Check this page often for new class series! We will feature special classes taught by master artists throughout the year. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, and 4culture.
The availability, affordability, and sheer usability of wood make it a natural material for endless exploration. This class will use wood as a starting point to realize ideas in three dimensions. To that end, unlocking a conceptual framework will allow a personal skill set to emerge as a natural outcome of following one's ideas. Tool skills will increase in tandem with the conceptual skills that ultimately drive them. The result will be a completed piece and a better understanding of how to harness one's creativity.
This class is not designed to be an introduction to woodworking and tools, instead it is meant to build upon skills you already have and apply them to realize creative concepts. Prerequisite: good understanding of woodworking processes and safe practices Supply Fee $45
This workshop offers modern techniques for applying imagery to the glass surface. It covers hand painting, air brushing, inking, and silk-screening onto glass, along with the basics of cutting, copper foiling and soldering stained glass techniques. The technique of kiln fired enamels dates back to Medieval times, but in this class there are no limits to your choice of imagery, and you don’t have to be an expert painter. You have the option tracing existing art onto the glass, or painting free hand in your own style. The workshop is taught along with a variety of lectures. “Packaging Yourself”, “Marketing Your Art”, and “How To Successfully Get into Artist Residencies” discussions will help beginners and professionals focus on the style of your work and career. Course Level: Intermediate
Master Class: Exploring a Process, Forming a Language | 5.8
Every artist has his or her own way of generating ideas and making work; discovering these methods is a helpful tool for creating better work and for dealing with common daily challenges like starting a new piece, making aesthetic decisions, and overcoming creative blocks. In this workshop students will be introduced to a variety of ways to find ideas and understand how they make their work. Through hands-on and contemplative exploration with common materials, collecting visual inspiration, and simple writing exercises, students will consider their own individual artistic process. All exercises are based on Amy's unique experience defining her own process over the years. In addition, using Amy's experience sharing her process on social media through her blog and Facebook, students will begin to learn how to present their process in a public manner as they discover their own language for describing the why and how of what they create. Prerequisite: some Jewelry/Metals experience (or some experience in any media) Supply fee: $10
In this workshop students will learn kiln-casting techniques as well as gain an understanding of the tools, supplies and equipment needed for glass casting on your own. Come prepared, as day one will kick off with sculpting forms out of clay. In addition to hands-on time, there will be daily demonstrations and lectures on mold making, loading kilns, firing schedules and an introduction to lost wax casting. Students can expect to spend additional time in the cold shop finishing their pieces. We will discuss the necessities for glass casting so students can feel confident in continuing to work independently with this process, through the use of your own studio, at Pratt as an independent user, or a combination of the two. A field trip off campus will include visits to local studios and galleries. All skill levels are encouraged to apply.
This intermediate course is designed for the student who has a strong foundation but is looking to expand his/her vocabulary of shapes and forms with basic color applications. Tapered forms, bowls, curvy bottles, and hourglass forms will be broken down into manageable steps. One form will be studied each day in clear, then simple color applications will be introduced to that form. Fundamental overlays, basic cane work, lip wraps, and incalmo will be touched on during the demonstrations. Be prepared to explore new avenues and expand your vocabulary! Course Level: Intermediate
Pop Art is an art movement that started by challenging the traditional perceptions of fine art. It usually employs imagery from popular culture by removing it from its established context and presenting it in a new way. In this flameworking class, students will be challenged to use imagery present in media, advertising, music, comic books, etc. to create art that is relevant, exciting and anything but traditional! There will be hands-on instruction to assist students to realize their ideas. There will be demonstrations and class discussions. Course level: All flameworking techniques and skill levels are welcome.
This course focuses on glass as a vehicle for artistic expression. Pieces will be made using both rod and hollow tubing, as we explore making sculpture on the torch. The class will focus on sound construction, ways to combine hollow and solid forms, and color application, with an emphasis on nature inspired forms. Course level: All Levels Welcome
This class is intended to give intermediate glass makers the opportunity to make their own custom hand held bronze stamps for various hot glass studio processes. During this workshop this class will spend mornings making molds and pouring small bronzes. The afternoons will be spent in the hot shop utilizing the stamps we make. Various hot glass techniques will be explored regarding individual student's stamps to achieve the best results. Texture, text, image, graphics will be discussed. This class will cover: Basic wax working, replicating with rubber molds, how to make zircar molds, cast bronze, bit application along with traditional & unconventional glass techniques will be explored. No casting experience required, some Glassblowing experience is good. Course Level: Intermediate.
In this comprehensive 5-day intensive fusing class, you will be introduced to many fundamental concepts related to creating glass objects in the kiln. You will have the opportunity to fuse multiple pieces and learn how to plan firing schedules and prep the kilns for firings. In addition, you will learn proper and detailed techniques of fusing, slumping, cutting, assembly and color choice. Some of the techniques that will be covered are circle cutting, boiling and raking glass, strip cutting and assembly, pattern bars, stenciling with powders and painting with enamels to create a multi-layered piece. You will also spend time in the cold shop learning solid techniques on how to finish your pieces. Course level: all levels welcome
The main focus for this class will be to explore the most direct path to self-expression and the vehicle will be hot glass sculpture with a heavy emphasis on applied bit work. Although the emphasis is in the Hot Shop, students will also be encouraged to investigate the use of other materials in mixed media constructions. Students should plan to bring other mediums they are comfortable with and 'found objects' that may inspire mixed media usage. Drawing and painting will be encouraged in the working process, and group discussion and teamwork will be fostered through collaborative projects. Techniques in sculpting glass and color application processes will be demonstrated daily as well as ways to bond and assemble work in mixed media. You will be encouraged to think more about ideas in terms of 'sketches' rather than finishing a 'masterpiece'. The demo pieces we finish during the course will be part of a solo exhibition the de la Torre Brothers will have at the William Traver Gallery, exposing the entire process--from concept to fruition. Course level: Intermediate. Prerequisite: 6 months of hot shop experience.
It is important to know your materials and to approach the challenge of creation with a sensitivity all your own. We will seek to create sculptural expressions through a number of methods: pouring molten glass into sand molds, working directly with hot lumps of glass, and glassblowing. Creating works of glass begins with learning the characteristics of the material and then takes shape as one learns to fuse them with one's own sensibilities. By making artwork in this way, we will seek not only to develop new forms but also to create spaces that make the world richer in a certain way. Course Level: Intermediate
SGE: Fundamentals for the Visionary Creator | 8.12
This course will cover basic to advanced sculptural flameworking techniques using borosilicate, soft and recycled glass. Class projects will include challenges and mysteries to help motivate students to think outside the traditional flameworking boundaries. Mixed media and alternative materials will be utilized as well as individual support in creating projects specific to each student's aesthetic desires. The history of the material and the process of flameworking will be covered in lessons as well as discussions on the potential of flameworking to create small and large scale sculpture. Course level: All levels welcome
SGE: Now and Then: Mining History for Inspiration | 8.17
We will split our time between learning about glass history, designing contemporary work inspired by history, and making it. We will look for ideas, across the broad spectrum of human endeavors that have influenced the history of glassmaking (aesthetics, science, economics, etc). Mr. Lieberman will give a variety of historical talks and Mr. Calimpong will give practical demos in the Hot Shop. Course Level: All Levels Welcome
In Ali's five day bead making class, she will demonstrate and discuss her process of making large beads with intricate stringer work. She will share her techniques of comfortably working with large masses of glass while working on a small pattern. She will also break down the structure of her design work and talk about the creation of large patterns. Other focuses of the class will be creating glass beads on skeleton keys, shaping large round beads with every day bead making tools, and some of Ali's favorite color reactions. All beads will be made in 104 COE soft glass. Some stringer experience is required. Course level: Intermediate