Term 2 program

Artistic activity: Painting and Drawing.

‘Art is the creation of organs though which the gods are able to speak to humanity’ –Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925)

This term’s artistic activity offers participants a theoretical and rich experiential introduction to painting. It begins with an overview of Rudolf Steiner’s colour indications and Goethe’s Theory of Colour, and develops skills in the main anthroposophical art techniques.

Topics covered in this introduction include:
• Wet on wet painting;
• An exploration of the qualities of light and dark through charcoal drawing
• Veil painting;
• Painting the seasonal moods.
• Art history in relationship to the evolution of human consciousness.

Tutor: Samantha Clarke

Lecture and discussion: Rudolf Steiner’s Foundation of Human Experience.

This term we will study the lectures Rudolf Steiner gave as a preparation for the teachers of the original Waldorf School in Stuttgart, the first school founded on Steiner’s principles of education in 1919. Steiner gathered the teachers together for a conference at which he gave a new lecture each day. These lectures were collated and formed the book known as Foundation of Human Experience. The purpose of the lectures was to prepare teachers to carry an anthroposophical impulse into education.

In his lectures, Steiner related knowledge of the physical constitution of the child to his/her spiritual formation. This understanding would provide the foundation upon which the teacher would work with children from Kindergarten through to High School.

Each week we will read selected lectures, to deepen our understanding of the ongoing inner development of the teacher as a role model for the children in the classroom, drawing on his/her own intuition, inspiration and imaginative capacities, as a fundamental basis of teaching in Steiner education.

This is the core role of the teacher in the primary years where the soul life of the child must be nourished in order that the thinking spirit may be awakened healthily in the upper school.

Specifically we will consider themes including:

• The body of formative forces which enable the physical body to function as an organism
• The three systems of the human organism: limb/metabolic; rhythmic; and nerve.
• Teaching practices as methods for harmonising imbalances in the three systems.
• Life rhythms of sleeping and waking in support of the memory.
• The role of Memory in teaching and learning.
• Mental picturing as key component of a child’s capacity to learn.
• Inner development practices as a requirement for the Teacher’s professional development.

Tutor: Jean Michel David

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