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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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Damascus: Introduction to Pattern Welded Steel | 4.21

Celeste Tracy

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5361
4/21 - 5/26
6-10pm
Tuesday
6
$335
$302

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. Prerequisite: beginning blacksmithing or previous experience.  Supply fee: $60


Beginning Woodturning for Artists | 4.27

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5406
4/27 - 6/8
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 Bronze Casting | 4.30

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5362
4/30 - 6/18
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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 5.6

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5363
5/6 - 6/10
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 | 5.6

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5365
5/6 - 6/10
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


Woodturning Boxes | 5.6

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5423
5/6 - 5/27
6-10pm
Wednesday
4
$225
$203

In this class learn many ways to combine metals, glass and other media to create amazing little containers. Learn the art of turning small intricate boxes with lids that fit perfectly. We will work with a variety of local northwest woods. We will also discuss the process you will use for collecting and drying your own materials at home. Prerequisite: Beginning Woodturning for Artists     Supply Fee $85


Ladies Forging Night | 5.8

Alair Wells

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5359
5/8
6-10pm
Fri-Sun
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 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


Ladies Welding Night | 5.8

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5366
5/8
6-10pm
Friday
1
$78
$70

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


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 5.9

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5402
5/9 - 5/10
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


Creative Small Cabinets | 5.14

Stephen Ruden

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5408
5/14 - 7/2
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$360
$324

This intermediate class is designed to take your woodworking skills to the next level! Each student will have the opportunity to build their own small cabinet while learning the ins and outs of drawers, doors and lids. All students will be building the same cabinet approximately 12'x16'x12' but will have the opportunity to explore a variety of woods and individual embellishments.  Supply Fee $85


Carvin’ Copy | 5.16

Julia Harrison

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5403
5/16 - 5/17
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


Wearables: Big & Dirty Meets Tiny & Shiny | 5.23

Erica Gordon

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5409
5/23 - 5/24
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$220
$198

Let's make jewelry in the blacksmithing studio! In this two day, intensive weekend workshop you will be introduced to a variety of simple blacksmithing techniques and be encouraged to experiment with them to create your own wearable steel. Multiple, quick paced demos will get your hands dirty right away and then we will go over different ways to turn your forging experiments into strong, modern jewelry. This workshop is perfect for both jewelers looking to expand into working with steel or for anyone interested in working with big tools on a small scale. Experimentation and collaboration will be encouraged. Prerequisite: None Supply Fee :$30


Practical Applications for Blackened Steel | 5.30

Holly Mistur

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5368
5/30 - 5/31
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
1
$275
$248

The focus of this class is to teach the basic methods of blackening steel and its use in practical and impractical settings. This process is a popular and common method used to color and protect steel from rust as well as cover other ways to finish steel sculpture and furniture, including plating, flame-spray and various industrial coatings that are available. Over the two day coarse students will blacken steel, brass plated steel and bronze flame-sprayed steel. Each student will leave with a basic patina kit, which can be used for future projects and a resource guide to help the student in planning future projects where steel finishing is necessary. Prerequisite: None


Continuing Blacksmithing: Traditional Joinery | 5.30

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5367
5/30 - 7/11
10am - 2pm
Saturday
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. No class on July 4. Prerequisite - Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent.  Supply fee $35


Parent and Me: Blacksmithing | 5.31 FULL

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5352
5/31
1 - 5pm
Sunday
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.


Beginning Woodturning | 6.2

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5524
6/2 - 7/14
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


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 6.2

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5462
6/2 - 7/21
6-10pm
Tuesday
8
$430
$367

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 Woodworking | 6.2

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5405
6/2 - 7/21
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


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 6.3

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5514
6/3 - 7/8
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


Mold Making for Figures and Complex Forms | 6.6

Jeanne Marie Ferraro

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5492
6/6 - 6/21
9:30am-5:30pm
Sat-Sun
4
$345
$311

This class is for sculptors interested in making a mold to cast their clay figure sculptures or other complex forms including voids or open spaces.  This process will walk you through making a rubber mold with a multi part mother mold so that you can cast your piece in wax ready to use in the lost wax process.  Weather you intend to make your final piece out of glass, plaster, resin or bronze, this class will cover how to make a quality mold you can use multiple times.  **This class requires students to purchase a specific rubber mold compound that is specified in the supply list and not included in the tuition cost.**


Workshop: Framing and Matting | 6.6

Todd Jannausch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5523
6/6 - 6/7
9am - 5pm
Sat-Sun
1
$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


Beginning Welding and Metal Fabrication | 6.7

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5463
6/7 - 7/26
6-10pm
Sunday
8
$430
$367

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


Hammer Making | 6.12

David Tuthill

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5464
6/12 - 6/14
9:30am-5:30pm
Fri-Sun
1
$175
$158

In this class you will learn about some basic tool steel alloys and how to use them in the process of forging a punch, drift, and at least one hammer. Also in this class you will learn how to make a high quality handle, as well as proper fitting, care, and feeding of the handle to hammer head.  Covered in this class will be punching, drifting, annealing, hardening, tempering, shaping, and grinding, (minimal) of a 1 1/2 - 2- 1/2 lb forging hammer.  Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or higher.   Class supply fee : $115


Woodturning Hollow Forms | 6.16

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5516
6/16 - 7/21
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


Woodturning Studio – Open Session and Project Mentoring | 6.18

TBA

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5529
6/18
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


Open Forge | 6.19

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5490
6/19 - 7/24
6-10pm
Friday
6
$315
$284

This class gives students who have been through any level of our blacksmithing classes the opportunity  to spend time in our forging studio to finish past projects or start new ones with the benefit of a skilled blacksmithing instructor at your disposal. This is a great option for students who are thinking of becoming accessed to use our studio independently, but need a refresher or aren't quite ready to make that leap. You will gain a sense of accomplishment and independence by taking this class, ready to join our community of studio artists while finishing those projects from your previous classes. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing   Supply fee: $30


Workshop: Bronze Patina | 6.20

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5478
6/20 - 6/21
10am - 4pm
Sat-Sun
1
$155
$140

Learn a variety of methods to create and apply bronze patinas. This workshop will discuss hot and cold methods of patination, with demonstrations of burial, immersion, torch, and vapor methods. Torch patinas will be covered in depth, with a focus on application techniques and using a limited palette of chemicals for a variety of colors and effects. Each day will start with discussion and demonstrations, with a chance to apply the techniques in the afternoon. Safety precautions and practices will be discussed.
Prerequisite: None  Supply Fee: $30


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 6.20

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5513
6/20 - 6/21
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 Woodturning | 6.22

Lawrence Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5522
6/22 - 8/3
6-10pm
Monday
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


Beginning Blacksmithing | 6.24

Brian Stahly

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5460
6/24 - 7/29
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.  The best way to learn blacksmithing is to begin with simple projects, creating tools as you need them. This class focuses on basic blacksmithing concepts such as hammer control, creation of simple tools, properties of steel, and tong use. Through a series of small projects you will become comfortable working at a forge, using a hammer to form steel into various useful shapes.  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 | 6.24

Rob Hill

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5526
6/24 - 7/29
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


Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 6.25

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5466
6/25 - 7/30
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


Continuing Stonecarving | 6.28

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
5465
6/28 - 8/16
9am - 1pm
Sunday
8
$330
$297

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


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

TBA

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