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Painting with Paul session 1

A few teachers attended the first ever teacher workshop at Hampton National Historic Site. At this workshop, teachers were given a tour of the mansion and grounds, an adaptable lesson plan, as well as a presentation from our first ever artist in residence, Paul Moscatt. After the workshop we decided as an extra bonus, teachers would have two sessions with our artist in residence, to learn some techniques as artists which we can inturn share with our students.

The first painting day with Paul was on January 31st, 2016. Three of the teachers were in attendance, and created three beautiful paintings of a costume model in order to help us with our narrative ideas for our Hampton inspired paintings. These paintings will be submitted into the HHI juried student/teacher art exhibit in April!

When we first arrived at Paul’s studio it was like I was in a movie. The elevator in this older warehouse transformed into an amazing LLC. Cork Building that artists of multiple styles call home.

Paul is gracious host, providing us with coffee and coconut chocolate bars in the morning when we arrived.  We talked for a little while about his studio space, and his ambitious and artistic daughter. He even had prosciutto ham bread with olives for lunch!

Painting model Deviana was such a pleasure. The atmosphere of the studio, along with Paul’s ability to teach new techniques in a manner that gets an artist excited about painting. He has a genuine enthusiasm for the act of painting that is contagious.

Thank you, Paul, for a wonderful day of learning and painting! Looking forward to our next paint session on February 28th, 2016.

 

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Hampton National Historic Site, Artist in Residence

I have recently been honored by being elected to the Board of Directors for the Historic Hampton Inc. non-profit organization. HHI works with the National Parks Service for the Historic Hampton Site. Their mission:

…to promote directly the historical, scientific, educational and interpretive activities of Hampton National Historic Site and to accept gifts, contributions, or loans and otherwise engage in fundraising to finance and pay for the above mentioned activities in respect to which no funds from the Federal Government or other sources are available.

I am working with a few lovely ladies on the Arts Initiative, bringing art and education together using the collection at the Hampton National Historic Site. The mansion was preserved mainly because of its art collection, mostly due to the piece “Lady with a harp” by Thomas Sully, a great american painter. portrait-of-eliza-ridgely-the-lady-with-the-harp-056

This past weekend HHInc. hosted its first Boutique Art Show in the Orangery, at the Hampton Historical National Site featuring our first artist in residence at Hampton, Paul Moscatt.

Paul is a very talented and expressive plein air painter. I laughed many times this past weekend, Paul has a wonderful sense of humor. He will be holding a workshop for educators at the Hampton site, date to be announced. Check Paul out on his facebook page!