Pratt Fine Arts

Seattle
WA
206.328.2200

Wood|Stone|Metal-Sculpture

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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Beginning Bronze Casting | 2.23

Mark Walker

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6991
2/23 - 4/13
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$395
$356

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


Forging with the Power Hammer | 2.25

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7056
2/25 - 3/18
10am - 2pm
Saturday
4
$215
$194

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 equipment by the end of the class. Prerequisite: Beginning and Continuing Blacksmithing or equivalent Supply fee: $25


Relief Carving: Acanthus Panel | 2.27

Brian Takeuchi

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7070
2/27 - 4/17
6-10pm
Monday
8
$395
$356

Acanthus is a plant that grows in the Mediterranean. The earliest use of acanthus ornament is in Greek stone carving commonly used to decorate capitals and freezes. However this style outlived the Greek civilization and enjoyed popularity all over Europe. Most European countries developed their own distinct twist that can be used to identify where it was made. In this class we will explore the Norwegian version of this sublime and ancient style.The class will begin with a series of sample carvings with individual leaves in order to build general competence with the tools techniques and line-flow before moving you on to more advanced acanthus patterns. The class will also cover basic carving safety, sharpening and tool maintenance.


Beginning Blacksmithing | 2.28

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6994
2/28 - 4/4
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$350
$315

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


Hybrid Woodworking: Build a Workbench | 2.28

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7072
2/28 - 4/28
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$395
$356

Come get really comfortable in the woodshop as you learn hybrid woodworking techniques to construct a solid workbench for your home shop. Come ready to work hard and learn a ton, and leave the class with greater confidence in your woodworking abilities and the most important tool for any shop: the workbench. If you'd like to waive the supply fee and build a bench to donate to Pratt, call and register by phone. Pre-requisite: Beginning Woodworking. Supply Fee: $500


Design With Line | 3.1

KT Hancock

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7053
3/1 - 4/5
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$315
$284

This workshop will take students through the process ofusing metal to create objects based onlines and silhouettes. Focusing on the development of objects from the inside out, students will create an object using jigs, fixtures, bending, welding and forming to construct volume. Some of the equipment involved will be welders, oxy-acetylene torches, grinders, benders rollers and saws. Some beginning welding and fabrication is beneficial, but not necessary. Prerequisite: none. Supply fee: $35


Beginning Blacksmithing | 3.1

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6992
3/1 - 4/5
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$350
$315

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 | 3.1

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7076
3/1 - 4/5
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$429
$386

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 $85


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 3.1

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7075
3/1 - 4/5
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$319
$287

Have you taken a beginning Woodworking class but still need help refining how to apply those skills to create the projects you have planned? This class is designed for those students who have hands-on experience but want guidance planning and realizing a project that may seem too ambitious to tackle alone. The class will meet and discuss projects individually and as a group. From there, the instructor will assist students with the design and layout in of their project and demonstrate specific skills based on the needs of the students. It is a great way to take on that project you have been thinking about with the assistance of the instructor to problem solve along the way. Prerequisite: Beginning Woodworking or equivalent Supply Fee $65


Beginning Woodworking | 3.2

Dan Morgan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7073
3/2 - 4/6
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$380
$342

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


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 3.4

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7068
3/4 - 3/25
9am - 1pm
Saturday
4
$235
$212

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


Pen Turning | 3.4

Daniel Pittsford

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7080
3/4
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$190
$171

Learn to do Pen Turning and make a writing instrument with visiting instructor and master pen-wright Daniel Pittsford. Beginner-expert turners and woodworkers welcome - After this fun, and surprisingly easy one day class, you will be able to use your lathe in confidence and turn out beautiful, one-of-a-kind, high-quality pens and mechanical pencils that will make superb gifts for the Holidays or other special occasions. You will leave with two new pen creations and increased confidence in the turning studio. (Remember, Pratt rents woodworking studio space if you don't have your own tools!)


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 3.4

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7077
3/4 - 3/5
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$286
$257

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


Advanced Welding and Fabrication | 3.5

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6996
3/5 - 4/9
6-10pm
Sunday
6
$445
$401

Continuing welders and fabricators: take this class to expand your skills and learn TIG welding for stainless steel, aluminum, and bronze. Learn how to design and plan a project, including layout, preparing cost estimates, purchasing materials, and troubleshooting fabrication problems. Bring your own ideas and learn processes to help you complete your project. Prerequisite: Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication or Equivalent.l Supply Fee: $45


Continuing Stonecarving | 3.5

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6995
3/5 - 4/23
9am - 1pm
Sunday
8
$355
$320

In this class for continuing stonecarving students, you'll learn how to design a piece from start to finish -- from sketching on paper to using your skills to transfer that design to stone. The class will include further discussion of tools, types of stone, and a deeper exploration of carving processes. To get the most out of this class, you must be comfortable with using hand, power, and pneumatic carving tools. Prerequisite: Beginning Stonecarving


Adorable Forging | 3.6

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6997
3/6 - 4/10
6-10pm
Monday
6
$350
$315

If you know Brandon Bowman you know he loves to use the word 'adorable'. This wearable art forging class will be fun and light hearted. Learn to finesse your hammer work and forging skills working in small scale. You will learn to forge delicate forms in ferrous and non ferrous metals. Jewelers and/or blacksmiths are welcome.


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 3.6

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7050
3/6 - 4/24
6-10pm
Monday
8
$465
$419

While covering the same technical material as Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication, this class is designed to also increase your understanding of sculpture and the elements and principles of 3D design. You will become familiar with welding processes, as well as plasma cutting and shop equipment. By blending both technical and aesthetic skills, you will gain confidence working with steel and also see and create with purpose. Attending the first two classes is mandatory. Prerequisite: None. Supply Fee $45


Beginning Woodturning | 3.6

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7071
3/6 - 4/10
6-10pm
Monday
6
$395
$356

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


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 3.7

Carla Grahan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7052
3/7 - 4/25
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$465
$419

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


Woodturning Hollow Forms | 3.7

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7074
3/7 - 4/11
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$380
$342

Vases, pots, and other narrow-necked vessels. All of these are forms created using specialized hollowing techniques and tools. In this class, learn how to make a basic hollowing tool and then use it, along with other tools, to create hollow forms. Tools and methods of turning the exterior and interior will be covered along with the basics of finishing, as well as various methods of chucking and holding these vessels. A basic understanding of woodturning is required. Prerequisite: Intermediate Woodturning. Supply Fee $85


Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning | 3.18

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7082
3/18
10am - 4pm
Saturday
1
$200
$180

Want to get your toes wet in the wood turning world? Come learn the basics of spindle turning and how to turn a small bowl. If you can't commit to the full 6 week beginning turning class, this is a great chance to learn the basics.


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 3.18

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7081
3/18 - 3/19
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$288
$259

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 Night | 3.24

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7044
3/24
6-10pm
Friday
1
$85
$77

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


Welding Night | 3.24

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7049
3/24
6-10pm
Friday
1
$85
$77

Spend an evening welding. This class is designed as a short, fun welding experience and demonstration of the MIG welding process. It is a great opportunity to explore what the Pratt fabrication shop has to offer and make a sculpture or small stand. If you're not sure if you want to take a full length welding class, this is an entertaining way to try it out before registering.


Balancing Art with the Anvil: Mobile Making | 3.25

Jason Reed Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7055
3/25 - 3/26
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$175
$158

Welcome our newest blacksmithing instructor Jason Reed Brown for this two day class utilizing different approaches in blacksmithing to produce a decorative, sculptural mobile. Students will spend time on design, form and technique to balance their pieces into a beautiful forged kinetic sculpture. Students are also encouraged to bring samples from a previous class or a simple theme for the project with an emphasis on repetitive production. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing. Supply fee: $35


Intensive: Stone Sculpting Fundamentals | 3.25

Tamara Buchanan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7069
3/25 - 4/23
1:30 - 5:30
Sat - Sun
6
$300
$270

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


Forging Fire Tools | 4.1

Jim Joblin

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7498
4/1 - 4/2
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$185
$167

Forge your own fireplace tool set! In this weekend workshop, you will complete a fire poker, fire tongs and a shovel. Keep the set for yourself or gift it to someone special. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing Supply fee: $35


Pen Turning | 4.1

Daniel Pittsford

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7079
4/1
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$190
$171

Learn to do Pen Turning and make a writing instrument with visiting instructor and master pen-wright Daniel Pittsford. Beginner-expert turners and woodworkers welcome - After this fun, and surprisingly easy one day class, you will be able to use your lathe in confidence and turn out beautiful, one-of-a-kind, high-quality pens and mechanical pencils that will make superb gifts for the Holidays or other special occasions. You will leave with two new pen creations and increased confidence in the turning studio. (Remember, Pratt rents woodworking studio space if you don't have your own tools!)


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 4.1

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7078
4/1 - 4/2
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$286
$257

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


Workshop: Bent Laminations in Vacuum Press | 4.8

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7084
4/8 - 4/9
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$280
$252

From custom skateboards to fine furniture to sculpture, vacuum-press technology allows woodworkers the ability to give wood a fluid form with convex and concave curves. It's also a great way to glue veneer to substrates. Learn how to bend wood using wood veneer and vacuum press glue-ups. On day one in this class, you'll make your own negative mold from rigid foam to shape wood around, cut and glue up a stack of wood veneers, and press them onto the mold using a vacuum press. On day two, you'll cut, trim, and sand your bent-wood creation, or make another mold. Bring your ideas, drawings, and designs, and see how you can bend wood. (Maximum size of project that can fit in Pratt's vacuum presses is 10x41'.)


Ladies Forging Night | 4.21

Alair Wells

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7047
4/21
6-10pm
Friday
1
$85
$77

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


Ladies Welding Night | 4.21

Carla Grahan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
7048
4/21
6-10pm
Friday
1
$85
$77

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


Master Artist: Martha Collins Wood Laminations | 5.22

Martha Collins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6934
5/22 - 5/26
9:30am - 4:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$595
$536

PLEASE NOTE DATE CHANGE. DATES ARE NOW IN MAY AND DON'T MATCH THE PRATT MAGAZINE. This 5-day master class is intended to show the students different methods of lamination that they can incorporate into their woodworking as embellishment or as works of art. Skills introduced: Designing laminate with either end grain or side grain; millwork of rough stock for flatness, parallel and true edges; band sawing with fence for dimension; grain orientation; methods of clamping, with a fence or with shims; re-truing surface; slicing laminate on band saw and preparing other stock necessary for the second lamination; re-lamination; re-slicing of laminate now ready for inclusion in project. Supply Fee: $80