Make Art

Everyone is an artist at ARTS FIRST!

Read the ARTS FIRST Festival guide online

On The Plaza

Wheel throwing, ARTS FIRST 2016Ancient Impressions
Use clay press molds inspired by figurative and animal sculptures in the Harvard Art Museums to create your own impression to carry away.

Wheel Throwing
Try your hand at creating a masterpiece. Join artists from the OFA Ceramics Program and Harvard students for demonstrations using the potter’s wheel.

T-Shirt Re-Fashion
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.

Shakespeare Style
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

Figure drawing, ARTS FIRST 2016Figure Drawing
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.