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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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Intro to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 4.21

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4476
4/21-6/16
6-10pm
Mon
8
$397
$357

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


Intensive: Writing with Light–Neon Workshop | 4.25

Karen Buehler

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4573
4/25-4/28
See description
Fri-Mon
1
$600
$550

Learn the fundamentals of neon tube-bending at City Lights Sign Co. in Ballard. Learn about the types of glass and gas, phosphor coatings, torches, tube-bending techniques, pattern-making, electrodes, transformers, and bombarding. An emphasis will be placed on learning to bend neon letters with 2-5 hours of practice time each day. The goal for each student is to finish a neon project. Prerequisites: none. Please visit http://www.citylightssign.com for more information.

Class schedule:

4/25: 6-10pm

4/26: 10am-6pm

4/27: 10am-6pm

4/28: 6-10pm


Forging Night | 4.25

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4597
4/25
6-10pm
Fri
1
$75
$68

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 Welding and Metal Fabrication | 4.27

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4312
4/27-6/15
6-10pm
Sun
8
$422
$380

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


Teen Welding and Blacksmithing | 4.30

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4570
4/30-6/11
3:30-5:30pm
Wed
7
$175
-

Explore metal fabrication through welding and blacksmithing. Learn to cut, hammer, shape, and attach metal to make functional or abstract sculpture.  This class is for beginning or intermediate students. All materials are included.


Intro to Veneering and Marquetry | 5.3

John Kettman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4534
5/3-5/4
10am-6pm
Sat/Sun
1
$233
$210

Wood veneering is the process of laminating fine wood veneers over core panels.  This allows you to incorporate beautiful, even rare, species of wood into designs that would otherwise be cost prohibitive or impossible to source. It can render amazing results and is commonly used through a wide range of woodworking styles from traditional French marquetry to contemporary furniture design.  This class will serve as an introduction to the process, covering the tools necessary to work in your own studio, where to source veneers and materials and step by step demos of how to approach basic veneering and traditional marquetry projects.  Then students will complete a geometric marquetry piece of their own design.  This is a great class to become familiar with the process under the guidance of a master of the craft.  Prerequisite:  Beginning Woodworking or equivalent Supply Fee: $75


Beginning Woodturning for Artists | 5.7

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4533
5/7-5/28
6-10pm
Wed
4
$225
$203

In this class we will learn the use of the wood lathe and tools used in spindle turning as well as face plate (bowl) turning. The sharpening and care of tools will be covered. Both dry and green wood will be used and the harvesting of 'free' wood will be discussed. Although we will be turning finished projects in class, the creation of forms to be used in mixed media work will be of special interest. Special finishes and coloring for turnings will also be discussed.  Supply Fee $40.00


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 5.8

John Kettman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4532
5/8-6/12
6-10pm
Thu
6
$264
$238

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


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 5.3

Lee Campbell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4489
5/3-5/24
9am-1pm
Sat
4
$193
$174

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


Workshop: Forging Sculptural Forms | 5.12

Dorothy Stiegler

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4520
5/12
9:30am-5:30pm
Mon
1
$115
$104

Pratt welcomes Master Blacksmith Dorothy Stiegler for a one day intensive workshop.  Dorothy is a world renowned artist blacksmith and is the featured demonstrator for the Northwest Blacksmiths Association conference this year.  Pratt is honored to give our community the opportunity to spend a day forging with this talented woman. Explore the use of traditional forging techniques and apply them to develop a better understanding of how to transform steel and bronze into sculptural forms.  This class is open to blacksmithing students of all levels.  Prerequisite: none  Supply fee: $45


Beginning Woodworking | 5.13

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4535
5/13-7/1
6-10pm
Tue
8
$360
$324

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 Blacksmithing: Chisels | 5.20

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4477
5/20-7/1
6-10pm
Tue
6
$319
$287

This six week class will walk you through the steps to forge and heat treat the six basic chisel shapes every blacksmith needs in their tool box.  Each week you will learn how to make a different chisel shape and how it is used in your forge work.  Not only will you gain the knowledge and skills to make your own tools, you will keep the chisels you made in the class.  Prerequisite : Beginning Blacksmithing or equivilant.  Supply fee : $35


Beginning Blacksmithing | 5.21

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4487
5/21-6/25
6-10pm
Wed
6
$319
$287

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 $30


Advanced Welding and Fabrication | 5.21

Hans Hofstee

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4488
5/21-6/25
6-10pm
Wed
6
$345
$311

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  Supply Fee $45


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 5.24

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4536
5/31-6/1
10am-6pm
Sat/Sun
1
$225
$203

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 Blacksmithing | 5.25

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4486
5/25-6/29
1:30-5:30pm
Sun
5/25-6/29
$319
$287

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 $30


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 5.27

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4478
5/27-7/15
6-10pm
Tue
8
$422
$380

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. Class includes a blacksmithing demonstration. Prerequisite: None  Supply Fee $60


The Adirondack Chair | 6.2

Jason Mitchell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4669
6/2-6/23
6-10pm
Mon
4
$240
$216

The Adirondack chair may not be a native design, but the comfortable fit and sturdy, timeless design are perfectly at home in any summer garden in the Pacific Northwest.  The only thing that will make it more comfortable, is knowing that you built it.  This class was designed so that students, under the guidance of a professional outdoor furniture craftsman, will go home with a beautiful Adirondack chair just in time to soak up the rest this summer and many more to come.  Students will follow a traditional design and all tools and materials will be provided.  It's a great way to pick up some skills and gain experience working in the new woodworking studio at Pratt.  Supply Fee: $35


Woodturning Green Bowls | 6.4

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4537
6/4-6/11
6-10pm
Wed
1
$113
$102

Have you ever wanted to learn how to turn a wood bowl? How about expanding the process by turning a bowl out of freshly cut 'green' wood to see the effects of the woods drying process on the bowl itself. Turning green wood is an exciting and spontaneous process. Learn to anticipate the challenges of wood movement. Expect to be surprised by the wiggles and warps of wood as it dries. In this class learn about the salvaging and use of an amazing and often free creative material… green wood.


Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 6.12

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4610
6/12-7/17
6-10pm
Thu
6
$345
$311

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


Intermediate Woodturning | 6.18

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4688
6/18-7/9
6-10pm
Wed
4
$225
$203

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


Knife Making For Wood Carvers | 6.21

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4682
6/21-6/22
10am-6pm
Sat/Sun
1
$303
$273

Learn how to make your own carving tools with very basic equipment. Three bent knives and a straight carving knife will be made in this class, a basic yet versatile set of tools. These knives are traditionally used by native people of the Northwest but can now be found in all the major carving catalogues. These extremely sharp tools can do many of the same tasks as an array of chisels. In this class you will learn sharpening and some carving techniques with your new tools. Once you begin to carve with these tools you will wonder what you did without them. Supply Fee $30


Beginning Stonecarving | 6.22

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4618
6/22-8/10
9am-1pm
Sun
8
$310
$279

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. Prerequisite: None  Supply fee: TBA


Teen Art Week: Welding & Metal Sculpture | 6.23

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4416
6/23-6/27
1:30 pm-4:30 pm
M-F
1
$225
-

Learn to cut, hammer, shape, and attach metal to make functional or abstract sculpture.  You will develop a new skill-set while learning the fundamentals of sculpture and design in three dimensions.  By the end of the week you will take home a sculpture that you have created from design to finish. All materials are included.


Teen Art Week: Welding & Metal Sculpture | 6.23

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4415
6/23-6/27
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$225
-

Learn to cut, hammer, shape, and attach metal to make functional or abstract sculpture.  You will develop a new skill-set while learning the fundamentals of sculpture and design in three dimensions.  By the end of the week you will take home a sculpture that you have created from design to finish. All materials are included.


Beginning Bronze Casting | 6.26

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4623
6/26-8/14
6-10pm
Thu
8
$341
$307

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 | 7.5

Dan Broxon

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4611
7/5-7/26
9am-1pm
Sat
4
$193
$174

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 Welding and Metal Fabrication | 7.6

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4625
7/6-8/24
6-10pm
Sun
8
$422
$380

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


Traditional Mask Carving | 7.7

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4684
7/7-8/11
6pm-10pm
Mon
6
$303
$273

Learn to carve a human face mask from Alder wood in the tradition of the Tsimshian tribe of SE Alaska and Northwestern BC. The mask can be made more or less complex depending on the  skill level of the student. The student will be introduced to one of the most basic elements of Northwest sculptural styles. This style of mask is a good starting point for learning basic human face structure that is adaptable to a variety of styles and treatments. This class will also illustrate the variety of techniques used to paint and decorate a traditional mask. Supply Fee $40


One-Day Workshop: Wood Turned Tools for Jewelers and Smiths | 7.10

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4664
7/10
4-10pm
Thu
1
$83
$75

This class is designed for jewelers and metalsmiths who like creating their own tools. Using the wood shop lathes, we'll learn to create teardrop or domed-head wooden forming hammers, large punches and dapping dies, and other wooden tools for forming metal. The benefit of wood tools is that they allow for extensive metal manipulation before any annealing is needed. Bring your metal forming ideas. We will help you create the tools to do the job. Prerequisite: none     Supply fee: $10


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 7.12

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4671
7/12-7/13
10am-6pm
Sat/Sun
1
$225
$203

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


Workshop Intensive: Make a Table | 7.14

Hans Hofstee

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4651
7/14-7/18
9:30am-5:30am
M-F
1
$500
$450

This five day intensive workshop is the first of our crossover series that will expose students to multiple studios here at Pratt. This class will give students an introduction to both the woodshop and the metal fabrication studio. The goal of this class is for each student to leave with a finished project of a slab top table. You will have the choice of a low coffee table style or a taller side table. Pratt will supply the wood for you to laminate, cut and mill to size as well as the steel to fabricate the base.  Students will learn basic fabrication skills such as using the horizontal bandsaw, MIG welder, sanders and drill press to build the base.  Some experience in either studio is recommended but not necessary.  Prerequisite : None    Supply fee : $150


Beginning Woodworking | 7.15

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4670
7/15-9/2
6-10pm
Tue
8
$360
$324

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


Tool Sharpening for Woodturners | 7.16

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4687
7/16
6-10pm
Wed
1
$56
$51

Woodturning will be much easier with sharp tools that have proper geometry. A few hours learning the fine points of tool sharpness will pay big dividends in your enjoyment. Sharpening class will run from 6-10 but feel free to join us for two hours of open turning before class starting at 4 PM.  Then learn why some tools cut so much better than others.


Workshop Framing and Matting | 7.19

Todd Jannausch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4689
7/19-7/20
9am-5pm
Sat/Sun
1
$320
$288

The ability to make your own frames and mats will not only save you money it will allow you total control over your artistic process. In this weekend workshop students will have the opportunity to create a mat and build a frame from start to finish for an existing piece of work.  We will discuss layout, spacing, mounting work, types of glass, as well as different styles of wood frame construction. Students are encouraged to bring a piece of their own art work with them that is 16'x20' or smaller. Prerequisite none. Supply $65


Workshop: Sculptural Forms: Forging Pipe | 7.19

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4629
7/19-7/20
10am-3pm
Sat/Sun
1
$115
$104

This two day workshop will introduce students to the variety of shapes that can be formed from forging pipe.  The instructor will walk you through the steps of how to forge a beautiful candlestick out of ordinary pipe.  The project will include riveting it to the base and how to finish your piece.  Some forging experience is recommended but not necessary.  Prerequisite : None   Supply fee : $30


Summer Camp: World Art: Sculptural Musical Instruments (7-9) | 7.28

Aaron Murray

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4450
7/28-8/1
9am-3pm
M-F
1
$325
-

Learn about African culture by making a thumb piano. Explore the land down under with a colorful didgeridoo decorated with Australian dot patterns.  Is drumming your thing?  Do you like using your imagination and have a knack for recycling?   This will definitely be a high energy and interactive week.


Summer Camp: World Art: Sculptural Musical Instruments ( 10 – 12) | 7.28

Beth Zirngible

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4451
7/28-8/1
9am-3pm
M-F
1
$325
-

Learn about African culture by making a thumb piano. Explore the land down under with a colorful didgeridoo decorated with Australian dot patterns.  Is drumming your thing?  Do you like using your imagination and have a knack for recycling?   This will definitely be a high energy and interactive week.


Teen Art Week: Welding & Metal Sculpture | 8.25

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4475
8/25-8/29
9:30am-12:30pm
M-F
1
$225
-

This class will be open for registration on February 14.

Learn to cut, hammer, shape, and attach metal to make functional or abstract sculpture.  You will develop a new skill-set while learning the fundamentals of sculpture and design in three dimensions.  By the end of the week you will take home a sculpture that you have created from design to finish. All materials are included.