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.
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. Come with no expectations and play! Prerequisite: None
In Search of the Muse: from Inspiration to Canvas | 4.9
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. Prerequisite: None Supply fee $20
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. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $20
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 . Come with no expectations and play! Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $25
Are you interested in placemaking and transforming community space? Do you want to create site specific work, either temporary or permanent, but aren't sure how to begin? Have you ever considered working with fabricators to realize a larger vision than you can individually achieve but are unsure about what that entails and how to retain artistic control? Have you ever wanted to apply for a public art project but don't know where to start?
This workshop will provide you with the opportunity to explore the field of public art and gain a greater understanding of the purpose, process and methods. It will provide an overview of the field, nuts and bolts of the process, methods and products, and help answer the question of whether this pursuit is right for you as an artist. It will include interactive, experiential activities as well as presentations and handouts. Ellen Sollod has been working in the public art realm in Seattle and elsewhere for many years.
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