Our intergenerational programs put us at the forefront of the Creative Aging field, bringing together adults and School One students to create art, stories, and foster shared understandings. Since launching our program in 2016, with funding from the Aroha Philanthropies and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, we have offered a variety of opportunities for storytelling, performance, artmaking, and discussion.
Shakespeare: Let's Make a Radio Play!
Join School One students to write, create and perform a live radio show based on one of Shakespeare's plays. Conceived as an homage to the heyday of serialized radio drama of the 1930s and 40s we will create a radio play centered around one of Shakespeare's plays but also include commercials, sound effects, mayhem and more!
This class will be fun, creative and pressure-free. All skill levels welcome.
This class meets Monday 10:45-11:45 and Wednesday 10:20-11:45.
Writing and Art in the Natural World
Students will focus on exploring the natural world and using visual art and writing to reflect. Throughout our 11 weeks together, we will venture into the outdoors as well as some exciting and inspirational indoor destinations to take a closer look at flowers, trees, all kinds of animals, shells, rocks and eggs. Students will write and make art. We will learn some of the technical and creative skills involved in drawing and painting natural objects; we will make nature journals, write, and collage. We may experiment with making our own inks from things found in the garden, making leaf prints, or using found objects and other pieces of nature in our artwork.
Students should expect to take field trips and be outside for some of these classes.
All skill levels welcome!
Meets: Monday & Wednesday, 12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
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Creative Writing One Day Workshops
Say It With Clay!
In this ceramics class we will apply basic hand building skills (pinching, coiling, leather hard slab construction, wet slab draping and the use of molds) to projects culled from personal interests and ideas. We will discuss how ceramic history influences current trends. Each student should expect to complete at least one example of each method, with consideration for both form and function, and a final project combining all acquired skills. Students should expect to get messy in this class.
This class meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 9:00- 10:10 a.m.
School One Intergenerational Arts Classes (Past Offerings)
A ten-week class with artist Meris Barretto. Meeting weekly, students learned about and making simple accordion books, and then moved on to making book boxes. Along the way students experimented with printmaking, stamping, and creating decorative papers for book projects. At the end of the class, each student will have created their own one-of-a-kind artist book.
En Plein Air Landscape Painting
A nine-week outdoor landscape painting class led by well-known Rhode Island artist Ida Schmulowitz. Participants meet weekly on Blackstone Boulevard, set up easels and paint, trying to capture the light hitting homes and trees. En Plein Air Landscape Painting meets Tuesday, 3:30-5:00pm at School One and Blackstone Boulevard, in September and October.
A nine-week interdisciplinary visual art and writing class with instructors Monica Shinn and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through art and writing. Studio visits and artist talks are part of the program. Drawing Myself meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One, from September through November.
A nine-week interdisciplinary performing arts and writing class with instructors Phil Goldman, Diane Postoian and Eve Kerrigan. Each week, School One students and older adults come together to tell stories through performance, storytelling and creative writing. Working Stories meets Tuesday, 12:30-2:00pm at School One.
Book Clubs and Discussion Groups (Previous Offerings)
Intergenerational Book Discussion Group
Students from School One and older adults make up this fantastic book group. The Intergenerational Book Discussion Group meets for four weeks during the Fall, and again in the Spring. Past selections include The Yellow Wallpaper and Old School.
Reading Across Rhode Island Book Club
School One students and Hamilton House members meet monthly to discuss Reading Across Rhode Island books such as Just Mercy, The Wright Brothers and The Hate U Give.
Conversation Series: Education and Learning
Bi-monthly discussion group where we’ll talk about quality teaching, different kinds of schools, education in other countries, policy issues like school choice, education in Rhode Island, and a host of related topics.