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FINE ART CERTIFICATE-NEW

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 meu of course selections below and earn your certificate at your own pace.

Certificate Fee: $100, nonrefundable

Drawing


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

PMFA-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

PMFA-429-01
THURSDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
OCT 3-DEC 12 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

XFA-429-02
SUNDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
OCT 6-DEC 8 | 1-4 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

DRAWING II
XFA-112

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
OCT 6–DEC 8 | 9:30 AM–12:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

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.

Stay Tuned for upcoming course announcement SPRING 2020

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

Illustration


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
2-5 PM
10 SESSION | 3 CEUs | $680
MANHATTAN CENTER

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION
PMFA-452

Illustrators are artists who are motivated to make pictures inspired by stories. As visual communicators, illustrators use various strategies to tell these stories. Undertake assignments investigating problems such as metaphor, allegory, and narrative as ways to achieve this goal. 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. Once a month, students will draw on location at the Society of Illustrators. Sample assignments may include, but are not limited to, visual puns in editorial illustration, science fiction, and fantasy for book jackets. 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
OCT 1-DEC 3 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

Painting


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
OCT 7-DEC 16 | 6:30–9:30 PM | Skip Columbus Day and Hannukah
3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

Mixed Media


FROM SKETCHES TO STORIES - NEW
XFA-111

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
OCT 1-DEC 3 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

HIGH TEXTURE ASSEMBLAGE
XFA-121

Are you a texture lover? In this class, students delve into personal symbolism to find an authentic voice in their work. We create a series of three assemblages with sculptural elements. We integrate found objects and use acrylic paint mediums to make textures. All works will be created onto wood or canvas. For inspiration, we will look at a mixture of art history and contemporary art. Class exercises will address line, shape, format, texture, composition, and color theory. Novice and experienced painters are welcome!

TUESDAYS | MELISSA STAIGER
OCT 1-DEC 3 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

MIXED MEDIA SURFACE DESIGN
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
DEC 7 | 2-5 PM
1 SESSION | .3 CEUs | $150
MANHATTAN CENTER

COLOR THEORY IN PRACTICE
XFA-205

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
OCT 1-DEC 3 | 6:30–9:30 PM
3 CEUs | $680
PRATT 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.

WEDNESDAYS | ADAM APOSTOLOUS
OCT 2-DEC 4 | 6-9 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

ONE-DAY & TWO-DAY WORKSHOPS & SHORT COURSES

Accordion Book Design
XFA-211
Use text, images, texture, and decoration to create a wonderful project that is truly your own. Drawing inspiration from a favorite poem, song, words, or letter we will use collected collage materials, acrylic gouache, inks, and colored pencils to make an authentic work of art. You can pick from a square shape of 6 x 6 inches or rectangle shape of 6 x 8 inches. Each accordion book has a total of 10 pages, 5 on front and back with cover.

SATURDAY | MELISSA STAIGER
OCT 26 | 1-5PM |  CEUs | $150
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

Shared materials fee $15.

Ceramic Surface Boot Camp
XFA-426
Explore materials and methods to develop rich, layered, multiple fired ceramic surfaces: engobes, underglazes, mid-range and low -fire glazes, China paint and luster will be discussed.  Participants will bring small bisque and glaze fires pieces to work on in class.

SATURDAY & SUNDAY | MATT NOLEN
NOV 2 & 3 | 10AM -4PM
2 SESSIONS | 1.8 CEUs | $295
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Materials/firing fees $40.

THE VISUAL NATURE OF PHOTOGRAPHY
The ability to make technically acceptable, even excellent images, is now open to virtually anyone; yet, memorable, impactful photography is still a relative rarity. What is missing? How can a photographer work toward a new and exciting vision? In a series of lively, hands-on and largely non-technical workshops, we will investigate these questions using a variety of gear including instant film, toy and homemade cameras.* Starting with the idea that how a photographer envisions their time behind the camera and moves toward expanding their vision are key to creative growth, you will be encouraged to experiment, challenge your imagination, and stretch your ideas of what your photography can be.
*Equipment and materials costs, approximately $125.
Some of the possible topics.

  1. How to find and move into your creative zone.
  2. The “photograph taken” versus the “photograph made,” the camera as neutral, objective recorder versus expressive graphic process.
  3. Light and form as a creative element.
  4. How different cameras, films and lenses “see.”
  5. Looking and borrowing from other media- design element as creative jumping off point. 
  6. An inquiry into gear and technique choices and how they influence both creative process and result.
  7. How to craft a successful photo project.

SATURDAYS | RA FRIEDMAN
OCT 19-NOV 16 | 1-4PM
5 SESSIONS | 1.5 CEUs | $345
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

Please note: These workshops are not part of the certificate program


Image courtesy of Roy Pachecano, AIA, MSRED


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