Drawing from Life

Figure 2 (detail) by John Pratt
Figure 2 (detail) by John Pratt.

Drawing from Life

With John Pratt

10am-12pm Tuesdays

23 February – 30 March 2021

$340 per person

Includes all materials and life models

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 and at the same time experiment across a wide range of materials and approaches. The course is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners.


Workshop Content

Week 1
Exploring the role of gesture: Understanding the figure as a unified whole. Artists – Daumier, Giacometti, Euan Mcleod.

Week 2
The figure and movement: Exploring the process of layering in relation to motion and time. Artists – Kevin Connor, William Kentridge.

Week 3
The figure and architectural space: Examining the relationship between the figure and interior space. Artists – Henry Moore, Robert Boynes, Giacometti.

Week 4
The figure and emotional space: Investigating mark and composition in relation to mood and emotional Space. Artists – Marlene Dumas, Miriam Cahn.

Week 5
The draped figure: Exploring the figure in relation to clothing. Artists – Jim Dine, Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt.

Weeks 6
Fragmentation and detail: Exploring the role of parts of the figure in defining physical and Psychological presence. Artists – John Coplans, Frank Auerbach.


John Pratt

About 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 undergraduate program at the ANU School of Art & Design. Projects involving the human figure in reference to landscape and urban space have been of particular interest and have informed a number of exhibitions.


More info

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