In Pratt’s 2D classes, learn the fundamentals of making art, as well as add an array of creative techniques to your artistic palette. From printmaking to drawing and painting, Pratt’s 2D classes offer everyone the opportunity to delve into art, master the basics, and experiment with a wide variety of materials and techniques.
This class is for students who have already taken a letterpress class and need a place to print. An instructor will be available to assist as needed and demos will be offered as requested; this is a class that is customized to your needs. The studio is equipped with two C & P platen presses, a Vandercook 4T, a 5 x 8 Kelsey, several proof presses and a Kwikprint foil stamper. Use Pratt's collection of wood and metal type, rule, and cuts or bring your polymer plate/s (base is 6 x 9). Get started on that great project you've been dreaming of! Printmaking Workday Fridays available.
Explore printing with a variety of techniques such as monotype, relief methods, chine-collé, and collograph. Handwork will be introduced to further your own vision. We will explore composition and the potential of each technique as a contributing element to a cohesive print. Printmaking Workday Fridays available.
Supply Fee $30
Explore encaustic painting using traditional and non-traditional approaches with mixed media. Work with hot wax, pigment, paints, drawing materials, inks and collage materials. Using a variety of papers and wood surfaces; create one of a kind books or sculptural objects as well as two dimensional pieces. Explore techniques on paper and panels including the use of stamping, draw through and photocopy transfer.
Artist's books are intimate structures, ripe for experimentation and helpful in generating new ideas. In this workshop we will explore the book as art by creating our own. You will learn several folded and glued book structures and experiment with drawing, painting, collage, found imagery, image transfers and the fun of repurposing old works on paper.
Supply Fee: $15
Explore the basics of this versatile medium by learning about washes, thick impasto, glazes, and more. Demonstrations, discussions, and individual instruction will cover issues of color, design principles, paint consistency, and application. You will be introduced to compatible, non-acrylic materials to add to your paintings. Experimentation and the development of personal artistic process and direction will be encouraged.
Learn all the basics of letterpress printing! Through a variety of projects, learn to hand-set metal type, lock up a type form, ink up, set up, and operate the press. You will be introduced to good design practices and explore printing imagery with letterpress cuts, linoleum cuts, and wire printing. On the last day of class, you will exchange prints and create a portfolio to take home. Printmaking Workday Fridays available.
Supply Fee $30
Working from a live model is a great way to hone your drawing skills and learn to translate what you see into a drawing. This fun and challenging class demystifies the drawing process by applying techniques also presented in the Drawing Fundamentals class - line, form, value, and scale - to the figure. Develop a more confident connection between what you see and what you render.
Drawing is the foundation of the visual arts and anyone can learn to draw. These classes take a contemporary and individualized approach to the basics of drawing and offer 'out-of-the-box' approaches to tackle basic drawing issues. Learn to render realistically using line and contour, shape and form, light and shadow, space and depth, proportion and perspective. Get acquainted with a range of drawing materials to translate perceptions onto paper and learn the principles of composition.
This class will cover the fundamentals of painting with acrylics. Explore a variety of techniques and applications focusing on the versatility of acrylic paint. Learn basic painting concepts and studio practices to make your foray into painting safe, easy, and fun. Learn color, paint application, and composition while studying from still life, landscape, and exploring abstraction.
Continue to develop your knowledge of acrylic paint and mediums in this informative class. Discussions and demonstrations on why and how to choose alternative materials to incorporate into your paintings will be taught. Focus on understanding and troubleshooting obstacles. Individual instruction will be given to assist you in developing a body of work.
Prerequisite: Acrylic painting experience
Discover the exciting possibilities of screenprinting! In this class you will gain an understanding of silkscreen equipment, tools, and the history of screenprinting. Experiment with photographic, reductive, and drawing processes while learning how to use and register multiple colors. The class combines instructor demonstrations with time for individual projects. Two group critiques and a final print exchange will complete the class. Water-based inks will be used. Printmaking Workday Fridays available.
Supply Fee $30
"Create rich and intriguing surfaces using monotype, collograph, shellac plates, and pronto plate printing. Using stencils, elements from nature, and drawings, you will create unique layered prints. These techniques may be used individually or combined. Emphasis will be on learning the print techniques for the beginner and experimentation, composition and exploring conceptual ideas for the more advanced printmaker. Printmaking Workday Fridays available.
Supply Fee $30"
Oil painting is a vibrant and versatile medium. In this beginning class, learn the basics from preparing surfaces and choosing and organizing your color palette, to exploring brushwork and painting mediums. You will work from a variety of sources including still lifes and historical references. While developing skills in oils, you will learn how to create structure, volume, and atmosphere in your painting by using value, color, and brush work. A particular focus will be on the important role of value (light and dark) in painting.
This class is for anyone with previous oil painting experience who wants to refresh their knowledge or develop their technique. Expand your knowledge of color, composition, and personal expression through painting from observation, creating master-copies, and individual projects. You will take an in-depth look at mixing color, organizing a color palette, and the role of color in your artistic development. Receive feedback through one-on-one and group critiques.
Prerequisite: Oil Painting Fundamentals or equivalent
In this class we will be making large prints maximizing the capacity of our new X-Vactor XL (www.silkscreeningsupplies.com/product/X-VactorXL) exposure unit. Our new exposure unit can accommodate screens up to 35 x 49 OD. We will be burning large screens and printing them in pairs, taking turns printing. Water base inks will be used on paper or fabric.
Prerequisite: Recent Silkscreen experience
Supply Fee: $20
Explore your contemporary ideas through Aluminum Etching. You don’t have to apply rosin or airbrush acrylic resist to the plate for aquatint as the aluminum automatically creates crystalline texture. Resists can be created by photo polymer film, acrylic medium, spray paint and frisket film. This non-toxic process will also be explored with the artist’s introduction of chine collé.