Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools

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Painting and drawing are key artistic expressions which play an important role in children’s physical, emotional and spiritual development. This comprehensive teachers’ manual provides a complete artistic curriculum for classes 1 to 8 in Steiner-Waldorf schools (age six to fourteen).

At each stage, the book demonstrates the skills that teachers can help children to develop. There are 280 practical exercises for teachers to use, and over 800 drawings and paintings as inspiring examples of artistic possibilities. The curriculum moves from free drawing, to guided colour exercises, to precise perspective drawing.

the exercises draw on elements of the Steiner-Waldorf curriculum at appropriate ages, incorporating themes from fables and legends, the Old Testament, Norse mythology, animals, Ancient Greece and botany.

Throughout, the author draws on art theory and shows that art is truly a universal language.

The book is also suitable for adult self-study.

 

Thomas Wildgruber was born in Germany in 1946 and trained as a Waldorf teacher in Mannheim. Since 1979 he has been a Waldorf class teacher, and craft and art teacher. His encounter with the painter Lajos Boris led to efforts to develop art education out of the ‘pictorial resources’. He gives courses to teachers on the theme of ‘Painting with rules of play’.