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 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.

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

Saturdays 4, 11, 18, 25 November, & 2 December 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 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

2018 summer schools

Provisional dates are: Morley College (London) 4-day Portrait Masterclass course 3-6 April 2018; Art Academy (London) 4-day Portrait Masterclass, 28-31 August 2018. There will also be more courses at the Sussex Sculpture Studios and Phoenix Brighton.

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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