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Nina Nightingale's Charm School: Rituals of Gratitude

$10 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$10 per device
New York City, US
What We’ll Do

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.

From harvest festivals and sacrificial ceremonies to feasts and parades, in this episode, we’ll discuss the many ways people have ritualized giving thanks across cultures and time periods. Then we’ll engage in a modernized gratitude ritual craft based on the harvest tradition of making corn dollies, but from recycled household materials. You’ll leave class with a dolly of your own to play, display, or sacrifice in thanksgiving!

CLASS SUPPLIES, if you’d like to craft along:
- a flexible secondhand material like packing paper, an old t-shirt, plastic shopping bags, worn out socks, tissue paper, etc.
- any kind of secondhand string, shoelace, yarn, floss, or even twist-ties from bread!
- scissors
- a marker
Where We’ll Be

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About Your Host
Nina Nightingale
Nina Nightingale

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?

What Else You Should Know

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