Co-curricular

Hand in Hand

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 4 - April 21Hand in Hand
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Pam Gorgone, Joanna Mark

Course description: This unique course acts as an introduction to hand-building techniques, led by two different instructors. Though the techniques of coiling, pinching and working with slabs will be demonstrated by both instructors, each brings their own personal interpretation to the classroom. Pam Gorgone will lead the first six weeks of the course and Joanna Mark the second half.  A wide range of surface decorating processes including glazing, Mishima, and stamping will be incorporated throughout the semester. This course will help beginners and those brave enough to step a way from the potter's wheel to investigate handbuilding!  Advanced students are welcome to continue to develop their skills inspired by these two talented instructors. (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Rethinking Pinch-Forming

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 3 - April 20 ***Only first time registrants.***Paul Briggs
Days/Times: Mondays, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor:Paul Briggs

Course description: Join 2019-20 Artist in Residence Paul Briggs in focusing on ceramic pinch pots as much more than an introductory hand building process. Today increasing numbers of ceramists are pinch-forming vessels and have found the method to be far more than an introduction to clay, but a technique for creative expression in ceramics on par with all others. Pinch forming isn't a fast process and one must be mindful in ways that are quite different than working with slabs or throwing on the potter's wheel. To pinch well, one must slow down, focus, and feel the clay during every pinch. Today, given that our way of being is fast paced, and we are constantly plugged into technology and social media, once students settle themselves down into the process, they may find pinching to be meditative, quieting process during which they can turn off the brain chatter. (12 classes/13 weeks)

Note: In order to give individuals a chance to take this wonderful class, we are asking that only those who have NOT taken the class register for Spring semester. Those that have taken the class in the Fall and register again will be removed from the class.

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Contemporary I

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes 
This course introduces the fundamentals of classical Modern dance technique and shows its evolution into what is now called Contemporary dance. Students are introduced to the basic vocabulary of Graham, Horton and Limón techniques, including such terms as the c-curve, undulation, lateral arch, fall and rebound, spiraling, release swing, and contract and release. The use of the torso and working in a way that is “grounded” are emphasized as defining modern dance movement qualities. In addition to building a strong vocabulary of classical modern dance, as it applies to contemporary dance, the students will explore each style through a series of movement studies designed to develop one’s muscle memory and movement fluidity. Live accompaniment! 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1
Days/Time: F 6-7:30pm

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet or socks. 

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Handbuilding Essentials

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 4 - April 21By Hand
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 9:30pm 
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Kyle Johns

Course Description:  Join 2018-19 Artist in Residence Kyle Johns in exploring hand building with clay on a whole new level in this fun yet challenging course. Students will first design and create bisque molds in order to create a library of forms to choose from. Next, using that library of forms, we will create pieces using both slab and coil methods with an eye towards utilitarian forms.  In-class demonstrations will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques. (12 classes/13 weeks).... Read more about Handbuilding Essentials

Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 12-April 29, 2020
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 7-9:30 pm 

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...

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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...

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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Fall

Level: All levels
Instructor: Tarikh Campbell
Using rhythm as base, this class introduces students of all levels to the fundamentals of the movement coordination and popular vocabulary in hip hop and the party dance era. Building this foundation will allow dancers to develop a style they feel comfortable with. The series will conclude with exercises in creativity, exploration, and freestyle.
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. 
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Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Ilya Vidrin
Teaching assistant: Jessi Stegall 
For all levels, Contemporary Latin/Ballroom is a practice based in the foundations of ballet, American modern techniques, and Latin/ballroom principles. Each class begins with a rigorous warm-up designed to hone physical coordination, balance, and strength. Exercises are rooted in rhythm and musicality, evolving fluidly from individual movement to paired actions of moving together. Students will develop and practice foundational skills of partnering, emerging from dances like the cha-cha, rumba, salsa, waltz, merengue, samba, and tango. 
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1

Attire: Workout/dance wear or anything comfortable to move in and socks. 

Bharatanatyam

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels 
Instructor: Sunanda Narayanan
A class for all levels introducing students to Bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form of India that has been continuously practiced and performed for over a millennium. This dance style is highly stylized combining pure dance and mime accompanied by music, rhythm, and lyrics. Students will learn about intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Students will also learn to communicate using facial expressions to convey the meanings of song, as well as the history and spiritual connection of the art form. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 
Days/Time: T 6-7:30pm

Attire: Suggested attire for class is leggings, long t-shirts or tunics, and bare feet. 

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...

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Surface and Form

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

Dates: February 5 - April 22Ruth Easterbrook
Days/Times: Wednesdays, 10:00 - 1:00pm
Level: Beginner - Advanced
Instructor: Ruth Easterbrook

Course Description: Apply exciting surface techniques with your favorite wheel thrown and hand-built forms with 2019-20 Artist in Residence Ruth Easterbrook. This course will focus on a bi-weekly schedule of pairing an assigned form with a different decorating technique. Techniques will begin with slip decorating techniques and then students will bring their glazing up a notch with building complex surfaces with glazes. Historical and contemporary ceramic references will be shared for inspiration throughout the semester. Class will include group and individual instruction with a unity of form and surface.   (12 classes/13 weeks)

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Skills for Singing

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Dates: Beginning September 17th
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 7-9pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Eschen
Location: Music Department Room 6, Paine Hall
NOTE for Fall 2019: Registration for the fall section of Skills for Singing is now closed. A spring section of the course will be held on Tuesday nights, starting on February 4th. Please email instructor Elizabeth Eschen at eschen@fas.harvard.edu to be put on the list of interested students.



Course description: A fall and spring co-curricular course offering training in fundamental skills for singing: ear training, sight-reading and vocal technique. Students will study basic music theory as well as vocal pedagogy, applying this knowledge every week in a masterclass-type format. Students will discover what makes their voice unique and start celebrating their personal artistry through song, culminating in a class recital. Repertoire varies and is dependent on the student, with attention to audition preparation for interested parties. Participation in the course is encouraged for those students looking to audition for one of the Harvard Choruses or any new members of the Choruses looking to further their vocal abilities.... Read more about Skills for Singing

West African Dance

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2019

Level: All levels
Instructor: Joh Camara 
Accompanist: Sory Diabate 
For all levels, this class introduces students to traditional West African dance and culture. Students will develop body strength and flexibility by learning intricate feet patterns, hand movements, and full movement sequences. Each class will be accompanied by live drumming and will include a warm-up, a break-down of the movements, high energy dancing, and will close with a community dance circle.

Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Workout wear or anything comfortable to move in and bare feet. 

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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

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