IGNITE: Makers

IGNITE: Makers

IGNITE: Makers is part of a suite of accessible arts learning and development opportunities for people with lived experience of disability, mental health issues, the d/Deaf and HOH (Hard of Hearing) who experience barriers to formal training. IGNITE: Makers provides practical hands-on visual art learning experiences and is led by professional artists and tutors in a supportive and accessible environment.

IGNITE: Makers aims to assist participants to develop their full artistic potential in their own way and time. Participants engage in hands-on making projects to gain or strengthen their knowledge of specific art-making skills and techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture. Learners are immersed in an environment of art language and concepts, enabling them to develop the vocabulary to understand and describe their art processes, analyse their work and explain their ideas in a professional arts context. Outcomes typically include creating work for exhibition, engendering a sense of achievement and assisting participants to see themselves as creative artists.

IGNITE: Makers - Urban Sketching with John Pratt

Urban Sketching
With John  Pratt

Thursday > 11am – 2pm

21 February – 28 March 2019

During each workshop, participants will sketch the Belconnen Arts Centre building and surrounds as the construction of Stage 2 transforms the centre. The group will also discuss the day’s progress; participants will use visual diaries to record observations, make notes and develop images and concepts. These concepts will be realised in several large-scale works on full imperial-sized watercolour paper. This program will include components of presentation and critique to encourage the development of art language and visual analysis, as well as providing artists with feedback on their concepts and progress. It also aims to foster mutual support within the group.

Participants will need to bring their own packed lunch, drinking water and sun protection. On days of inclement weather, sessions will be held in BAC’s Creative Workshops.

About 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 organised and delivered art courses in a wide variety of contexts including at the ANU School of Art & Design, National Gallery of Australia and creative programs for young people at primary and secondary levels. Projects involving architecture and public space have been of particular interest to Pratt and have informed a number of his exhibitions including Street (2017) and Reading the Space (2016).

Content >

Week 1 (21 Feb)
Observation and documentation: Development of on-site research drawings through the use of visual diaries.

Week 2 (28 Feb)
Material investigation: The role of the ‘mark’ and a range of drawing materials in expressing the structure and physical presence of architectural space.

Week 3 (7 Mar)
Architecture as psychological space: The role of perspective, viewpoint and distortion in conveying ‘felt space’.

Week 4 (14 Mar)
Architecture as a vehicle for the emotions: The role of colour, mark and composition in defining an emotive space.

Week 5 (21 Mar)
Reconfiguring architectural space: The role of collage in reimagining constructed space.

Week 6 (28 Mar)
A culminating perspective: Development of large scale work incorporating ideas and interpretations researched in visual diaries.

Cost >


All materials will be provided.

Enrolment >

If you have not previously attended any IGNITE programs, please register using the Expression of Interest form below, or contact IGNITE Project Coordinator, Penny Pollard. Penny is Deaf, so get in touch via email on ignite@belconnenartscentre.com.au or text on 0406 921 304.

Name * Phone number * Email * Age 18-2425-3435-4445-5455-6465+

Do you identify as having lived experience of disability? *
In order for us to make the program as inclusive as possible, please provide details of any accessibility requirements you may have.
Will you have a carer attend IGNITE activities with you?
Name of carer Carer organisation (if applicable) Carer phone number Carer email

Do you identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander?

AboriginalTorres Strait IslanderBothNeither

How did you hear about IGNITE: Alternative Arts Academy?

More info >

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