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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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Artist Educator Workshop, HHI.

Introducing the first ever Artist Educator Workshop at Hampton Historic National Site.  I am so fortunate to be able to work with such an amazing group of individuals, from fellow board members to artist educators.

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Historic Hampton Inc. has had a vision for bringing together art, education, and the Hampton Historic National Site. Recently this vision has begun to bloom. The first workshop for artist educators was held on December 5th, 2015.

10 teachers from all over Maryland attended to hear more about how they can incorporate the wonderful historic site into their curriculum.  The workshop began with light breakfast provided by Danielas in Hamden, and a short talk from Park Ranger Vince Vance. Then I presented the adaptable lesson plan that was created to use in tandem with a field trip to Hampton and the virtual photo gallery.

This lesson is based off of the narrative that is a requirement for the Baltimore County Public School Art program. It can be altered to work with any grade k-12, and has arts-integration options as well.

After discussing the lesson plan, we took a tour of the grounds and the mansion…which was amazing because they let us in the front door (which is very rare!)

When we returned to the orangery, our first ever artist in residence Paul Moscatt presented a little gallery talk of his artwork and shared what he did as an artist and an educator. Paul was born in Brooklyn, New York and went to Yale University Art School from 1959-63.  He also attended The Cooper Union Art School, NYC from 1956 to 59. As an educator, Paul worked at Maryland Institute, College of Art (1967 to 2000), currently a Professor Emeritus.

The teachers had such an amazing time, and learned so much! We are currently in the process of scheduling a Painting Day with Paul for those who attended, as well as a second Artist Educator Workshop in the beginning of 2016.

If interested please contact me by commenting below with your email address and I will send you more information!

 

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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!