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 - Small Sculpture with Sian Watson

Small Sculpture
With Sian Watson

Thursday 10:45am-2:15pm

17 October – 21 November 2019

Over six weeks, participants will learn a range of technical and conceptual skills to develop a small figurative sculpture. This work is to be based around the concepts of self-reflection, disability and difference and will be workshopped to sculpturally depict a unique aspect of each participant. Students can select from a range of mixed media to create their works and develop skills in analysing and expressing their creative process.

About Sian Watson

Sian Watson

Sian Watson is a Canberra based artist who incorporates elements of the natural environment, climate change, and human-animal interaction into her work. In 2015, Sian graduated from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Visual Arts Honours (First Class). She was a recipient of many awards as part of the Emerging Artist Support Scheme (EASS), winning the Margaret Munro Mentorship, a public commission with Crafted Development Inc., as well as much of her work being acquired. In 2018, Watson participated in exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra, with her work being represented at Sydney Contemporary and exhibited at Canberra’s Public Art Biennial, Contour 556. Watson recently returned from the USA, where she had work exhibited in Washington DC and Montana, to have a solo show at Tuggeranong Arts Centre.

Learn more on Sian’s website, Instagram and Facebook.

Week 1
• Examples of sculptural figurative works
• Body mapping – one large body map and a collection of smaller sketches of the body or body sections that extrapolate their chosen difference

Week 2
• Participants to learn and explore sculptural techniques of scale, shape, proportion and material choice in the construction of the works
• Talk through each participants ideas and critique as a group
• Commence workshopped sculpture idea

Weeks 3-5
• Participants will continue to develop their sculptural works
• Critique progress at the end of each class

Week 6
• Participants to complete the sculptural works they have been working on over the past few weeks 
• Critique completed works



All materials will be provided.


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@belcoarts.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.