Wintersession Arts Offerings 2020

Harvard JAMS!

January Arts and Media Seminars: January 21-24, 2020

Pursue your creative passion, explore arts and entertainment career options, and learn from leading artists and arts professionals during Wintersession 2020. Our January Arts and Media Seminars – JAMS! – offer students the time and space to try something new that would not be possible during the fall or spring semesters. Visit the Dean of Students Office for more information about college-wide offerings during Wintersession or call 617.495.8676.

For JAMS! related questions, please contact Sophia Holtz at

Portraitist for a day: A workshop with artist Steve Coit ‘71
portraitureJoin Harvard’s portrait artist Steve Coit for a workshop that includes a tour of portraits in the Harvard Art Museums and two days in the studio working on portraiture. No experience needed! All supplies available onsite. Discover your hidden talents! Lunch included both days.
Capacity: 15 students
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23; 10 a.m.- 5p.m. Friday, Jan. 24.
Location: Stone Soup Room 103, 1201 Mass Ave. (Adams House annex)
Registration closed

Bach and the Art of Imagination: A performance workshop with Joseph Lin ‘00
joseph_linSpending time with the music of Bach is both a privilege and a humbling experience. It challenges us to listen deeply, open our spirits, and imagine infinite possibility through sound. Joseph Lin, formerly of the Juilliard String Quartet, will be joined by three Harvard student players for this workshop, exploration and reflection on of some of the most essential works for string instruments. This is event is open to all Harvard students as well as the general public. Experience in music not required! All are welcome. Also, in a separate event, Joseph Lin will be performing Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin on January 31 at Jordan Hall. 
Time: 1-3:30 p.m. Friday, January 24

NEW Location: Holden Chapel
Free and open to the public. Register 

Holding Up a Mirror to Society: Playwriting discussion-workshop with Antoinette Nwandu ‘02
Antoinette NwanduAntoinette Nwandu’s play Pass Over, a mashup of the biblical Exodus story and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, premiered in 2017 at Steppenwolf in Chicago and sparked a national conversation about bias in the theater community. In this discussion-workshop, students will attend one of three performances of Pass Over at SpeakEasy Stage Company in Boston (7:30 p.m. January 22; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 23), and then, on Friday, January 24, join Nwandu for a conversation about the play and a workshop on writing what she calls “confrontational and deeply unsettling plays” to do “healing work.” Lunch included.
Capacity: 15 students (all of whom receive free tickets to Pass Over)
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, January 24
Location: Director’s Studio, Office for the Arts
Registration closed

The Writers’ Room: A comedy workshop with Veep’s David Mandel ‘92
David Mandel

NOTE: The Writers' Room is currently at capacity with a full wait list. We are no longer accepting participants. Please consider taking one of the other exciting Wintersession offerings on this page. Thanks!

Emmy Award-winning writer David Mandel (Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Veep) takes students into the writers’ room for two days, during which students will attempt to create a comedy pilot, while learning about structure and joke writing. No experience necessary. All ideas welcomed! Lunch included.
Capacity: 12 students
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, January 23 and Friday, January 24
Location: Winthrop House, B-002 room
Registration closed

OFA Ceramic Program Classes
ceramicsCurrently registration is open only to Harvard undergraduate students. Please disregard “Class not yet open to registrations” message. To register, create or login to your account before registering by clicking on “login” at the top left corner. If you have any questions or problems, email Ji-Eun Kim, Ceramics Administrative Coordinator, at

Register here for Clay By Hand and here for Hand-made Mugs.