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Summer Workshops & Courses 


Precis Writing

(New Offering for 2015 Winter Semester)


"Two of the most important abilities ... a student can acquire from [an] English course are 1) the ability to read intelligently, and 2) the ability to write clearly and accurately. These are the aims of precis writing." This course will offer instruction towards these ends. Through a carefully structured sequence of exercises, students will first study abstracting, paraphrasing, vocabulary, punctuation, complex-periodic sentences, building longer sentences, indirect speech, titling, method for precis writing, cautions, guides for evaluation, and examples worked out. From there they will embark on a graded sequence of passages to precis in order to, through sufficient repetition, develop facility in precising written passages or lectures at any time.


This course will, accordingly, test and exercise every aspect of linguistic competence from the development of close and active reading skills to the discipline of reproducing the logic, development, organization and emphasis of an original passage in one's own words.


Tutor: Mrs. Tina Maclennan

Meets: This course is taught asynchronously from the Harvey Center Moodle. There is one optional online tutorial session each week on Wednesdays from 10-11am EST.

Cost: $125/one semester


(Class limited to ten students/0 seats available)


This course will be offered again in the fall. Time and cost subject to change.

Learning To Draw

(New Openings for 2015 Winter Semester)


Drawing is the foundation of good art. When one surveys the great masters of the high renaissance, the one thing that they all had in common and that which qualified them to be called ‘masters’ was their mastery of drawing. Whether they did finished charcoal drawings or used their drawing skills to layout their composition/subject preliminary to a finished oil painting, they were careful to draw accurately. 

I believe that God is most glorified in our artistic endeavors when we pursue subject matter and a rendering style that mirrors the splendor of His creation. A rock should look like a rock; a tree should look like a tree, and people should look like people, etc.This can be accomplished with varied rendering styles, but the basic drawing should reflect God’s creation. 
In our course, we will learn how to make our hands/pencils obey our eyes and mind. We will learn how to look and how to translate what we see into renderings that redound to God’s glory. We will practice and learn how to control a pencil, doing various ‘doodles’ that require hand/eye control, and then proceed to basic shapes, creating form from a light source, shadows and begin to learn how to apply the pencil in a way that will facilitate creating subject matter on a two dimensional surface that looks three dimensional.

Over the course of the class, we will apply what we have learned to more complex shapes/objects, including human faces and beyond. Mastering the basics will provide you with the skills that you will apply throughout your drawing life, whatever your personal  area of art interest is.


Tutor: Ron Adair

Cost: $150 /Semester

Adult/high school Section: Wednesday 6:30 - 8:30 pm EDT


Middle School Section:  Wednesday 2:00 - 4:00 pm EDT  

Cost: $125 /Semester

Our New Latin Curriculum.....

Latin I is being offered both in the Summer and the Fall!

We have been looking at this for a couple of years and have finally decided that it is worth the trouble and expense of switching. In our Latin I and II courses we are now using a new textbook series that has beautifully balanced the grammar approach with a reading approach to the language! Each chapter also introduces some conversational Latin. And last, but not least, it is very pleasing to the eye. 


Download a brochure all about this new textbook!
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"The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while conditions are still unfavourable. Favourable conditions never come." ~ C.S. Lewis

A Little About Us....

The Harvey Center offers workshops and courses in Latin, Greek, Logic, Poetry, and much more.  They are led by tutors, who are passionate about their subject and committed to being there for your student. Even though one of our purposes is to bring together experienced tutors, who can support the homeschooling family with some of the courses of study, this is not our only raison d’etre.


We realize that if we are committed to a true education, cultivating the mind, rather than the transcript--it will require a radical and creative new place. We seek to cultivate the mind in all of us: the parents, teachers, and children. With our collective years of experience in “reinventing a form of classical education” we recognize that the most important factor in developing the minds of our young people is to provide them an atmosphere of learning in humility to God. It is a life that must be modeled and passed on with love and care. This best happens in a place like a family, or a small school, where the student is known and loved as a whole person. 


For this reason we hope to encourage the parents and other members of the family to study along with their young students, by hosting intensive workshops in the subjects of the trivium - and more. By joining the "Conversatio" we can inspire each other to read and discuss great literature.


"Diliges Dominum Deum tuum ex toto corde tuo, et in tota anima tua, et in tota mente tua." Matthew 22: 37



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"Great Issues"               Discussions

Throughout the year we host online discussions on cultural and educational issues relevant to homeschoolers. These "Great Issues" discussions are free--but you must register since there are only 25 seats in each webinar.  Each tutor (and sometimes a guest) will host a discussion on one of their favorite issues.

Postponed until

Friday, February 20, 2015

Online Discussion: 1:00pm ET

Why Read Classics?

When our world is in the midst of catastrophe, why study ancient literature and history--of all things--"how can we continue to take an interest in these placid occupations when the lives of our friends and the liberties of Europe are in the balance?"* Everywhere we turn, there are disasters: horrible terrorist attacks, plague, and extreme weather! Let's see if we can gain a new perspective on these issues. Please come with your ideas and encouragement. 

Recommended read for this session: 

Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis

*The quote above is from this book, from the essay entitled, "Learning in Wartime."

[Fill in the form below to register for this free live online discussion, or to get more information.] 

Recordings of Past Discussions Available

2014 Webinars:




May 28th...

"Let us go then, you and I, when evening is spread out against the sky... *  to discuss a vigorous approach to education and find out how it compares to a rigorous one. Many ask, "What is the difference?" The word rigorous comes from the Latin noun rigor, which means "stiffness" as in rigor mortis. Vigorous comes from the Latin noun vigor, which means "full of life." Come on out Wednesday night to explore these ideas with us.


*Do you know which famous poem starts with these lines? (Find out under the description of Grace's Poetry Matters Summer Workshop.) 

May: Poetry Matters 

Grace Kosloski, Ph.D. discussed poetry in a response to our April Celebration of Poetry. And in April we set up a Student Poetry Blog.  You may still enjoy this, and students may still submit their poems. 


March: Ancient Greek 

Dale Grote, Ph.D. discussed the different types of Greek study. Along with teaching and studying ancient Greek and Latin at UNCC, Dr. Grote leads tours to Greece and speaks modern Greek. He answered such questions as... What approach should we have to the study of these languages? What are the main differences between ancient, medieval, and modern Greek? Should one study Latin or Greek first?

February: Logic

Tina Maclennan hosted our discussion on "What is logic, anyway?" What in the world is the difference between “formal logic” and “informal logic” and “material logic”? Where should you (or your students) begin in their study of logic, and why?



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