Nina Nightingale's Charm School is in session.
From silhouette portraits and hair reliquaries to postage stamp flirtation and suffragette tea parties, join curiosity artist and host Nina Nightingale in exploring history's most fascinating disciplines and their hidden origins! During each hour-long virtual live show, Nina will guide you through the basics of a specific craft, tell you about its often surprising importance in the cultural landscape, and take any questions that might come up along the way. Part Home Ec, part AP History, Nina Nightingale’s Charm School won't teach you how to be more genteel, but you’ll learn why crafting was never that polite anyway.
Hallowe’en decorations in the United States have gone through a full circle evolution in the last 100 years — from a holiday largely for adults in the early 1900s; to the candy-centered, kid-friendly trick-or-treating of the 80s and 90s; back around now to full-scale, high-production haunted houses complete with animatronics, scare actors, and even the occasional ride! Join Nina Nightingale for a look at some curious decorations from the past, get some inspiration for your own upcoming fright night, and learn a quick and easy way to craft your own jack-o-lantern designed after the popular paper pulp pumpkins of the 1930s and 40s.
Class Supplies (if you wish to work along)
an old plastic pumpkin bucket
craft or house paint in your desired colours
tissue paper or newspaper
clear coat or sealant
light or candle
Hello! My name is Nina Nightingale and I am a professional fine artist practicing the very rare art of SILHOUETTE PORTRAITURE, in which I cut your likeness from paper with no writing instruments—simply freehand drawing with scissors. This art of "shadow cutting" was popular before photography was made affordable. Silhouette portraiture is one part history and one part how-does-she-do-it?
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