All 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.

Design for Tile

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 21 - August 11 Big Blue tile by Marek Jacisin
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced
Instructor: Marek Jacisin

Course descriptionFrom our sketchbook to the wall, this class will focus on pattern design and the tools needed to make tile molds at home. Each week there will be a demonstration of making a tile with molds constructed with foam and simple tools. Students will be challenged to create a different tile design each week. For those students with access to clay, demonstrations of tile production with clay will assist the student in creating tiles at home. Students who do not have access to clay will benefit from observing the demonstrations and will have the tools to produce tiles once back in the studio. (4 classes)

... Read more about Design for Tile

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.... Read more about Fall 2016 Figure Drawing at Currier

Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: September 13-November 29* (no class Nov. 22)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi 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. Ideas evolve through the...

Read more about Figure Drawing at Currier

Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2020

Dates: TBD
Days/Times: TBD
Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi Siebel

Course description: Drawing from the human figure is an enjoyable path through which to explore the cultural context of one’s own world. Students in this class will look differently at the remarkable ‘everyday’...

Read more about Figure Drawing at Currier

Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2017

Dates: September 13-November 29* (no class Nov. 22)
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

Level: All levels welcome

InstructorHeddi 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. Ideas evolve through the...

Read more about Figure Drawing at Currier

Fired Up Redux

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 23 - August 13 Kiln loaded with glazed pots.
Days/Times: Thursdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginning - Advanced                   
Instructors: Geoff Booras and Dennis McLaughlin

Course description Learn what happens to your pot or sculpture once it makes its way into the kiln! This course covers basic concepts behind different firing methods and kiln designs. If you are interested in taking an in-depth look at reduction, oxidation, and atmospheric firing principles, key temperatures, and techniques, then this is the class for you! Do you want to learn more about alternative firing methods? And what is a thermocouple, damper, spyhole, or bag wall anyway? Curious to know more? – Come stoke the flames of kiln wonderment in this new online course! (4 classes)
... Read more about Fired Up Redux

Fundamentals of Form Design

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 22 - August 12 Design on chalkboard, vessel in progress on table by Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course descriptionJoin 2019-20 Artist in Residence Ruth Easterbrook as she guides students to focus on the foundation of all pots by breaking down form into its basic shapes. Students will then use paper, scissors and their sketchbooks to improve their future work. (4 classes)

... Read more about Fundamentals of Form Design

Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Level: All levels
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Hip Hop is a culture created by Black and Hispanic youngsters in The Bronx, NY during the 70s. It is composed of four pillars: DJing, Breaking (also called break dancing), Graffiti, and MCing. During the 80s, a new dance style emerged from the New York party scene called "party dance," which is today known more commonly as Hip Hop dance. Though still a young genre, Hip Hop dance has created many legends, including the Elite Force crew's Buddha Stretch, LINK, Ejoe, and Caleaf. Today it spans the globe, with dance festivals and battles on nearly every continent. It has even influenced additional popular styles of street dance, including Memphis Jookin and Litefeet. In this class, we will explore the basic elements of freestyle Hip Hop dance, from the bounce and rock to the party dances built on top of them. Through the class, students will be coached on how to interpret music through their movements and exercise creativity to develop their unique style. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in. Students may wear socks, sneakers with socks pulled over them, or sneakers that have never been worn outside. Street shoes are NOT allowed in any studio. 
... Read more about Hip Hop

Inside the Artist's Studio

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 21 - August 11 Sean O'Connell Jar
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Kyle Johns

Course descriptionJoin 2019-20 Artist in Residence, Kyle Johns for a virtual trip around the country to visit four contemporary ceramic artists in their own studios: Chris Pickett, Lorna Meadon, Sean O'Connell and Kala Stein. Each visit will provide a look into the artist’s studio and engage you in conversation with that artist. Each week you will be guided to research that week’s artist and become familiar with their work. You will then take part in the artist interview, led by Kyle Johns, and encouraged to bring your own questions for the artists. The conversations that will take place are intended to inspire us to consider our own work and practice in fresh and different ways. (4 classes) Photo: Jar, Sean O'Connell

... Read more about Inside the Artist's Studio

Plant Based Printing Processes I

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates:  July 22 - August 12         WAITLISTEDPlant print by Anne Eder, purple background, leaf design
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course description: This class is an introduction to plant-based printing processes that use light and common plant materials! It will cover anthotypes, chlorophyll printing, and other plant-based printing methods. We will meet via online platform once a week for demonstrations and students will then take what they have learned and complete that week’s assignment, returning for troubleshooting, critique and a new demo each week. Everything needed to take this course should be easily obtainable from the backyard, a nearby park, or even the grocery. (4 classes)
... Read more about Plant Based Printing Processes I

Plant Based Printing Processes II

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 23 - August 13            WAITLISTED pattern created from plants and photographic process to be demonstrated in class
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST)
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Anne Eder

Course description: In this sequel to Plant Based Printing we will go deeper into processes from the first session and explore anthotype printing in 3D and on other substrates, expanded chlorophyll printing, and combining lumen and phytogram printing with cyanotype and chemigram processes.  (4 classes)

... Read more about Plant Based Printing Processes II

Private Wheel Lessons

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 20 - August 15White Plate, Slip Design by Steve Murphy
Days/Times: Arranged with instructor. 1 hr. appointments
Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Instructor: Steve Murphy

Course Description:  For those with access to a pottery wheel at home, Steve Murphy will work with you one-on-one on throwing technique, perfecting forms or challenging you to try new ones! A camera set-up that shows a view of you throwing on the wheel is required as well as access to Zoom. Before registering, contact Kathy King, Director at kking@fas.harvard.edu to arrange for a day/time that works for both you and the instructor. You will then be assisted in registering for the lessons. With permission of the instructor, additional lessons can be obtained.

... Read more about Private Wheel Lessons

Relief Printmaking

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 22 - August 12
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 2:00 - 4:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced

Instructor: Deighton Abrams


Course description: Explore the process of composing and carving relief blocks at home. Relief printmaking on blocks of linoleum and contemporary alternatives is a subtractive process, where the remaining surface area of the relief block can be inked and printed. The resulting block will not only be able used to print onto paper, but can also be impressed into clay or printed onto a clay form with ceramic slips and underglaze. Guest instructor Darrah Bowden will share her process of using relief blocks onto plaster to create decorative clay slabs. (4 classes)... Read more about Relief Printmaking

Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction I

Semester: 

Summer

Offered: 

2020

Dates: July 21 - August 11Paper Sculpture Folded
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST)
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Claudia Olds Goldie

Course description: Make the most out of the time away from the Ceramics Program by exploring paper as a sculptural medium. Create paper prototypes out of cut, rolled, folded and assembled paper. Papier-mâché, home-made paper clay, mold making, casting and embossing may be explored. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions. (4 weeks)

... Read more about Sculptural Ideas in Paper Construction I