Pratt is the only facility in the Northwest where absolute beginners and established artists work side-by-side creating art. Affordable studios with unparalleled equipment offer artists of all ages, abilities and backgrounds with the opportunity to learn, experiment, and create.
Founded in 1976, Pratt Fine Art Center is an eclectic, hands-on learning and working environment serving students, hobbyists, and professional artists throughout the Seattle area.
Named in memory of slain Seattle Civil Rights leader Edwin T. Pratt.
Pratt Fine Arts Center serves as a lasting tribute to a man who relentlessly championed open and equal access to educational and housing opportunities for all of Seattle’s citizens. Pratt honors his memory through scholarships, and tuition assistance programs funded by members and donors to ensure that disadvantaged students and artists can pursue their artistic interests.
Operating as a 501 (c)(3) organization, Pratt welcomes over 3,500 students and 300 working artists annually to a dynamic creative community. In total, Pratt classes, exhibitions, lectures and programs touch more than 20,000 people annually. Many established local, regional, and nationally known artists began their professional careers in our studios. After nearly 40 years of serving our community, Pratt continues to fulfill its founders’ vision of being The Place to Make Art.
Covering nearly two city blocks in Seattle’s Central District, the Pratt campus features spacious and well-lit drawing and painting studios, Seattle’s largest printmaking studio, a typesetting and letterpress workshop, a glassblowing and casting hotshop, a flameworking, fusing and kiln casting studio, a woodworking studio, a jewelry and metalsmithing workshop, a forging studio, a bronze-casting foundry, a welding and metal fabrication shop, and a covered stone yard.
The highly accomplished Teaching Artists at Pratt encourage participants to fully explore their creative interests. Participants are free to focus and develop to the highest levels of proficiency in a specific discipline, or to sample the many diverse techniques offered. The result is a fertile environment that allows participants to expand their skills as widely as their aptitudes and imaginations permit.