Wintersession Arts Offerings

Harvard JAMS! January Arts and Media Seminars: January 17-20

Pursue your creative passion, explore arts and entertainment career options, and learn from leading artists and arts professionals during Wintersession 2017. This year, the Office for the Arts will offer various hands-on workshops and classes. Registration is now closed.

Support for JAMS! has been generously provided by the Harvard Alumni Association.

Wintersession offers students the time and space to try something different or new, that would not be possible during the fall or spring semesters. Visit the Office of Student Life Wintersession webpage, or call 617.495.8676, for more information about Wintersession at Harvard.

Scroll down for Wintersession offerings by Arts @ 29 Garden, OCS, FDR Foundation and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, or click here.


Wednesday-Thursday, January 18-19, 10 am-5 pm

Rodman Flender ’84, film and TV director/producer/writer, Dimension TV’s "Scream, the TV Series,” HBO’s “Tales From the Crypt,” Califilm’s "The Unborn.” Learn more about Mr. Flender on our blog>

Focusing on the murder set-piece—the centerpiece of the thriller film—visual storytelling can be reduced to its most basic narrative requirements. Over the course of two days, Rodman Flender will work with students to give them a deep understanding of the tools needed to create tension and suspense on a visceral, physical and psychological level by examining and comparing murder scenes from the silent era through contemporary releases; assembling the elements to create a short murder set-piece; and shooting and assembling the scene with desktop-editing software.

Participants must provide a camera, or a phone with a camera, and a laptop for transferring captured media; familiarity with video editing software such as iMovie is helpful but not required.

Enrollment limited to 15 students; students are required to attend all sessions of this workshop; complimentary lunch will be served both days.

Location: Sever Hall, Room 207


Thursday-Friday, January 19-20, 10 am-12:30 pm & 2-4:30 pm
 each day

director Claudia Weill '69

Claudia Weill ’69, director of film (“Girlfriends,” “It’s My Turn,” “The Other Half of the Sky: A China Memoir”), TV (“Sesame Street,” “Girls,” “thirtysomething,” “My So-Called Life”), and theater (Williamstown Theater Festival, Sundance, Public Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse, Irish Repertory Theatre)

This four-part workshop is an intensive introduction to directing narrative by examining the new “Golden Age” of American television. Each session—“Directing Subtext: Physicalizing the Story,” “Staging: Turning Psychology Into Behavior,” “Moving the Camera: Why, When and How” and “The Protagonist and Subjectivity”—will start with discussion of an aspect of directing, illustrated by clips from TV shows. In order to assimilate this lesson, students will then direct a short scene. Although this workshop requires no previous experience in directing, it is also extremely useful to working directors because of its distillation of film fundamentals. Co-sponsored by the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies.

Enrollment limited to 12 students; students are required to attend all four sessions of this workshop; complimentary lunch will be served both days.

Location: Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts


Tuesday - Friday, January 17-20, 10 am-1 pm 

Kathy King, Director of Education, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard

A variety of printmaking techniques will be explored as applied to the ceramic medium as a means of personal expression.  From the graphic to the painterly, techniques will include traditional printmaking techniques such as mono-printing, silk screening and stenciling onto plaster slabs to use with clay rather than the traditional paper and press.  These colorful slabs of clay can then be prepared as wall-hung tiles or shaped into simple vase or cup forms.  Historic and contemporary examples of printmaking techniques on ceramics will provide inspiration.  Instruction will be provided January 17th, 18th and 19th with a supervised “open studio” on the 20th.  A special session will be arranged for students to glaze their work during the Spring Term. 

Enrollment limited to 12 students
Location: Cabot House


Tuesday - Friday, January 17-20, 2-5 pm 

Zac Mickelson, Instructor, Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard 

Whether it is for morning coffee, noon soup, or evening hot chocolate, if you want to exchange the Styrofoam and paper versions for a handmade, ceramic mug, this workshop is for you.  Along with being introduced to the potter’s wheel, you will also acquire basic skills in hand forming basic shapes – like a mug!  This is a great opportunity to try clay and to gain an excellent foundation for further exploration.  This workshop is for students of all levels.  A special session will be arranged for you to glaze your work during the Spring Term. 

Enrollment limited to 12 students
Location: Cabot House


Wednesday, January 18, 1-5 pm

Can looking at art change the way one sees a patient? Can music be used therapeutically in neurologic disorders? Can reflection and narrative writing enhance empathy? This afternoon of workshops and discussions will be led by Harvard Medical School faculty, residents and medical students who are also practicing artists and musicians. We will focus on an investigation of creativity and its relationship to medical practice. Bring your questions, ideas, and examples of how the arts and humanities can intersect and enhance medical practice. Sponsored by the Arts & Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School, in association with the Office for the Arts at Harvard.

Enrollment limited to 50 students (graduate and undergraduates)
Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy St.

Wintersession offerings from Arts @ 29 Garden: January 14-20


THEATER: In this five-day workshop, students will go through the process of designing a set for a chosen play. This intensive will give students insight into the design process as well as give them an introduction to the skills utilized by designers such as hands on skills in model making, drafting and drawing. Students will also explore the digital tools used in drafting and image manipulation. The session will conclude with a presentation of the final design  to invited guests. 

PUBLIC ART: SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY to work with internationally known artist Teresita Fernandez on her temporary artwork to be installed on campus in fall 2017. This intensive will be integral to the planning and development of the final artwork in all its manifestations leading to a “social structure” superimposed on the physical structure.

Friday, January 13, 6-8 PM: Optional welcome reception and pizza dinner.
Saturday, January 14-Friday, January 20, 2017, 10 AM-5 PM (with a midday lunch break): intensives in session. The intensives will NOT meet on Sunday, January 15 and Monday, January 16.

Questions? Contact Bess: paupeck@fas

January Arts Opportunities through the Office of Career Services

Wintersession programming through OCS is open to undergraduates. FAS students may participate in select Site visits.

Site Visits

Sites visits are an OCS designed and escorted half or full day visit to an employer within the Boston metro area during Wintersession, allowing students to learn more about what it's like to work in a particular sector. Participants will hear from Harvard alumni and other employees, ask questions about career pathways, and see the physical space and working culture up close. Register through Crimson Careers (in "Events > Career Fairs & Expos"). More information>

Site visits in January 2017 include: 
Arnold Worldwide: Advertising, Brand Management, Marketing | WGBH: Production, Broadcasting, Media | Google Cambridge: Technology, Design, Engineering


Treks are OCS designed and escorted organization visits outside the Boston metro area requiring a full-day commitment and in some cases an overnight stay. Participants will hear from Harvard alumni and other employees, ask questions about career pathways, and see the physical space and working culture up close. Questions: contact Benny Belvin at To officially register for the trek, log into Crimson Careers and navigate to “Events > Career Fairs & Expos.” More information>

Treks in January 2017 include: 
Media, Sports, and Brand Marketing Trek in NY, NY: NBA, HBO, PepsiCo

Wintersession Opportunities at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation

Adams House, the FDR Foundation and Camino Arts are thrilled to be sponsoring two events this January 20-22, 2017. 

Unity Ball in honor of the close relationship between the United States and Mexico: Friday, January 20, 8 PM

Friday evening the conference kicks off with an evening of music and dancing, both commemorating and celebrating FDR’s efforts to use creative methods to bring people together in common cause. The Good Neighbor Policy is a great example of that vision – and we’ll reinvigorate FDR’s vision with music performed by outstanding Latino artists – Ronstadt Generations and Radio Jarocho, and food hosted by the Mexican Consulate of Boston. 
Free but space is limited to 250; doors will close when the house is at full capacity. 
Adams House Dining Hall
More information>

Beyond Tomorrow 2: Arts, Culture, Community & the Future of Civilization: January 21-22

Heading Roosevelt’s call, Adams House and the FDR Foundation, in partnership with Camino Arts, a Latino arts initiative, will be asking this question: “How can the global citizens use the power of the arts and humanities to address the challenges that confront our communities and our planet today and threaten our very existence in the future?”

Thus throughout the three days of the conference, we will highlight creative thinkers in fields as diverse as ancient Mayan culture to bio-molecular exploration, who will share with us their examples of non-linear, creative leaps that have influenced their work; identify sources of their inspiration; and show us how to better harness imagination and curiosity in our own fields of endeavor. And to provide additional proof that thinking outside-the-box can make for incredible results, conference attendees will participate in hands-on workshops that in a space of an hour, will introduce them to a new creative lens to see the world.

Drawing Animals at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

Tuesday, January 17, 2-4 pm

Have you ever wished you could practice drawing inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History? Are you not confident in your drawing skills? Come learn some basic drawing techniques in a fun and non-judgmental setting. We’ll use graphite pencils to explore elements of art such as lines, shapes and colors. Bring your sketches of a fruit bat, pink fairy armadillo, lion, platypus or other animal back to decorate your walls! No prior experience needed and all materials will be provided.

Max enrollment: 12 students
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford Street

Register by January 16 by emailing Wendy at with name and Harvard affiliation (undergrad year, grad student, etc)