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 - Self-Portrait and the Figure with John Pratt

Self-Portrait and the Figure
With John Pratt

Thursday > 11am – 2pm

9 May – 20 June 2019

Artists will be considering self-portraiture and the figure in Term 2 of IGNITE: Makers. During each workshop, you will develop images and ideas about portraits and the figure. These concepts will be realised in large scale works on full, imperial-sized watercolour paper. This program will include components of presentation and critique to encourage development of art language, and artists will discuss each day’s work. John will provide artists with feedback on their idea development and artwork, with the classes aiming to foster mutual support within the group.

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 (9 May)
Draw a quick self-portrait using a mirror. What features make you instantly recognisable? Draw a self-portrait from a memory. What does this memory tell us about you? Draw a self-portrait as a mythical creature or animal. What are your strength and or weaknesses?

Week 2 (16 May)
Bring a photograph of yourself in a location that is significant to you. Make an interpretative drawing from the photograph, emphasizing the elements that are important to you.

Week 3 (23 May)
Bring a series of objects which have significance for you. Working with collage, highlight the aspects which reflect your personality or traits that you value.

Week 4 (30 May)
Imagine yourself as a natural element – a cloud, a rock, a tree, a flower – then inflect that element with your presence or an emotional state.

Weeks 5-7 (6, 13 and 20 Jun)
Based on the research and work over the first four weeks, make a self-portrait or two, which combine a selection of the interpretations that resonate with you. This may take on a range of compositional formats – diptych, triptych, narrative sequence and/or figurative arrangements.

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.