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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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Beginning Bronze Casting | 5.5

Mark Walker

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6221
5/5 - 6/23
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$370
$333

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 Woodworking: Individual Projects | 4.27

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6243
4/27 - 6/1
6-10pm
Wednesday
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


Chainsaw Use and Safety | 4.30

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6245
4/30-5/1
10am - 4:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$260
$234

Knowing how to safely use a chainsaw can open up new worlds for woodworkers of all kinds, to make use of local city trees that have fallen or have to come down. A 6-hour workshop, covering basic chainsaw safety and use. Students will cut up some large chunks of wood to practice various chainsaw skills, such as cross-cutting, ripping, and rough-forming. Students will also learn how to change and sharpen the chain. Knowing how to safely use a chainsaw can open up new worlds for woodworkers of all kinds, to make use of local city trees that have fallen or have to come down. Supplies Fee: $30


Beginning Blacksmithing | 5.2

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6228
5/2 - 6/6
6-10pm
Monday
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 $35


Intermediate Woodturning | 5.4

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6295
5/4 - 6/8
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


Mold Making for Multiples | 5.7

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6318
5/7 - 5/15
9:30am - 5pm
Sat - Sun
4
$250
$225

This course is meant to appeal to anyone wanting to make a casting of an original form by teaching you how to make a silicone rubber and mother mold. The mold will allow you to cast a wax positive that can be used in the lost wax process for mediums such as bronze 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 reuseable 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. **


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 5.7

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6252
5/7 - 5/8
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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 5.10

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6229
5/10 - 6/14
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 $35


Master Artist Workshop: Introduction to Sand Cast Bronze | 5.21

Judith Caldwell

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6231
5/21 - 5/28
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sun - Sat
1
$950
$855

This week long class will offer students the opportunity to try a bronze casting technique not regularly offered at Pratt. Sand casting is a metal casting process characterized by using sand as the mold material rather than using the lost wax investment process. Participants will learn all of the steps necessary to create a small scale bronze casting in a 2-part sand mold, either low or high relief, from a plasticene clay pattern. Making the pattern will happen under the guidance of Judith here at Pratt, while fabricating the sand mold, preparing the mold for molten metal, and the pour will take place in Judith and her husband Daniel's studio in Seattle. Students will meet there for those portions of the class and then the finishing and patina options will take place back at the Pratt studios. Some clay modeling experience will be helpful, but is not required. The price of the bronze is not covered in tuition price. Prerequisite: none.


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 5.21

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6251
5/21 - 5/22
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$220
$198

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


9 Tools, 3 Joints- Handtool Basics | 5.24

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6250
5/24 - 7/12
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$400
$360

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 consumeables in this course.


Ladies Forging Night | 5.27

Alair Wells

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6218
5/27
6-10pm
Friday
1
$80
$72

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 | 5.27

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6220
5/27
6-10pm
Friday
1
$80
$72

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


Beginning Woodturning | 5.30

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6445
5/30 - 7/4
6-10pm
Monday
6
$348
$313

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 Blacksmithing | 6.1

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6396
6/1 - 7/6
6-10pm
Wednesday
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 $35


Layout and Assembly for Fabrication | 6.1

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6420
6/1 - 7/6
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$355
$320

Notes, design, and layout are important skill sets when planning any project. This class will start with sketching and planning an idea, and follow up with the necessary skills to build that idea. We will focus on MIG/TIG welding and cold riveting to build our designs. Come with notebook in hand and projects in mind. Prerequisite : Beginning Welding preferred but not necessary Supply Fee : $45


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 6.4

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6398
6/4 - 6/5
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$262
$236

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


Advanced Welding and Fabrication | 6.5

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6403
6/5 - 7/24
6-10pm
Sunday
8
$445
$401

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


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 6.7

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6406
6/7 - 7/26
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$445
$401

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 | 6.9

Alair Wells

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6395
6/9 - 7/14
6-10pm
Thursday
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 $35


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 6.11

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6410
6/11 - 7/9
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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 6.13

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6397
6/13 - 7/18
6-10pm
Monday
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 $35


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 6.13

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6404
6/13 - 8/1
6-10pm
Monday
8
$445
$401

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


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 6.15

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6399
6/15 - 7/20
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$290
$261

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


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 6.18

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6400
6/18 - 6/19
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$260
$234

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


Continuing Stonecarving | 6.19

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6422
6/19 - 8/7
9am - 1pm
Sunday
8
$340
$306

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


Intermediate Woodturning | 6.22

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6401
6/22 - 7/27
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$390
$351

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


Forging Night | 6.24

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6414
6/24
6-10pm
Friday
1
$80
$72

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 | 6.24

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6415
6/24
6-10pm
Friday
1
$80
$72

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.


Beginning Blacksmithing | 7.9

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6411
7/9 - 8/13
10am - 2pm
Saturday
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 $35


Pen Turning | 7.9

Daniel Pittsford

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6405
7/9
10am - 6pm
Saturday
1
$180
$162

Learn to turn your own pens and writing implements in this fun community class. Beginner-expert turners and woodworkers welcome- learn at your pace and within your own comfort zone. You will learn some basic turning and sharpening techniques and will leave with a new pen and increased confidence in the turning studio.


Workshop: Panel Making for 2D Artists | 7.16

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6409
7/16 - 7/17
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$290
$261

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