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Facing the Face. Short cuts to Portraiture
Drawing faces Faces are endlessly fascinating. And given a few basics, it’s surprisingly easy to draw them. In this intensive workshop, we will discover the underlying anatomy that we all share as humans. Then we’ll explore the subtle nuances that make each of us so unique. Drawing on the “canons of the face”, Betty Edward’s, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain”, and my own 30 year experience as a portrait painter, we will weave together several very different approaches to drawing and painting the wonderful human face in monochrome. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have a clear understanding of human facial proportions, you’ll have drawn a convincing portrait of a person of your choice, and you’ll have learned a few secrets and tricks of the trade, and have taken the first steps on a path that may become a lifelong obsession. Give it a go! All materials, and teas and coffees provided. All for £20. I would like you to bring a good photocopy of a face you would like to draw, preferably in black and white.

Clarkes of Sussex

11 Bond Street Brighton · East Sussex


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Discover your own artistic voice. Explore your creativity... In central Brighton .

In the friendly and supportive environment of my flat and studio, I teach SMALL (maximum 6 people) groups a variety of painting and drawing workshops and courses.

Some are for everyone, some are for first time beginners, and some are for more advanced and accomplished painters.

I have an MA in drawing, and been teaching (at university level, in further education, and privately), for over 20 years, and I love watching my students bloom.

Especially with beginners, it is so gratifying that there are so many "Aha!" moments. Students are delighted and amazed by what they can create, and have often said, "I can't believe I painted THIS!" (music to a teacher's ears)

I also nurture the growth and development of more experienced painters, helping to release creative blocks, and push painters a bit beyond their comfort zone. I'm also happy to critique work, always trying to help artists be the best of who they are, and not imposing my style.

And my husband is a great cook, and usually makes us lunch!

I like the day-long workshops, because you have time to really learn a new technique and then to get stuck into it and create a beautiful piece.

Each class and workshop is slightly different, so please read the individual descriptions.

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