Study Abroad

Through our Study Abroad Program, you will be able to dive into diverse cultures and explore their artistic experiences and talents firsthand. Connect with new outlooks and forms of inspiration that will get your creative juices flowing!


MIXED MEDIA AND PRINTMAKING

MIXED MEDIA PRINTMAKING IN CHACALA, MEXICO - SOLD OUT
February 3-10 with Miguel Perez and Larry Calkins

Join Kamla Kakaria for a week long mixed media printmaking intensive in Chacala, Mexico (one hour north of Puerto Vallarta) where the jungle meets the ocean. Work with Mexican artist Miguel Perez at his studio Gráfica Chacala and our own Larry Calkins to create works that combine sketching, print making and journaling, while being inspired by the petroglyphs at Alta Vista. Located in the state of Nayarit, this region was originally home to the largely unstudied Tecoxquin indigenous culture dating from approximately 2000 BC to 2300 BCE. Aside from its cultural and archeological importance, the site remains an important religious center for the Huicholes who leave offerings and perform ceremonies here. Discover this fishermen village and the wonderful people who live in this idyllic location. Tuition includes lodging for seven nights (Saturday to Saturday) giving students a day to explore Chacala before the workshop begins. Prerequisite: None. Register for this class here

Tuition is $1850
Deposit of $925 due upon registration
Balance of $925 due November 10, 2017

CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until Dec 2
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after Jan 2

Included in the tuition:
  • Instruction from a well-known printmaker Miguel Perez and Larry Calkins for the 5 day intensive.  One day hike to petroglyphs.
  • Transportation to and from the airport in PV. 
  • Seven days lodging in Chacala.  Saturday through Friday to give students a day to explore Oaxaca before the workshop begins. 
  • If students plan to arrive before the Intensive or stay beyond February 10th,   special arrangements can be made
  • Most supplies will be provided.

MONO-PRINTMAKING IN GUANAJUATO, MEXICO
February 17-24, 2018 with Hugo Anaya

Join Kamla Kakaria and Romson Bustillo in a week long Monoprint workshop in Guanajuato, Mexico. Known for its silver mining history, Guanajuato in pre-Hispanic times, the region was inhabited by nomadic tribes called Chichimecas. Work with Mexican artist Hugo Anaya at his studio Piramidal Gráfica in Guanajuato, Mexico. You will learn to make prints using traditional forms of printmaking in a new way. Work with plexiglass plates applying ink in thin layers wiping away and texturing to create quick results. You will also work with drypoint on copper and hand coloring. Chine Colle, transfer and direct offset techniques will be taught to add to the prints. Non-toxic materials are important in Hugo’s studio. Tuition includes lodging for seven nights (Saturday to Saturday) giving students a day to explore Guanajuato before the workshop begins. Prerequisite: None. Register for this class here


Tuition is $1850
Deposit of $925 due upon registration
Balance of $925 due November 10, 2017

CANCELLATION RE FUND POLICY
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until Dec 2
25% non-refundable for withdrawal after Jan 2
 
Included in the tuition:

  • Instruction from Mexican printmaker Hugo Araya 4 day intensive.
  • One day field trip to San Miguel Allende including lunch 
  • Seven days lodging in Guanajuato. Saturday through Friday to give students a day to explore before the workshop begins. Lunches each day. 
  • If students plan to arrive before the Intensive or stay beyond February 24th, special arrangements can be made
  • Most supplies will be provided

JEWELRY AND METALS

INSPIRED STONESETTING IN SAN MIGUEL, MEXICO
January 29 - February 2, 2018 with Jesse Bert

 
Founded in 1542 in an area rich in silver and gems, the town of San Miguel de Allende (originally named Izcuinapan by the indigenous peoples) is filled with buildings from the 17th and 18th centuries, which have earned it UNESCO's recognition as a World Heritage Site. A favorite with history buffs due to its importance in the Mexican War of Independence, San Miguel's surroundings have also attracted artists from around the world.
 
This course celebrates San Miguel's natural resources, cultural riches, and historic significance. We'll begin the week with a trunk show of stunning regional gemstones, from which students will select and purchase their favorite(s) to serve as the basis for their class project. In-studio instruction will focus on creative stonesetting and complementary techniques for adding texture and detail. We will further develop our jewelry designs outside of the studio through guided observation exercises and cultural tours.
 
Our instructor Jesse Bert earned an MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from East Carolina University, and regularly exhibits his work in Mexico, the United States, and across Europe. He has made Mexico his home since 2006. A cactus collector and hiker, Jesse is energized by his surroundings:
 
 "My work is informed and inspired by the land in which I live, history and architecture...Nature is another essential element in my life. The pattern, repetition, and consistency show through in the items that leave my bench, carrying with them great detail and an acute intricacy like so many of the wonderful plants found on my daily walks." 
 
Our hotel for the week is a centrally-located former monastery with a pool and gardens. From there, we'll make the short walk to Jesse Bert's studio each morning for class from 9am to 1pm. After breaking for lunch, the group will spend most afternoons and some evenings exploring San Miguel and the surrounding area. We will see museum collections, shop for supplies and souvenirs, and visit both traditional and cutting-edge craftspeople. 
 
Head home with new jewelry skills, a ring or pendant featuring your chosen stone, and designs inspired by San Miguel's history, culture, and environment! Register for this class here
 
Prerequisite: Students should have taken Beginning Jewelry/Metals or have an equivalent level of experience. Contact Julia Harrison (jharrison@pratt.org) with any questions. 
 
CLASS FEE: $1750 
INCLUDED 
  • 7 nights hotel in a private room 
  • 20 hours of instruction and limited workshop materials* 
  • 2 field trips 
  • 2 group dinners 
 
*Base metals, practice stones, and other standard consumables included. Due to the unique character of these projects, students should plan to bring their own silver (suggestions to be provided) and purchase their own stones.
 
PAYMENT DATES 
$875 deposit due upon registration 
$875 final payment due by November 10 
 
CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY 
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until January 2 
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after January 2


SILVER FILIGREE IN OAXACA, MEXICO 
February 12 - 16, 2018 with Rafael Bautista
 
The region now known has Oaxaca has a rich tradition of metal arts going back some 2500 years to the establishment of Monte Alban, one of Mesoamerica's first cities. The production of lace-like metal filigree has flourished since colonial times, captivating viewers with its combination of fragility and strength: For openwork filigree, jewelers require a minimum of metal: delicately twisted wires may make up less than half the surface; the rest is air.
  
Study abroad students will receive instruction on the traditional methods of Oaxacan-style filigree in the workshops of El Oro de Monte Alban, the city's most prominent jewelry company. Our instructor Rafael Bautista has been creating filigree since the age of eighteen. In 2013, El Oro de Monte Alban invited Maestro Bautista to develop a basic filigree course in an effort to promote and maintain jewelry manufacturing as a sustainable activity among locals. He has since taught students from all over Mexico, as well as England, Japan and the United States.
 
Our home base for the week is a charming courtyard hotel in the historic colonial district. From there it's an easy walk to El Oro de Monte Alban for class each morning. After breaking for lunch, the group will spend the afternoons and some evenings exploring other aspects of Oaxaca's metal arts scene. We will tour inspiring museum collections, shop for supplies and souvenirs, and visit both traditional and cutting-edge craftspeople--including women participating in a microfinance program.
 
Prerequisite: None. This workshop is open to students of all levels. Register for this class here
 
CLASS FEE: $1420  
INCLUDED 
  • 7 nights hotel in a private room 
  • 20 hours of instruction and all workshop materials 
  • 2 field trips 
  • 2 group dinners
  
PAYMENT DATES 
$710 deposit due upon registration 
$710 final payment due by November 10 
 
CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY 
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until January 2 
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after January 2
 

INTERMEDIATE SILVER FILAGREE IN OAXACA, MEXICO
February 12 - 16, 2018 with Rafael Bautista


If last year's Oaxaca trip left you hungry for more, please consider joining 2018's alumni-only intermediate filigree workshop! Many favorite parts of the trip will remain unchanged: we'll stay in Las Golondrinas and hold classes around the corner at El Oro de Monte Alban with the one-and-only Maestro Rafael Bautista. We'll enjoy a blend of self-directed free time and organized group activities like delicious dinners and eye-opening tours. We'll escape Seattle's grey season for Oaxaca's light, warmth, and color! 
 
So what's new? 
 
-Your class will meet in the afternoons (2-6pm), giving you the opportunity to explore the city during the cooler morning hours. 
 
-You'll still participate in organized tours and activities outside of class--but I have a couple of new things up my sleeve that are just for the intermediate students.
 
 -A smaller class size (maximum 4) will ensure even more one-on-one attention, and most of your work will be done in silver (provided).
  
-Most importantly, Maestro Bautista will challenge you with an exciting new project! You will focus on the central element in one of traditional Oaxacan filigree's most iconic earring designs, known as "El Jardín." Shaped like a three-dimensional ribbon bow, this form will introduce new techniques including bending filigree into complex shapes and embellishing your filigree forms with beading and "diamond cut" engraving. Depending on your skill, you may complete a pendant or a pair of earrings.
 
Prerequisite: Students must have attended the 2017 "Silver Filigree in Oaxaca" course. Register for this class here
 
CLASS FEE: $1650 
INCLUDED 
  • 7 nights hotel in a private room 
  • 20 hours of instruction and all workshop materials 
  • 2 field trips 
  • 2 group dinners  
PAYMENT DATES 
$825 deposit due upon registration
$825 final payment due by November 10
 
CANCELLATION REFUND POLICY
25% non-refundable for withdrawal until January 2 
50% non-refundable for withdrawal after January 2
 
 

 
 

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