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.
Bringing History to Life – and Its Role in the Waldorf Curriculum
with Karl Schurman
“History is a vision of…creation on the move,” wrote the British historian, Arnold Toynbee. Teaching history in a Waldorf school is no less than teaching the development of human consciousness. So we will explore this grand pageant of human endeavor that we call history in a way that closely follows the transitions of cultural development. We will look at how the record of external events relates to, and manifests, that development—in other words, symptomatology based on the work of Steiner and others. And we will trace the vital role the 12-year Waldorf history curriculum plays in students’ lives, with an emphasis on the middle and high school curriculum. When these students explore history, after all, they are exploring their own stories, right here and now because, as the philosopher Benedetto Croce remarked, “All history is contemporary history.”
Karl is a founding teacher of Monadnock Waldorf High School in Keene, NH, where he has taught History, Social Studies, English, Child Development, Film, Model UN, directed the school plays for the past six years, and served as HS Chair for the first three. Since 2001, he has taught in several Waldorf high schools and as a middle school class teacher, primarily at Green Meadow Waldorf School, Chestnut Ridge, NY. Over three decades of self-employed freelancing in the film business in New York City preceded Karl’s Waldorf teaching career. He worked all over the US and the world, and was the cameraman on the 1980 PBS documentary “The World of Mother Teresa.” He maintains a deep interest in cinema history, the French language, Native America, and mystical Sufi poetry. Karl spent his own high school years in Brussels, Belgium, attended NYU Film School and received his Waldorf teacher education from his own children’s amazing teachers over the course of 19 years as a Waldorf parent and at the Center of Anthroposophy in Wilton, NH.
with Karl Schurman
Seminars build upon the morning talks with how the history curriculum can be dynamically brought to life through a variety of specific curricular suggestions. We will work with a phenomenological and experiential approach that can offer students the same sort of direct experience of historical phenomena they might encounter in a science experiment. There will be ample time for questions, discussion, and exchange.
with Eric G Muller*
Poets and writers, as much as Waldorf teachers, are always eager to enhance their faculty of imagination. More than we might suppose, the imagination is grounded in keen observation of our surroundings – our point of departure. We get to know ourselves more thoroughly through the sundry encounters with the world, facilitated by our senses. In turn, things become more meaningful to us if we give them our conscious attention. In order to know the world and ourselves more intimately we have to develop and sharpen our senses. Through the arts—in this case creative writing—we can nurture these fragile and vulnerable sense organs, especially in our age of ‘sensory overload.’ Our experiences are yearning to be transformed to a higher level through the creative use of the word – the vehicle of both communication and expression. During this course, we will explore the sense organs and their subtle interrelations, using specific writing exercises that will help to open all twelve windows between the world and ourselves. Our senses, when schooled, will not only become worthy conveyors of the truth, but will bathe our surroundings with new and unexpected light.
Nature Stories and Eurythmy for Young Children
with Andree Ward* & Lynne Stolfo*
Inspired by the beautiful Hawthorne Valley streams, forests, and farm, we will learn to write and tell stories woven out of the archetypal gestures in nature (eurythmy). For all storytelling enthusiasts, teachers, and parents of young children.
with Lisa Damian
Roll up your sleeves and learn through doing in this hands-on exploration of copper and iron work. The working process will reveal their distinct qualitative differences. We’ll begin with basic projects like copper bowls and a coat hooks. Discussions will include techniques, individual process, common experience, the role of metalworking in the school curriculum, best teaching practices and more. No previous experience necessary.
Lisa has been a Waldorf educator for over 25 years as a class and special subjects teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has been instrumental in Waldorf School start-up initiatives and currently teaches guest blocks and mentors new teachers at various schools. Areas of special interest and experience include bookbinding, metal and stone work, and spacial dynamics, as well as high school life and earth science. She is especially interested in the role of craft and practical life in human development.
Painting and Drawing
From Sense Impression to Abstraction
with Martina Angela Muller*
In this open studio class, students will learn to develop their sensory impressions and experiences from nature, music, or color into free expressions, abstractions, or representational motifs born out of a lively underpainting of color in different media. We will work in water soluble oils, acrylics, watercolor, collage, pastel and any drawing medium from pencil to brush and ink. Though a particularly excellent process for high school teachers to learn, no previous experience is necessary and step by step instruction will make the projects enjoyable and renewing.
Open Sculpture Studio
with Patrick Stolfo*
For the novice, artist, or teacher. Participants will be instructed in freely chosen sculptural projects in clay, wood, or stone. Figurative, abstract, nature studies, geometric, and practical themes are open for exploration. Possibilities include: clay modeling practice and preparation for class teachers – pure form modeling in the early grades, human and animal forms out of gesture, geometric and platonic shapes, skeletal anatomy, coiled clay and slab construction, or carving a wooden bowl; Themes from the high school curriculum – sculpting from observation and nature, the language of pure forms [abstraction], the principles of metamorphosis, the human figure, or carving in wood and stone. No previous experience is required.
*See bio on Faculty Page.
Week II – June 26 – July 1
Sunday, 6pm – Registration; 7pm – Opening & Introductory Talk by K. Schurman
8:20am – Arrival, announcements, etc.
8:30am – Bringing History to Life
10am – Break
10:30am – Electives: Creative Writing, History Seminar, Nature Stories & Eurythmy for Young Children OR an early start to the afternoon electives
12:15pm – Lunch
1 to 5pm – Electives: Metalworking, Painting and Drawing OR Sculpture
Monday Evening: Open Art Studios
Wednesday Evening: Open Art Studios
Thursday Evening @ 7pm: Film – Walking the Same Land, produced, directed and shot by Karl Schurman, this 1995 documentary examines the effects of indigenous cultural destruction, resultant substance abuse, and the redemptive path of traditional healing and letting go of blame through the meeting of young New York Mohawk and a troupe of Australian Aboriginal dancers.
Registration & Tuition
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