Our Courses

Program Title/Description Dates Days/Times Level
CeramicsSet in Stone(ware)
12 classes: Expand your throwing vocabulary through demonstrations of functional vessels intended to build upon existing skills and push them forward. This course will then delve into the limitless possibilities of embellishing the surface of functional forms with treatments using textural and colored slips. The rich and varied surface contrast that results from using brown stoneware with white and brown slips will provide a dynamic canvas on which to explore glaze in reduction firing.
Instructor: Denny McLaughlin
Location: Ceramics Studio
Fridays, Sept. 5 – Dec. 21 10 am – 1 pmIntermediate – Advanced
CeramicsSocial Media Professional Practices
4 classes: Ceramic artists utilizing social media: how do they do it? This class will cover the ins and outs of the growing use of social media for artists, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blogging and websites. We will demystify all the secrets of social media and tailor the class to how you can use it best for you and your work. Come to class with your smartphone, laptop and or tablet to work off of, and an open mind.
Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, October 6 – Oct. 27 2 – 4 pmIntermediate – 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: Wayne Fuerst
Location: Ceramics Studio
Mondays, Sept. 8 – Nov. 246:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
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. 5 - Oct. 10 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. 17 – Nov. 21 6:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsVisiting Artist Workshop: Ben Carter - Decadent Design for the Soft Surface
This workshop focuses on integrating surface design with altered wheel-thrown and hand built pottery including slip decorating, sgraffito and underglaze painting. Aesthetic issues such as proportion and color theory will be discussed as well as creative problem solving in the studio. Additional discussions of marketing, social media and the changing landscape of contemporary craft will leave the workshop attendees recharged, rejuvenated and ready to grow in their own studio practice.
Instructor: Ben Carter
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursday, October 9Workshop: 10 am – 4 pm Slide Lecture: 5 – 6 pmAll Levels Welcome
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: Jessica Brandl
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, Sept. 18 – Nov. 20 1 – 4 pmIntermediate – 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: Denny McLaughlin
Location: Ceramics Studio
Thursdays, Sept. 4 – Nov. 206:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsWheel Throwing
10 classes: Unravel the mysteries of the potter’s wheel and surface decoration in this fun, intensive class. The fundamental techniques will be covered as you learn to center, throw and trim a variety of functional forms including cups, bowls, and vases. Students with basic skills will focus on refining techniques and be challenged with more complex forms. Class time will be comprised of demonstrations, critiques and ample hands-on-time.
Instructor: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Sept. 16 – Nov. 181 - 4 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. 2 – Nov. 186:30 – 9:30 pmBeginning - Intermediate
CeramicsClay and the Figure: Classical Moments Redefined
12 classes: This course will focus on the transition of the sculptural figure from Classical to Modern by looking at various work throughout history. Students will find inspiration through visits to the Harvard campus to sketch sculptures such as Myron’s Discobulus. Upon the re-opening of the Harvard Art Museums, students will have the opportunity to examine, first hand, examples shown in class such as the clay figure models of the Baroque sculptor Lorenzo Bernini. The class will feature live models throughout the semester as students learn to sculpt small-scale and life-sized works using hollow-form and slab construction techniques.
Instructor: Allison Newsome
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Sept. 9 – Nov. 256:30 - 9:30 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsDrawing for the 3D Artist
12 classes: Through acquiring or honing our drawing skills, we can approach our studio work with a more educated eye. This new course is designed to provide the skills needed to brainstorm possibilities for potential ceramic work as well as be able to observe form, surface and texture more accurately. Drawing techniques to be explored will include rendering texture, shading techniques to show three dimension and exploring new methods of mark making that may lead to new ways to work with clay.
Instructor: Judith Cooper
Location: Ceramics Studio
Tuesdays, Sept. 9 – Nov. 2510 am - 1 pmBeginning - Advanced
CeramicsMolds and Multiples
10 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. 17 – Nov. 19 10 am – 1 pmBeginning – Intermediate
CeramicsCombined Methods
12 classes: This class caters to artists that hand build their work, throw on the wheel or use a combination of the both in their work. Assignments will highlight and examine advanced process based learning involving surface techniques, altered or complex forms, basic mold making and glazing techniques both on and off the wheel.
Instructor: Kyla Toomey
Location: Ceramics Studio
Wednesdays, Sept. 3 – Nov. 19 6:30 – 9:30 pmIntermediate – Advanced
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 18 - Nov. 20Th 6:00 - 7:30pmI/II
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
Location: Director’s Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)
Sept 18 - Nov. 20Th 7:30 - 9pmII
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. 12 - Nov. 14F 6 - 7:30pmIII
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. Location note: On April 4 & 18, this class will meet in the Director’s Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.).
Instructor: Yo-el Cassell
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 12 - Nov. 21F 6 - 7:30pmI
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. 13 - Nov. 15Sa 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. 13 - Nov. 15Sa 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. 15 - Nov. 24M 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. 15 - Nov. 24M 5 - 6:30pmII/III
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. CLASS IS FULL. EMAIL DANCE@FAS.HARVARD.EDU TO BE PUT ON WAIT LIST.
Instructor: Catherine Ulissey
Location: Director’s Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)
Sept. 16 - Nov. 25T/Th 4:30pm - 6
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. 16 - Nov. 25T 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. 16 - Nov. 25T 7 - 8:30pmI
DanceConditioning: Strength
Course description coming soon!
Instructor: Jodi Allen
Location: HDC 1 (60 Garden St.)
Sept. 17 - Nov. 19W 6 - 7:30pmAll levels