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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
MAY 19- JUNE 30 | 9:00 AM-12 Noon ( SKIP MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND)
5 SESSIONS |  CEUs | $415
PRATT MANHATTAN

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

XFA-429-01

SUNDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
MAY 19–JUNE 30 | 1–4 PM (SKIP MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND & FATHER’S DAY)
5 SESSIONS | 1.8 CEUs | $415
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

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).

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
JUNE 4-20 | 6:00-9:00 PM
6 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $415
PRATT MANHATTAN

DRAW WHITE TARA, THE FEMALE BUDDHA OF LONGEVITY-NEW
XFA-213

White Tara (Tib. Drolkar) is one of the leading ‘Long Life Buddhas’ in Tibetan Buddhism. Among Tibetan Buddhists it is believed that the seven eyes (face, palms and soles) of White Tara enable her to clearly see all beings in the realms of existence, and help them with her wisdom and compassion. It is said that White Tara’s meditation practice (that you will also do this weekend) can help to overcome obstacles (such as life-threatening illnesses) as well as help to extend your life. The practice can also be done on behalf of someone else. Another beautiful ritual is to offer a White Tara thangka image to the family of a newborn baby for wishes of a long life ahead for the child. Drawing these enlightened images is a meditation in itself and creates joy. Through a combination of drawing, presentations, lectures and meditations you will discover  the background and symbolism of White Tara, and experience the meditational way of drawing thangka. You will also learn the meaning of White Tara’s mantra and learn how to work with it. This will give your drawing so much more depth. If you are a Buddhist practitioner, drawing the Buddha image significantly improves visualization in your meditations.

SATURDAY + SUNDAY | CARMEN MENSINK
MAY 25 + 26 | 11AM-6PM
TWO SESSIONS | .6 CEUS | $333
INCLUDES ADMISSION TO RUBIN MUSEUM, SATURDAY MORNING
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

 

Mixed Media 

high texture assemblage
XFA-121

Are you a texture lover? In this four-week 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
JUNE 4-25  | 6:30-9:30 PM
4 SESSIONS | 1.2 CEUs| $295
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 & WEDNESDAYS | MELISSA STAIGER
JUNE 3–JULY 3
6:30–9:30 PM
3 CEUs | $680
PRATT 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 & WEDNESDAYS | KELLY WORMAN
JUNE 17–JULY 17
6:30–9:30 PM
3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

Mixed Media

high texture assemblage
XFA-121

Are you a texture lover? In this four-week 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
JUNE 4-25  | 6:30-9:30 PM
4 SESSIONS | 1.2 CEUs| $295
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER

Sculpture


CREATE A TIBETAN AMULET-NEW
XFA-214

Learn to make your own Protection Amulet according to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Tibetan amulet

Guided by expert Carmen Mensink discover the historical meanings ascribed to Tibetan amulets.

The amulets are traditionally made of paper, printed with a special woodblock print of mantras and prayers of different Buddhas.
The papers are filled with medicinal herbs and precious substances (such as gold), and folded in a special way and bound in different ways with colored thread.

Each amulet has a specific meaning and power and one chooses the kind of amulet that offers what is needed at that moment.
You can choose to make either one of the following amulets:

  • Amulet for Protection, Healing and Long Life – Connected to Medicine Buddha and Ushnisha Vijaya
  • Amulet for Protection, Compassion and Abundance – Connected to Chenrezig and Vasudhara

FRIDAY | CARMEN MENSINK
MAY 24 | 1-5 PM
ONE SESSION | .3 CEUS| $115
PRATT MANHATTAN CENTER


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