The Figure in Context

John Pratt, Playground 5, Detail

Playground (detail) by John Pratt

The Figure in Context: The Human Form in Relation to Landscape and Architecture
With John Pratt

Wednesday, 6pm – 8:30pm

26 February – 1 April 2020

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 particularly in relation to architectural space and elements of landscape. At the same time, each drawing session will 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

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 Space. He has organized and delivered art courses in a wide variety of contexts from Summer Schools to the ANU, School of Art. 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

Exploring the role of gesture: understanding the figure as a unified whole. Artists: Daumier, Giacometti, Euan Macleod.

Week 2

The transient figure: exploring the figure in relation to elements of public space such as the ‘street’.  Artists: Kevin Connor, William Kentridge.

Week 3

The figure and architectural space: examining the relationship between the figure and interior space. Artists: Henry Moore, Giacometti, Robert Boynes.

Week 4

The figure and landscape: investigating mark and composition in relation to the figure and landscape. Artists: Marlene Dumas, Miriam Cahn.

Week 5

The figure as metaphor: exploring the figure in relation to detailed elements appropriated from the landscape.

Week 6

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. This cost includes a life model.

What to bring

Participants are encouraged to bring their own visual diary or sketchbook.


Please note, enrolment closes one week prior to the first workshop.

  • Refunds are available if requested at least one week (7 days) prior to the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Refunds requested within one week (7 days) of the commencement of the workshop(s) are only available in exceptional circumstances and must be supported by documentation (i.e. medical certificate).
  • No refunds will be given after the commencement of the workshop(s).
  • Partial refunds are not available if you are unable to attend individual workshops that are part of a workshop series.

More info

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