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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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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


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


Continuing Stone Carving | 11.3

Anthony Brigance Cook

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4945
11/3 - 12/22
6-10pm
Monday
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


Decorative Small Boxes | 11.3

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5000
11/3 - 12/22
6-10pm
Monday
8
$360
$324

In this class we will explore how to design and build small decretive 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


Woodturning Green Bowls | 11.5

Tom Honscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4992
11/5 - 11/19
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.


Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 11.6

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4951
11/6 - 12/18
6-10pm
Thursday
7
$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


Workshop: Make a Trivet | 11.8

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4958
11/8
10:30 - 4:30
Saturday
$100
$90

Take this six-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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 11.12

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4949
11/12 - 12/17
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$328
$295

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 | 11.12

Hans Hofsee

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4950
11/12 - 12/17
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$355
$320

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


Continuing Hand Carving | 11.12

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4991
11/12 - 12/17
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$303
$273

You've gone beyond the block:  now what??  This course is designed for carvers with some experience who would benefit from guidance as they continue to build skills.  Advanced exercises will challenge students to improve their efficiency and control; each student will also design a personal project based on a real-life model, choosing an appropriate wood and finishing technique. Homework and personal tool purchase are recommended but not required. Supply Fee $60.00


Carvin’ Copy | 11.15

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4998
11/15 - 11/16
10am - 6pm
Sat-Sun
$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


Intermediate Blacksmithing: Chisels | 11.18

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4947
11/18 - 12/23
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$329
$206

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 equivalent.  Supply fee : $35


Beginning Woodworking | 11.18

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4990
11/18 - 1/13
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


Beginning Bronze Casting | 11.20

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4952
11/20 - 1/29
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


Forging Night | 11.21

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4954
11/21
6-10pm
Friday
$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


Welding Night | 11.21

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4956
11/21
6-10pm
Friday
$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.


Workshop: Forge Your Own Tongs | 11.22

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4959
11/22
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
$125
$113

The first pursuit of the frugal blacksmith is learning to make tools. This workshop covers the creation of a pair of bolt tongs from mild steel stock including forging and setting of the rivet. You'll also learn to adjust tongs to hold specific stock sizes. Walk out with your first pair of tongs and use them to make more.  Prerequisite : Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent.  Supply Fee: $25


Beginning Blacksmithing | 11.23

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4948
11/23 - 12/28
1:30 - 5:30pm
Sunday
6
$328
$295

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 | 11.24

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5016
11/24 - 12/29
6-10pm
Monday
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


Workshop: Forge Your Own Utensils | 11.28

Torvald Sorenson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4962
11/28 - 11/29
9:30am - 5:30pm
Fri - Sat
$150
$135

It's the holiday season! You have countless dinner parties to attend. Impress your friends when you show up with your own set of hand-forged utensils. Using basic techniques, you will forge your own fork, spoon and knife ready to conquer any meal that comes your way. This day-and-a-half class will be a fun introduction to our blacksmithing studios and a great way to avoid all the holiday madness!


Continuing Stone Carving | 11.30

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4944
11/30 - 1/18
9am - 1pm
Sunday
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


Workshop: Forged Bottle Opener | 12.6

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4963
12/6
10am - 2pm
Saturday
$75
$68

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


Holiday Workshop: Turned Holiday Ornaments | 12.10

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4995
12/10
6-10pm
Wednesday
$60
$54

Learn to turn wood on the lathe and make a variety of wooden ornaments just in time for the holidays! Instruction will include operation of the lathe, safety procedures and precautions, and basic turning techniques needed to create unique wooden ornaments, icicles or spinning tops.  This is a fun class designed to get you started on the lathe.  Prerequisite: None.   Supply Fee $20


Workshop: Forged Wall Bracket | 12.13

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4981
12/13
9:30am - 5:30pm
Saturday
1
$125
$113

Learn the basics of design, layout, and joinery by making a wall-mounted bracket. This simple project includes operations such as punching, riveting, and fullering and will challenge you to create an elegant and interesting piece from simple components. You will leave this class with a nice piece of hardware for yourself or a great holiday gift for someone else.  Prerequisite : Beginning Blacksmithing or equivilent  Supply Fee : $25


Workshop: Framing and Matting | 12.13

Todd Jannausch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5002
12/13 - 12/14
9:00am - 5:00pm
Sat-Sun
$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 fee: $65


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 12.20

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
4993
12/20 - 12/21
10am - 6pm
Sat-Sun
$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