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

Five Saturdays in November 2019, (2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Nov) 10am – 4pm (£370 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

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

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 March 2020, 10–4pm, £170 (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: Tuesday April 14 – Friday April 17 2020, 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.

Future courses

In 2020 there will be a summer school at the Sussex Sculpture Studios, the Art Academy and Phoenix Brighton. Dates will be confirmed here (or join my email list).

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 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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