Nina Nightingale's Charm School: DIY Printmaking with Recyclables - Atlas Obscura Experiences

Nina Nightingale's Charm School: DIY Printmaking with Recyclables

$15 per device Online Experience
1 hour
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$15 per device
New York, New York
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.

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.

Art and design historians often reference the 1400s and the invention of Gutenberg's printing press as the genesis of printmaking, but did you know that the first movable type was made of porcelain by the inventor Bi Sheng in China around 1040 CE? By the early 16th century, the Western art world caught up and since then, we’ve been able to quickly reproduce information and imagery, communicating dissent, rebellion, and memes ever since. In this episode of Charm School, we’ll dig into the fascinating history of printmaking across cultures and then make our own using household items. It'll be up to you if you use this skill to make pretty tea towels, to inspire revolution,or both!

Supplies (if you wish to work along)

cardboard box

scissors

craft knife or box cutter

glue or tape

acrylic paint or printing ink

paper to print on

pen or pencil

paint brush

Optional Supplies:

brayer or paint roller

tea towel or bandana

scrap styrofoam from takeout, plate, or butcher tray

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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