JULY 20 - AUGUST 15, 2020 (Note: All course times are EST)
Virtual Summer 2020 - Session 2 - Registration will open Wednesday, July 1st at 11am!
Connect with friends, classmates, artists, scholars, and our team of instructors through interactive classes, workshops and studio visits. All classes will meet online using free, accessible applications. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom.
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To find out which classes are open, click the "log in or Create Your Account" button below to go to our online registration portal. Then click on "Virtual Summer 2020 Courses - Session 2" or "Visit an Artist Series" on the left column and click on the class of your choice. Please refer to our Course Policies pages for more information.
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Dates: July 20 - August 10 WAITLISTED Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Instructor:Ruth Easterbrook
Course description: Join 2019-20 Artist in Residence, Ruth Easterbrook in exploring hand building with clay (or salt dough) from home. On-line demonstrations will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques. (4 classes)
Dates: July 24 - August 14 Days/Times: Fridays, 10am - 12noon EST Level: Beginner - Advanced Instructor: Multiple
The Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Ceramics Program have been close collaborators in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects for many years. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Five curators and conservation scientists from the Harvard Art Museums will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. (4 classes)... Read more about Curation, Conservation and the Ceramic Object
Dates:July 21 - August 11 Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST) Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Marek Jacisin
Course description: From 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)
Dates: July 23 - August 13 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
Dates: July 22 - August 12 Days/Times: Wednesdays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook
Course description: Join 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)
Dates: July 21 - August 11 Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Instructor:Kyle Johns
Course description: Join 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
Dates: July 22 - August 12 WAITLISTED 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
Dates: July 23 - August 13 WAITLISTED 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)
Dates: July 20 - August 15 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 email@example.com 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.
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
Dates: July 21 - August 11 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)
Dates: July 23 - August 13 Days/Times: Thursdays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST) Level: Intermediate - 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. This class will build on the skills learned in session one, but students from all levels may join the class to learn about paper mache, paper mache clay, tissue paper sculpture, homemade silicone molds, casting and embossing. Students will view virtual demos, engage in class discussions, and have group and individual critique sessions. (4 weeks)
Dates: July 20 - August 10 Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 12:00pm (EST) Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Steve Murphy
Course Description: For those with access to a pottery wheel at home or those happy to observe, this class for intermediate to advanced potters will explore size, form, refinement and surface. The instructor will provide demonstrations based on what forms and/or techniques students would like to improve upon during this class. (4 classes)