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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)

XAP-205 NYC Street Photography-NEW
XFA-206 Urban Sketching
XFA-108 Digital Drawing With The iPad-NEW
XFA-210 Methods of Abstraction-NEW
XFA-109 High-Texture Assemblage-NEW
PMFA-452 Introduction to Illustration: The Illustration Portfolio
XFA-106 Metalworking I
XFA-467 Introduction to Botanical Design
PMFA-451Creating the Picture Book

Photography


NYC STREET PHOTOGRAPHY-NEW

XAP-205

Join renowned photographer Federico Savini and shoot out-of-the-way as well as unconventional angles of well-known locations in NYC. Capture NYC in real-time and receive guidance and instruction on formal aspects of street photography including urban landscape composition, outdoor portraiture plus tips on natural lighting. Every week you will explore a different neighborhood, different streets-different realities of New York. Depending on the schedule, you will also photograph public events like an outdoor parade or public spaces like a museum. Select work from each student produced in class will be shown at the SCPS Pratt  Gallery. Take this course as preparation for the Cuba Street Photography course held in 2020.

SATURDAYS | FEDERICO SAVINI
MAR 9 | MAY 11  1-4 PM
10 SESSIONS 3 CEUs | $680

Drawing


URBAN SKETCHING

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
JAN 27-MAR 31 | 9:30 AM-12:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

Learning to See, Perception and the Art of Drawing

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
JAN 27-MAR 31 | 1-4 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

XFA-429-02

THURSDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
JAN 17-MAR 21 | 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

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
JAN 26 OR MAR 16 | 1-5 PM
ONE SESSION | .4 CEUs | $150
PRATT BROOKLYN

DIGITAL DRAWING WITH THE iPAD-NEW

XFA-108

The art world is changing before our eyes. There’s a revolution happening that has the potential to touch art and artists all over the world. Welcome to the world of digital art.

Digital art builds on your existing skills and knowledge while providing new ways of doing things.  Digital art also enables artists to work in new ways to create new things. You will discover that when you have an iPad and the right software you are traveling with an amazingly complete art studio.  This course will explore the benefits and even some of the liabilities of working digitally.

The course requirements include an  iPad Pro or the new iPad 2018 and an Apple Pencil.)  You will also need a copy of Procreate 4.1 application (the latest release).

WEDNESDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
FEB 13-APR 17 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

DRAW THE FACE OF THE BUDDHA-NEW

XFA-208

Learn to draw the face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition the way it has been done for centuries. 

Receive an overall introduction to the art of Tibetan thangka painting (traditional Buddhist scroll paintings) with a visit to the Rubin museum. Engage in a focused meditation, and a hear a brief lecture on the traditions and symbolism related to Tibetan art.

Carmen Mensink, an internationally renowned painter of thangkas, will guide you to draw your own portrait of the Buddha.

The workshop is suitable for everyone, including beginners with no previous drawing experience.

For a materials list please contact sdevegh@pratt.edu.

Ms. Mensink  is based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and teaches this rare art form , as well as Buddhist meditation and Eastern philosophy, at museums, universities, and Buddhist Centers around the world: www.tibetanbuddhistart.com.

THURSDAY | CARMEN MENSINK
MAY 23  | 6:30-9:30 PM
1 SESSION |1.8 CEUs |$85
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

Painting


METHODS OF ABSTRACTION-NEW

XFA-210

Want to create beautiful abstract paintings? In this ten week class, students will create a series of eight paintings/drawings from classwork and homework assignments. We will learn technical skills of working with acrylic paint for creating paint skins, pours directly onto the canvas, taping for hard edge geometry, and explore brushwork for lyrical abstraction. Novice and experienced painters are welcome. This class will help students delve into personal symbolism to find an authentic voice in their work.

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.

WEDNESDAYS | MELISSA STAIGER
FEB 6 -APRIL 10| 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT BROOKLYN

HIGH TEXTURE ASSEMBLAGE-NEW
XFA-109

Are you a texture lover? In this ten-week class, students delve into personal symbolism to find an authentic voice in their work. We create a series of five 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
FEB 5 -APRIL 9 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT BROOKLYN

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
FEB 4-APRIL 15 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT BROOKLYN

Illustration


BOTANICAL NOTECARDS: FOCUS ON FLOWERS-NEW

XFA-611

Learn to identify flower 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
JAN 19  | 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
JAN 26- MAR 30 | 12:30–3:20 PM
1 SESSIONS | .3 CEUs | $150
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION: THE ILLUSTRATION PORTFOLIO

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. In this course, you will be given 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. There will be field trips for life drawing and artist’s talks. Topics include: the elements of picture making, design, composition, tone, and color; history of illustration; materials and techniques; presentation digitally and traditionally; and keeping a sketchbook. Prerequisite: Basic drawing experience.

TUESDAYS | TOM MOTLEY
JAN 22- MAR 26| 6:30–9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
MANHATTAN CAMPUS

WHAT MAKES A PICTURE BOOK TICK?-NEW

PMFA-427

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
JAN 20 | 2-5 PM
1 SESSION | .3 CEUs | $150
MANHATTAN CENTER

CREATing the PICTURE BOOK

PMFA-451

Would you like to write and illustrate your own picture book? An editor and an author-illustrator have designed this course with you in mind. Each class has discussion of picture book essentials, with visuals drawn from classic and current picture books. Emphasis throughout is placed on the importance of rhythm in language, plotting and layout. Roughly half of each session is devoted to critiquing students’ work to help you develop your personal vision and successfully appeal to your audience—children and publishing professionals.  

The course goal is to develop a dummy and illustration samples that you can use to present your work for publication.

SUNDAYS | BARBARA LALICKI AND STEVE HENRY
JAN 27- MAR 31 | 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.

WEDNESDAYS | ADAM APOSTOLOUS
JAN 16-MAR 20 | 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
APR 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
JAN 14- APR 1 | 6:30–9:20 PM (SKIP PRESIDENT’S AND MLK JR. DAYS)
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs |
 $680
PRATT MANHATTAN


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