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.
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.
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.
Supply Fee $20
Beyond the Press: Alternative Techniques for Works on Paper | 9.25
In this class we will explore non-press techniques for printmakers and for those working on paper. We will learn a number of transfer techniques, batik on paper, and how to fold origami book structures. These processes are ideal for building upon the printed image and for expanding your visual vocabulary. In addition, we will address effective ways to layer imagery and we will investigate the best strategies for mixing media. This class is for beginners and will challenge practicing artists.
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.
Make exciting creations with a limited amount of materials. You will be introduced to the basics of making books, using single sheets of paper. We will experiment with several book structures, using a variety of paper materials. We will also cover simple printing techniques, such as rubbings and pouchoir, to create an edition of single-sheet books to trade with the other students. The final collection will be housed in a slipcase made out of a single sheet of paper. This class is perfect for beginners looking to get started in book arts, as well as experienced binders who want to expand on techniques.
Supply fee $20
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.