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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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Beginning Woodturning for Artists | 1.5

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5142
1/5 - 2/16
6-10pm
Monday
6
$348
$313

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 $60.00


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 1.6

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5065
1/6 - 2/24
6-10pm
Tuesday
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


Introduction to TIG Welding | 1.7

Hans Hofstee

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5079
1/7 - 2/11
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. Prerequisite: Beginning Welding or equivalent   Supply fee: $45


Intermediate Woodturning | 1.7

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5143
1/7 - 2/11
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


Continuing Blacksmithing: Creative Techniques | 1.7

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5067
1/7 - 2/11
6-10pm
Wednesday
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 $35


Mold Making for Multiples | 1.10

Sherri Gamble

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5071
1/10 - 1/18
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat-Sun
2
$345
$311

This course is meant to appeal to anyone wanting to cast multiples of an original form and will teach you how to make a silicone and plaster case mold. The final case mold will provide the artist the ability to re-produce a piece of work in a multiple of mediums such as bronze, plaster or glass. Come to class with your original piece and all the items on the supply list to dive right in to this intensive, highly informative class.  Students will gain the skills and knowledge to make a high quality mother mold of their original sculpture.  ** This class requires students to purchase a specific silicone mold compound that is specified in the supply list and not included in tuition cost. **


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 1.11

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5066
1/11 - 3/1
6-10pm
Sunday
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 | 1.13

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5072
1/13 - 2/17
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 $30


Pacific Northwest Style Carving | 1.14

Cecily Bishop

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5146
1/14 - 3/4
6-10pm
Wednesday
8
$404
$364

Take home a beautiful hand carved plaque that you made yourself! Yes, you can! This class provides a supportive well equipped environment to gain a basic introduction to woodcarving and in particular the techniques of carving a Northwest Coast style art plaque. You'll have your choice of a Raven or Wolf design on a panel of good quality wood. You'll learn carving tips and techniques to shape, sand, seal, carve, and paint the elements of your design.

You will learn about carving tools in general and how to use chisels, parting tools, gouges and other knives. You'll learn how to safely use a band saw, sanders and other shop equipment. We will discuss measuring techniques and general sound design concepts. We will also discuss Wood in general and demystify the process of buying good wood for hand carving.No need to bring tools. However if you do have some tools, feel free to bring them. Supply Fee $40


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 1.15

John Kettman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5138
1/15 - 2/19
6-10pm
Thursday
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


Continuing Blacksmithing: Traditional Joinery | 1.18

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5068
1/18 - 2/22
1:30 - 5:30pm
Sunday
6
$335
$302

This class will show students how to apply techniques learned in the beginning classes, half faced blows and twists, while introducing new skills, punching holes and riveting, to design and build a frame with infill. You will use this simple design as a starting point to bend, shape and incorporate your own aesthetic into a finished piece. This project is meant to spark your imagination in the direction of making a purely artistic wall hanging or how to apply these techniques towards something more functional. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent.  Supply fee $35


Welding Night | 1.23

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5074
1/23
6-10pm
Friday
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 | 1.23

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5075
1/23
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


Parent and Me: Welding (Ages 13+) | 1.24

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5069
1/24
1-5pm
Saturday
1
$120

Parents, spend some quality time with your child learning to weld at Pratt. This class is fun: a welding experience and demonstration of the MIG welding process.  It is a great opportunity to explore what the Pratt fabrication shop has to offer with one of Pratt's best welding instructors.  This will be an experience you and your child won't forget! For parents and teens 13 years old and up. Price includes one parent and one child, space is limited to four groups so sign up early!  No experience necessary.


Decorative Small Boxes | 1.26

Stephen Ruden

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5140
1/26 - 3/16
6-10pm
Monday
8
$360
$324

In this class we will explore how to design and build small decorative boxes. Shop safety, project sketch, notes, box joinery, materials selection and milling, measurement, and cutting lists will be reviewed. Tool sharpening, machine safety, blade choices, project jigs, and tool adjustments will be demonstrated. Learning to use precision jigs for cross-cutting, finger-joints and splined-mitre joints. Supply Fee $30


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 1.26

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5070
1/26 - 3/16
6-10pm
Monday
8
$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 Woodworking | 1.27

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5139
1/27 - 3/17
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


Teen Welding and Blacksmithing | 2.4

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5058
2/4 - 3/18
3:30-5:30pm
Wednesday
7
$180

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.


Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 2.5

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5077
2/5 - 3/12
6-10pm
Thursday
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


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 2.7

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5080
2/7 - 2/28
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


Carvin’ Copy | 2.7

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5145
2/7 - 2/8
10am - 6pm
Sat-Sun
1
$200
$180

Copying might be frowned on in school, but it's one of the best ways to build your carving skills! By transforming a block of solid wood into a 'portrait' of an existing object (such as a fruit, leaf, or flower), you'll practice a full range of key techniques: laying out your design, roughing the form, carving details, and applying a surface finish. This low-tech approach suits students of all levels; those with some carving experience will have the option of using more challenging woods or complicated shapes. Supply Fee $30


Beginning Stonecarving | 2.8

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5076
2/8 - 3/29
9am - 1pm
Sunday
8
$325
$293

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


Beginning Bronze Casting | 2.19

Mark Walker

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5078
2/19 - 4/9
6-10pm
Thursday
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


Parent and Me: Blacksmithing (Ages 10+) | 2.21

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5063
2/21
1 - 5pm
Saturday
1
$120

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!  No experience necessary.


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 2.21

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5141
2/21 - 2/22
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


Woodturning Green Bowls | 2.25

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5144
2/25 - 3/11
6-10pm
Wednesday
3
$171
$154

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. Supply Fee $45