Wintersession Arts Offerings 2018

Harvard JAMS!

January Arts and Media Seminars: January 16-19, 2018

Pursue your creative passion, explore arts and entertainment career options, and learn from leading artists and arts professionals during Wintersession 2018. 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 Office of Student Life Wintersession webpage, or call 617.495.8676, for more information about Wintersession at Harvard.

Admission is free for all programs, with registration required and limited to Harvard undergraduates. Please register here for all JAMS! sessions during Wintersession. You will also have to enroll through the Wintersession Portal the week of Nov. 20. 

IMPORTANT: If you are considering registering for more than one seminar, please note that most of our offerings run concurrently. 

If you are unable to attend a workshop, you MUST notify the OFA by Friday, January 11, 2018, or you will incur a $25 fee.

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

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Maria Arena BellThursday, January 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Maria Arena Bell is a Los Angeles-based TV writer and executive producer best known as producer and head writer for The Young and the Restless, TV’s longest running soap opera. She is working on The Swans, a made-for-TV drama based on the life of Truman Capote and a group of women he called not only his closest friends but “swans.” Bell has been the recipient of both the Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and the Writer’s Guild of American Award for Best Daytime Serial. 

During this workshop for aspiring writers of TV drama, participants will engage in a simulated writer’s room to develop the next great televised series.  Working collaboratively under the guidance of Maria Arena Bell, students will develop content, characters, a story arc for the full season and the opening scene of the pilot. Students will also be coached in pitching the series to Hollywood executives. 

Enrollmnent limited to 10 students. 
Location: TBA

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Friday, January 19, 1-5 p.m.
 Paul Deo

Paul Deo is a Harlem-based artist and muralist best known for his Planet Harlem mural, which depicts luminaries from Harlem neighborhoods. He has created similar murals in Teaneck, New Jersey and New Orleans, working with community members and school children. He is an Office for the Arts and Harvard Ed Portal artist-in-residence working on a community mural project to be installed in Allston during ARTS FIRST 2018.

During this workshop for artists, arts activists and community builders (no experience required!), participants will talk about the history of murals and work toward the creation of "mini" personal murals with Paul Deo as their guide. Students and communinity members will explore the history of murals, learn about Deo's artistic practice and create a personal artwork. Deo will also coach students to develop ways in which storytelling through visual arts, including the incorporation of new technology, can help communities heal and grow. In April, Deo will install the mural in Allston, with participants in the wintersession workshop encouraged to take part. 

Enrollment limited to 15 students and/or community members.
Location: Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Ave., Allston

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Friday, January 19, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Robert Carlock ‘95 is a TV and variety writer and executive producer best known for his work on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. In college, he wrote for Harvard Lampoon and his breakthrough in TV came in 1996 as a writer for the Dana Carvey Show. Carlock also wrote the screenplay for Tina Fey’s 2016 movie Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.

During this one-day immersion session for aspiring writers of TV comedy, participants will engage in a specific creative task chosen by the group in a writers’ room led by Robert Carlock. Working collaboratively, students will discuss comedy, content, characters, and crafting storylines.

Enrollment limited to 10 students.
Location: TBA

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HAND MADE MUGS ***This session is now waitlist only.

Tuesday, January 16-Friday, January 19, 2-5 p.m. Hand Made Mugs

Stuart Gair, Instructor and Artist in Residence, 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 20 students
Location: Harvard Ceramics Studio, 224 Western Ave.. Allston
To register for Hand Made Mugs, please simply fill out this registration form and email to Shawn Panepinto at!

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Thursday, January 18, 1-5 p.m.

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: TBA

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Office of Career Services Wintersession offering

SITE VISIT to the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The MFA is one of the most comprehensive art museums in the world; the collection encompasses nearly 500,000 works of art from ancient Egyptian to contemporary, special exhibitions, and innovative educational programs. OCS invites you to explore the art, history, museum administration, and leisure industries through the MFA’s innovative programs, brands, and work culture. If you are interested in museums administration, art and art education, and design, this is a great learning experience for you.

RESERVATIONS: Reservations are now open. Reserve your spot today!
COST: $15 fee to hold your reservation. There is no charge for the site visit. You will only be charged if you cancel within a week before the trip or do not show up on the morning of the visit. Note: If you do not have a credit card to reserve your spot on the trek, please contact Ruth Wilson at to complete your reservation.
ELIGIBILITY: Open to all Harvard College and GSAS students.
TRAVEL: OCS will provide students with transportation to travel to and from the site visit.

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Arts @ 29 Garden Wintersession offerings

Public Art: Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition Wintersession Workshop with Julian Bonder

Tuesday, January 16-Friday, January 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Register by December 20, 2017, at to participate in the workshop
Contact for more information

This intensive workshop prepares students to compete in the Radcliffe Institute Public Art Competition. The workshop exposes students to the rich history and practice of public art and links students with mentors who can offer guidance on the more technical aspects of creating proposals exclusively for the competition. Participating students must register for the workshop by December 20, 2017, arrive with an idea that can be developed at the workshop and attend all workshop sessions. Attending the workshop is encouraged but not required to participate in the competition. More information and how to register

Visual Scribing: An Emerging Art Form with Kelvy Bird

Discover the "ART OF SCRIBING," a facilitative method for enhancing group learning and memory. Scribing – a word originating from Sheshat, the Egyptian goddess of wisdom – is a contemporary practice of visually representing ideas while people talk and see a picture unfold at the same time. The drawing establishes connections within content, aids with insight, and can support decision making.

This two-day workshop will incorporate: Systems Thinking, Presencing, Discernment for ‘Letting Go and Letting Come’, 2D modeling and applications of this practice back to educational and organizational contexts. The learning process will involve a balanced mix of presentations, drawing practice, peer-to-peer reflection and group conversation. More information and how to register

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Houghton Library

Register for all Houghton Wintersession Workshops here

Letterpress printing with Hope Mayo

This hands-on workshop provides an introduction to the history and technology of printing from moveable type that will deepen your understanding of how books were made between 1450 and the early nineteenth century. Learn how to set type and operate an iron handpress. Print a keepsake to take with you.

Date: Friday, January 12, 2-4 pm
Location: Lamont Library, Printing Room

Descriptive Bibliography with Peter X. Accardo

This class will teach you how to describe and understand descriptions of books as material objects. Through close examination of paper, watermarks, format, type, binding and provenance, you will master the principles of descriptive bibliography and their significance to textual analysis and the history of the book.

Date: Tuesday, January 16, 10am-12 pm
Location: Houghton Library, Seminar Room

Graphic Techniques with Hope Mayo

Learn how to identify and distinguish between the different kinds of printed images produced between the early 1400s and the mid-twentieth century. View and examine examples of different prints, including woodcuts, engravings, and lithographs, as well as actual wood blocks, copperplates, and other material artifacts used to make printed pictures.

Date: Thursday, January 18, 2-4 pm
Location: Houghton Library, Printing & Graphic Arts Study Room

Interactive Fiction with Devon Guinn ‘17 and Emilie Hardman

Create an adventure! Join us to generate your own interactive story with inspiration from the Houghton Library’s stunning collections. Each participant will be able to delve into manuscripts, books, prints, ephemera and more in search of their story to tell. Working with the Twine platform, participants will then generate a micro-adventure, engage in play-testing with classmates, embellish their work as time permits, and publish online. No technical skills required; we’re happy to work with each participant at their own level of comfort. Participants should plan to bring a laptop computer. Lunch will be provided.

Date: Saturday, January 20, 10am-5pm
Location: Houghton Library, Printing & Graphic Arts Study Room

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Harvard Museum of Natural History

Harvard Student Wintersession Event - Drawing AnimalsDrawing Animals

Date: Tuesday, January 16,  2-4 p.m.
Location: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St.

Have you ever wished you could practice drawing inside the Harvard Museum of Natural History? Do you want to gain confidence 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 animals back to decorate your walls! No prior experience needed and all materials will be provided.

Event is free and open to Harvard affiliates. Advanced registration is required.

Max enrollment: 12
Registration deadline: January 12
RSVP: Email HMNH Education Director Wendy Derjue-Holzer at with name and Harvard affiliation (undergrad year, grad student, etc) to reserve a spot
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