over £8 materials’ fee.

For further details and to book, see the Morley College website.

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

12-16 August 2019, 10-5pm,  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. Booking details to follow.

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One-to-one portrait sculpture tuition

I sometimes 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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