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Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools

Classes 1 to 8

September 2012
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  • Publisher
    Floris Books
  • Published
    20th September 2012
  • ISBN 9780863158780
  • Language English
  • Pages 376 pp.

“Overflowing formative forces that are not made use of can become retrograde and pale into mere reaction patterns, whereas artistically invoked powers of creativity promote the ability to perceive, creatively shape, and gain individual insight. The pictorial arts have their own language for creating meaning, and for surprising and enlightening the gaze. The structure or grammar of this language is what we here call artistic, or pictorial, resources.” — Thomas Wildgruber (from the introduction)

Painting and drawing are key artistic expressions and play important roles in children's physical, emotional, and spiritual development. This comprehensive teachers' guide provides a complete artistic curriculum for Waldorf school classes 1 to 8 (ages 6 to 14).

At each stage, the book shows the skills that teachers can help children to develop. Included are 280 practical exercises for teachers, and more than 800 children's drawings and paintings that serve as inspiring examples of artistic possibilities. The curriculum moves from free to guided color exercises and precise perspective drawing.

The exercises draw on elements of the 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. Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools is also suitable for adult self-education.

“A superbly structured manual on drawing and painting in the class teacher years. In over twenty years as a class teacher in Britain and Germany, this is one of the most inspirational and useful books I have come across. I hope that colleagues throughout the world will benefit from its approach.”
Sven Saar, Freie Waldorfschule Wahlwies, Germany

“It's a wonderful guide to every type of painting and drawing experienced within Waldorf education. Almost every section contains step-by-step guides and thoughtful commentary. The pictures alone are so inspiring. This is the book I had wished for when I started homeschooling.... I absolutely adore this book.”
Schooling from the Heart blog 

“Wow! What a book. Thomas Wildgruber has been a class teacher and an art and craft teacher since 1979. This book is his life's work, dedicated to teaching children and teachers about painting and drawing. With over 800 color photographs and covering first grade through eighth, the richness of the 384 pages can be overwhelming. But exciting!”
Waldorf Today 

C O N T E N T S:

Foreword and Acknowledgments
Introduction—How to Use this Book

1. The Pictorial Resources in Art Teaching
2. Twelve Exercises Devised by Lajos Boros
3. Form Drawing: From Line to Plane
4. Free and Guided Drawing
5. Painting with Rules of Play
6. The School Years


Thomas Wildgruber

Thomas Wildgruber was born in Germany in 1946. He has been a Waldorf class teacher since 1979.