Anthroposophy, Art, and Teacher Education

Session I: Imagination as a Creative Force in Education

This intensive will explore the following topics:

  • What is Imagination?
  • How can the teacher develop imagination?
  • The art of storytelling
  • Fairy tales, great legends, and their archetypes
  • Authoritative and curative effects of imagination
  • Imagination as pictorial thinking
  • Imagination and artistic phantasy
  • Imagination in self-development
  • The changing character of imagination from early childhood to adolescence

 Schedule for Week 1 – June 22 to 27*

8:30 to 9 am

9:05 to 10:20 am

10:45 am to 12:30 pm

2 to 3:45 pm

4 to 5:30 pm

7:30 pm

Sunday, June 22

Registration starts at 6:30 pm & Keynote Address is at 7 pm

Monday, June 23

Eurythmy with Lynne Stolfo

Presentation & Dialogue on the conference theme led by Core Faculty

Morning Art ElectivesSpeech with John McManus

Expressing Soul Qualities in Clay Sculpture with Patrick Stolfo

Creative Writing with Eric Muller

Afternoon Art ElectivesPainting With Martina Muller

Projective Geometry with Steve Simonak

Nature Crafts for Early Childhood with Andy Ward

Singing Together followed by forum on the topic of Imagination

Open Art Studio

Tuesday, June 24

Evening Talk

Wednesday, June 25

Open Art Studio

Thursday, June 26

Evening Social

Friday, June 27

Plenum & Closing


*Schedule is subject to change.

Course Descriptions

“At the Sacred Door:” Soul Gestures in Eurythmy with Lynne Stolfo

To read Lynne’s full bio, please see the Core Faculty Page.

From Color Phenomenology to Imagination and Image with Martina Müller – In this course we will work with color combinations and the moods they evoke, working and reworking them, until they lead us to images from the vast riches of the Waldorf curriculum. This course is helpful to anybody who wishes to forge pathways into an enlivened imagination and is particularly helpful to the Waldorf classroom teacher. (Blackboard drawing, etc.) In this course we will work with mixed media. No previous experience necessary.

To read Martina’s full bio, please see the Core Faculty Page.

Expressing Soul Qualities in Clay Sculpture with Patrick Stolfo – Via the facile medium of clay, we will give artistic shape to dynamic, characteristic soul qualities, such as the four temperaments of childhood or the seven planetary gestures of adolescence. How can we observe, intuit, identify, and make visible these archetypal images of the manifold human being in a language of form?

To read Patrick’s full bio, please see the Core Faculty Page.

Developing the Artistic Voice of the Classroom with John McManus – Through the art of speech and story, the course will focus on the presence of the speaker, the authentic voice and the creative power of words. Much depends on repairing the dynamic conditions that bring about a harmony of body, soul and spirit. The more we learn to link the use of breath, voice and imagination the greater our authority in the classroom.

John studied Creative Speech at the Harkness Studio in Sydney, Australia and Eurythmy in Spring Valley, New York. He has been performing, directing and teaching eurythmy, drama and speech for thirty years. Presently he teaches Voice, Speech, Acting and Shakespeare at The Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Point Park University in Pittsburgh. John also teaches Acting at HB Studios in New York City and gives workshops in the Michael Chekhov Technique at MICHA.

Creative Writing with Eric G. Müller – Imagination depends so much on how we work with the images around us and how they work within us. Waldorf teachers are called upon to teach in a pictorial manner, which is often easier said than done. Enhancing our faculty of imagination is an ongoing process that is firmly grounded in keen observation – our point of departure. The world around us becomes more meaningful if we pay close and conscious attention to details, which, if used inventively, will inevitably prove to be unique to a receptive mind. We can transform new found images to a higher level through the creative use of the word – the vehicle of both communication and expression. During this course, we will explore how images can feed the imagination, and serve as a path of knowledge. There is much that wants to thwart the imagination, and we will find ways to overcome the impediments and change stumbling blocks into stepping stones. Imagination, when schooled, will not only become a worthy agent of the truth, but will bathe our surroundings with new and unexpected light. Authentic imagination will become moral imagination – the elixir that will nourish young minds.

To read Eric’s full bio, please see the Core Faculty Page.

Projective Geometry with Steve Simonak – In these sessions we will explore Projective Geometry–a science born of art. This branch of mathematics was inspired by the perspective work done by the painters of the late Renaissance. When the painters stepped beyond the flat surface of the canvas, creating a deep visual space for the eye to travel, mathematicians faced new questions that led them beyond the confines of their Euclidean world. We will explore some of these questions and their beautiful solutions using the basic geometric tools: the straightedge, the compass and the pencil.

Steve holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Pratt Institute, received his Waldorf Teaching Certificate from the Alkion Center, and has Antioch teacher training in Foundation Studies. He has had much experience working in different capacities at Hawthorne Valley School. He has taught middle school Math, Arts, and has coached both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams. Steve has been the Council of Teachers Chairperson, a guest teacher at the Alkion Center, and established the Hawthorne Valley Surveying Practicum. Besides that, he has been the advisor for the Radio Club and Literary Magazine. Professional development experience includes a Grade Seven intensive workshop at the Sunbridge Institute and attending Forging a Path; a conference for teachers/therapists/physicians. Before Hawthorne Valley, Steve was a teacher in New York City. His hobbies include gardening, mapmaking and surveying, the history of New York State, medieval Christian painting, and birdwatching.

Imaginations from Nature in the First 7 Years with Andree Ward – We will create nature stories inspired by beautiful Hawthorne Valley in June and create wet-felted characters for little puppet shows: a gnome, a mouse, a bird, and a bunny. These projects are also suitable for older Kindergarten children.

To read Andree’s full bio, please see the Core Faculty Page.