Spring 2021 Online Classes


Adventures in Art     Ages 7-8, with accompanying adult

Students are introduced to a series of projects that may include drawing, painting, 3-D construction, design, and more. Thought- provoking resources inspire young artists to learn art concepts and build their creative ideas. This course is designed for an accompanying adult, who must be present from 10 AM - 12 PM.

Materials and Supplies: Adventures in Art, 7-8

Inclusive Art Studio     Ages 8-12

This class provides more individual support and encourages social interaction, community building, and self-expression through art making. Offered in collaboration with the Department of Creative Arts Therapy.

Materials and Supplies: Inclusive Art Studio

Drawn to Stories     Ages 9-10

Ideas for visual storytelling, including storyboarding and character development, are explored through drawing, painting, and sculpture. Experimenting with a variety of media and processes, this class encourages innovative approaches to narrative art.

Materials and Supplies: Drawn to Stories, 9-10

Sculpture     Ages 9-10

Students learn about the elements of sculpture through explorations in a variety of materials (cardboard, recycled objects, newspaper, wire, fabric, or paper). Creative problem solving and craft are emphasized as students learn a variety of construction techniques.

Materials and Supplies: Sculpture, 9-10, (plus one roll of household aluminum foil and recycled materials from home)


Students learn about the elements of sculpture through explorations in cardboard. Focusing on structure and assembly techniques, students will build a city by creating a variety of structures and forms that overlap and intersect. This course is designed for an accompanying adult who must be present from 10 AM - 12 PM.

In preparation for your class please gather the following materials together: cardboard from your recycling, and a pen or a pencil of your choice. In addition, please purchase the following more specialized materials:

Materials and Supplies: Sculpture, 11-14

Drawing AND Painting    Ages 9-10; Ages 11-14

With a blank surface and a selection of media (acrylic, tempera, watercolor, ink, charcoal, and pastel), the options are endless! These classes explore many approaches to drawing, painting, and printmaking with experimentation and skill building guiding the students’ investigations.

Materials and Supplies: Drawing and Painting for 11-14, and 9-10


Designed for students interested in applying to portfolio audition high schools, projects will primarily focus on working from observation on a variety of media. The goal of the course is to produce a number of portfolio-ready pieces of work.

Materials and Supplies: Middle School Portfolio Development, Grades 7-8

Creative Writing     AGES 9-12

Using inspiring prompts and playful approaches, students will write short stories and poems, which will be included in an end-of-semester publication. Offered in collaboration with The Writing Program.

Classes for High School Students

Drawing and PaintinG    Grades 9-12

Students explore many approaches to drawing and painting with a range of materials, processes, and concepts, helping them build a strong and varied portfolio. Students participate in individual and group critiques.

Materials and Supplies: High School Drawing and Painting

Sculpture, Space, and Form   Grades 9-12

Students explore one’s relationship to space through transforming a wide range of materials including paper, string, foam, and cardboard, while also considering that space and form are understood to emerge from processes that involve systems and technologies. (Pratt Young Scholars only)

Drawing the Object GRADes 9-12

Students learn to use value in conjunction with line to achieve a synthesis of form, space, composition, and content, moving from the fundamentals of linear description to the integration of tone. 

Photography Grades 9-12

Exploring the technical and creative challenges of photography, students will create a portfolio of images focused on various themes. Students will learn processes such as non-toxic direct sun printing to image capture and editing via student's camera phone, digital point and shoot, or DSLR, while considering both historical and contemporary photographic processes. 

Materials and Supplies: Photography: Cyanotype paper, one package of 12.

Film Grades 9-12

Learn the techniques of narrative filmmaking by creating a short content piece. Utilizing recording devices students have available at home, such as a phone, video camera, or DSLR and professional editing software (Adobe Premiere), students gain an understanding of the filmmaking process.

Materials and Supplies: FilmExternal Hard Drive (1),  Memory Card Or Micro SD card w/adapter if shooting on phone. (Approx 3-5 GB on phone needed), Snap on Lenses for camera phone (optional).

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 on
  • a reliable internet connection
  • a digital camera or scanner (a phone camera is OK). 


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. Ordering supplies after September 1 is not recommended, as current order processing and delivery times are delayed. 

Online Learning

Many parents ask, how can you teach art online? Our unique online studio-based program is delivered using an asynchronous and synchronous approach, which includes live demonstrations by faculty, structured in-class work time and one-on-one virtual instruction. It is carefully designed for completion at home. 

Students will meet live via Zoom promptly at 10 AM. While every class is different, most classes will begin with a live introduction and demonstration from the instructor. After demonstrating best practices for setting up work spaces at home, the instructor will lead live demonstrations and/or presentations using materials from the required art supply list, as well as materials/objects that can be found at home. 

Children and families will have the opportunity to upload projects for the day on Google classroom, which will guide discussion and critique. Classes will not be recorded i.e. to watch later at any time; attendance is necessary from 10 AM - 12 PM to complete projects. Due to the nature of online learning, students must have video enabled in Zoom, meet the technology requirements above and purchase materials for the class prior to classes beginning.

Pratt Institute reserves the right to cancel or change any class when circumstances warrant.

View photos from Saturday Art School.

"I have taken the same Saturday Art School class since I started in 2nd grade—Drawing and Painting. You’d think I’d get bored after 10 years, but what’s so unique about Pratt is that you can have the same class for 10 years and always learn something new. I have never done the same project twice." —Saturday Art School student, M. Terhune.