Drawing from Life
With John Pratt
14 August – 18 September 2019
Figure drawing has a rich and diverse history and has arguably delivered or informed some of the most significant artwork in the Western tradition. The studio sessions in this course will explore a selection of these ideas and at the same time experiment across a wide range of materials and approaches. The course is suitable for all levels of experience, including beginners.
About John Pratt
John Pratt is a practising graphic artist with widespread experience across a range of media including drawing, collage, printmaking and projection in public ppace. He has organised and delivered art courses in a wide variety of contexts from summer schools to the ANU School of Art & Design. Projects involving the human figure in reference to landscape and urban space have been of particular interest and have informed a number of exhibitions.
Week 1 (14 August)
Exploring the role of gesture
Understanding the figure as a unified whole. Artists: Daumier, Giacometti, Euan McLeod.
Week 2 (21 August)
The figure and movement
Exploring the process of layering in relation to motion and time. Artists: Kevin Connor, William Kentridge.
Week 3 (28 August)
The figure and architectural space
Examining the relationship between the figure and interior space. Artists: Henry Moore, Giacometti, Robert Boynes.
Week 4 (4 September)
The figure and emotional space
Investigating mark and composition in relation to emotional space. Artists: Marlene Dumas, Miriam Cahn.
Week 5 (11 September)
The draped figure
Exploring the figure in relation to clothing. Artists: Jim Dine, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt.
Week 6 (18 September)
Fragmentation and detail
Exploring the role of parts of the figure in defining physical and psychological presence. Artists: Jon Coplans, Auerbach.
All materials will be provided. Life model fees are included in the workshop price.
Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.
Please contact Belconnen Arts Centre via email, or phone (02) 6173 3300.
Image in header: Playground 4 by John Pratt.