Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Modern Classic - Steve Harper Interview

Thu 24th March 2016

In late 2015 Keith Adams of Modern Classic interviewed Steve Harper in his Studio about this past...

Learn to design with the professionals

A range of short design courses suited for enthusiasts and budding designers of all ages.

Based in the stunning English Riviera, our range of courses offer both the combination of a holiday setting and Design Studio tuition by top class professionals.

Courses from March 2011

All Courses include light lunches and run from 10am to 5pm.

Due to regular request, we are now revising the availability of the new improved ‘One on One’ Course dates, to suit your own diary and availability. For instance the '2 day – Introduction to Design Sketching' can now be offered during consecutive week days, as well as over weekends.

Also the 4 week Courses may be split into 2 x 2 week blocks, to allow the student some personal development time between sessions, in order to maximise their own learning process, or meet existing work / holiday restrictions.

2 Day course

Title Code Days Dates
Introduction to Design Sketching WEC-DS - 2011 2 Can be tailored to suit your own availability

2 Week courses

Title Code Days Dates
Introduction to Clay Modeling TWC-IC - 2011 10 Can be tailored to suit your own availability
Introduction to Design TWC-ID - 2011 10 Can be tailored to suit your own availability

4 Week courses

Title Code Days Dates
Clay Modeling Masterclass FWC-CM - 2011 20 Can be tailored to suit your own availability
Design Masterclass FWC-DM - 2011 20 Can be tailored to suit your own availability

We can offer a list of recommended hotels in the area, from small and friendly B&Bs to luxury spa hotels, covering a range of budgets.

For further details, contact Steve Harper 01803 527772 or


Course Recommendations

Freelance Motoring Journalist

“Although I am not a would-be designer, sampling a weekend course as a journalist for Autocar magazine, I was amazed to find that I was able to produce a moderately presentable rendering of a half-reasonable car. Amazed, because I have no drawing skills at all, but SHADO were nevertheless able to dredge something up. Apart from this satisfaction, the course was practical, illuminating and enjoyable too. To anyone with aspirations to design cars, whether as a professional or a happy amateur, I'd recommend it.” December 14, 2010

Richard Bremner, Freelance Motoring Journalist


Design Masterclass

“I found the Design Masterclass both extremely interesting and rewarding, offering a good insight into vehicle design, as well as providing a sound basis to develop my skills further. Steve’s wealth of experience and knowledge both as a designer and teacher meant that I could learn a great deal during the course. I consider it to have been a very good investment and I can thoroughly recommend it to anyone contemplating a career in design.” December 14, 2010

Martin Donovan


The Modern Leonardo Da Vinci

“As an individual with an interest in automobile design, it has been an amazing opportunity to take a design course at SHADO. Located at the seaside Riviera of Paignton with great views, the studio is well furnished with state-of-the-art design facilities and this made the course study a thrill.”

“Steve Harper as a renowned international designer, has a wealth of experience in design techniques and processes and his unique tutoring ability (an all-rounder in art and design who could dubbed in my own words as the "Modern Leonardo Da Vinci"), together with guest automobile design experts and friendly studio staff during this course has permanently transformed my idea development and rendering techniques approach in automobile design. I would strongly recommend a SHADO design course for anyone with an interest in art and design.” December 14, 2010

Michael Kotoh-Mortty