Egg Tempera and the Italian Renaissance: Painting with
the Manna of the
The ancient Egyptians and Greeks discovered the secrets of Egg Tempera, but it took the Byzantine Empire to perfect this oldest of painting techniques into a true and enduring art form. Dr. Arturo di Manotti, professor of art and art history of the Italian Conservatory of the Arts, will treat participants in this very special session to a history of the art form, especially concentrating upon those artists who found the glazes of egg tempera to be the perfect medium for religious representational art. Were these artists with their centuries-lost techniques indeed closer to the Creator defined by the Orthodox churches of the day? What political and mercantile forces brought about the end of tempera painting and the dominance of oils and the impasto? What efforts are being made to preserve the egg tempera masterworks of yesteryear? Olderhostel participants will also gain some "hands-on" experience with modern tempera. (Sable brushes not included in materials course fee.)
The Egg and I: A Workshop in Reflection and Dramaturgy
The Ova Prima Foundation's Arts and Humanities Outreach Program is proud to present famous stage actress Beau James in a very special one-week Olderhostel session available on a first-come, first-registered basis.* Miss James has appeared with much acclaim nationwide in such famous community theatres as the Barter Theatre in Virginia, the historic Haymarket Theatre of Jacksonville, Florida, the Forty-Eighth Street Theatre of New York City, and the Pantages Theatre of London, Ontario, with her one-woman show, "The Egg and I," described in the London Observer as "a searing monologue on the nature of creation and spiritual rebirth."
Participants will be treated to a personal performance of this dramatic work on the first night of the session, followed by personal and exploratory sessions in creative dramatics over the next five days led by the actress herself. Topics will include creative journaling, improvisatory exercises, skits, scripting, and vocalization.
* Previous participants in OPF Olderhostel sessions will be given priority, due to the limited nature of this very special session.
What's included in the Olderhostel Short Programs:
All meals are served in our 5-star dining facility by a professional culinary staff. Special diets can be accommodated.
The Ova Prima Foundation campus also has a 9-hole golf course, heated indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzis, sauna, horseshoe pit, and nature trails which are available for you to enjoy during your free time.
The "DL7 Controversy": Fact or Fallacy?
Nothing has created such a storm among ovaprimationists as last year's
implication by renegade theorist Alan Jackson in the scientific literature
that the chemical compound "DL7" (diliptic
If diliptic septaniloxymonochloristalpolypeptide was indeed the primary--if
not the sole--catalyst for this divergent change, what was the source of
diliptic septaniloxymonochloristalpolypeptide? How was the diliptic septaniloxymonochloristalpolypeptide
absorbed into the calcium barrier of
Participants will be treated to an initial session at the Ova Prima
headquarters to cover the 'hard science' of the raging controversy, followed
by a site visit to Narrow Flats, Colorado, where last year a team of crack
archaeologists funded by the Ova Prima Foundation uncovered the nation's
Return to the Illampi Badlands
Follow in the footsteps of Craigorn Shippen and Edmund Willard as they set off on their famous expedition to the Illampi Badlands. This course will begin in London with a visit to the Royal Geographical Society and to the British Museum. Students will view the Archives of the RGS which house the original transcripts planning the expedition, the expedition's notes, and Willard's diaries. Curators at the British Museum will conduct a tour of the Shippen/Willard Collection, including a rare and special viewing of the Illampi Clutch. The class will then board the SS Pepperdine setting sail for Iquique, Chile. On board, class participants can attend lectures on basic archaeological techniques, vertebrate paleontology, and llama-handling. Students will want to tone those muscles with lots of shuffleboard and time spent in the ship's fully-equipped gym in preparation for the rigors ahead. In the interests of time, the class will fly over the Andes (the expedition walked) and then trek in to the Ova Prima Illampi Badlands research substation. Under the tutelage of Dr. Herman Thorpe, associate curator of the Ova Prima Natural History Museum, the class will spend ten days digging at the Illampi Mound Colony and mapping outlying nesting areas. Students taking this class should be in excellent physical condition and not averse to primitive living conditions.
The Ova Prima Living History Project: The Hawkes-Murray Trial
Not even the great stock market crash attracted as much attention as the infamous Hawkes-Murray trial in the year 1929, which garnered more press headlines in the Chicago Tribune than any other single story that year. Yet the trial is all but forgotten today, despite its direct connections to the then-nascent Ova Prima Foundation.
When Morton Myers Hawkes, mayor of Parton City, Illinois, decided in 1927 to declare the chicken the official bird of Parton City, few citizens demurred. Until, that is, the mayor and city council erected a plaque declaring the chicken was created by an almighty deity. Almost immediately noted radio commentator and amateur scientist Philip Corrs Murray leapt into the fray to challenge the separation of church and state; Murray's virulent condemnation of "supernatural hokum" and his eloquent testament to the cause of science have inspired ovaprimationists to this very day. Even the most famous of his quotes from the trial is set in gold mosaic in the Ova Prima Foundation's main office lobby floors: "Let us look not to primitive man's fears for inspiration. Let us look to our future, and to our beginning--let us look to the egg."
In this very special Olderhostel project, participants will be assigned
to work with real historians, and with the original documents of the day,
in order that their immersive experience in the history and culture of
the period result in a highly realistic reproduction of the closing arguments
Many of our Olderhostel participants have taken the course twice, in order to act as both plaintiff and defense! All participants may take home as a memento of this very special seminar a videotape (available in Beta and VHS) of the trial--it's a sure-fire conversation piece!
Kids just love dinosaurs! Share some time with your grandchild or some other special child in your life with this on-line course on dinosaurs. Dino-Madness! is a fully-animated, interactional web-based course that is exciting and fun for both kids and grown-ups. Learn all about protoarchaeopteryx and the other great dinosaurs. Watch as these remarkable theropods lay eggs, raise their young, and struggle to survive against natural calamities. Educational games and activities for all ages. Help your young ones to learn about how the egg came first and learn a few new things yourself!
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