Term 2 program
Artistic activity: Form Drawing
Form drawing is a practice which has many varied benefits to human development and has an important role in Steiner education. There are several different approaches to form drawing; each one develops and nurtures individual aspects of our selves.
Form drawing teaches us to work with the balance of the straight and the curved line and the spaces created in between. Form drawing encourages thinking, feeling and will development, and it works deeply on our sense development, in particular the senses of: touch, life, movement and balance.
This term we will complete an artistic workbook of form drawings as follows:
• Exploration of the straight and the curve
• Separate lines and forms
• Symmetric and mirroring
• Rhythm work
• Running forms
• Weaving forms
• Dynamic drawing
• Growth forms/transformations
• Freehand Geometrical forms
Tutor: Tania Hungerford-Gerth
Lecture and discussion: Body, Soul and Spirit. Theosophy- Rudolf Steiner’s psychology of the human being.
“As human beings, we call the highest things we can look up to the “Divine,” and we must imagine that our highest aim and calling have something to do with this divine element. This may well be why the wisdom that transcends the sense-perceptible world and reveals to us our essential nature and destiny is called theosophy or ‘divine wisdom.’ The term spiritual science can be given to the observation of spiritual processes in human life and in the cosmos. If, as has been done in this book, we extract from spiritual science the phenomena pertaining especially to the essential core of the human being, then we can use the term theosophy for this particular subject area, since it has been applied in this sense for centuries…..” – Rudolf Steiner.
“Just as in the body, eye and ear develop as organs of perception, as senses for bodily processes, so does a man develop in himself soul and spiritual organs of perception through which the soul and spiritual worlds are opened to him. For those who do not have such higher senses, these worlds are dark and silent, just as the bodily world is dark and silent for a being without eyes and ears.”
― Rudolf Steiner, Theosophy : An Introduction to the Spiritual Processes in Human Life and in the Cosmos.
Rudolf Steiner’s book Theosophy is one of the key texts of his prodigious lifetime’s work. Organised into four parts, Steiner begins with building up an understanding of human nature, based upon a trinity of Body, Soul and Spirit. He then gives an overview of the reincarnation and the workings of karma. In the third section, Steiner addresses how we live, on earth and after death, in the three worlds of body, soul and spirit, and how these worlds live in us.
The fourth and final section describes the spiritual path by which we can actively experience the worlds of body, soul and spirit as a living reality. As Rudolf Steiner observed in his Preface to the third edition:
“This book cannot be read the way people read books in this day and age. In some respects, its readers will have to work their way through each page and even each single sentence the hard way. This was done deliberately; it is the only way this book can become what it is intended to be for the reader. Simply reading it through is as good as not reading it at all. The spiritual scientific truths it contains must be experienced; that is the only way they can be of value.”
In his Foreword to the book, Michael Holdredge advised that “to become inwardly active to an extent far beyond that required by most reading is the challenge of Rudolf Steiner’s books …. We begin to exercise those faculties of cognition which allows us with time to experience the realms of existence spoken of my Rudolf Steiner. Just as a muscle grows only through abnormal demands put upon it, so, in a similar manner, do our inner faculties as well.” (p. xvii, Theosophy, 1994)
Join Tutor Jean-Michel David as your guide through Rudolf Steiner’s Theosophy. Each week students will read prescribed passages, and will participate in group discussions.
Tutor: Jean-Michel is Education Administrator at Little Yarra Steiner School, who has been teaching high school students for over twenty years. He currently teaches philosophy to Year 12 students.