Since 1897, Pratt Institute's Saturday Art School has been offering a broad range of classes for children and teens. Saturday Art School students are encouraged to explore a variety of media, techniques, and approaches. This program continues to validate our belief that opportunities to learn art and design should be available to children of all ages. Saturday Art School is a teaching and learning laboratory; most classes are taught by art and design education students who are supervised by faculty.
This year, our fall program is offered online. Our decision is guided by our commitment to the highest quality education and the health and safety of our community. The Saturday Art School program continues to validate our belief that opportunities to learn art and design should be available to all ages, whether online or in-person. Our online studio-based program is delivered using a synchronous and asynchronous approach, which includes live demonstrations, structured in-class work time and one-on-one virtual instruction. It is carefully designed for completion at home.
Classes and Curriculum
All classes meet from 10 AM–12 PM for two 10-week semesters, fall and spring. Instructors explore new ideas and projects each semester and year, as participants may take classes many times. See Classes and Curriculum to learn more. This year, our fall program is offered online, and information about spring courses will be available later this fall.
For a complete listing of class dates, see Calendar to learn more.
Fall 2020: September 19 - November 21
Spring 2021: February 13 - May 1
Registration for the fall semester is first-come, first-served. Due to returning students, spring classes fill up very quickly. Please check class availability for the spring semester before registering.
Fall 2020: Registration accepted August 17 - 28
Spring 2021: Registration accepted December 3 - 18
Submit one online registration form per child during the registration periods listed above.
Please note that sending in a completed registration form does not guarantee that you have secured a place in a class. After registration closes, those who have secured a place in a class will be called to process credit card payment and then will receive a confirmation email. If the class(es) you selected is full, you will be placed on a waiting list and notified by email. If a place becomes available, we will contact those on the waiting list. Payments must be received in full to be registered.
Full payment is due at the time of registration and is nonrefundable and nontransferable. The price per class is listed below, unless noted otherwise in the class description.
Online Tuition (Fall 2020): $270 (not including materials)
Additional Sibling(s): $135
Financial aid is available to eligible students in need of assistance thanks to generous support from the Selz Foundation and the Irma Holland Wolstein Endowed Scholarship Fund. Financial aid is limited. For more information and the application, download the form below.
Technology Requirements & Supplies
In order to participate in online classes, all participants are required to have access to:
- a laptop or desktop computer with an integrated microphone and camera
- a reliable internet connection
- a digital camera or scanner (N.B. a phone camera is OK).
PLEASE NOTE: IT IS THE STUDENT’S RESPONSIBILITY TO CHECK THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO MEET THE TECHNOLOGY REQUIREMENTS. No refunds will be given.
Families are responsible for ordering their own supplies, and we anticipate supplies to cost approximately $50 per class. A link to a supply list will be in each course description by mid-August. Ordering supplies after September 1 is not recommended, as current order processing and delivery times are delayed. Supplies are provided for in-person classes.
Center K-12 Family Handbook
All students and parents attending Saturday Art School must follow the policies as listed in the Center K-12 Family Handbook. Read the program policies prior to the beginning of classes.
Saturday Art School, South Hall 203
Pratt Institute, Brooklyn Campus
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
Tel: 718.636.3654 / Fax: 718.230.6876
View photos from Saturday Art School.
Learn more about how Pratt Institute provides access and accessibility both on campus and online.
"All of our children have attended classes at Pratt from elementary school through high school. Our two older daughters are currently pursuing studio art majors in college. The open-ended nature of assignments and class work at Pratt enabled them to explore their interests and ideas over a more extended time frame then was possible in the art classes offered in their elementary and secondary schools." —N. Melissas, Saturday Art School parent
Pratt’s K–12 programs are generously supported by the Con Edison Company of New York, Inc., Cornelia T. Bailey Foundation, Sara Little Turnbull Foundation, Walter K. Hoerning Endowment Fund, National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, The Altman Foundation, The Hearst Foundations, The Pinkerton Foundation, The Selz Foundation, Turrell Fund, The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of the New York Community Trust, The Irma Holland Wolstein Endowed Scholarship Fund, individual donors, and Pratt Institute.