Courses

The Office for the Arts sponsors instruction via a number of courses offered by the Dance Program at the Harvard Dance Center, 66 Garden St. (a few for academic credit), and the Ceramics Program Studio, 224 Western Ave. in Allston. A Figure Drawing course is taught at Currier House, and fundamental Skills for Singing is offered at Holden Chapel. Seminars, workshops and master classes are also presented in the January interval between academic terms, called Wintersession, which feature prominent Harvard alumni/ae working in the arts and entertainment fields.

Contemporary I: Countertechnique - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 7-April 27
Days/Times: T 7:30-9:00pm; Th 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Joy Davis
Countertechnique is a system of movement designed by esteemed Dutch choreographer, Anouk Van Dijk. The technique offers a dynamic dance practice that focuses on directing and counter-directing the body through space so that each participant can develop authentic, sincere and unique movement vocabularies – tools that Van Dijk believes will prepare the dancing body and mind for negotiating demanding dance practices in the 21st century.  Scale, risk-taking, fluidity, strength and flexibility are skills this course aims to expand. The class will be builidng on new concepts week to week, therefore, studets are encouraged to register to take this as a twice-a-week class. If only once-a-week is possible, students are encouraged to take the Tuesday class. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Tuesdays February 14 or March 14, and no class on Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. Make-up classes will be held on April 25 and April 27. 

Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 7-April 18
Days/Times: T 6:00-7:30pm
Level: II/III
Instructor: Sheryl Pollard-Thomas
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.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Tuesday, March 14, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 4-April 22
Days/Times: Sa 11:30am-1:00pm
Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
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.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Saturday, March 11, and Saturday, March 18, for Harvard Spring Break. 

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb. 9-April 20
Days/Times: Th 7:30-9:00pm
Level: I
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
A class for all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom applies foundations from ballet and modern techniques to Latin/Ballroom dynamics; this class strongly emphasizes bodily rhythm, coordination, and musicality. Starting with a warm-up to support pelvic stability and core strength, the class moves through movement patterns from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, merengue, samba, and tango. Exercises build and move fluidly from solo to partnered actions, always emerging and evolving from foundational Latin/Ballroom principles. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and socks. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Thursday, March 16, for Harvard Spring Break. A make-up class will take place on Thursday, April 27. 

Design for Ceramic Sculpture

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Mark Burns
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 1:00 pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Mark Burns

Course description: Join internationally recognized ceramic artist, Mark Burns, in exploring ceramic sculpture. This course teaches simple techniques generated through "blueprints" of initial drawings of proposed sculptures. Students will learn how to engineer forms so that they will not fall apart through learning techniques in stacking, pinning and creating cradles, etc.. 8 classes/10weeks. No class on July 4th.

Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  June 9 - July 28
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00 – 1:00 pm
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin

Course description: Explore nature-inspired visual and tactile surfaces on wheel thrown forms by using soda slips and washes as well as patterns and textures. Fresh spontaneous approaches on soft clay, as well as more structured methods of building functional work with thrown forms will be developed. A three-dimensional artist, from either clay or another discipline will be selected by each student to inspire the development of new methods that go beyond the familiar solution in making a soda fired functional pot.  The experience of building a larger vocabulary of soda firing possibilities and results will lay the groundwork for new directions for functional work. 8 classes/10 weeks.

Fall 2016 Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

DatesSeptember 21-November 30* (no class Nov. 23)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7:30-10 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

Instructor: Heddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable and powerful exploration into the cultural context of one’s own world. This course uses simple materials—charcoal and erasers, inks and brushes—as means of discovery.

Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 12 - July 31Glaze Calc 
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning – Advanced
Instructor: Matthew Katz

Course description: This class will cover technical information about glaze and clay formulation led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz and facilitated by Ceramics Program staff. Along with technical information, students will learn about contemporary and unconventional usages of clay and glaze materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, convert glazes to different temperatures, alter surface qualities, and prevent glazing defects. The class itself will be a combination of on-demand, video lectures, live online discussions, and real world experimentation. The informaton will be provied through on-line lectures that students can view in class as well as reivew outside of class. There will be live, on-line discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. 8 classes/No Lab.


Hand Building - Food for Thought

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 6 - August 1Arthur's Lobsters in Waiting
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Arthur Halvorsen

Course description: Explore the possiblilities in combining ceramics with the art of food presentation with consultation with Chef and CEO of The Franklin Restaurant Group David DuBois. DuBois will ask students to collaborate with My Father's Delicatessan and Restaurant - a new restaurant in Allston scheduled to open late summer. Platters, cake stands and tiered servers wil act as a 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! 8 classes/10 weeks. No class July 4th.

Hip Hop - New!

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2017

Dates: Feb 6-April 24
Days/Times: M 6:00-7:30pm
Level: I
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Geared towards all levels, this class breaks down the movement through an understanding of body control and texture. Each class offers a new choreographic phrase and develops dancers' movement retention, musicality, and performance qualities. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks, dance shoes, or sneakers that have never been worn outside. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
Note: No class on Monday, February 20 (President's Day) and Monday, March 13, for Spring Break. 

Independent Studio

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: (8 weeks or 11 weeks only)Pottery Tools
Days/Times: N/A
Level: Advanced

Course description: Self-directed work for advanced participants previously enrolled in a Ceramics Program course and who have passed the Electric Kiln test. Independent Studio students have proven that they are capable of processing their own work. This course includes studio access and other opportunities (8 weeks or 11 weeks). 

Molds and Multiples

Semester: 

Summer

Dates: June 7 - July 26Mark Burns   
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Mark Burns

Course description: 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. 8 classes/10 weeks.

Skills for Singing

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2016

Dates: September 20 - November 22
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Eschen
Location: Holden Chapel


Course description: Ready to try your hand at the wheel? Explore the basics of wheel throwing in this fun and casual class. The instructor guides you through preparing and centering the clay and then invites you to work on a variety of forms. These will later be able to be decorated and glazed. A great way to hone your skills or to let us introduce you to our studio! 8 classes/9 weeks.