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Class and Curriculum

Fall 2022 Classes

Fantastic Voyage Age 6

Students explore their imaginations by using a variety of art materials and processes. As children participate in group discussions about their art making, stories serve as inspiration for projects in collage, painting, drawing, and sculpture.

Adventures in Art Ages 7-8

In this class, children are introduced to a series of projects that may include drawing, painting, 3-D construction, design, and more. Thought-provoking resources inspire young artists as they learn art concepts and build their creative ideas.

Inclusive Art Studio Ages 8-12

This class provides more individual support and encourages social interaction, community building, and self-expression through art making. Offered in collaboration with the Department of Creative Arts Therapy.

Drawing To Stories Ages 9-10

Ideas for visual storytelling, including storyboarding and character development, are explored through drawing and painting. Experimenting with a variety of media and processes, this class encourages innovative approaches to narrative art.

Sculpture Ages 9-10; Ages 11-14

Students learn about the elements of sculpture through explorations in a variety of materials (cardboard, found objects, household recycling, paper, or fabric) while also considering methods of transforming the studio space.

Drawing and Painting Ages 9-10; Ages 11-14

With a blank surface and a selection of media (graphite, charcoal, watercolor or pastel), the options are endless! These classes explore many approaches to drawing and painting, with experimentation and skill-building guiding the students’ investigations. 

Creative Writing Ages 9-10; Ages 11-14

Using inspiring prompts and playful approaches, students will write short stories and poems, which will be included in an end-of-semester publication. Offered in collaboration with The Writing Program. 

Ceramic Construction Ages 11-14

Students will explore and manipulate clay to design, build, and create functional and sculptural ceramic pieces. Creative problem-solving and craft will be emphasized as students learn a variety of construction techniques.

Parks, Design, & Minecraft Ages 11-14

Help Prospect Park Alliance plan and design the future of Prospect Park. Learn about design and how you can get involved in the future of your own neighborhood. You will also have the opportunity to share your ideas with city park designers and decision-makers.

Middle School Portfolio Grades 7-8

This course is ideal for students interested in improving their ability to draw from observation and who might be considering applying to portfolio audition high schools. Students will work directly from a variety of still life objects or models using a range of drawing materials: pencil, oil pastel, charcoal and others. Projects will focus on depicting 3D forms situated in space as revealed through natural or artificial light. 

Classes for High School Students

Color Our World     Grades 9-12

‘Travel’ around the world to view significant interior and architectural design sites that utilize color and materials to energize performance, move the spirit, or quiet the mind. Students will learn the principles of color theory and practice these concepts using paint and cut paper. For the final project, students will create a 3-D interior model based on color concepts presented in class.

Drawing and Painting   Grades 9-12

Students explore many approaches to drawing and painting with a range of materials, processes, and concepts, helping them build a strong and varied portfolio. Students participate in individual and group critiques. 

Film     Grades 9-12

Learn the techniques of narrative filmmaking by creating a short content piece. Utilizing recording devices such as a phone, video camera, or DSLR and professional editing software (Adobe Premiere), students gain an understanding of the filmmaking process.

Photography   Grades 9-12

Exploring the technical and creative challenges of photography, students will create a portfolio of images focused on various themes. Students will learn processes such as non-toxic direct sun printing to image capture and editing via student’s camera phone, digital point and shoot, or DSLR, while considering both historical and contemporary photographic processes.

Sculpture, Space, and Form Grades 9-12

Students explore one’s relationship to space through transforming a wide range of materials including paper, string, foam, and cardboard, while also considering that space and form are understood to emerge from processes that involve systems and technologies. (Pratt Young Scholars only)

Drawing the Object (ADE 101) Grades 9-12

Students learn to use value in conjunction with line to achieve a synthesis of form, space, composition, and content, moving from the fundamentals of linear description to the integration of tone. This course meets from 10 AM to 1 PM and is 1 credit (tuition fee: $1071).

Pratt Institute reserves the right to cancel or change any class when circumstances warrant.


View photos from Saturday Art School.

“I have taken the same Saturday Art School class since I started in 2nd grade—Drawing and Painting. You’d think I’d get bored after 10 years, but what’s so unique about Pratt is that you can have the same class for 10 years and always learn something new. I have never done the same project twice.”

Saturday Art School student, M. Terhune.