Our Courses

Program Title/Description Dates Days/Times Level
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
12 classes: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.

Please note: No class Sept. 7 for Labor Day and October 12 for Columbus Day
Instructor: Wayne Fuerst
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Aug 31-Nov. 306:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsFood for Thought
10 classes: Explore the endless possibilities in combining ceramics with the art of food presentation. Platters, cake stands and tiered servers will act as the jumping off point for the class. A variety of hand building techniques will be explored along with thrown or extruded components. Come to class ready to have fun and have your vocabulary of form expanded! Guest Chef, Alex Crabb of the acclaimed Back Bay restaurant “Arthur Halvorsen
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 231 – 4 pmBeginning – Intermediate
CeramicsHigh and Low
10 classes: High and low, white and red, precious and common--porcelain and terra cotta stand at opposite ends of the ceramic spectrum. In this class students will explore the contrasts and similarities in these two clay bodies and the conversation that can happen between them.  Looking at historical and contemporary art, we will trace their shared history while creating pieces in each.  Similar treatments can have drastically different outcomes—in class demonstrations will include brushwork, slip decoration, and relief, emphasizing the unity of form and surface.

Note: No class Sept. 7 for Labor Day and October 12 for Columbus Day
Instructor: Eileen de Rosas
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Sept. 14 – Nov. 23 10 am – 1 pmIntermediate – Advanced
CeramicsExploring Clay I
6 classes: Students who wish to explore ceramics will find this relaxed and fun course appealing as an introduction to wheel throwing and hand building. Texture, slips and glazes will be introduced at different stages to promote investigation into surface decoration. Though the instructor will try to address the needs of each student, please be aware that that the second session of Exploring Clay is not a continuation of the first session in terms of skills taught.
Instructor: Zac Mickelson
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 1: Fridays, Sept. 4 - Oct. 9 6:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsExploring Clay II
6 classes: Students who wish to explore ceramics will find this relaxed and fun course appealing as an introduction to wheel throwing and hand building. Texture, slips and glazes will be introduced at different stages to promote investigation into surface decoration. Though the instructor will try to address the needs of each student, please be aware that that the second session of Exploring Clay is not a continuation of the first session in terms of skills taught.
Instructor: Zac Mickelson
Location: Ceramics Studio
Session 2: Oct. 16 – Nov. 206:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
12 classes: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, Sept. 10 – Dec. 36:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsThe Figure
10 classes: This class challenges students of all levels to create the figure in imaginative and individual ways. Students will learn a variety of ceramic techniques and approaches to create expressive, anatomically convincing sculpture. They will explore structural anatomy, gesture, proportion, emotional and narrative content, and to enable a figure to radiate character and attitude. In addition to using photographs and drawings as visual aids, there will be a number of sessions to work from a live model.
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, Sept. 10 – Nov. 12 6:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning – Advanced
CeramicsMural Project at Cambridge Hospital
10 classes: This course will be involved in the planning and execution of a public artwork in cooperation with the Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation. Students will create a life reinforcing work of art using traditional and contemporary sculptural techniques with clay. The collaborative ceramic mural will bring a human touch to a high-tech hospital environment with art that inspires, transforms and comforts patients, families, visitors and staff. 
Instructor: Allison Newsome
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Sept. 8 – Nov. 106:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsBasics and Challenges
12 classes: Demonstrations, individual critiques, and lots of hands-on time will engage students in learning the basics of wheel throwing, hand building, and surface decoration. Creative approaches to altered and combined elements will provide challenges for more experienced students.
Instructor: Stephanie Young
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Sept. 8 – Nov. 246:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsInterdisciplinary Sculpture
12 classes: This course explores traditional and contemporary sculpture materials and enables students to experiment with various techniques. Through initial exercises, demonstrations and slide presentations, students will be introduced to the visual and conceptual possibilities of three-dimensional mixed media works. Every material carries with it a cultural and a historical legacy. Ceramics, performance, drawing and found objects, in addition to being visually diverse, generate vastly different associations for the viewer. The juxtaposition of these associations enables artists to infuse their work with a dynamic energy unique to this practice and their artistic vision. 
Instructor: Salvador Jimenez Flores
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Sept. 8 – Nov. 2410 am – 1 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsSumi Ink Brush Painting II
4 classes: Expand your decorative skills tool-kit by studying sumi ink brush painting. We will practice the basic strokes of Chinese/Japanese painting and calligraphy, and learn to combine them into a variety of motifs that suit your style and vision. We will examine the aesthetic rules underlying Asian fine and decorative arts, and consider various ways to apply these to your work. There will be time for discussion, exploration and critique concerning the transference of these painting skills to the ceramic medium. No prior experience required; course can be taken multiple times. There will be a small fee for paper, brush and ink.
Instructor: Linda Salter
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Nov. 4 – Dec. 21 – 4 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsMolds and Multiples
8 classes: Utilizing mold making techniques is an interesting, contemporary approach to producing objects quickly whether it be a set of mugs or multiple versions of an object that come together to form compelling installation or sculpture. Students will learn to make 1, 2 and 3 part molds for press molding and slip casting. We will be working from found objects as well as learning methods of prototyping to produce the objects from an original. 
Instructor: Mitch Shiles
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 4 10 am – 1 pmBeginning – Intermediate
CeramicsTurn Up The Heat – Kiln Theory and Practice
6 classes: This course provides information to understand the firing process from bisque to glaze. Students will be guided through all aspects of properly maintaining (respect and responsibility) of kiln furniture and firing kilns. Though this class does not authorize studio participants to fire the program’s kilns independently, it is an important step towards that goal.
Instructor: Multiple Instructors
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Sept. 16 – Oct. 216 - 8 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsSumi Ink Brush Painting I
4 classes: Expand your decorative skills tool-kit by studying sumi ink brush painting. We will practice the basic strokes of Chinese/Japanese painting and calligraphy, and learn to combine them into a variety of motifs that suit your style and vision. We will examine the aesthetic rules underlying Asian fine and decorative arts, and consider various ways to apply these to your work. There will be time for discussion, exploration and critique concerning the transference of these painting skills to the ceramic medium. No prior experience required; course can be taken multiple times. There will be a small fee for paper, brush and ink.
Instructor: Linda Salter
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Sept. 16, 30, Oct. 7, 281 – 4 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsCombined Methods
12 classes: This course is primarily a studio class structured around student proposals for a current body of work in combination with thematic assignments. Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, basic mold making and glazing techniques.
Instructor: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Sept. 2 – Nov. 186:30 - 9:30 pmIntermediate - Advanced
CeramicsImage on Clay
10 classes: New avenues towards personal expression are realized through applying image-based surface techniques as well as traditional printmaking techniques to ceramics in this project-based class. Techniques demonstrated will include mono printing, silk screening, stenciling, creating water-slide decals, embossing, and relief printing onto clay. Historic and contemporary examples of artists working with these combined techniques will provide inspiration.
Instructor: Janice Jakielski
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Sept. 9 – Nov. 11 1 – 4 pmBeginning – Advanced
DanceContemporary I
Concentrates on mobility of the spine and developing fluency in the whole body through movement sequences which integrate rhythm, coordination, and muscular stamina explored through spatial and kinesthetic awareness.

Note: This class will meet at the Director's Studio at 74 Mt. Auburn St. on the following dates: 4/10, 4/17, & 4/24.


Instructor: Yo-el Cassell
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 11 - Nov. 20F 6 - 7:30pmI
DanceBallet III
Ballet 2.0. A course which focuses on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, fostering a more diverse vocabulary for dancing in the spirit of rigor, curiosity and individual artistry. At least three years of advanced level ballet required.


Instructor: Tai Jimenez
Location: HDC 2 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 11 - Nov. 23F 6 - 7:30pmIII
DanceConditioning: Strength & Stretch
Combines the Dunham barre vocabulary, yoga, Pilates, integrated breathing exercises, and musicality to build stamina and coordination essential to the dancing body.
(note: please bring a yoga or exercise mat).
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 12 - Nov. 14Sa 10 - 11:30amAll levels
DanceContemporary II/III
This course will concentrate on the exploration of technique, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. The class will provide a supportive environment that will challenge all students based on each individual student's mode of learning. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. Students will acquire a broad verbal and movement vocabulary. This course will introduce components based on Graham, and Limon techniques, but will primarily focus on Horton technique.
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger

Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 12 - Nov. 14Sa 11:30am - 1pmII/III
DanceBallet III
Ballet 2.0. A course which focuses on developing advanced, integrated coordinative skills and dynamics, fostering a more diverse vocabulary for dancing in the spirit of rigor, curiosity and individual artistry. At least three years of advanced level ballet required.


Instructor: Tai Jimenez
Location: HDC1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 14 - Nov. 23M 6:30 - 8pmIII
DanceContemporary II/III
This course will concentrate on the exploration of technique, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. The class will provide a supportive environment that will challenge all students based on each individual student's mode of learning. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. Students will acquire a broad verbal and movement vocabulary. This course will introduce components based on Graham, and Limon techniques, but will primarily focus on Horton technique.



Instructor: Sheryl Pollard-Thomas
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 14 - Nov. 23M 5 - 6:30pmII/III
DanceBallet II
This course will build upon and enhance foundational ballet training with musicality, improved articulation and flow of motion. At least two years of intermediate level ballet required.


Instructor: Tai Jimenez
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)
Sept. 15 - Nov. 17T 6 - 7:30pmII
DanceContemporary I
Concentrates on mobility of the spine and developing fluency in the whole body through movement sequences which integrate rhythm, coordination, and muscular stamina explored through spatial and kinesthetic awareness.
Instructor: Yo-el Cassell
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 15 - Nov. 17T 7 - 8:30pmI
DanceBallet I/II
A continuation of the concepts explored in Ballet I, building upon the basic designs of ballet technique and musicality. For dancers who have taken Ballet I or have some prior ballet experience.


Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)
Sept. 15 - Nov. 19T/Th 4:30pm - 6 I/II
DanceImprovisation
TBA
Instructor: Jill Johnson
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 16 - Nov. 18W 5 - 6pmAll levels
DanceCardio-Sculpting Workout
This course will provide a cardio and strength workout through various fitness formats. Choreography will be inspired by Latin, hip-hop, house, and contemporary styles and be set to multiple different types of music. Each class will include a warm-up, isolations, intense cardio dancing, and a cool-down which leads to bodyweight resistance training for sculpting lean muscle and a strong core. Participants will also learn how to put together easy-to-follow choreography for a multi-level audience in a fitness setting.

No prior experience necessary

Instructor: Sarah Speltz
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 16 - Sept. 24W 6 - 7:30pmAll levels
DanceBallet I
Ballet for every body. A course which focuses on the curvilinear designs of ballet technique and its inextricable connection to musicality and motion. Starting from ballet barre and building to center work at a pace for those taking ballet for the first time or dancers who want to revisit the basics.
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)
Sept. 17 - Nov. 19Th 6:00 - 7:30pm I
DanceBallet II
This course will build upon and enhance foundational ballet training with musicality, improved articulation and flow of motion. At least two years of intermediate level ballet required.




Instructor: Boyko Dossev and Tai Jimenez
Location: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)
Sept. 17 - Nov. 19Th 7:30 - 9pmII