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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 Bronze Casting | 7.9

Mark Walker

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5545
7/9 - 8/27
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$360
$324

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 Woodturning | 7.15

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5515
7/15 - 8/19
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


Woodturning Studio – Open Session and Project Mentoring | 7.16

Laura Yeats

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5530
7/16
6-9pm
Thursday
1
$40
$36

Come to the studio to jumpstart a new woodturning project or to problem solve a current one. This is an open studio session and opportunity to practice and improve your woodturning skills and methods.  Individual guidance and group demonstrations will be provided as needed.Laura Yeats is a wood artisan with mastery in woodturned bowls and furniture. Prerequisite: Beginning woodturning or equivalent


Campfire Cooking Tools | 7.18

Torvald Sorenson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5525
7/18 - 7/19
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$190
$171

Forge your own set of campfire cooking tools!  This weekend workshop will have you ready for your next outdoor cooking adventure. You will make a steak turner, spit fork and stand, trammel hook and 's' hooks and turning forks.  This is the perfect class for a beginner smith or someone more experienced who wants to have a little fun at the forge. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing  Supply fee : $30


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 7.20

Andy Fallat

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5567
7/20 - 8/24
6-10pm
Monday
6
$350
$315

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


Pacific Northwest Style Carving | 7.20

Cecily Bishop

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5563
7/20 - 9/14
6-10pm
Monday
8
$404
$364

Take home a beautiful hand carved plaquethat 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 styleart 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 | 7.22

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5556
7/22 - 8/26
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


Beginning Woodturning for Artists | 8.4

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5558
8/4 - 9/15
1-5pm
Tuesday
7
$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


Woodturning Hollow Forms | 8.4

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5559
8/4 - 9/8
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$250
$225

Vases, pots, and other narrow-necked vessels. All of these are forms created using specialized hollowing techniques and tools. In this class, learn how to make a basic hollowing tool and then use it, along with other tools, to create hollow forms. Tools and methods of turning the exterior and interior will be covered along with the basics of finishing, as well as various methods of chucking and holding these vessels. A basic understanding of woodturning is required. Prerequisite: Intermediate Woodturning    Supply Fee $85


Beginning Woodworking | 8.4

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5560
8/4 - 9/22
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. Prerequisite: None  Supply Fee $85


Woodturning Studio – Open Session and Project Mentoring | 8.6

Laura Yeats

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5564
8/6
6-9pm
Thursday
1
$40
$36

Come to the studio to jumpstart a new woodturning project or to problem solve a current one. This is an open studio session and opportunity to practice and improve your woodturning skills and methods.  Individual guidance and group demonstrations will be provided as needed.Laura Yeats is a wood artisan with mastery in woodturned bowls and furniture. Prerequisite: Beginning woodturning or equivalent


Forging Night | 8.7

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5569
8/7
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


Welding Night | 8.7

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5573
8/7
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.


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 8.8

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5574
8/8 - 8/29
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 Woodturning for Artists | 8.10

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5557
8/10 - 9/21
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


Spirit Journey Stone Carving | 8.15

Istara Freedom

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5568
8/15 - 8/23
1:30 - 5:30pm
Saturday
4
$150
$135

This introduction to stone carving will focus on creating form by developing a relationship with the stone that reveals the intrinsic form rather than imposing external notions.  The workshop will take place over four days in consecutive weekends beginning with carving cast plaster, moving into carving soft stone such as soap stone. Students will gain knowledge of basic carving techniqes enabling them to move forward in our stone carving classes.  No experience necessary.  Supply fee TBD.


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 8.22

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5561
8/22 - 8/23
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 Studio – Open Session and Project Mentoring | 8.27

Laura Yeats

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5565
8/27
6-9pm
Thursday
1
$40
$36

Come to the studio to jumpstart a new woodturning project or to problem solve a current one. This is an open studio session and opportunity to practice and improve your woodturning skills and methods.  Individual guidance and group demonstrations will be provided as needed.Laura Yeats is a wood artisan with mastery in woodturned bowls and furniture. Prerequisite: Beginning woodturning or equivalent