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In Pratt Fine Arts Center’s sculpture studio, you can play, experiment and master working in bronze, steel, wood, stone and more. In our fully-equipped studios, learn from our experienced instructors to create successful three-dimensional works of art. At Pratt, professional artists can learn new skills; beginners will create their very first pieces. Everyone has fun.

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Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 2.11

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5982
2/11 - 3/17
6-10pm
Thursda
6
$355
$320

Gain a basic understanding of forging, metal-forming, and welding in this introductory class. Learn how to bend, shape, twist, texture, and join steel to create decorative and organic forms without focusing too heavily on traditional, more technical processes of Pratt's other blacksmithing classes. By combining elements of fabrication and metal forming, you'll become comfortable in both shops and get a taste for the techniques you might want to explore more at Pratt. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $45


Couples Forging Night | 2.12

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5978
2/12
6-10pm
Friday
1
$78
$70

Spend an evening forging. This class is designed as a short, fun blacksmithing experience and demonstration of basic forging processes. It is a great opportunity to explore what the Pratt forging shop has to offer, make a sculpture, hooks, or just enjoy hammering and twisting! If you're not sure if you want to take a full length forging class this is an entertaining way to try it out before registering. Prerequisite: None


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 2.13

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5990
2/13 - 2/14
10am - 6pm
Sat-Sun
1
$232
$209

Have you have been thinking about getting involved with woodworking? Are you a woodworker with some experience but have been away from the woodshop for a while and are feeling a little rusty? Then Woodshop Fundamentals might be a great place for you to get started or get started again. In this two day focused workshop students will participate in a small instructor led box building project. The box building project is an opportunity to become familiar with how to safely operate all of the equipment in Pratt's woodshop while at the same time teaching you the fundamental practices of woodworking. Supply Fee $30


Forging with the Power Hammer | 2.20

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5987
2/20
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$100
$90

This course will focus on familiarizing you with the new power hammer in the forging shop. Learn how to safely operate this machine including set-up, maintenance and ergonomics. The power hammer allows artists to work efficiently and effectively texturing and shaping larger stock sizes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the hammer and you will qualify to be accessed on this equipmend by the end of the class. Prerequisite: Beginning and Continuing Blacksmithing or equivilant Supply fee: $25


Beginning Woodturning | 2.22

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5958
2/22 - 3/28
6-10pm
Monday
6
$348
$313

Learn the basics of turning wood on a lathe. In this class we will learn about spindle (between center) turning as well as the basics of creating bowls. Proper technique and safety will be the focus in order to give the students the confidence to create whatever shapes and forms they choose. Also covered will be the fundamentals of finishing and sharpening. This is the prerequisite for any of the advanced turning classes. Supply Fee $60.00


Beehive Building | 2.22

Stephen Rudin

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6153
2/22 - 4/11
6-10pm
Monday
8
$400
$360

Learn to build your own top-bar beehive with master builder and longtime beekeeper Steve Ruden. This is a great class for the absolute beginner woodworker who wants to make a functional, artful home for their future bees, all the while learning about keeping bees from a guy with a whole lot of experience.


Continuing Blacksmithing – Joinery and Movement | 2.24

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6112
2/24 - 3/30
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$335
$302

Traditional blacksmithing joints are used in everyday machinery. Discover ways to use rivets, tenons, and other forms of joinery to create specific ranges of mechanical motion. These skills can be used to make projects and assemblies requiring hinges, four-bar linkages, toggle joints, and more. Prerequisite - Beginning Blacksmithing or Equivalent. Supply fee - $35


9 Tools, 3 Joints – Handtool Basics | 2.24

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6154
2/24 - 4/13
6-10pm
Wednesday
8
$400
$360

Learn the basics of handtool woodworking- sharpening and basic care of handtools as well as get well on your way to mastering the 9 basic woodworking tools and 3 forms of joinery that make up the building of furniture by hand. Beginners welcome.


Beginning Bronze Casting | 2.25

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5984
2/25 - 4/14
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$370
$333

Learn the ancient 'lost wax' casting process. First, you'll learn basic moldmaking to duplicate a design in wax. This wax copy is then 'invested' in a plaster and sand mixture. Then the wax will be burned out of the plaster, leaving a void to be filled with bronze. Finally, finish your bronze and color it through 'chasing' and 'patination' techniques. All materials except the cost of bronze are included in supply fee. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $115


Beginning Bronze Casting | 2.25

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5984
2/25 - 4/14
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$370
$333

Learn the ancient 'lost wax' casting process. First, you'll learn basic moldmaking to duplicate a design in wax. This wax copy is then 'invested' in a plaster and sand mixture. Then the wax will be burned out of the plaster, leaving a void to be filled with bronze. Finally, finish your bronze and color it through 'chasing' and 'patination' techniques. All materials except the cost of bronze are included in supply fee. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $115


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 2.27

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6111
2/27 - 3/19
9am - 1pm
Saturday
4
$200
$180

Intended for experienced investment casters, this class will provide the time, materials, guidance, and a pour! Day one: discuss project and sprue your prepared wax pattern. Day two: invest your work. Day three: cast. Day four: devest and finish your piece. You'll be allowed one single or two small investments. Come to the first class with a completed wax pattern or mold ready to pour your wax positive. The cost of bronze is not included in the tuition. Prerequisite: Introduction to Bronze Casting Supply Fee $115


Beginning Blacksmithing | 2.27

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6124
2/27 - 4/9
10am - 2pm
Saturday
6
$335
$302

Pratt offers one of the few blacksmithing programs in the region. Blacksmithing, or forging, is about transforming and shaping mild steel through the use of heat. Using basic techniques such as hammering, twisting, tapers, bends, and splits, you will have the opportunity to create sculptural and functional objects. Everyone is welcome, whether you're interested in taking more advanced blacksmithing classes or you just want a basic understanding of the process. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $35


Sewing Leather Tool Sheaths | 2.28

Jason Thigpen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6155
2/28
1-5pm
Sunday
1
$120
$108

Come learn how well woodwork and leather work go together as master woodworker and leatherworker Jason Thigpen of Texas Heritage Woodworks teaches how to sew a leather sheath for your favorite axe, drawknife or other woodworking tool.


Introduction to TIG Welding | 3.2

Andy Fallat

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6123
3/2 - 4/6
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$355
$320

Now that you've been through the beginning welding and fabrication class, take this opportunity to spend some time on the TIG torch and hone your skills as a fabricator. TIG welding gives you the ability to make small clean welds that are super strong. It also broadens your capability to work with non ferrous metals such as stainless steel and bronze. This skill is used in the high end fabrication world as well as with bronze casting artists. Weather you have a specific project in mind or you just want to learn this valuable skill, this will be a great way to continue your interest in metalwork.


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 3.5

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6105
3/5 - 3/6
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$232
$209

Have you have been thinking about getting involved with woodworking? Are you a woodworker with some experience but have been away from the woodshop for a while and are feeling a little rusty? Then Woodshop Fundamentals might be a great place for you to get started or get started again. In this two day focused workshop students will participate in a small instructor led box building project. The box building project is an opportunity to become familiar with how to safely operate all of the equipment in Pratt's woodshop while at the same time teaching you the fundamental practices of woodworking. Supply Fee $30


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 3.6

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6158
3/6 - 4/24
6-10pm
Sunday
8
$440
$396

Introduce yourself to the useful and versatile skills needed to begin working with steel. You'll learn oxy-acetylene and MIG welding as well as plasma-cutting and metal fabrication equipment including the bandsaw, chopsaw, drillpress, grinders, shears, and benders. This class is designed for anyone looking to incorporate metal into their artistic and technical vocabulary. Attending the first two classes is imperative. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $60


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 3.12

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6107
3/12 - 3/13
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$220
$198

Learn the craft of creating an elegant wooden spoon using intuitive methods. This course is designed to be approachable for both beginner and intermediate level students. It will cover how to select wood, design, and use a combination of hand & power tools for carving an heirloom quality kitchen spoon that you will cherish for years to come. Supply Fee: $40


Beginning Blacksmithing | 3.15

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6113
3/15 - 4/19
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$335
$302

Pratt offers one of the few blacksmithing programs in the region. Blacksmithing, or forging, is about transforming and shaping mild steel through the use of heat. Using basic techniques such as hammering, twisting, tapers, bends, and splits, you will have the opportunity to create sculptural and functional objects. Everyone is welcome, whether you're interested in taking more advanced blacksmithing classes or you just want a basic understanding of the process. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $35


Intermediate Woodturning | 3.16

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6085
3/16 - 4/20
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$338
$304

Our Primary focus in this class will be bowl turning. We will explore turning seasoned wood as well as freshly harvested wet wood. Learn to create open footed and round bottom bowls as well as semi closed 'pots'. Creating textured surfaces and creative finishes will be covered. Supply Fee $60


Ladies Welding Night |3.18

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6120
3/18
6-10pm
Friday
1
$78
$70

Spend an evening welding! This class is designed as a short, fun welding experience and demonstration of basic fabrication processes. It is a great opportunity to explore what the Pratt welding shop has to offer in a non-intimidating female friendly environment. If you're not sure if you want to take a full length forging class this is a way to meet an instructor and try it out before registering. Prerequisite: None


Ladies Forging Night | 3.18

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6118
3/18
6-10pm
Friday
1
$78
$70

Spend an evening forging. This class is designed as a short, fun blacksmithing experience and demonstration of basic forging processes. It is a great opportunity to explore what the Pratt forging shop has to offer, make a sculpture, hooks, or just enjoy hammering and twisting! If you're not sure if you want to take a full length forging class this is an entertaining way to try it out before registering. Prerequisite: None


Beginning Stone Carving: Intensive | 3.19

Tamara Buchanan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6157
3/19 - 4/17
1:30 - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
5
$285
$257

Tamara Buchanan has been a member of the Nortwest Stone Sculptors Association since 1987 and regularly teaches workshops at their yearly Symposiums. Stonecarving has captured the imagination of artists throughout history for its permanence, tactility, and sensual beauty. Take advantage of Pratt's stone yard facility and begin working with soft stone. You'll learn both ancient and modern reductive sculpting techniques with hand carving tools, power tools, and pneumatics. This is a great way to learn about types of stone and how to work with them while producing a small piece by the end of the class. ***PLEASE NOTE*** This class meets every other weekend. Prerequisite: None Supply fee: TBA


Beginning Blacksmithing | 3.21

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6114
3/21 - 4/25
6-10pm
Monday
6
$335
$302

Pratt offers one of the few blacksmithing programs in the region. Blacksmithing, or forging, is about transforming and shaping mild steel through the use of heat. Using basic techniques such as hammering, twisting, tapers, bends, and splits, you will have the opportunity to create sculptural and functional objects. Everyone is welcome, whether you're interested in taking more advanced blacksmithing classes or you just want a basic understanding of the process. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee $35


Beginning Woodworking | 3.22

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6103
3/22 - 5/10
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$371
$334

This class is designed to be the core introductory class that covers good studio practices while learning how to safely use all of the equipment and tools in the main woodworking studio. It will also be the primary prerequisite class for most of the more advanced woodworking classes. Based around several small projects designed by the instructor, you will gain enough experience to comfortably and safely use each piece of equipment, as well as an understanding of its benefits and limitations. This is a great way to begin woodworking or to refine the skills that you already have. Class time will be split between demonstrations, and individual hands-on shop time creating small projects from start to finish. Prerequsite: None Supply Fee $85


Continuing Blacksmithing: Creative Techniques | 3.24

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6121
3/24 - 4/28
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$335
$302

The main objective of this class is to focus on skill building and creative thinking. You will explore more advanced techniques such as chisel work, upset corners, rivets and a small ammount of nonferrous. This class is meant to enhance the skills and controlled hammer work learned in Beginning Blacksmithing. You will also learn how to use these more advanced techniques in creating decorative elements for functional applications. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent Supply Fee $40


Workshop: Bronze Patina | 3.26

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6115
3/26 - 3/27
10am - 4pm
Sat - Sun
1
$155
$140

Learn a variety of methods to create and apply bronze patinas. This workshop will discuss hot and cold methods of patination, with demonstrations of burial, immersion, torch, and vapor methods. Torch patinas will be covered in depth, with a focus on application techniques and using a limited palette of chemicals for a variety of colors and effects. Each day will start with discussion and demonstrations, with a chance to apply the techniques in the afternoon. Safety precautions and practices will be discussed.


Chainsaw Use and Safety | 3.26

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6109
3/26
10am - 4pm
Saturday
1
$130
$117

Knowing how to safely use a chainsaw can open up new worlds for woodworkers of all kinds, to make use of local city trees that have fallen or have to come down. A 6-hour workshop, covering basic chainsaw safety and use. Students will cut up some large chunks of wood to practice various chainsaw skills, such as cross-cutting, ripping, and rough-forming. Students will also learn how to change and sharpen the chain. Knowing how to safely use a chainsaw can open up new worlds for woodworkers of all kinds, to make use of local city trees that have fallen or have to come down.


Workshop: Live Edge Trays | 4.9

Stephen Ruden

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6110
4/9 - 4/10
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$180
$162

Learn to build your own beautiful natural (also called 'wild' or 'live') edge trays, great for holding mail, serving tea, displaying art, you decide! Capture this beautiful and popular Pacific Northwest style and add your own artistic flair as you expand your existing woodworking skills. Intermediate beginners-experts welcome. Supply Fee: $40