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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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Workshop: Bronze Patina | 9.13

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4759
9/13-9/14
10am-4pm
Sat-Sun
1
$150
$135

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.

 

Prerequisite: None

Supply Fee: $20


Beginning Woodworking | 9.16

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4827
9/16-11/4
6-10pm
Tue
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.

 

Prerequisite: None

Supply Fee $85


Beginning Bronze Casting | 9.18

Mark Walker

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4760
9/18-11/6
6-10pm
Thur
8
$351
$316

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 Stone Carving: Intensive | 9.20

Tamara Buchanan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4761
9/20-10/19*
1:30-5:30pm
Sat, Sun
3
$283
$255

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.

 

Pratt is proud to include Tamara Buchanan as our newest instructor in Stone. She has been a member of the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association since 1987 and regularly teaches workshops in stone carving at their yearly Symposiums.  Stonecarving has captured the imagination of artists throughout history for its permanence, tactility, and sensual beauty.

 

* This class meets every other weekend, 9/20-21, 10/4-5, 10/18-19

 

Prerequisite: None

Supply fee: TBA


Parent and Me: Blacksmithing | 9.20

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4775
9/20
10:30am-2:30pm
Sat
1
$120
$108

Parents, spend some quality time with your child learning blacksmithing at Pratt. Experience how to transform cold hard steel with heat and hammers to make something fun. Learn how to taper, twist and scroll with one of Pratt's best blacksmithing instructors.  This will be an experience you and your child won't forget!

 

For parents and children 10 years old and up.

Price includes one parent and one child, space is limited to four groups so sign up early!

Prerequisite: None


Workshop Framing and Matting | 9.20

Todd Jannausch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4826
9/20-9/21
9-5pm
Sat-Sun
1
$330
$297

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


Continuing Stonecarving | 9.21

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4762
9/21-11/9
9am-1pm
Sun
8
$320
$288

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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 9.23

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4765
9/23-10/28
6-10pm
Tue
6
$332
$299

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 Woodturning for Artists | 9.24

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4864
9/24-10/15
6-10pm
Wed
4
$232
$209

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


Master Artist Program: Forged Animal Heads | 9.26

Darryl Nelson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4790
9/26-9/28
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sun
1
$315
$284

This three day intensive Master Class will introduce you to the hot sculpting techniques used to create the three dimensional animal heads that Master Blacksmith Darryl Nelson is so well known for. You will use hammer and chisels on both solid bar and flat bar to sculpt various animals from a bulldog to a bear. His 40 years of expertise using and teaching these techniques will increase your forging capability and enhance your creative thinking during your time at the forge.

 

Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or Equivilent

Supply fee: $45


Workshop: The Perfect Panel & Stretcher Class for Painters | 10.4

Todd Jannausch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4838
10/4-10/5
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$255
$230

Attention Painters and 2D artists- we created this class just for you! Learn to make plywood panels and stretchers from scratch so you have more control over dimensions, quality, and costs of your work.  In this workshop you will learn how to safely and easily make quality panels or stretchers of any dimension.  The panels will also be made with an integral French cleat for easy and safe hanging of your work.  This class is designed to accommodate students of all skill levels and the instructor will walk you through each step of the way.

 

Prerequisite: None

Supply Fee $45


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 10.4

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4789
10/4-10/25
9am-1pm
Sat
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 Welding and Metal Fabrication | 10.5

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4918
10/5-11/23
6-10pm
Sun
8
$430
$387

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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 10.5

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4763
10/5-11/16
1:30-5:30pm
Sun
6
$332
$299

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


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 10.6

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4882
10/6-11/10
6-10pm
Mon
6
$405
$365

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 Welding and Metal Fabrication | 10.7

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4917
10/7-11/25
6-10pm
Tue
8
$430
$387

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 | 10.8

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4837
10/8-11/19
3:30-5:30pm
Wed
7
$180
NA

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


Welding Night | 10.10

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4788
10/10
6-10pm
Fri
1
$78
$70

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.


Forging Night | 10.10

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4787
10/10
6-10pm
Fri
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 | 10.18

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4825
10/18-10/19
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