For the love of Burning Art – Workshop

As part of virtual Burning Seed 2020, this workshop is aimed at absolute beginners, as well as experienced sculptors who are curious how to get started with fire or are considering pitching for a burn.

The workshop will be presented by 3 experienced Burning Seed fire artists and will explore the unique qualities of fire as an artistic medium and how to design a spectacular show.

We hope to encourage more people to burn some art.


2:00pm – 4:00pm, 26th September 2020 EST

✨✨ ✨ Workshop Link ✨ ✨ ✨

You can also access the workshop via the virtual Burning Seed event

👇🏾 👇  Runsheet below  👇🏽 👇🏻


This workshop is by donation (free if you must) by making a donation to the Firesticks Alliance to empower Indigenous leadership to restore cultural fire practices. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.



Melissa Carey

2019 Friday Burn

Axel Chesney

2018 Temple
2019 Effigy

Glenn Todd

2015 Effigy, 2017+18 Friday Burn

Planned Schedule

We will be discussing our experiences at Burning Seed festival, however the concepts will apply to most contexts of burning art.

(Subject to change)



  • Intro to pitching for friday night
  • Where to Start – Concepts and developing your idea
  • Drawing & using 2d/3d software
  • Structural integrity
  • Model making/building
  • Budget and planning
  • Collaboration & building a team
  • Putting together a proposal for submission – presenting your work

Fire art basics

  • Basic fire behaviour/Fuel loading
  • Materials, sourcing and enviro impacts
  • Banned materials
  • Building at heights
  • Designing a fire show
  • Gambling (pushing our medium)
  • Animation (risks)
  • Demolition (risks)
  • Accelerants (risks)
  • Ignition (risks)
  • Fireworks/gas effects