In this A2A Training session, Bart will introduce pathways to self-train in basic SketchUp (using the large range of online tutorials available) and run through more specific ways in which artists and designers can use the software in developing and planning their site-specific work. This session is designed for artists and designers who want to build their SketchUp skills or for anyone who is looking to gain an insight into what the software can do for your practice.

SketchUp is a free 3D software tool used widely in the Arts for designing and planning.

Bart will demonstrate how he uses SketchUp in his practice as a concept development tool that can complement 2D sketches and 3D physical models, and how the 3D virtual models can be used to elegantly communicate with clients, directors, curators, builders, and collaborators working remotely. 

This A2A session is designed for:

  • Artists - particularly useful for site-specific work and installation artists.
  • Theatre makers and designers planning staging and sets for any performance location.
  • Art installers and event designers.

Bart’s A2A session will be presented via an on-demand video, a 1-hour Zoom Q&A, and a resource document.

The on-demand video will be released on 4th November 2020.

In his video Bart will use 2 test cases of existing projects, taking you through his process and favourite tools including:

  • Using site plans and location images to create an accurate 3D location model in SketchUp 
  • Exploiting 3D warehouse cheats
  • Generating 2D image outputs and mpegs
  • Manipulating the virtual space to consider scale, lighting, viewer perspective, sightlines, and logistics like installation access, rigging, loadings, and public safety.

A 1-hour Zoom meeting will follow on 11th November 2020 @ 6 pm. Email your questions to [email protected] 24 hours ahead of the meeting for a more detailed response or just join in for the conversation.

A resources document including links to YouTube tutorials, LightUp extensions, and SketchUp tutorials will also be made available.


Following tertiary studies in Industrial Design and Fine Arts in the ’80s, Bart’s career moved through theatre and film. In 1990 he launched Objet B’art to design and build bespoke objects and environments.

Self-trained in Sketchup, Bart uses the software on almost all his projects. He works from his small well-equipped workshop and design studio near Gundagai on projects based in Sydney and beyond with a varied client base covering corporate events (pre-COVID), art directing for the small screen, design, and installation of retail display, and stage design.

Recent projects include; set design for Taikoz for a multi-cam recording of online teaching content filmed at Monkey Baa Theatre; design of a sauna and plunge pool building for a private bush retreat; an SFX submersible model film set for an Australian low budget feature film; a speculative concept design for a dance/music performance at Dangrove, Sydney.

His client list also includes Westpac, Cartier, Xstrata, Omega, Louis Vuitton, The Actuaries Institute, SBS, Destination NSW, Cirque Du Soleil, and Audi.

  • ARTIST PASS holders: FREE (you will need to use your Artist Pass PROMO CODE when confirming the purchase)
  • Non ARTIST PASS holders: $25 (or get an Artist Pass for $20 and get free A2A Training Apply here)

Brand X is happy to refund your booking if you are no longer able to attend (minus transaction fees of 1.75% + 30c) within 72 hours of the A2A Training commencing. Please contact us via email on your receipt to arrange it.

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