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The ability to draw and paint is a foundation for all art and design disciplines. Whether you are studying to be a graphic, web designer or photographer, having the skills to sketch concepts and ideas freely will enhance all you do. Our Certificate in Fine Art is a program of study in methods, techniques and materials that will inspire and support your conceptual and creative self-expression. It is also for those looking to pursue a study of art for individual growth or prepare a portfolio for entrance to a graduate program.

Application Fee:

$100, non-refundable.

Please contact 212.647.7199 to pay certificate fee.

Certificate Requirements

Required Foundation Courses

XFA-429   Learning to See, Perception and the Art of Drawing

XFA-205   Color Theory in Practice

Required Core Courses 

XFA-510   Materials and Techniques

Electives (2)

XFA-458    Painting in Watercolor 
PMFA-452  Introduction to Illustration: The Illustration Portfolio
XFA-106    Metalworking I
XFA-467 Introduction to Botanical Design
PMFA-451 Create a Picture Book

Photography


PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP-NEW

XAP-204

In the first part of the workshop you’ll get a short and lively introduction to the world of pinhole photography and the basic practical issues. We’ll then work both outside and inside the historic Pratt campus experimenting with a number of custom-built super wide-angle pinhole cameras that capture on instant film.  You’ll see the results right away plus the photographs are yours to keep!    

In the second part of the workshop, you’ll build your own 35mm film pinhole camera from scratch.  You’ll be guided through from start to finish, learning materials and techniques that can be used for making more advanced cameras.  You will depart with your very own, loaded and ready-to-go camera as well as understanding how to use it as a creative tool. 

SATURDAY | RA FRIEDMAN
NOV 10, 1-6 PM
ONE SESSION | 1.2 CEUs | $150

Drawing


URBAN SKETCHING-NEW 

XFA-206 

Urban Sketching is the art of location drawing.  This rapidly growing, international movement of artists is united by a passion for drawing on location in the cities, towns and villages where they live and travel. We will explore the methods, techniques and benefits of working in this art form. Drawing the world around you from real life brings an excitement to your sketches.   

This course provides guidance on tools, techniques, the urban environment, and drawing styles. Your urban sketches will provide a fresh impression not just of what you saw, but also what it felt like to be there. 

SUNDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
SEPT 23-DEC 9 | 9:30 AM-12:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

Learning to See, Perception and the Art of Drawing-NEW

XFA-429

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

XFA-429-01

SUNDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
SEPT 23-DEC 9 | 1-4 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

XFA-429-02

THURSDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
SEPT 27-DEC 6 | 6:30-9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT BROOKLYN

RENAISSANCE ERA FIGURE DRAWING FOR THE CONTEMPORARY ARTIST: AN INTRODUCTION TO DRAWING FROM THE INSIDE OUT-NEW

XFA-466

Emphasizing process over product, this lively, non-technical workshop is sure to change how you see the human figure and strengthen your drawing skills. Employed by artists such as Durer to develop dynamic figures and figure compositions, stereometric construction, a method, originating in the16th century, provides a powerful basis for fine artists and illustrators to create expressive, spatial drawings from memory, imagination, or photographs. Starting with simple forms and progressing to more complex ideas, you will get to try your hand at using this simplified way of looking at anatomical volumes, perspective, planes, and proportions. Email sdevegh@pratt.edu for a materials list.

SATURDAY | RA FRIEDMAN
JUNE 23 | 1-5 PM

OR

OCT 6 | 1-5 PM
1 SESSION | 1.2 CEUs | $175
PRATT BROOKLYN

Painting 


PAINTING IN WATERCOLOR FROM PHOTO REFERENCE: PEOPLE, PLACES, OBJECTS

XFA-458

This class will focus on accurately drawing and painting from a photo reference. Students will execute a detailed drawing, using a photograph of their choosing. The subject matter can include people, places or objects. Students will learn how to employ a monochromatic block-in to properly identify the values of their desired subject. Once the values are established, a full application of color will be applied using thin glazes of transparent watercolor. The objective of the class is to demonstrate how a methodical approach increases the depth and sense of realism in paintings, regardless of the genre. There will be a discussion of the materials and properties of watercolor. The monochromatic block-in is a key component to managing the proper values in a realistic watercolor painting. The importance of this initial step will be thoroughly demonstrated. Prerequisite: XAF-429 Drawing I: Seeing, Perception, and Interpretation or permission from the instructor.

TUESDAYS | MARIO ROBINSON
OCT 2-DEC 4 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

PAINTING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES

XFA-510

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.

MONDAYS | MELISSA STAIGER
SEPT 23-DEC 8 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT BROOKLYN

Illustration


BOTANICAL NOTECARDS: FOCUS ON LEAVES-NEW

XFA-610

Learn to identify leaf characteristics and anatomy through careful examination. Develop skills in close observation through short drawing and toning exercises. Discover  traditional botanical watercolor techniques and employ loose washes for a more contemporary botanical image. Text, color studies and other visuals may be added. Cards provided by instructor.

SATURDAY | NANCY GLOVER
SEPT 15 | 11 AM-3:30 PM
1 SESSIONS | .3 CEUs | $150
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

INTRODUCTION TO BOTANICAL DESIGN 

XFA-467

Studying and creating botanical art is satisfying and rewarding way to encounter nature and natural systems. Focus on the details of plants through close examination and learn to record the structure and beauty of the stem, leaf, branch, root, system, and flower. Examine the gesture of the plant, arranging the isolated subject on the page, drawing the distinguishing characteristics of the plant, transferring the detailed drawing to watercolor paper, and completing the work with washes of watercolor.

SATURDAYS | NANCY GLOVER
SEPT 22-DEC 1 | 12:30–3:20 PM
1 SESSIONS | .3 CEUs | $150
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION: THE ILLUSTRATION PORTFOLIO

PMFA-452

Undertake assignments investigating problems such as metaphor, allegory, and narrative as ways to achieve visual storytelling. We will focus on developing a body of work that reflects each student’s personal style, while developing clear and strong ideas. You will learn the entire process of executing an illustration, from preliminary sketch to finished product. Join field trips planned by the instructor. Topics include: the elements of picture making, design, composition, and color; how to gain and use references; materials and techniques; presentation, both digital and traditional; keeping a sketchbook; and the artist’s book as portfolio sample. Prerequisite: Basic drawing experience. Email sdevegh@pratt.edu for a supply list.

TUESDAYS | TOM MOTLEY
SEPT 25-NOV 27| 6:30–9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
MANHATTAN CAMPUS

WHAT MAKES A PICTURE BOOK TICK?-NEW

PMFA-247

Ever wondered what goes into a successful picture book? How are today’s hits similar to the classics—and how do they differ?  What three common mistakes should you avoid? Is self-publishing a good option?  Have your questions answered by two professionals!

An experienced editor and a published author-illustrator explain concepts that are vital to your success, whether you are an author, illustrator, or want to do both. Lively visuals show classics and today’s hits to frame the discussions of format and the importance of rhythm in plotting and imagery. With thought-provoking exercises, tips, and Q & A throughout, it’s a rewarding experience capped by instructor feedback on story ideas and 5-7 portfolio pieces.

SUNDAY | BARBARA LALICKI AND STEVE HENRY
SEPT 16 | 2-5 PM
1 SESSION | .3 CEUs | $150
MANHATTAN CENTER

CREATE A PICTURE BOOK

PMFA-451

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
SEPT 30-DEC 16 | 2-5 PM
10 SESSION | 3 CEUs | $680
MANHATTAN CENTER

Sculpture


METALWORKING I

XFA-106

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.

THURSDAYS | ADAM APOSTOLOUS
SEPT 13-NOV 15 | 6–9 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Mixed Media


MIXED MEDIA SURFACE DESIGN-NEW

XFA-600

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
OCT 27 | 2-5 PM
1 SESSION | .3 CEUs | $150
MANHATTAN CENTER

COLOR THEORY IN PRACTICE

XFA-205

Color profoundly influences our moods and outlook and yet it is often underestimated as a powerful tool for communication. 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.

MONDAYS | KELLY WORMAN
OCT 1-DEC 17 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs |
 $680
PRATT MANHATTAN


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