Session 2: October 29 - December 10 (6 classes)* ***WAITLIST ONLY*** Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Instructor:Kathy King
Course description: Join Harvard Ceramics Program Director Kathy King in exploring hand building techniques that will provide the canvas for surface design. Whether carving on the clay itself, utilizing basic slips or underglazes to use at home, students will explore composition, narrative and build a vocabulary of imagery and/or pattern systems. Each session includes on-line demonstrations and will address issues of construction, function and cover a variety of surface decoration techniques including sgraffito, mishima, impressed patterns and a few other surprises!
Level: All levels Instructor:Aysha Upchurch Informally titled “Groovology,” this class will focus on the groove and bounce so important to Hip Hop and Street Dance. From a basic two step to new party/social dances, play with and understand musicality, groundedness, and improvisation -- essential ingredients to Hip Hop dance's swag (in its Africanist aesthetic lineage). We will travel from funk to R&B, old school to new school Hip Hop, and other styles of popular music to develop and push our musical ear and body so they can embrace groove confidently. Each class include a conditioning warm-up, spotlight on a groove, and short combinations to sharpen sequencing/choreography skills. (Please note that commercial choreography is not a central component of class, though short routines will help students gain building blocks to help them pick up sequences and define their own style.) Day/Time: T, 7-8pm ET What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of hard flooring. Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet or sneakers recommended.... Read more about Hip Hop
Level: All levels Instructor:Lonnie Stanton Accompanist: Akili Jamal Haynes A conditioning class with a Yoga base that will focus on a new area of the anatomy each week and build to a short yogic sequence. The sequence will connect like a concise dance phrase based on the weekly theme with each class ending in a movement sentence that includes toning options and stretching. Day/Time: W, 7:30-8:30pm ET What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3’ of flooring. A yoga or exercise mat, towel, or carpet is recommended for comfort. Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear. Bare feet recommended.
Level: II Instructor:Sunanda Narayanan For students who have taken Bharatanatyam I or have other previous experience with the form. Bharatanatyam II will build on the intricate pure dance movements that demand coordination and that combine footwork, hand gestures, eye, and neck movements. Each class will include a warm up and dance movements that will lead to learning short dance pieces for small spaces. Day/Time: T, 6-7pm ET What you’ll need: A minimum cleared space of 3’x3' of hard flooring. Suggested attire: Something comfortable to move in, e.g. dance/yoga/workout wear, e.g. leggings, long t-shirts or tunics. Bare feet recommended.
Sesssion 2: October 29, November 5 and 12 (3 classes) Day/Time: Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Ben Eberle
In the past six months, artists have faced being isolated from their community studios and some are beginning to think about moving from making art on the kitchen table to something a bit more permanent - a home studio. In this 3-part mini-course, studio potter Ben Eberle will walk us through setting up a home studio. Topics to be discussed will incude purchasing of equipment and furniture, sink use (or what to do if there is no sink access), electric kiln installation and simple repairs and best practice for recycling clay. Students will bring their own questions and concerns to the table and will soon by on their way to working productively at home!
Session 1: September 15 - October 6 (4 classes) Session 2: October 13 - November 3 (4 classes) Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced Harvard Undergraduates only Instructor:Anne Eder - read an interview with Anne Eder on the Harvard Arts Blog. Course description:Working within the framework of photography, students will use their smartphone camera to document the world around them. Documenting personal narratives is important work as it will become part of the history of this time. We will begin with an intimate COVID portraiture/documentary project that speaks to confinement, environment and family. We will then explore a more imaginative and illustrative approach to visualizing the narrative that they would have preferred or had hoped for, or an alternative fictional story. Builds technical skills and develops visual literacy. No special equipment needed other than a smart phone or camera and an internet connection. Photo credit - Kristen Joy Emack... Read more about Narrative Photography with Harvard Undergraduate Students
Session 2: October 12 - November 2 (4 classes) Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginner - Advanced - Harvard Undergraduate Students Only Instructor: Deighton Abrams
Course description: Take a pause from the hustle and bustle of life to nurture creativity. Creative activity can significantly lessen stress in the body, regardless of the artistic experience or talent. Each class focuses on one of the core mindfulness practices. Explore a range of modes of self-expression including collage, drawing, playing with words, writing poetry, papier-mâché and salt dough sculpting.
Session 2: October 30 - December 11 (6 classes)* Days/Times: Fridays, 1:00pm – 3:00pm (EST) Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Dennis McLaughlin
Course Description: Do you enjoy cooking with your own clay creations? This class offers challenges in designing and executing versatile cooking vessels that are both elegant and practical. Flameware is uniquely formulated for use directly on a stove top burner or in a preheated oven. Careful attention will be made in emphasizing design elements that bring together form and function. The class projects have been developed so the work can be made in a minimally equipped home studio setting. Both Flameware clay and glazing/firing opportunities will be available through the Harvard Ceramics Studio for the class. Photo shown: Flameware by Diane Lulek, HCP Staff.
Session 2: November 2 – December 7 (6 classes) Day/Time: Mondays, 6:30pm – 8:30pm (EST) Level: Beginning - Advanced Instructor: Anne Eder
Boundaries between mediums and disciplines have become less distinct and more permeable as image makers increasingly turn to sculpture and installation as vehicles for self-expression, and those making three-dimensional work incorporate imagery. This class is a forum for experimentation with contemporary art methods of photography, mixed media sculpture, and installation. The focus will be on the pragmatic aspects of creating interdisciplinary work such as drafting
Session 2: October 26 – December 9 (6 weeks) Day/Time: N/A Level: Independent - Advanced Instructor: N/A
Course Description: Independent Studio at Home is intended for participants in the Boston area who are not enrolling in Fall 2020 online Ceramics Program course, but would like to access bisque and/or glaze-firing opportunities at the Ceramics Program. This option includes firing and studio glazes for up to 10,000 cubic inches of bisque and/or glaze work for the 6-week session. Cubic inches will be tracked for bisque and glaze firings, and cubic inch totals in excess of 10,000 cubic inches will be billed to you at 3 cents per cubic inch. We are offering electric kiln firing up to cone 6, and cone 10 gas reduction and soda vapor firings. Other firing temperatures can be arranged. A Google Sheets signup form and detailed instructions for scheduling greenware drop off and glaze sessions will be emailed at the start of the semester.... Read more about Independent Studio at Home
Session 2: October 26 – November 30 (6 classes) Day/Time: Mondays, 2pm - 4pm (EST) Level: Beginning to Advanced Instructor: Deighton Abrams
Clay’s responsiveness to touch makes it the ideal medium to sculpt both what we can see with our eyes and new forms that reveal what we can’t. Through lectures and demonstrations, we will discuss a variety of techniques on developing individual creative approaches that students will then use to make a small body of work. Demonstrations will cover several technical considerations in making complex sculptural works with extra attention paid to making work in the home and transporting to the student’s own studio or to the Harvard studio for firing. If time allows, surface techniques with slips and underglazes will be discussed as well as planning for glaze firing.
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.
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. Additional applications to other materials such as stationary and fibers will be explored as well. Guest instructor Darrah Bowden will share her process of using relief blocks onto plaster to create decorative clay slabs.
The Harvard Ceramics Program has long collaborated with museums at Harvard in support of scholarly research of ceramic objects. This course offers participants the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of historic ceramic objects from across the globe. Teams of conservators, curators, conservation scientists and/or scholars from museums at Harvard and beyond will discuss their research of ceramic objects within the collection. Each class meeting will feature a different topic. Each session will feature six different presenters:
Days/Times: Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (EST) Level: Intermediate - Advanced Instructor: Anne Eder
Course description: Take your plant-based printing processes to the next level with this follow up course to the Plant-based Printing Intro class! Explore further the possibilities of printing with plants and using chemistry found in common household items. We will investigate the infinitely variable lumen and phytogram processes combined with non-traditional applications of chemistry you can make at home, as well as finding ways to take... Read more about Plant Based Printing Processes II