In Pratt’s Mixed Media classes work with an array of materials and creative techniques. From fibers to bookmaking to collage and more, discover what speaks to you, Pratt’s mixed Media classes offer everyone the opportunity to play with materials and explore concepts. In Pratt’s Photography classes you have access to analog color photography printing. The Color Darkroom allows renters to print gallery-quality color using traditional color film negatives.
Master Artist Program: The Hidden Narrative | 8.16
Fabric, cardboard, tarps, old clothing, old art, different papers-our lives are full of potential sculpting materials that are at once common and unique to us. Bring a selection of yours to class. Working sculpturally, we will investigate scale and different methods of construction as we create forms and spaces that reflect our individual life experiences. Bring your favorite mark-making tools to further personalize your work. See supply list for additional suggested materials.
Supply fee: $30
Workshop: Non Traditional Approach to Forgotten Mediums | 8.16
In this workshop you will be introduced to unusual mediums with unique qualities that have been mostly lost and forgotten. Silverpoint from the Gothic/early Renaissance era emerged as a fine line drawing technique. You will make your own using a small fine rod of silver inserted into a wooden rod. Egg tempera has been used in panel painting in the European Medieval and Early renaissance. It is a fast-drying paint that we will make from colored pigment mixed with egg yolk. Casein paint has been used since ancient Egyptian times. This fast-drying, water soluble medium we will make from milk casein (milk protein) and pigment.
This class will cover silk screening techniques such as preparing a hand drawn, digital artwork or photograph and transferring it to a screen in preparation for printing. You will learn how to work with enamels, print your image onto glass and fire the glass. You will also learn powder printing techniques, a screen printing method that uses dry glass powder to create images with rich textures and colors. Experimenting with processes that require multiple firings and explore layering to create thicker work will be covered.
Learn intaglio etching, a term that means 'to incise.' You will incise metal plates to create line and shade. We will cover line etching, drypoint and aquatint shading using hard and soft ground. Learn how to plan multi-plate printing, layering with color, and developing etching techniques that enable you to make editions (multiples). Individual instructor attention will encourage experimentation and development of your work. Experienced Etchers welcome.
Discover the exciting possibilities of screenprinting! In this class you will gain an understanding of the 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. Water-based inks will be used.
Create rich and intriguing surfaces using monotype, collograph, shellac and pronto plates. 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.
Use paper, cloth, found materials, and other unique elements to make a series of simple collages. Learn image transferring techniques and how to integrate these images into your collages. These collages will serve as a foundation for experiments using paint, stencils, crayons, nails, stitching by hand and/or sewing machine and other objects using alternate means of connections to add dimension.
Explore encaustic painting using traditional and non-traditional approaches with mixed media. Work with beeswax, pigment, paints, drawing materials, inks and collage materials. Explore techniques on paper and panels using stamping, draw-through and photocopy transfer. Create line with the encaustic pen tool. Along with two dimensional pieces create one of a kind books and sculptural objects.
Supply fee: $25
In Search of the Muse: from Inspiration to Canvas | 11.13
This class is dedicated to the muse and the nature of inspiration. We are inspired to create art by art itself. Art that we love, quickens the soul, and the artists that create it, are agents of our muse. Art that we love gives us a powerful clue to our own aesthetic. It is a mirror, and can guide us toward deeper contact with own inner aesthetic landscape. A landscape and language that we share with the artists that we love. They, and we, are part of the same creative family. Painting, drawing, mixed media and art appreciation in a playful, non-critical environment. We will experiment with the art that we love and play with exercises that are designed to open us to the muse.
In this class we will push ideas of pattern and repeating forms. This way of making images has been utilized from ancient times and from every culture. It has been used in textiles to sculptures to cave paintings. Examples include paisley from India, dots from Australia, sacred geometry from the Middle East, folk arts from Africa to name a few. We will employ a variety of methods and materials including encaustic wax, stamping, tracing and stenciling, and work on multiple surfaces including paper, cloth and wood.
This class will explore the possibilities of creating content in books, while working with a variety of processes and materials, such as rubbings, collage, cut paper, and found objects. We will also explore techniques to combine text with imagery. By the end of the class, you will have created visually compelling one of a kind books. This class is great for beginners looking to get started in book arts, as well as experience binders who to expand on techniques and add content to their books.