For one week, the entire St. Andrew's-Sewanee community shifts its attention from the regular academic routine to intensive courses of study that are dedicated to experimental and experiential learning. Winterim gives faculty members and students an opportunity to collaboratively explore their passions.

What an absolute joy it has been to hear about our daughter's days this week. The meditation exercises, the positive thinking messages, the being attentive tips are feeding her soul. I know it takes time and effort to put this entire program together. Thank you for giving so much. ~ Kathryn Bruce, parent
I just wanted to let you know how great Winterim was for my daughter. I was especially excited that she got to spend a week doing songwriting with Linda Heck. Linda is a remarkably unique talent, one that stuffier academic environments would be unable to appreciate. Hats off once again to SAS! - Adam Randolph, parent

2017 Winterim Courses


Field Archaeology: Salvage Excavation of Indian Shelter
In this hands-on, primarily outdoor course, participants will continue the salvage excavation of Indian Shelter, an archaeological site on the SAS campus. Students will learn to responsibly excavate an archaeological site, to identify artifacts such as nutting stones, grinding stones, spear points, flint chips, pottery shards, and to properly clean and catalog these artifacts. Students will learn more about the prehistoric cultures of the Cumberland Plateau and help to preserve this incredible cultural resource present on our campus.

Hogwarts, A(n Architectural) History
In Hogwarts, A(n Architectural) History participants will compare J. K. Rowling’s descriptions of the castle with the historical locations used for filming. Along with literary and film analysis, students will gain a basic understanding of Gothic and Neo-Gothic architectural elements. Students will also be challenged to rethink some of the spaces featured in the story, from The Great Hall to common rooms to the Quidditch Pitch. Students are expected to have seen all of the Harry Potter movies, and preferably have read the books.

Landmark Supreme Court Cases
This course will examine and study the Constitution, specifically focusing on the Supreme Court. Participants will cover several landmark Supreme Court cases, discuss their impact and relevance, as well as better understand the concepts of: judicial review, constitutional interpretation, dissenting opinion, majority opinion, writ of certiorari, and the supremacy clause. We will also determine the amendments which most align with the cases as we discuss the complexities of interpreting laws.

Patriotic Spring: Populism from Brexit to Trumpland
Following Britain’s vote to exit the European Union (Brexit) and Trump’s presidential election victory, anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders celebrated a “Patriotic Spring” of far-right populism in Europe and the United States. In “Patriotic Spring,” students examine far-right political movements, including the Alternative for Germany, the Austrian Freedom Party, the French National Front, and the UK Independence Party. We evaluate, too, the laissez-faire liberalism and anti-immigrant rhetoric of extremist elements within the Republican Party since its rejection of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Science Olympiad
Join the SAS Science Team! Prepare to compete in these events: Anatomy & Physiology, Bottle Rocket, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Dynamic Planet, Ecology, Experimental Design, Fast Facts, Food Science, Hovercraft, Invasive Species, Meteorology, Microbe Mission, Mission Possible, Optics, Reach for the Stars, Road Scholar, Rocks & Minerals, Scrambler, Towers, Wind Power, Wright Stuff, and Write It Do It. The Science Olympiad will take place on Saturday, February 25.

Who Owns These Bones?
Bones seem not to move or have any obvious function besides making our bodies rigid, but they are living tissue capable of storing calcium and forming attachments for muscles. Forensic scientists realize that by analyzing bones through measurements, texture, shape and DNA extraction and analysis, clues to a person’s sex, age, race, height, and health can be revealed. Be a forensic anthropologist for a week. Participants will study real and cast bones to identify the big four – race, age, sex, and gender – as well as learn more about bones in general.


Center Stage: The Exploration of Movement in Classical and Contemporary Ballet
Participants learn classical and contemporary ballet technique and variations from multiple ballets, learning the importance of stretching, proper stretching technique, and ballet vocabulary and history. At the end of the week, participants will put on a performance showcasing the variations learned. Students who have pointe shoes will also be able to practice variation en pointe.

Creating with Clay
Whether you are a beginner or have taken a clay class, you can participate in this course. Students will design and create unique ceramic pieces. Beginning students will learn how to construct vessels using slabs of clay. Students who have already taken at least one semester of throwing at SAS may choose to spend the week throwing or handbuilding their wares. Once the pots are fired, students will return to the studio after Winterim to glaze their pieces during a work period. After the pots are glazed-fired, students may take home their pottery.

Explorations in Watercolor
Have you ever painted before? Using various watercolor and ink techniques, we will explore the versatility of the medium and see where the paints will take us. Students will explore outside their normal boundaries and let go of the stress of perfectionism.

Landscape Photography
Using our campus and surrounding natural areas as subject matter, this course will teach lighting, composition, exposure, and post-processing techniques as they relate to landscape photography. A new field location each day will provide students with hands-on photographic experience in a variety of settings. Adobe Lightroom software will be used to select, edit, and process images, while daily slideshows and critiques will help students develop their creative voice. Students will end the week with a small portfolio of prints.

Movies & Makers: An Inspired Design Course
Students will be challenged to think critically about social and economic issues derived from YouTube videos, crowdsourcing, social media, and featured films. In this solution driven “think tank,” students will combine research, discussion, sketching, and computer aided design (CAD). Class will conclude with a visual presentation or movie to express ideas.

Join a supportive, encouraging community of musicians as we practice the art of writing songs. Students will write songs to express their unique perspectives and share them with one another for constructive feedback. The majority of the time will be spent writing and sharing material, but there will also be lessons on writing effective lyrics, composing melodies, basic music theory, and arranging. All levels of musical experience and all genres of music are welcome.

Songwriting and Garageband Demo-recording
Participants will create their own poetic personal narratives, using songwriting as a tool for self-discovery. As a class, we will explore the continuum of poetry and song, from Sappho to Bob Dylan and beyond. Specific exercises and artists that we explore will depend on the interests of class participants. For the recording phase, there will be an emphasis on collaboration and use of available resources. Participants will make Garageband demos of their songs at the end of the class. No musical skill or ability is necessary.

The Art of Craft
Students will learn various styles, techniques, and materials used to make books, soap, necklaces, jam, and wool. A new skill and technique will be introduced each day, and then students practice and create with provided materials. Participants also tour the local Fiber Farm, an alpaca farm where clothing and other textiles are produced. Each day, students will have a created an item, including a bound journal, a bar of soap or soap scrub, hand-made wool, a piece of wire-wrapped jewelry (or possibly a soldered piece), and a can of homemade jam.


Future Tech in Film
Students will look at how the technology of movie-making has changed in the last few decades by comparing differences in special effects from older and newer films, including two set in the same shared universe (Star Trek). Students also will evaluate and compare the types and focus of the science and technologies shown. Do the future advances fall into the realm of physics, chemistry, or biology? Are the scientific advances evidenced through space travel, communication, new materials, genetic engineering, robotic construction, etc.? Are the technological developments shown designed to help or control the people in the represented societies? Are there unintended uses or consequences from the science and technology? Other movies to be shown include Ghost in the Shell, The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, and Blade Runner.

Great Black and White Films
This Winterim course takes a look at some of the best but least known movies. We will enjoy watching them and discussing why they are considered classics. Sample films may include Citizen Kane, La Grande Illusion, Casablanca, Lost Horizon and The Third Man.

Introduction to Animé: Makoto Shinkai
Students will learn a few basic details about Makoto Shinkai’s style of Japanese animé by watching and discussing movies such as 5CM a Second, Children who Chase Lost Voices, and The Place Promised in Our Early Days. Makoto Shinkai has participated in every form of art direction imaginable, from storyboarding to character creation to creating the entire animation personally. Shinkai’s style is very realistic and allows the viewer to sympathize and associate with his characters. Topics of discussions will be Makoto Shinkai’s art, descriptions of the jobs he undertakes in the animé, and the morals and traditions depicted in the movies we watch.

Trippy Films and Art
What is reality? Whoa, dude, you’re trippin’ me out! Join us to watch truly bizarre films that will generally freak us out, from early surrealist films to more recent magical realist films. We will end with Twin Peaks, the awesome show from the ’90s, which is coming back on television this year as a new miniseries. In addition to film, we will also experience the way 20th century artists and musicians pushed the boundaries of creative expression in order to explore the nature of reality.


Grundy Greats
This course is an exploration of our closest community to the east: Grundy County. We will go to several historic and cultural sites and experience all the beauty and lore of the region. All that is required is a love of exploration and a positive attitude! We will be going off campus all five days. Some time will be spent hiking.


We will cover very basic aspects of traditional blacksmithing: watch some being done, and do some ourselves. This is a valuable skill today in its own right, but such skills were essential components of survival on the Cumberland Plateau. We will encourage students to experience and learn about how things get made and the processes that go into shaping steel.

Board Games for the Competitive
Board games require a certain amount of strategic thinking, cooperation, competitive drive, and luck. This class is for students that are interested in playing board games, whether they are seeing a game for the first time or the hundredth time. A variety of competitive and cooperative board games will be supplied. This course offers the opportunity for students to work together, use their brains, have fun, and be respectful and polite when winning or losing.

Cross Stitch
What is a cross stitch? It is simply a cross, or an 'X' stitched with thread onto canvas. It's an incredibly simple stitch, but can take some time to master. Through the week, students will learn the basic technique of the craft and work on a small keychain of their choice. At the end of the workshop, each student will take home a self-made small cross stitch key chain.


Beginning Carpentry with Hand Tools
Students will tackle the problem of creating a colonial-style tool caddy, attacking a piece of lumber with some traditional non-electric tools – the saw, the hammer, the bit brace, and the chisel. Beginning craftspersons will create a useful artifact out of wood, sweat, elbow grease, and possibly a drop or two of blood.

Cocina Mexicana - Write Your Own Cookbook
This class focuses on the basics of the Mexican kitchen. Students will learn to prepare basic foods the way they are prepared by millions of people in Mexico every day. Learn how to start with a bag of rice and beans, onions, tomatoes and chile peppers, etc., and go through the step-by-step process to create a salsa, a dessert, or even a meal. All of the steps of all of the recipes will be recorded by the students in the form of a cookbook.

Financial Literacy
Less than half of high school seniors qualify as financially literate, and more than 7 million borrowers are in default on student loans for college. Students are facing tremendous financial challenges without the basic knowledge needed to thrive in today's economy. This course will change your financial future and set you on a path to win with money, allowing you to change the way you look at money forever. You will be empowered, equipped and entertained while building confidence in your own financial decision-making.


Backpacking the Appalachian Trail in Winter
This all-week adventure will teach students how to prepare for and endure a cold-weather backpacking trip. Before leaving, partcipants learn about basic wilderness skills such as Leave no Trace Principles, layering, pack adjustment, and food preparation. The rest of the class will be spent hiking a 30-mile section of the Appalachian Trail. On-trail skill building activities will include cooking, setting up and breaking down camp, bear bag hanging, fire building, and risk management.

Explore several of our area’s grand, gloomy, and peculiar caves. See flowstone, dripstone, breakdowns, columns, stalactites, stalagmites, hidden pools, and underground lakes. Dress to get wet and muddy and be ready to hike. We’ll provide helmets and headlamps.

Each day students do a hands-on farm related activity on the SAS Farm. Participants will also tour the University’s farm, get the garden ready for spring, have community expert Joseph Sumpter lead a brainstorming session to gather ideas for how to get water from Wade Hall to our farm, determine if we can get/use solar and wind energy on our farm, and learn how to protect animals and crops from frost.

Indoor Soccer
Participants will have the opportunity to play the world’s sport….indoors where it is warm! Students will learn technique, strategy, and drills to help get ready for the spring soccer season or to just have fun.

Walk on the Wild Side
Each day, students will explore a different section of Sewanee’s 20+ mile Perimeter Trail. The winter landscape provides wide open views of the valleys and coves, as well as lakes, streams, waterfalls, and interesting geological features. Students will have the opportunity to reflect by journaling, including thoughts, poems, drawings, and photographs. Local experts in forestry and geology will join us on parts of the trail to help us learn more about the local flora and fauna and the origin of the Cumberland Plateau.

Enjoy a slideshow from Winterim 2017.

SAS Winterim Schedule 2017

Monday, February 6
8:00-8:45 Chapel
9:00-11:30 Morning Session
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-3:00 Afternoon Session
3:30-5:30 Afternoon Programs

Tuesday, February 7
8:00-11:00 Morning Session
11:00-Noon Lunch
Noon-3 Afternoon Session
3:30-5:30 Afternoon Programs

Wednesday, February 8
8:00-8:45 Chapel, Prof. Stephen Raulston will speak about his passion for Spanish language and how that has led him to annual pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago and to preparing medieval manuscripts
9:00-11:30 Morning Session
11:30-12:30 Lunch
12:30-3:00 Afternoon Session
3:30-5:30 Afternoon Programs

Thursday, February 9
8:00-11:00 Morning Session
11:00-Noon Lunch
Noon-3:00 Afternoon Session
3:30-5:30 Afternoon Programs

Friday, February 10
8:00-10:00 Morning Session
10:00-Noon Afternoon Session
Noon-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Winterim Presentation/Celebration (Chapel)
3:30-5:30 Afternoon Programs

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