Term 2 program
Artistic activity: Eurythmy.
Eurythmy is a form of artistic movement developed by Rudolf Steiner through which music and speech are made visible using the body as an instrument.
Eurythmy works with the life forces, nourishing body mind and soul.
This artistic activity is an opportunity to enjoy moving with a group of people to rhythms and forms found in nature and the cosmos.
Eurythmist Beth Christensen will also consider how Eurythmy is brought to children, its fundamental contribution to the entire Steiner curriculum, and how children are so deeply rewarded through regular Eurythmy at school. This part of the evening will provide insight into this aspect of your child’s experience at school, together with a profound creative experience for yourself.
No experience is necessary. Tutor: Beth Christensen is a Eurythmist who has been working in Rudolf Steiner Schools for many years. She has a special interest in pedagogical and artistic Eurythmy.
Lecture and discussion: Development of the imagination and storytelling.
Although it is highly necessary that each person should be fully awake in later life, the child must be allowed to remain as long as possible in the peaceful, dreamlike condition of pictorial imagination in which his early years of life are passed. For if we allow his organism to grow strong in this nonintellectual way, he will rightly develop in later life the intellectuality needed in the world today.
—Rudolf Steiner, A Modern Art of Education
This term we explore the faculty of imagination as a fundamental component of healthy child development, within Rudolf Steiner’s picture of the human being. It considers:
• the activity of imagining;
• open ended creative play;
• storytelling, archetypes and their relationship to developing the child’s inner life;
• how stories from childhood enrich the life of adults; and
• imagination and its connection to healthy sense perception. Every imagined picture carries with it a fundamental feeling.