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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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Intermediate Bronze Casting | 8.27

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6754
08/27 - 09/17
9am - 1pm
Saturday
4
$210
$189

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


Creative Metalworking – Forging and Welding | 9.8

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6664
9/8 - 10/13
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


Workshop: Spoon Carving | 9.10

Scott Brown

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6699
9/10 - 9/11
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 | 9.11

Mark Rudis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6667
9/11 - 10/30
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


Continuing Stonecarving | 9.11

Sabah Al-Dhaher

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6666
9/11 - 10/30
9am - 1pm
Sunday
8
$355
$320

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 Blacksmithing | 9.12

KT Hancock

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6679
9/12 - 10/17
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


Guitar Building Open Shop | 9.12

Mike Thurlow

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6698
9/12 - 10/17
6-10pm
Monday
6
$220
$198

Building a guitar? Interested in some on-hand instruction while building a kit? Need technical advice from someone with lots of guitar building experience? This is the class for you. Mike Thurlow builds fantastic guitars and is a very patient teacher. In this 'open shop' format, you can bring your own project and perfect it with Mike's help. This is a great opportunity to build community with fellow guitar builders and instrument enthusiasts while you round out your woodworking skill set at the same time!


Introduction to Welding and the Sculptural Form | 9.12

Bill Baber

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6668
9/12 - 10/31
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 Welding and Metal Fabrication | 9.13

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6670
9/13 - 11/1
6-10pm
Tuesday
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


Chainsaw Use and Safety | 9.17

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6701
9/17 - 9/18
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 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


Forging with the Power Hammer | 9.17

Jim Joblin

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6694
9/17 - 9/18
9:30am - 5:30pm
Sat - Sun
1
$215
$194

This course will focus on familiarizing you with the new power hammer in the forging shop. Learn how to safely operate this machine including set-up, maintenance and ergonomics. The power hammer allows artists to work efficiently and effectively texturing and shaping larger stock sizes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the hammer and you will qualify to be accessed on this equipment by the end of the class. Prerequisite: Beginning and Continuing Blacksmithing or equivalent Supply fee: $25


Intermediate Blacksmithing: Chisels | 9.20

Andy Blakney

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6669
9/20 - 10/25
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


Introduction to TIG Welding | 9.21

Andy Fallat

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6671
9/21 - 10/26
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.


Intermediate Woodturning | 9.21

Tom Henscheid

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6703
9/21 - 10/26
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$429
$386

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 $85


Intermediate Woodworking: Individual Projects | 9.21

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6700
9/21 - 10/26
6-10pm
Wednesday
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


Beginning Bronze Casting | 9.22

Eva Funderburgh Hollis

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6672
9/22 - 11/10
6-10pm
Thursday
8
$395
$356

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


Pen Turning | 9.25

Daniel Pittsford

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6704
9/25
10am - 6pm
Sunday
1
$190
$171

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. Supply Fee: $80


Beginning Woodturning | 9.26

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6705
9/26 - 10/31
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


9 Tools, 3 Joints- Handtool Basics | 9.27

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6706
9/27 - 11/15
9/27 - 11/15
Tuesday
8
$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.


Welding Night | 9.30

Brandon Bowman

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6675
9/30
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 | 9.30

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6674
9/30
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


Intensive: Stone Sculpting Fundamentals | 10.1

Tamara Buchanan

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6693
10/1 - 10/30
1:30 - 5:30
Sat - Sun
3
$300
$270

Tamara Buchanan has been a member of the Nortwest Stone Sculptors Association since 1987 and regularly teaches workshops at their yearly Symposiums. Stonecarving has captured the imagination of artists throughout history for its permanence, tactility, and sensual beauty. Take advantage of Pratt's stone yard facility and begin working with soft stone. You'll learn both ancient and modern reductive sculpting techniques with hand carving tools, power tools, and pneumatics. This is a great way to learn about types of stone and how to work with them while producing a small piece by the end of the class. ***PLEASE NOTE*** This class meets every other weekend. Prerequisite: None. Supply fee: TBA


Intermediate Bronze Casting | 10.1

Ed Thayer

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6677
10/1 - 10/29
9am - 1pm
Saturday
5
$210
$189

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


Workshop: Woodworking Fundamentals | 10.1

Steve Dando

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6702
10/1 - 10/2
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


Continuing Blacksmithing: Creative Techniques | 10.5

Lisa Geertsen

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6676
10/5 - 11/9
6-10pm
Wednesday
6
$350
$315

The main objective of this class is to focus on skill building and creative thinking. You will explore more advanced techniques such as chisel work, upset corners, rivets and a small ammount of nonferrous. This class is meant to enhance the skills and controlled hammer work learned in Beginning Blacksmithing. You will also learn how to use these more advanced techniques in creating decorative elements for functional applications. Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing or equivalent Supply Fee $40


Forged Kitchen Tool Kit | 10.7

Silas Maddox

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6685
10/7 - 10/9
see description
Fri - Sun
1
$215
$194

In this class students will use fundamental blacksmithing techniques to forge common kitchen utensils including a spatula, ladle and a serving fork. If there is time maybe even a bottle opener! Every student, regardless of skill, can expect to complete at least one utensil and a full set is very possible. Forging demonstrations will focus on blacksmithing fundamentals especially isolating mass and creating accurate transitions. Design considerations will be paramount as we strive for functional elegance. Plan on lots of hammering and fun having! Prerequisite: Beginning Blacksmithing. Supply Fee: $35  Class meets Friday 6-10pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:30am - 5:30pm.


Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning | 10.8

David Lutrick

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6707
10/8
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.


Workshop: Panel Making for 2D Artists | 10.11

Brian Watson

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6736
10/11 - 10/12
11am - 4pm
Tues - Wed
1
$296
$266

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


Workshop: Laminated Wood Jewelry – Pendants and Earrings | 10.14

Martha Collins

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6709
10/14 - 10/16
10am - 6pm
Fri - Sun
1
$385
$347

This 2 1/2 day class will cover design and construction techniques used in making wood jewelry with different exotic and domestic woods and dyed veneer. Students will laminate blocks, shape them using band saw and sanders, slice the block on the bandsaw and bore for findings. Students can expect to go home with finished pins, pendants and earrings. All materials will be provided, woodworking experience is not necessary.


Beginning Blacksmithing | 10.15

Scott Szloch

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6680
10/15 - 11/19
10am - 2pm
Saturday
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


Forging with the Power Hammer | 10.15

Jim Joblin

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6695
10/15 - 10/16
3-8pm
Sat - Sun
1
$150
$135

This course will focus on familiarizing you with the new power hammer in the forging shop. Learn how to safely operate this machine including set-up, maintenance and ergonomics. The power hammer allows artists to work efficiently and effectively texturing and shaping larger stock sizes. This is a great opportunity to learn about the hammer and you will qualify to be accessed on this equipment by the end of the class. Prerequisite: Beginning and Continuing Blacksmithing or equivalent Supply fee: $25


Master Artist Workshop – Sculpture from the Forge | 10.17

John Medwedeff

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6714
10/17 - 10/20
9:30am - 5:30pm
Mon - Thurs
1
$675
$608

Seven basic forging processes comprise the foundational visual language of blacksmithing, most often employed to create decorative and utilitarian objects. In this class, we will explore forging in the context of sculpture. Students will create sculptural volume from bar stock and sheet steel which expresses the strength, plasticity and organic qualities of the metal. Discussion of craftsmanship, content, composition, proportion, presentation, structural integrity, and finish will be balanced with hands-on work at the forge. Beginning Blacksmithing and Welding experience recommended.


Ladies Welding Night | 10.21

Carla Grahn

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6684
10/21
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


Ladies Forging Night | 10.21

Alair Wells

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6682
10/21
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


Pen Turning | 10.23

Daniel Pittsford

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6750
10/23
10am - 6pm
Sunday
1
$190
$171

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. Supply Fee: $80


Workshop: Live Edge Trays | 10.29

Stephen Ruden

Class #
Date(s)
Time
Days
Weeks
Fees
Master Member Fees
6710
10/29 - 10/30
10am - 6pm
Sat - Sun
1
$195
$176

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