"Last night I completed the final class (of six) tutored by Richard. Richard's approach to this subject is quite unique and moves you away from slavish copying of the model, to having enough understanding of the body in front of you to bring your own creativity and expression to the process. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and a fabulous, generous tutor. The tools I have been given are utterly invaluable to me and will inform my art going forward. I can't recommend these classes strongly enough, especially if you are interested in figurative art."
“Rarely has my progress in figure drawing been so rapid. Richard Smitheman is a master of anatomy and I consider myself very lucky to have found his course. He's taught me more in five sessions than I've learnt on my own in the last five years. The method he uses is sound and enables the artist to bring the figure to life. His advice is constructive, his demonstrations clear and his encouragement is genuine. I would recommend his teaching to anyone with a serious interest in pushing their skills further.”
"The course, and Richard's teaching, has subtly changed how I see. Every session had quietly revelatory moments in them. I am amazed I got this far down the life drawing path without knowing some of this stuff. 100% recommend."
"I have been life drawing regularly for over 20 years and in that time only had one brief period of instruction when I took evening classes at a local art school. Richard's teaching and the system of drawing he practices has been a revelation me. In the space of just two months my drawing has become more assured and more interesting to look at. I am now beginning to draw the figure based not just on what I see in front of me, but on what I know to be there inside the body and what will be pleasing to the viewer. I am also learning to use initial "gestures" to get my drawings to tell a "story" - two concepts that were completely new to me, but which have improved my output hugely.
As well as being a practitioner of the highest order, Richard is also a true evangelist for his system of drawing. His enthusiasm is apparent at every interaction; he really wants your drawings to be as good as you want them to be - if not better - and knows exactly how to tease the necessary improvement out of you. No matter what level you are currently drawing at you cannot fail to improve under Richard's tutelage.
I have really loved the course and will be signing up to future courses.”
“I am enjoying the classes immensely. The quality of models has been very high. The system you have taught has simplified the complex matter of figure drawing greatly, enabling me to see the wood from the trees! That's not to say that the course isn't challenging; concentration level is at 100% for the full three hours (time which passes far too quickly!). As a welcome bonus, your method has made me loosen my style which is something I hope to carry into other art projects. Thanks for sharing your skills Richard.”
"Would just like to express my appreciation of your recently completed 10 week course at Frogmore Mill that I attended. I learnt more on that course than I have in all the life drawing classes I have attended in the past 3 years. You have given me a logical framework to use in my future attempts to draw the human form."
"The past couple of days surpassed my hopes and were not only thoroughly enjoyable, but the mix of information, demonstration and challenges were both well considered and engaging. I have learnt and developed far more than I thought possible in a short space of time and taken with me much food for thought, elements to practice and an interest in areas of knowledge in which I have suddenly discovered I have very sparse knowledge.
I will be back..."