Anthroposophy, Art, and Teacher Education

Week I

Course Descriptions

These week long courses are open to all on a full or partial day basis. While providing prime opportunities for personal renewal and professional development, participants also receive credit towards Foundation Studies Certificates of Completion and Teacher Education Diplomas.

Evolution of the Human Consciousness through Art

with Patrick Stolfo*

Great works of art are representative of the transitions and pinnacles of cultural development. We will examine key examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture, reading them as expressions of their time period, and following how human beings experienced their ever-changing inner and outer worlds. We will see how the ideal of beauty, as a revealer of truth and morality, metamorphoses with each cultural epoch. References will be made to how these themes are woven into the Waldorf school curriculum, mainly in what is commonly known as the 9th grade History through Art and the 12th grade History through Architecture blocks.

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An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Education

with Andree Ward*

We will look together at the principles described in Susan Howard’s inspiring article, “The Essentials of Waldorf Early Childhood Education,” which can be found on the WECAN website. After our daily discussions, we will learn songs, finger games, and simple crafts for young children to celebrate Mid-Summer. Open to all, but especially parents and anyone considering early childhood education as a vocation.

Eurythmy

with Lynne Stolfo*

We will explore and practice the 7 rod exercises accompanied by music. Fun, yet challenging, participants will develop their personal and social capacities for coordination, rhythmic precision, co-operation, and focus (mental clarity). The purposes of copper rod exercises as used in Steiner education and therapy will be discussed.

Veil Painting

with Martina Angela Muller*

In veil painting, layers of very thin watercolor are applied to special, large, dry paper. Each consecutive veil lets the color from underneath shine through, creating highly-nuanced color effects that have a luminous, almost mystic quality of light shining through them as if from behind. Layers are tentatively applied in cloud like, vaporous shapes that leave the composition open for a long time, allowing the painter to observe and concentrate on the subtle changes of color and tone values. Eventually, surprising motifs emerge from the multicolored and lively textured backgrounds. Minimal detail work may be needed at the end to enhance the abstract or representational image that has come into being.

Each student in this course will paint one large veil painting – a technique that takes many hours, easily filling a whole week. Accomplished veil paintings can easily consist of eighty layers or more. Course participants will be led through the process from beginning to end, and do not need previous painting experience. Some of the images shown here are by students who had never held a brush before.

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Modeling the Human Head in Clay

with Patrick Stolfo*

The contours of the human head manifest the cosmic dome of the spirit, character of soul, and a noble anatomy. Using the coiling technique as a basis for construction, we will proceed from the whole to the parts by building up hollow forms which can be shaped from both the interior and exterior. Completion comes with the addition of the essential and expressive details. No previous experience is required.

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*See bio on Faculty Page.

Schedule

Week I – June 19 – 24

Sunday, 6pm –  Registration; 7pm – Opening & Introductory Talk by P. Stolfo
Daily:
8:20am  –  Arrival and announcements
8:30am  –  Evolution of Human Consciousness through Art
10am  –  Break
10:30am –  Electives: Veil Painting, Modeling the Human Head, OR An Introduction to Waldorf Early Childhood Ed.
12:15pm  –  Lunch
1:15pm  –  Eurythmy for everyone
2 to 5pm  –  Veil Painting OR Modeling the Human Head

Monday Evening: Open Art Studios
Tuesday Evening: Special Presentation [TBA]
Wednesday Evening: Open Art Studios
Thursday Evening: Social Gathering or Open Art Studios

Registering & Tuition

To learn more about tuition rates and to Register for the full week or individual courses, please visit our Registration and Tuition page.