The Arts

The Arts

Art Appreciation lectures
Demonstrations by RI Local Artists / Conversation with the Artist / Hamilton House Gallery

Hands–on Workshops, such as Kite building, origami, paper making, floral design,
Water-Soluable Acrylics, Water color, Pastel, Photography, Museum Trips 

ZOOM All levels Painting Workshop – Fridays 10 am-noon – December 4, 11, 18 

Beginners and experienced are welcome in this painting workshop! Assignments for beginners will include tonal studies, exercises on mixing colors, and becoming acquainted with working with paint. More advanced students will be working on more complex still life set ups and further developing their eye. Having all levels working in the same class is a beneficial experience. New students can learn from the more experienced students and more experienced can reconnect with the excitement of the beginners.

Zoom painting classes are a great choice for learning. Students can see each other working, and have a dialogue as class goes on. I can comment and help each student during the class, in the same way that I would in person.

Students should contact me for a list of supplies – Class Instructor: Ida Schmulowitz   https://www.idaschmulowitz.com/ 

$36 for December – Payable directly to Ida – Register by emailing: hamiltonhouse276@gmail.com

ZOOM Painting for All Levels – Fridays at 10 am – January 8, 15, 22, 29

Nothing can compare to an in person class, but zoom painting classes are a good alternative! I can see student work and comment on it as the class progresses, and other students can see each other’s work, and have a dialogue as the class goes on.  After each class, students email me a photo of their work that I put together in an email and send around to the members of the class. The photos can show more color and texture than holding up the piece on zoom since everyone has different lighting in their rooms.

I present an assignment for students to work on, or if a student has a particular project that they would like to work on, that is also something I can help with.  

$48 per month – Payable directly to Ida Schmulowitz  Register by emailing: hamiltonhouse276@gmail.com

ZOOM Renaissance in Six Italian Cities with Dr. Rocky Ruggiero – Alternate Fridays at 11:00 am  – January – March (Dates provided below)
Part 1: Assisi: The Little Giant – St. Francis and Franciscan Art and Philosophy – January 8 

At the turn of the 13th and 14th Centuries, a man named Francis from Assisi changed the world. Not only did he begin to reform the Catholic Church by living the example of Christ in taking a vow of poverty, but he also changed the way that medieval Christians saw the natural world. Francis claimed that nature was given to us as a gift from God and therefore was not only good but imbued with God himself. Nature should not be shunned and ignored, but celebrated and revered. Not surprisingly, within a half century of his death in 1226, artists like Cimabue, Dante and Giotto appeared, and each reflected the little giant’s philosophy in his respective art. To honor St. Francis, a basilica was built in his honor and the greatest artists of Europe converged on Assisi to decorate the church, much as they would centuries later at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. 

Part 2: Florence: The Art of Magnificence – January 22

Florence, Italy, was the cradle of the Renaissance and the birthplace of the modern world. From Dante to Leonardo Da Vinci and Michelangelo, this central Italian town produced the greatest concentration of artistic genius in history.  The legacy of this creative explosion is still very much present in the city. Whether it is Brunelleschi’s crowning dome above the titanic cathedral, Ghiberti’s stunning golden doors known as The Gates of Paradise, Botticelli’s beautiful painting of the Birth of Venus or Michelangelo’s unrivaled statue of David, beauty and inspiration are found in every corner of this open-air museum that is Florence. This lecture will tell the story of Florence through its art, architecture and history – a story that is simply magnificent!

Part 3: Padua: Giotto and The Scrovegni Chapel – February 5

Giotto’s 14th-century fresco cycle in the Scrovegni Chapel in Padua, Italy, is perhaps the seminal motion picture in Western Art. The artist transformed the iconic, sacred subjects of his contemporary painting world into a very human story- or what I like to call the “visual vernacular”. This lecture will examine a surprisingly modern aspect of Giotto’s work, that is the cinematic quality. To put it simply, the paintings in the chapel read like a motion picture or a film, in which humanity is the star. Giotto’s mise en scène is full of expressive character types, landscapes, colour and visual arrangements. The sequential arrangement and juxtaposition of scenes, instead, produce a visual narrative of which most modern film directors would be envious. In a purely visual medium, Giotto is able to evoke sounds and smells, emotions and expectations, humor and terror.

Part 4: Siena: The City of the Virgin Mary – February 19

In the first half of the 14th century, the city of Siena was Florence’s main political, economic and artistic rival. Artists such as Duccio, Simone Martini and Ambrogio Lorenzetti were members of one of Europe’s most important school of painting. The striking Gothic cathedral of Siena clearly expresses the city’s devotion to the Virgin Mary; while, the civic architecture of the city is embodied in the city’s most important civic structure known as the Palazzo Pubblico. This late 13th-century building still serves as Siena’s town hall and preserves some of the most important murals of the 14th Century such as Simone Martini’s Maestà in the former room of the “Great Council” and the Allegory of Good and Bad Government by Ambrogio Lorenzetti in the “Room of the Nine”, which was Siena’s medieval Oval Office.

Part 5: Venice: La Serenissima – March 5

Venice was the longest lasting Republic in history. The city’s privileged position as cultural and economic bridge between the Eastern and Western Christian world contribute to the uniqueness of Venice. The art and architecture in Venice clearly display this combination of Islamic, Byzantine, and Classical influences. Artists such as Bellini, Giorgione, Titian and Tintoretto would make Venetian painting perhaps the only school to rival that of the Central Italian Renaissance. We will not only examine the buildings and paintings of Venice, but also the history of perhaps the most singular city in the world.

Part 6: Rome: The Eternal City – March 19

The ancient Romans referred to their city as the “caput mundi”, or the “capital of the world”. Stretching as far west as the Atlantic Ocean, as far south as the Sahara, north to modern-day Scotland, and east to the Euphrates River, the Roman Empire encompassed nearly half of the known world. With the collapse of the Roman Empire, Christianity became the new “spiritual empire”. Renaissance Popes supplanted the emperors and began to compete with them as patrons, appropriating much of their architectural and artistic style in order to create what Pope Julius II called the “New Ancient Rome”. No complex better embodies this tradition than the Vatican. The greatest artists of the day migrated to Rome to contribute their skills to honor St. Peter. The result is one of the greatest decorative complexes on the planet, which includes works like the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica. From the Colosseum to St. Peter’s Square, the monuments of Rome still stand as testimony to the greatness of this eternal city.

Floral Design – Tuesday, January 19 – Japanese New Year

Explore the fascinating world of Japan and discover the intriguing art of Ikebana! Participants will learn the principles of the ancient design form, once reserved for only warriors and priests. Red carnation—representing passion, white chrysanthemums, denoting noble simplicity, and fresh ming fern, will provide the elements of a truly striking arrangement.) Please join us and welcome the new year with beauty!

I have a plan that presents a floral design program using personal delivery of materials to each student, along with an instruction sheet to guide you in creating your arrangement. I will call each participant to arrange a time for the doorstep drop-off of the materials at your home. 

ZOOM Painting for All Levels – Fridays at 10 am – February 5, 12, 19, 26

Beginners and experienced artists are welcome in this painting workshop. Assignments for beginners will include tonal studies, exercises on mixing colors, and becoming acquainted with working with paint. More advanced students will be working on more complex still life setups and further developing their eye. Having all levels working in the same class is a beneficial experience. New students can learn from the more experienced students and more experienced can reconnect with the excitement of the beginners. Zoom painting classes are a great choice for learning. Students can see each other working, and have a dialogue as class goes on. I can comment and help each student during the class, in the same way that I would in person.
 
Students should contact me for a list of supplies.

$48 for December – Payable directly to Ida Schmulowitz  Register by emailing: hamiltonhouse276@gmail.com

ZOOM The Art of Gathering with Suzanne Scanlan – Thursday, February 11 at 11:30 am

Artists throughout history have consistently depicted groups of people gathering together to celebrate different occasions, from weddings to family game nights to self-portraits with their family members.  Even royalty demanded paintings of family gatherings, so that they could communicate their love of family values to their subjects. Join Suzanne Scanlan – virtually – as we explore representations of different kinds of gatherings from Ancient Rome to modern-day America.

Suzanne Scanlan is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theory + History of Art + Design at RISD.  She received her PhD in History of Art & Architecture from Brown University and is the author of Divine and Demonic Imagery at Tor de’Specchi, 1400-1500: Religious Women and Art in Fifteenth Century Rome (2018).  Her research and writing center on women as artists, patrons and collectors from the Renaissance to the Modern period.  

Floral Design – Tuesday, February 23 – Falling in Love with Flowers

Although Valentine’s Day has come and gone, it’s not too late to express appreciation for a loved one through a personal floral creation. Each participant will receive an abundance of fresh seasonal flowers and a decorative Valentine’s mug. Spray roses, miniature carnations and micro-babies’ breath complete this romantic arrangement. Don’t wait for Cupid’s arrow to strike—sign up today!

Email Hamilton House to sign up. Fee: $20.00 per participant paid directly to Sally. Delivery times will be pre-arranged with students. 

No refunds for cancellations of Art Classes.

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