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Ceramic Pitchers
Jan/06 Thu 07:00PM
Jan/13 Thu 07:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 07:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 07:00PM

In this four-week long intermediate and advanced level clay class, we will learn several pitcher forms. With an emphasis on handles and spouts, we will learn composition as well as the functionality of one of mankind’s earliest functional forms. With time permitting, several surface decorating techniques will also be introduced before bisque firing.

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square.  

Day/Time: 4 Thursdays starting January 6, 7:00-9:30pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Darrell Finnegan

 

Composite forms
Jan/04 Tue 04:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 04:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 04:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 04:00PM

This four week workshop will focus on composite forms; forms created from the combining of two or more wheel thrown parts. Learn the ‘how to’s’ of making a Moon Jar, graceful compote, or multi-sectioned vase. Intermediate wheel skills are a prerequisite.

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square. 

Day/Time: 4 Tuesdays starting January 4, 4:00-6:30pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Darrell Finnegan

 

 

Drawing to Paint A and B (2 sessions)
Jan/04 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/04 Tue 07:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/11 Tue 07:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/18 Tue 07:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 04:30PM
Jan/25 Tue 07:30PM

This four-week painting intensive begins with a simplified drawing—no need for expertise—of a subject of the student’s choosing. The under-drawing guides the painting; the fast-drying acrylic paint allows the works to be completed within the duration of course.

Any level of experience is welcome; all participants will complete a number of works, including one on canvas and several on paper. Practice your intuitive artistry while working with expansive ideation, and enjoy an insightful and modern historical overview with instructor artist Nancy Hart.

Materials you will need to bring to the first class:

  • Acrylics in primary colors: Yellow (chrome or cadmium-free), Blue (cerulean or cobalt), and Red (primary or cadmium-free)
  • Acrylics in Black and White
  • Optional Acrylics: Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Sap Green
  • Four brushes: Filbert, Bright, Flat, Round (Optional 1 1/2″)
  • Watercolor pad, minimum of 9 1/2 x 13″
  • Bristol, mixed media, or any heavy paper pad (any size)
  • Canvas 18 x 12″ notepad
  • Pencils: #2, HB, #7, and/or mechanical pencils
  • Ball-point or black pen
  • Erasers
  • Assorted Color Pilot pens, pencils, markers
  • 1-2 printed images that you may consider painting

Day/Time: 4 Wednesdays starting January 4, 4:30-7:00pm Session A; 7:30-10pm Session B

Location: SAA 2D Studio (W20-425)

Instructor: Nancy Hart

 

 

How to Talk (and Write About) Your Arts-Based Venture
Jan/18 Tue 12:00AM
Jan/24 Mon 12:00AM

How to Talk (and Write About) Your Arts-Based Venture

This IAP series will help prepare students to present their ventures in writing and discussion in a way that is clear, concise, and compelling. The aim is to help student venture teams succeed in creating their $15K Creative Arts Competition application or other similar pitches, and equip students to effectively promote their entrepreneurial projects in “pitching” situations.

MIT community is welcome to join even if they are not participating in the Creative Arts Competition. Contact Shannon Rose McAuliffe shanrose@mit.edu to register.

Series dates: January 18-24, 2022

More info: https://arts.mit.edu/start/entrepreneurship/creative-arts-competition/

It Must Be Now! Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones: renowned jazz artists on composing with a social justice lens
Jan/13 Thu 05:00PM
Jan/20 Thu 05:00PM
Jan/27 Thu 05:00PM

Three Thursday conversations with renowned jazz artists on composing with a
social justice lens

IAP 2021: It Must Be Now!— Advancing social justice actions through music and media

January 13, 20, and 27: 5:00-6:30pm

Attend individual conversations or the full series as a whole: these events are remote and will be live-streamed on Zoom. This event was previously scheduled for the Lewis Library but will now be a virtual event, register for event link.

Join Terri Lyne Carrington, Braxton Cook, and Sean Jones, the composers for It Must Be Now! (IMBN!) as they each discuss their process for composing new music on themes of racial and social injustice.

IMBN! is a multi-year project culminating in a large-scale work for MIT musicians on May 7th, 2022. These conversations over IAP aim to provide an opportunity for the composers to share the behind-the-scenes of their creative process, and for the MIT/Greater Boston community to engage in open dialogue about how these themes take hold across the MIT campus and beyond.

Attend individual conversations or the full series as a whole. Light refreshments served after each event.

Register here.

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Between the Light and the Dark

Thursday, January 13th — 5:00-6:30pm

Braxton Cook’s composition dives into the juxtaposition between the light and the dark as he questions where we find ourselves as a society facing the collective trauma of the pandemic and police brutality while attempting to adjust our perspective to emphasize what we have instead of what we’ve lost. The audience conversation will be facilitated by Tracie D. Jones, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the MIT School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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The Resilience of Black Women

Thursday, January 20th — 5:00-6:30pm

Terri Lyne Carrington’s composition investigates the common struggles, inherent truths and sheer resilience of Black women, born into a world of injustice and tasked with navigating the overt and subliminal burdens placed on them while claiming the right to be free and whole. Carrington’s piece reflects on the legacy of creativity and invention of enslaved Africans and their descendants and aims to find a path forward to abolition, self-determination, and justice.

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What if we were all connected?

Thursday, January 27th – 5:00-6:30pm

Sean Jones’ composition explores the concept of Pangea (an ancient supercontinent) as an Afrofuturism vehicle, probing the question of whether a more geographically linked world would still cause such deep rifts and misunderstandings of who we are as human beings?

These conversations are sponsored by the MIT Center for Art, Science and Technology, the MIT Lewis Music Library, and MIT Music and Theater Arts.

It Must Be Now! Performance
Saturday, May 7, 2022
More details coming soon

Mighty Mugs A and B (2 sessions)
Jan/03 Mon 12:00AM
Jan/10 Mon 12:00AM
Jan/24 Mon 12:00AM

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the mug. Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a mug fit for you, a family member, or even a friend! If you drink coffee or tea and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square. 

Day/Time: 4 Mondays starting January 3, 4:30-7:00pm

There is no class January 17.  

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Marc Mancuso

Sewing: Introduction to Apparel Construction
Jan/07 Fri 01:00PM
Jan/14 Fri 01:00PM
Jan/21 Fri 01:00PM
Jan/28 Fri 01:00PM

Explore the basics of clothing construction by creating a simple garment such as a tank top, skirt, or sweatshirt. Learn to use a sewing machine and serger, explore principles of fit, customize basic patterns, and make finish modifications. This class is intended for beginners interested in building a foundation; but more experienced sewists are also welcome and encouraged to bring their ideas. 

The Voxel Lab space will be available for students for the duration of the course; plan to spend time outside of class working on your projects if possible. Plain grey sweatshirt fabric and binding will be available; other materials will be provided by students. Thrifted garments or old clothes can be cut apart and used as fabric, please contact the instructors if you have questions.

 

Day/Time: 4 Fridays starting January 7, 1:00-3:30pm

Location: Voxel Lab (MIT Building E38, Room 391)

Instructors: Sarah Hirzel and Heidi Erickson

 

 

 

 

Super Bowls A and B (2 sessions)
Jan/05 Wed 12:00AM
Jan/12 Wed 12:00AM
Jan/19 Wed 12:00AM
Jan/26 Wed 12:00AM

Explore the world of clay through a variety of techniques used to create the bowl. Wheelthrowing and handbuilding methods are combined to construct a bowl fit for you, a family member or even a friend!  If you like cereal, soups and salads and are interested in clay, this class is for you!

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square.  

Day/Time: 4 Wednesdays starting January 5, A: 4:30-7:00pm and B: 7:30-10pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Marc Mancuso

 

Totally Teapots
Jan/04 Tue 07:00PM
Jan/11 Tue 07:00PM
Jan/18 Tue 07:00PM
Jan/25 Tue 07:00PM

Oval, wavy, stretched, or crazy, the teapot is a wonderful subject that will show us a balance between functionality and creativity. In this four week intermediate and advanced level IAP workshop, we will explore unusual forming techniques and surprising surface treatments that take us beyond the “round”. Would you like one lump or two?

Tuition for ceramics classes includes a materials fee that helps cover the cost of clay, glazes, and firing.

*Basic community clay tools are available for use but if you would like to purchase your own, tool kits are available at Artist and Craftsman and Blick Art in Central Square.

Day/Time: 4 Tuesdays starting January 4, 7:00-10:00pm

Location: SAA Ceramics Studio (W20-431)

Instructor: Darrell Finnegan