Pratt Institute’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies offers superior professional art and design education with an outstanding faculty and exceptional facilities.

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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.
Some drawing experience is helpful, but not necessary. Please bring an 11” x 14” wire, hardbound sketchbook and a number of soft pencils, a small sharpener, and a kneadable eraser. 

SATURDAY | RA FRIEDMAN
JAN 25 | 1-5 PM
1 SESSION | 1.2 CEUs | $175
PRATT BROOKLYN

BASIC BOOKBINDING TECHNIQUES WITH RECYCLED MATERIALS-NEW
XFA-209

Learn the materials and methods of 4 basic book-craft techniques. Explore the possibilities of this craft in the field of book arts. Find new and unusual ways of reusing recyclables and discarded packaging materials to create at least one original artist's book. No previous experience in book crafts necessary.
Contact sdevegh@pratt.edu for materials list.

SUNDAY| ANDREA CUKIER
JAN 6   | 9:30 AM- 12:20 PM
1 SESSION | .9 CEUs | $150
PRATT MANHATTAN

PINHOLE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP-NEW

XAP-204

Using an ultra-small aperture (pinhole) instead of a lens to capture images harks back to the days of making exposures on big glass plates.  Often done with simple home-made film cameras it’s a great medium for people who enjoy building their own tools and working hands-on.  This versatile analog process creates unique and often unexpected results while encouraging a thoughtful and adventurous camera approach. 

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
MARCH 2 | 1-6 PM
ONE SESSION | 1.2 CEUs | $175

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
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

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
JAN 17-MAR 21 | 6-9 PM
10 SESSIONSI 3 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

BOTANICAL NOTECARDS: FOCUS ON Flowers-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
JAN 19 | 11 AM-3:30 PM
1 SESSIONS | 1.2 CEUs | $175
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
10 SESSIONS | 3.0 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION: CREATING A PORTFOLIO

Illustrators use various strategies to tell visual stories. Investigate problems such a 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. In addition to class meetings there will be one field trip. 

Sample assignments may include visual puns in editorial illustration, science fiction, and fantasy for book jackets.

Prerequisite: Basic drawing experience. Email sdevegh@pratt.edu for a supply list.

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 19 | 2-5 PM
1 SESSION | .9 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
JAN 27- MAR 31 | 2-5 PM
10 SESSION | 3 CEUs | $680
MANHATTAN CENTER

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

 

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

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

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 | .9 CEUs | $150
MANHATTAN CENTER


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