Everyone is an artist at ARTS FIRST. Make art with students and staff on the Plaza and in the Yard: drawing, origami, ceramics, theatricals and more!
Saturday 1-5 pm unless otherwise noted
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On The Plaza
Use clay press molds inspired by figurative and animal sculptures in the Harvard Art Museums to create your own impression to carry away.
Try your hand at creating a masterpiece. Join artists from the OFA Ceramics Program and Harvard students for demonstrations using the potter’s wheel.
Join the Harvard College Art Society in transforming T-shirts into pillows and tote bags to take home. All supplies provided.
Build a Bug
Learn all about our many-legged friends, the arthropods, by building your very own bug to take home. Get inspired by real museum specimens from the Harvard Museum of Natural History.
Share the stage with Hyperion Shakespeare Company. Grab a script and, presto—you’ll be a Shakespearean star! 1-3 pm
Origami with HARTZ (Harvard Artists for Alzheimer’s)
Be part of a collaborative art piece: a kaleidoscope of butterflies. Draw your dream, fold it into a butterfly, pin it onto our net and let it fly! 3-5 pm
Around The Yard
Explore how you might represent your world on paper. Outdoor figure drawing led by OFA instructors and students in Harvard Yard. Easels, art materials and model provided.
Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard
New for 2017:
ACT ONE Accessible Workshops
People of all abilities and backgrounds are invited to participate in this new series of inclusive performing arts workshops. Developed by students in Music 176r: Music and Disability, these universally designed, wheelchair-accessible and sensory-friendly music and dance activities welcome everyone to join in on the fun of making art together.
- 1 PM: Lowkeys
Sing with us! Join the Harvard LowKeys in learning fun ways to express yourself through song. By the end of this workshop, we'll all be singing a bunch of exciting tunes together.
- 2 PM: THUD
Get ready to feel the repercussions! Join THUD (The Harvard Undergraduate Drummers) for interactive unconventional drumming. Bring your energy and your groove for an all-inclusive bucket jam session, sure to leave your toes tapping for days.
- 3 PM: Dance with Music 176r Students
Explore creative expression through dance! We will experience movement through directing our energy and fostering our body awareness.
- 4 PM: Harvard Gamelan Group
Get inspired by Indonesian instruments and rhythms! Join Jody Diamond for an exploration of world music.
Sever Quad, outdoors between Sever Hall and Quincy St.