‘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 and Expression: Sculpture Master Class, Morley College, London
18-21 April 2017, Tuesday to Friday, 11-5pm, £200 (concessions available)
Are your portraits feeling staid? Do you want to learn techniques to capture more character and expression? This four-day course starts with a series of quicker portraits of one model (first day), culminating in one longer portrait of a different model, which 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 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.
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.
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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.
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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