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FINE ART CERTIFICATE

Register for any course individually or join the certificate program. Created with the needs of arts professionals in mind, this new certificate offers an opportunity for teaching artists and arts practitioners to explore new techniques, media and disciplines with top-rated faculty.

Certificate Requirements

Select 5 courses from the menu of course selections below and earn your certificate at your own pace. Certificate Fee: $100, nonrefundable

Drawing

PENCIL PORTRAITS THAT (ALMOST) SPEAK
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The goal of this workshop is to move toward creating portrait drawings that are expressive and lively. You’ll learn how to uncover your subject’s unique qualities and translate them into your own language of line, shape and form. The workshop will cover important basics and take you through a series of guided hands-on drawing experiments that are fun and will expand your visual thinking.  You’ll explore drawing the head from different angles and how to capture likeness and movement. Landmarks of the face, ways of measuring and checking proportions, drawing from photographs as well as professional tips and hacks will be covered.  Drawing experience is helpful, but not necessary.

RA Friedman is a figurative artist whose work combines drawing and photography. He teaches at Pratt Manhattan, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and for the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program.

Recommended supplies: Sketchbook or pad, minimum 8 x 10” of smooth, white paper, 2B pencil, 4B pencil, sharpener, knead-able eraser.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY | RA FRIEDMAN
MAY 16 & 17 | 2–5 PM
2 SESSIONS | .6 CEUs | $150
BROOKLYN CAMPUS 

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DRAWING I: Learning to See, Perception and the Art of Drawing

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Seeing is shaped by culture and the historical moment in which we live. Much of what we “see” depends on habit and convention. This survey course treats the art of drawing as a tool for seeing and is designed to awaken and refresh your visual experience of the world. No prior drawing experience necessary and all are welcome. Explore with artist Mark Leibowitz essential drawing techniques such as creating form using line, and tone. Engage in exercises related to perception in preparation for each drawing assignment.

Optional reading: Ways of Seeing by John Berger and An Anthropologist on Mars: Seven Paradoxical Tales by Oliver Sacks

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THURSDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
FEB 6-APRIL  9 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715
BROOKLYN CAMPUS  

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SUNDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
FEB 9-APRIL 19 | 1-4 PM (Skip Easter Sunday)
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER 

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DRAWING II
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This course assumes you are already drawing and don’t need to learn the basics. We learn and improve by doing. This course will provide weekly challenges designed to stretch your abilities and expand your styles. Each class will have a different focus with different objective. The course requires some work during the week including assembling materials and creating exploratory designs.

Although the course is called Drawing II, drawing is just our starting point. The course includes work in color, painting, and multimedia work. Each week you will be given an assignment to explore. During the week you’ll assemble the materials, objects, and photographs you’ll need for class. You’ll also start considering how they will be use. During our weekly class you will create a finished piece that explores the assigned theme

SUNDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
FEB 9-APRIL 19 | 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715 (Skip Easter Sunday)
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER 

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Drawing students, please see SCPS STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM for information about Urban Sketchers in Barcelona trip May 2020.

GLASS

Pratt Institute is pleased to partner with Urban Glass the premiere facility and educational center for furthering experimentation and advances in the use and critical understanding of glass as a creative medium.

MOSAIC INTENSIVE
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Learn about basic mosaic techniques, tools, applications, and materials. Gain confidence and receive a solid foundation of new skills and approaches in one full weekend. This workshop covers cutting techniques, proper adhesives, materials, substrates, design/layout and grouting. Price includes all materials. Novices welcome.

FRI, SAT & SUN | TBA
FRI.NIGHT 6:30-9:30PM, WEEKEND, 2-5PM
3 SESSIONS| .9 CEUS
$725

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Please note: Course takes place at Urban Glass, 647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Illustration

CREATE A PICTURE BOOK
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Are you an artist with a character in mind? A story to tell? Let an editorial director and an author-illustrator help you express your personal vision and successfully appeal to your audience-children and publishing professionals. Showcasing the essentials of the picture book format, we'll work with you to determine what's best suited to your story. With special focus on character development in art and text, we'll give individual help as you develop a layout with pacing and style. The course goal is to develop a dummy and illustration samples that you can use to present your work for publication. Please Note: Bring at least one character sketch and several story ideas to the first class, as well as drawing materials.

SUNDAYS | BARBARA LALICKI AND STEVE HENRY
FEB 2-APRIL 12 | 2-5 PM
10 SESSION | 3 CEUs | $715
MANHATTAN CENTER 

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Painting

PAINTING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
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Explore a wide range of media used in the creation of works of art, as well as the processes, or methods incorporated in their fabrication. Experiment with oil paint, acrylic, egg tempera, watercolor, gouache, and various kinds of brushes and paint applications. No prior experience necessary. All levels welcome.

WEDNESDAYS | MELISSA STAIGER
FEB 5- APR 8 | 6:30–9:30 PM | 
3 CEUs | $715
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER 

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Mixed Media

FROM SKETCHES TO STORIES - NEW
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Adding text to your sketches can tell a story, bring a moment to life, evoke powerful memories, and add a new dimension to your images. During each of the weekly sessions, we will start and complete one project that combines pictures and words, based around a specific theme. Some classes will be inside the classroom, others will be on locations around Manhattan; each one will be an adventure. Demos of art techniques and writing prompts will be the jumping off points for each person to evolve as both storytellers and artists. Students will expand their creative boundaries, learn new writing and visual skills, and have lots of fun. A writer and artist herself, Shawne considers integrating the verbal with the visual akin to adding new colors to your palette.

TUESDAYS | SHAWNE COOPER
FEB 4-APRIL 9 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER 

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MIXED MEDIA SURFACE DESIGN
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The key to creating dynamic mixed media work is layering. The layering process adds depth, dimension and detail to your artwork. In this three-hour workshop, you will be introduced to both basic and advanced mixed media surface design. Using gesso, acrylic paint and mediums, ink, and collage, we will be building up a surface step-by-step with techniques that create both actual and visual texture. Both traditional and alternate ways to utilize these materials will be discussed.  All levels are welcome.

SATURDAY | SETH APTER
MARCH 7 | 2-5 PM
1 SESSION | .3 CEUs | $150
MANHATTAN CENTER 

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COLOR THEORY IN PRACTICE
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Color profoundly influences our moods and outlook. Discover how to deploy color theory effectively in a professional design or fine art setting. Receive one-on-one guidance in learning to mix colors and combine colors to achieve a variety of visual effects with an understanding of the science behind it. Consider the psychological implications of color and the philosophies of color as interpreted by master artists and designers throughout history. Develop your own understanding of color relationships and tonal values through creative projects, assignments, and class discussions. This course includes off-site visits to museums, galleries, or artists’ studios.

TUESDAYS | KELLY WORMAN
JAN 21-APRIL 7 | 6:30–9:30 PM
12 SESSIONS | 3.6CEUS |  $950
BROOKLYN CAMPUS 

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Sculpture

METALWORKING I
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Explore metalworking as an art form and examine the techniques of welding, brazing, soldering, bending, cutting, forging, and drilling. Create and construct a small sculpture by the culmination of class.

WEDNESDAYS | ADAM APOSTOLOS
FEB 5-APRIL 8 | 6-9 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715
BROOKLYN CAMPUS 

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Video

TRANSGRESSIVE VIDEO
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View video art/Avant-garde films. Discuss content, symbolism, relationship to history/zeitgeist/social movements, visual strategies, including settings, costuming, lighting, natural elements, and artifice. Conduct independent research and create your own short video/photo/live performance piece.

WEDNESDAYS | REBECCA GOYETTE
FEB 19-APRIL 22 | 6:30-9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715
Lab fee $25
BROOKLYN CAMPUS 

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Performance

PERFORMANCE ART/INTERVENTIONIST PRACTICE
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Experience performance art as it employs the body, space and time to disrupt and agitate the commonplace. Form a collective think tank with peers. Experiment with creating individual and group performance and interventions. Engage in performance art exercises and group rituals. Learn to construct costumes and props and create live performances and interventionist/interactive rituals in public space.

THURSDAYS | REBECCA GOYETTE
FEB 20-APRIL 23 | 6:30-9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $715
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

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