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 II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Whitney Cover
Drawing upon myriad movement methods and somatic practices, this course provides exposure to current working methods of international and national contemporary dance domains. Emphasis is placed on building stamina while exploring dynamic specificity and effective choice-making as an individual.  Using tasks, phrases, and improvisation we will continue to build strength and clarity of movement in order to increase our availability and movement potential. Foundational dance training encouraged.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 2 (HDC 2), 66 Garden St.

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

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Contemporary II/III

Semester: 

Spring

Level: II/III
Instructor: Nailah Randall-Bellinger
This course will concentrate on the exploration of movement quality, the creative process, and theoretical concepts of modern dance. While the course is Horton based other forms of modern dance will be referenced, including Graham, Limon and Dunham. The primary focus will be proper body alignment, quality of movement, phrasing, and dynamics. The class challenges the dancer to explore their own range of motion as they perform dynamic movement studies of the various modern techniques. The class will provide a supportive environment that will encourage each dancer to move freely and safely. Students will be encouraged to express their artistic individuality with confidence as the grow more comfortable the their acquired broad verbal and movement vocabulary.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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

Contemporary Latin/Ballroom

Semester: 

Spring

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: Director's Studio (74 Mt. Auburn St.)

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

Cooking Pots

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: January 29 - April 23   CLOSEDStuart Gair
Days/Times: Mondays, 10:00am - 1:00pm
Level: Advanced
Instructor: Stuart Gair

Course description: This course is an advanced-level course for those interested in making an array of wares that can be used to cook with! A unique clay called flame-ware will be used, which is formulated to withstand an open flame as well as heat from an oven. Throughout the course, students will use both the wheel and hand building techniques to create forms such as; bread pans, pizza stones, covered baking dishes, frying pans, and tagines. Furthermore, students will learn about the origins of various cooking pots and are also encouraged to use the pots made in class and share their experiences. Note: Due to the special nature of this clay, students will be required to recycle their own clay as part of the class. (12 classes/14 weeks) Note: There will be no class on February 19th for President's Day
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Explore Soda Firing

Semester: 

Spring

Dates:  February 2 - April 6    CLOSED    Denny McLaughlin
Days/Times: Fridays, 10:00am – 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. (10 classes/14 weeks)
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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

Figure Drawing

Semester: 

N/A

Dates: Sept. 23 – Dec. 2 (no class Nov. 25)

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. Ideas evolve through the process of the “drawn” language...

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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...

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Figure Drawing at Currier

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2018

Dates: February 7-April 25
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 process of the “drawn...

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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...

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Gaga/people

Semester: 

Spring

Level: All levels
Instructor: Mario Zambrano
Gaga—the movement language created by Ohad Naharin, artistic director and choreographer of Batsheva Dance Company in Tel Aviv—is a continuous, sensation-based movement class. Students are encouraged to interpret and experience the somatic practice of listening to the body while activating a total sensorial attention. Gaga offers a creative framework for students to engage with physicality and imagination, bridging the activity between body and mind while increasing physical potential. There are no mirrors in Gaga, and there are no observers. The class moves in continuum without breaks for a minimum of an hour. Gaga/people is intended for and welcomes students who have not had any previous dance training.
Location: Harvard Dance Center, Studio 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

Attire: Comfortable clothes you can move in and bare feet or socks.

Glaze and Clay Body Chemistry

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: February 5 - April 16  CLOSEDGlaze Chemistry
Days/Times: Mondays, 6:30 - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Advanced

Instructor: Matthew Katz/Casey Zeng


Course description:  This class will cover technical information about Glaze and Clay formation led by Alfred University instructor Matthew Katz, and facilitated by Ceramics Program staff member Casey Zeng. Along with technical information, students will learn about how to effectively understand and work with their materials. Students will learn to use the Unity Molecular Formula of a glaze to substitute materials, how glaze temperature works, 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 information will be provided through on-line lectures that students can view in class as well as review outside of class. There will be live, on-line discussions with the instructor scheduled throughout. Please note - there is not personal work to be made through this class - only testing for the class. It can be arranged to purchase studio access (see below).  Knowledge of PowerPoint and use of a personal laptop is highly recommended but not necessary. (10 classes) Note: There is no class on Monday, February 19th for President's Day.

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Hip Hop

Semester: 

Spring

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 1 (HDC 1), 66 Garden St.

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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Independent Studio

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: January 29 - May 5Potter's Tool Box   CLOSED
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. (14 weeks) ... Read more about Independent Studio

Molds and Multiples

Semester: 

Spring

Dates: January 30 - April 17  CLOSEDMolds
Days/Times: Tuesdays, 6:30pm - 9:30pm
Level: Beginning - Intermediate
Instructor: Geoff Booras

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. (12 classes/14 weeks)
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