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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
JUNE 23 | 1-5 PM
1 SESSION | 1.2 CEUs | $150
PRATT BROOKLYN

PAINTING FROM LIFE-NEW
XFA-487

Designed for all levels. You may work in oil or pastel from a live model or still life. Special emphasis will be placed on color, structure, value and composition.
Individual instruction and critique are provided to guide you through each phase of creating a painting. 
Painting will be approached in a broad, abstract way. You will be encouraged to approach the entire canvas, not just parts of it, developing each painting as a whole.

You will develop and gain confidence in your personal aesthetic sensibilities, while reaching for the expressive possibilities of their subject.
SATURDAYS | JOHN MANDILE
MAY 19-AUG 4 | 10:30 AM-1: 30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $755
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

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
APRIL 29 | 9:30 AM- 12:20 PM
1 SESSION | .8 CEUs | $85
PRATT MANHATTAN

ANALOG PHOTOGRAPHY MASTER CLASS
XAP-202

Creating photographs using older, chemical-based, technology encourages thoughtfulness, experiment, and the evolution of a personal methodology that will make your photographs stand out from the pack—film captures have a unique tonality, depth and warmth. Analog photographers may even design and build their own gear and combine old and new technologies. This can be done on a relatively modest equipment and materials budget.  

In this class, students will gain the knowledge and skills to make informed decisions about film photography gear and methods so they may confidently embark on their own explorations and projects. The emphasis will be practical and hands-on; technical information will be explained in concrete, everyday terms. Students will learn the basic principles of analog cameras and working with light sensitive materials as well as gaining studio practice that will range from making photos with home-made pinhole optics to manipulating the controls of a large-format view camera. Essential black and white darkroom techniques for developing roll film and making enlargements will also be covered, as well as how to successfully work with popular 35mm SLR and medium format (120 size) cameras. 

Owning a film camera is encouraged. Students without a camera can discuss what to buy via email prior to the class commencing.  

SATURDAYS | RA FRIEDMAN
APRIL 14-MAY 12 | 2-5 PM
6 SESSIONS | .8 CEUs | $500
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

DEVELOPING AND DIGITIZING YOUR OWN BLACK AND WHITE FILM-NEW
XAP-203

Learn the basics of film development theory and how to introduce quality and consistency into your black and white workflow. Setting up wherever there is a free sink, without a darkroom, in daylight, you’ll learn how to develop roll film using a non-toxic developer made from instant coffee. You’ll get to try loading different kinds of film tanks and go through the complete film developing process from beginning to end. In the second part, you’ll learn about different ways to create digital files from your black and white negatives and how to tweak them for most effective presentation online or for inkjet printing. Supplies and equipment options will also be discussed.

Some photographic knowledge useful, but not necessary. No equipment or supplies needed

SATURDAY | RA FRIEDMAN
JUNE 2 | 1-5 PM
ONE SESSION | 1.2 CEUs | $150

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
MAY 20- AUG 5 | 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
MAY 20- AUG 5 | 1-4 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT MANHATTAN

XFA-429-02

THURSDAYS | MARK LEIBOWITZ
MAY 17- JULY 19 | 6:30–9:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3 CEUs | $680
PRATT BROOKLYN

TAKING IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL: INTEGRATING CERAMIC SURFACE AND FORM-NEW 

XFA-464

Join this summer intensive and work closely with Pratt Institute’s Ceramics Area Coordinator Matt Nolen to develop a body of work in the ceramic studio-pushing technical skills and artistic content.
Learning objectives include:

  • develop new building techniques and/or refine existing ones to create a body of sculptural works in clay.
  • develop new strategies for building the ceramic surface exploring glaze, underglaze, overglaze, image transfer and multiple firings.
  • explore how images, concepts, narrative, can better inform ceramic object making.

Some ceramic experience required. Tuition includes open studio time on Wednesdays. Materials fee-$75

TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS | MATT NOLEN
JUNE 28-AUG 7 | 1-4 PM
12 SESSIONS | 3.6 CEUs | $995
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
MAY 17-JULY 19 | 6-9PM
10 SESSIONSI 3 CEUs | $680
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
MAY 19-AUG 4| 12:30-3:20 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3.0 CEUs | $680
BROOKLYN CAMPUS

INTRODUCTION TO ILLUSTRATION: CREATING A PORTFOLIO

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 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.

Topics include: the elements of picture making, design, composition, and color; how to gain and use reference; materials and techniques; presentation, both digitally and traditionally; keeping a sketchbook; and the artists book as portfolio sample.

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

MONDAYS | TOM MOTLEY
MAY 14-JUL 23 | 6:30-9:30 PM
10 SESSIONS | 3.0 CEUs | $700
MANHATTAN CAMPUS

 

CREATING AN ARTIST FOLIO

XFA-461

Learn the basics of creating your own hand bound folio to fill with your art or use as a portable journal for your sketches, notes, thoughts or musings. This three-hour workshop will be divided into two parts. Part one will focus on the creation of hand painted paper using mixed media layering techniques. In part two you will create the book structure using a simple pamphlet stitch, using your painted paper as the cover. Multiple folios will be made and ready to be filled after class. All levels are welcome.

Please note: Instructor will provide the majority of materials needed for this workshop. However, there is a short list of class supplies that will need to be brought by each student. Please contact the instructor at sapter@pratt.edu for the materials list and with questions.

SATURDAY | SETH APTER
APRIL 28 | 2–5 PM | 1 SESSION | .8 CEUs
$85

 

PAINTING WATERCOLOR FROM PHOTOS

XFA-458

Learn to accurately draw and paint 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: XFA-429 Drawing I: Seeing, Perception, and Interpretation or permission from the instructor.

MONDAYS | MARIO ROBINSON
MAY 15- JUNE 12 | 6:30–9:20 PM
5 SESSIONS | 1.5 CEUs | $350
PRATT MANHATTAN


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