Charcoal: An Expressive Medium

Charcoal: An Expressive Medium with John Pratt

Charcoal: An Expressive Medium
With John Pratt

Wednesday > 2-4pm
Thursday > 6-8pm

22 May – 27 June 2019

Charcoal as a drawing material has been central to visual arts practice from the Palaeolithic era to the contemporary 21st century. As a graphic implement, it has an immediacy and an expressive graphic presence – it is rich and versatile in both its tonal and linear capacity. These qualities will be explored across a series of workshops which will focus on the classic genres of still life, interiors, landscape and self-portraiture.

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John Pratt

John Pratt is a practising graphic artist with widespread experience across a range of media including drawing, collage, printmaking and event projection in public space. He has organized and delivered art courses in a wide variety of contexts including the ANU School of Art and Design, National Gallery of Australia Life Drawing programs, creative programs for young people at primary, secondary and college level, as well as Painting with Parkinsons. Projects involving architecture and public space have been of particular interest and have informed a number of exhibitions including Street (2017), Reading the Space (2016) and public art events including Domain and 24/7.

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Week 1 (22 or 23 May)
A series of investigations of still life arrangements, looking particularly at the role of gesture, erasure and layering. Artists explored include Giorgio Morandi, Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff.

Week 2 (29 or 30 May)
Interpretations of architectural space focusing in particular on interiors and public space. Charcoal’s capacity to encapsulate different spatial interpretations, mood and presence will be central to this investigation. Artists: Edward Hopper and Jan Senbergs.

Week 3 (5 or 6 June)
Experiment with the rich tonal and graphic qualities of charcoal in relation to landscape and the local urban precinct. Artists: Odilon Redon and Leon Kossoff.

Week 4 (12 or 13 June)
Investigate charcoal’s capacity for diverse mark-making and notation as a means for expressive interpretation and abstract experimentation. Artists: Cy Twombly, Robert Morris and Mike Parr.

Weeks 5 and 6 (19/20 June, 26/27 June)
On the basis of the archive of drawings developed in the first part of the course, participants will explore a series of self portraits connecting their sense of identity with one of the areas of inquiry or genres focused on in the first 4 weeks i.e. their surrounding landscape, domestic interior, a still life, a text or an abstract field of notation.

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All materials will be provided.

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Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.