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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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Holiday Workshop: Make a Trivet | 12.10

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6822
12/10
2-6pm
Saturday
1
$95
$86

Take this four hour workshop and create a lovely trivet upon which to rest your hot dishes this upcoming holiday season. Learn how to forge and fit all the parts along with some traditional joinery using rivets. This makes a great gift or a cool conversation piece over dinner! Prerequisite: None. Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning | 12.10

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6761
12/10
10am - 4pm
Saturday
1
$195
$176

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: Live Edge Trays | 12.10

Stephen Ruden

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6772
12/10 - 12/11
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$240
$216

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


Holiday Workshop: Forged Bottle Opener | 12.17

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6821
12/17
2-6pm
Saturday
1
$95
$86

Give that special someone something truly special this holiday season: a hand-forged bottle opener made by you! Enjoy this unique opportunity to try your hand at blacksmithing and make a beautifully useful gift. Prerequisite: None Supply fee: $20


Parent and Me: Blacksmithing | 12.18 FULL

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6816
12/18
1-5pm
Sunday
1
$150

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.


Parent and Me: Welding | 12.18 FULL

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6818
12/18
1-5pm
Sunday
1
$150

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. Repeat students welcome! For parents and kids 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.


Beginning Blacksmithing|1.5

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6905
1/5 - 2/9
6-10pm
Thursday
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


Welding Night | 1.6

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6923
1/6
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.


Forging Night| 1.6

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6914
1/6
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


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 1.7

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6919
1/7 - 1/8
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


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 1.8

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6893
1/8 - 2/26
6-10pm
Sunday
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


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 1.9

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6907
1/9 - 2/27
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 Blacksmithing | 1.9

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6904
1/9 - 2/13
6-10pm
Monday
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


Beginning Woodturning | 1.9

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6895
1/9 - 2/13
6-10pm
Monday
6
$382
$344

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 Woodworking | 1.9

Dan Morgan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6896
1/9 - 2/13
6-10pm
Monday
6
$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


Intermediate Blacksmithing: Chisels| 1.10

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6908
1/10 - 2/14
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$350
$315

This six week class will walk you through the steps to forge and heat treat basic tools every blacksmith needs in their tool box including chisels, tongs and handled top tools will be covered along with heat treating. Not only will you gain the knowledge and skills to make your own tools, you will keep what you made in the class. Prerequisite : Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent. Supply fee: $65


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 1.10

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6894
1/10 - 2/28
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$465
$412

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


Intermediate Woodturning | 1.10

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6898
1/10 - 2/14
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$429
$386

The course will cover several aspects of woodturning.  We will explore turning seasoned wood as well as freshly harvested wet wood. An end-grain lidded box will be made, fitted with a top finial made with multi-axis turning.  A small closed vessel will be turned using conventional and hollowing tools. We will  create open footed, round bottom and live edge bowls, and learn techniques for refining the finish of the surface of these bowls. NO CLASS JAN 31!


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 1.10

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6899
1/10 - 2/14
6-10pm
Tuesday
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


Damascus: Introduction to Pattern Welded Steel |1.11

Celeste Tracy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6909
1/11 - 2/15
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$345
$311

Damascus steel, the stuff of ancient legends, is taken one step further in the current way of replicating it by forge welding layered steel with a hydraulic press. Celeste Tracy has been making Damascus at Pratt for nine years and continues to be fascinated with the process.
She will familiarize students with this process by using Pratt's Damascus forge and hydraulic press built specifically for this purpose. This technique opens up the possibilities of a myriad of designs and uses for the patterned steel produced. The student will come away with a billet ready to transform into a future work of art.


Introduction to TIG Welding | 1.11

Andy Fallat

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6911
1/11 - 2/15
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$370
$333

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


Advanced Woodturning | 1.11

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6902
1/11 - 2/15
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$395
$356

Many intermediate turners have requested an advanced level class, so here it is! Delve deeper into green and dry woodturning and finishing techniques.


9 Tools, 3 Joints – Handtool Basics | 1.11

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6906
1/11 - 2/15
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$440
$396

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. There is a $65 supply fee for wood consumables in this course.


Decorative Small Boxes | 1.12

Stephen Ruden

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6910
1/12 - 2/16
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$340
$306

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


Wood Finishes For Artists | 1.13

Michele Morton

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6915
1/13 - 1/20
6-10pm
Friday
2
$110
$99

Choosing a Finish: Find out the pros and cons of water-based, oil-based and solvent based finishes. Learn how to discern which finish would best suit your project. We will go over a step-by-step finishing flow chart to make sure the correct steps are taken in the right sequence. We will also review finishing techniques, equipment and safety.

Coloring Wood: Learn the differences between dyes and stains and when its best to use them. Learn how to use dyes and stains together to achieve in-depth colors.  Can’t afford ebony? Make and use an ebonizing mordant. Find out how different woods react to coloring. We will review various application techniques and safety.


Continuing Blacksmithing – Rivets, Collars and Joinery | 1.14

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6912
1/14 - 2/18
10am - 2pm
Saturday
6
$345
$311

This class will show students how to join parts together without the use of a welder. They will learn riveting, collars and other traditional joinery techniques. These processes have been used for centuries and provide a strong connection as well as an aesthetically beautiful element to your forged metalwork. Not only will you learn these valuable skills, but these techniques allow you to think differently about how you build your pieces. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent. Supply fee - $35


Original Resin Sculpture | 1.14

Louise Warner

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6949
1/14 - 1/22
10am - 4pm
Sat - Sun
2
$225
$203

This course will guide each student to use their imagination or idea and turn it into a sculpture of their own. Come to the first class with a fun idea to inspire! A picture, sketch or magazine image is very helpful. Something with movement works best. Remember to keep it fairly simple in design since we will keep these sculptures to a scale close to 12'x 8'. The first step will be building an armature and base followed by using the two part resin putty to build out your form. Students will then use a Dremel tool to sculpt the finishing touches and finish with a custom patina. Materials for this course are specifically listed in the confirmation email and will cost between $50 and $75 per student and are supplied by the student.


Pen Turning | 1.14

Daniel Pittsford

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6921
1/14
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 ! )
While you are at it, make one for yourself to go with the Thomas Jefferson laptop desk that you always wanted to build someday! As a bonus, Daniel will provide each student with a CD that includes additional pen-making instructions and tips; links to websites for resources; and some instructional videos that review what you learned in class.
Daniel will also cover low cost methods of sharpening of turning tools. This class is intended for beginner-expert turners and general woodworkers looking for a new experience. Sign up soon...this class will fill up fast!  Supply Fee: $30


Low-Relief Wood Carving | 1.14

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6924
1/14 - 1/15
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$230
$207

Low-relief carving is a centuries-old craft that has endless creative possibilities, and can be done with minimal tools, equipment, money, and space. It's also very relaxing and a lot of fun. Carving in low-relief allows you to depict imagery and designs on a wood surface with a minimal amount of wood removal, giving the illusion of depth. In this weekend class, you'll learn how to safely use and sharpen carving chisels and gouges, how to effectively hold your work in place, how to transfer an image to wood, and how to carve an image in low-relief. This is a great class for beginners who want to try something new, or for expert woodworkers who want to add a new touch to furniture, turnings, and other woodworks. Also great for sculptors and clay artists who want to learn the basics of relief carving to use in other media.


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 1.21

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6925
1/21 - 1/22
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


Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning | 1.21

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6929
1/21
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.


Ladies Forging Night | 1.27

Alair Wells

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6927
1/27
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 | 1.27

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6932
1/27
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


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 1.28

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6950
1/28 - 2/25
9am - 1pm
Saturday
5
$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


Chainsaw Use and Safety | 1.28

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6931
1/28 - 1/29
10am - 4:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$286
$257

Knowing how to safely use a chainsaw can open up new worlds for woodworkers of all kinds, to make use of local trees that have fallen. Knowing how to safely use a chainsaw is also an invaluable skill for people who manage property, burn wood, or want to use a chainsaw in the yard. In this hands-on 2-day workshop, you will learn the physics of how a chainsaw works, how to protect yourself from the saw and other hazards, how to safely start and run a chainsaw, and how to safely approach various cutting situations. You will also learn basic chainsaw maintenance and how to change and sharpen a chain. You will learn by doing in this class, and will cut up large chunks of wood to practice various chainsaw skills, such as cross-cutting, ripping, and rough-forming. Supplies Fee: $30


Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 2.2

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6933
2/2 - 3/9
6-10pm
Thursday
6
$370
$333

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


Master Artist: Martha Collins Wood Laminations | 2.6

Martha Collins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6934
2/6 - 2/10
9:30am - 4:30pm
Mon - Fri
1
$595
$536

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


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 2.11

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6920
2/11 - 2/12
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


Couples Forging Day | 2.12

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6913
2/12
10am - 2pm
Sunday
1
$170
$153

Spend an evening forging with someone special. 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. The cost of this class covers you and your guest. Prerequisite: None