Exploratory Drawing

Tree Study I by John Pratt
Tree Study I by John Pratt.

Exploratory Drawing

With John Pratt

6-8:30pm Wednesdays

16 February – 23 March 2022

$365 per person

Includes all materials.

We are committed to your safety. Workshops at Belco Arts are well ventilated and have a maximum capacity of 13 people, including the tutor. Individual workspaces are socially distanced, with masks and hand sanitiser readily available. We encourage workshop participants to be fully vaccinated, including booster vaccinations where possible, and highly recommend the use of masks when in workshops (even if not required by ACT health directives). If you have any concerns, please get in touch with us.

Uncover the graphic and symbolic significance of the natural world in Exploratory Drawing.

Investigate the extended landscape around Lake Ginninderra and the intimate role played by natural elements in still life, scientific and vanitas imagery.

Artist John Pratt will guide you through observational and expressive approaches to drawing in a range of media, including graphite, ink, charcoal and pastel.

“John is an excellent teacher – very supportive and stimulating.”

“John was very skilled and personable.”

“The way John describes art made me think about the images in new and interesting ways.”

– previous workshop participants

Workshop Content

Week 1
Landscape and light: The ambient presence of light particularly at dusk and how this defines/reveals the landscape and elements within it. Artists – Seurat, Lloyd Rees, Turner.

Week 2
Terrain: Coding the landscape, experimenting with media and notation in relation to topographical details in the landscape. Artists – Phillip Hunter, GW Bot, Paul Noble, Claude Heath.

Week 3
Nature Study: Focus on a more intimate observational account of a range of small natural objects – Durer, J Schmeisser, Franz Marc, Michael Landry.

Week 4
Vanitas: Focusing on the symbolic implications of natural objects and extending this to still life compositions. Artists – Sarah Lucas, Edward Collier.

Week 5
Flora: Exploring the rich and extensive history of botanical imagery. Artists – Georgia O’Keefe, Liz Kruger.

Week 6
The natural world and constructed space: Exploring the juxtaposition of organic and geometric space. Artists – Rachel Whiteread, Kathy Prendergast.

About John Pratt

John Pratt is a graphic artist working across a range of media including printmaking, collage, drawing, artist books and projections in public space. Through a series of exhibitions, he has been exploring the impact of human presence within a range of natural landscapes and constructed environments.

These landscapes or sites have ranged from national parks in the ACT to southern coastal zones, through suburbia to the streetscapes of the CBD. In each case the focus has explored the interchange of our existence and the physical space that surrounds us – we impact on the environment and in turn, we are determined by it. Events over the past few years have rendered this theme particularly pertinent given the profound impact of drought, fire and storm.

More info

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