The Being of the Arts

Rudolf Steiner


Translated by Reg Down


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For those interested in the spiritual aspects of the arts Reg Down has translated Rudolf Steiner's "The Being of the Arts."

In what was announced as a lecture Steiner instead began to tell an extraordinary tale. It begins with two women standing in a stark and frozen landscape: one experiences the bitter cold, the other the extraordinary beauty. Both fall asleep, but while one falls into a sleep on the verge of death, the other is approached out of the sunset by a youth who says: ‘You are art’. She then undergoes a powerful set of experiences. Today we might call them vivid dreams, but that would be too passive. They are more than dreams; she performs deeds and becomes the bearer of mighty, creative impulses for the future.

This tale, told in 1909, has lost none of its originality and vividness. It is as relevant and powerful as when it was first told. It presents the reader with a series of images and beings drawn directly from the spiritual world, but in such a way that, through art, a bridge is built between the spiritual and earthly worlds.

This edition is freshly translated by Reg Down, with a foreword and end notes containing illustrations and photographs of subjects and works of art mentioned in the course of the tale.

Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart

A Natural Approach to Learning the Art of Drawing

Van James


Hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations


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This beautiful book is so packed with the richness of life and a zest for beauty that the fact that it is also the best guide to learning how to draw and teaching children to draw that I've ever seen comes almost as a surprising bonus.  As you feast your eyes on one delightful, beautiful drawing after another, you can't help but be inspired to try your own hand at drawing, and to pass along what you learn.  But, remarkably, this is only part of the genius of Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart.

Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart is a comprehensive and practical guide to the art of drawing and to the process of visual thinking that is part of our full human intelligence. More than 500 illustrated exercises and examples—collected and developed over many years of Waldorf classroom experience—show teachers, parents, and students how to learn to draw simply and naturally, as a child would learn to draw.

The introduction examines contemporary research on brain development and its relationship to learning, showing how the process of picture making contributes to the development of visual thinking. An overview follows about how children learn to draw and how their visual intelligence can be engaged through age-appropriate drawing exercises. Many useful examples of form drawing, portraiture, and geometric and perspective drawing illustrate the art and science of drawing for students of all ages and ability levels.

Van James also provides samples of inspiring blackboard drawings and main lesson book pages for teachers and students and includes an informative appendix on therapeutic drawing, a bibliography of resources, and an index. Includes 576 color and black and white illustrations.


Seeing - Experiencing - Understanding

Ueli Seiler-Hugova


Richly illustrated in full colour


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Colour gives readers a delightfully illustrated introduction to the world of colors. Packed with full-color images, it leads from perception to understanding and from experience to practice. This book is ideal for parents, teachers and anyone who wishes to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the phenomenon of color.

Beginning with simple sensory experiences and experiments, the author leads readers to an understanding of colors, rainbows, and color circles (as created by Goethe, Rudolf Steiner, and Harald Küppers). He provides simple but vivid explanations of the basic colors, the complementary colors, and the mystery of colored shadows. He also offers commentary on the psychology and mythology of colors and demonstrates connections between them, the planets and the signs of the zodiac

  • Experiment with the refraction of light through a prism
  • Set up a color circle with flowers
  • Build a rainbow instrument
  • Experience darkness with the senses
  • The Individuality of Colour

    Contributions to a Methodical Schooling in Colour Experience

    Elisabeth Wagner-Koch and Gerard Wagner

    Foreword by Sregei O. Prokofieff

    Translation by Peter Stebbing

    Hardbound, hundreds of full color illustrations


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    “What is postulated here is not the dogmatic laying down of a way of working. Rather the aim is to make evident one possible means of access to an experience of the color world ... and guide actual practice to Rudolf Steiner’s sketch motifs—to their eminent educational power—for we recognize in them a path that can become of great significance to the developing human soul.” (from the introduction)

    This unique workbook describes the early stages of training for painters, teachers, as well as for beginners. The stages are based on recommendations by Rudolf Steiner for the development of a renewed art of painting for our time. The book draws on Steiner’s indications for teaching painting in the first Waldorf school, his lectures on color and art, and sketches he made for painters. Together, they form a self-contained system of exercises for a new, spiritually alive art.


    • Line, Black and White Drawing and Colour
    • On Painting Instruction in Schools
    • Basic Requirements of a Training Path
    • Pictorial Art in the Service of Human Education
    • The Working Together of Three Colours - Yellow-Blue-Red
    • Measure, Number and Weight
    • The Training Motifs of Rudolf Steiner
    • The Sun Motif
    • The Four Elements
    • What Is Balance?
    • The Directions of Space and Their Inherent Qualities
    • The Tree Motif
    • Image Colours and Lustre Colours
    • The Moon Motif
    • The Animal Motif
    • The Plant Motif
    • The Motif of the Human Being
    • The Cosmic Colour Circle

    Colour Dynamics

    Workbook for watercolour painting and colour therapy

    Angela Lord


    Beautifully and clearly presented with hundreds of color illustrations and photos


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    Way back in the day, when our own children were first embarking on their Waldorf journey, I longed to be able to learn how to use watercolor paints and discover the wonders of color itself through them. Unfortunately for me, there was no possibility of my taking time out from our home and children to attend art classes and absolutely nothing was in print that could serve as a tutor at home. From what we've heard over the years, many of you have felt the same way -- and those of you who've written to ask know how reluctantly we've answered that what they are looking for really didn't exist.

    It is with both relief and joy that we can announce the arrival of Colour Dynamics, the first really complete, beautifully and clearly illustrated, step-by-step workbook for discovering the life and mysteries of color on one's own. For me, it is a dream come true: a thorough tutorial that anyone can use as the foundation for a lifetime of color exploration through the medium of watercolor.

    Of course, Colour Dynamics' usefulness extends well beyond parents at home: teachers and therapists will find it both refreshing and deepening; teenagers may well develop a passion for color through it, too. This book has truly raised the bar for artistic instruction as available through the printed page. Both the publisher and the author are due whatever accolades come their way as a result of this wonderful text.

    In the case of this book, the journey of a thousand paintings can begin with a single stroke of your brush. It is wonderful!

    Highly recommended for adults and teenagers.


    • Introduction
      • Materials
      • Techniques (for both wet-on-wet and veiled painting)
    • Part One
      • Exploring Colours
      • Painting the Rainbow
      • Combining Colours
    • Part Two
      • Complementary Colours
      • After-images
      • Painting with Complementary Colours
      • Why do Colours Clash?
    • Part Three
      • The Colour Circle
      • Enhancing Colours
      • The Polarity of Red and Blue - A New Colour Circle
    • Part Four
      • Sunrises, Sunsets: The Interplay of Light and Darkness
      • Sunrises and Sunsets as Achetypes: Painting Out of Colour
      • Colour Dynamics: A New Language of Colour
    • Part Five
      • Colour Through History: A Brief Overview
      • Colour Now: Ways to Use this Book
    • About the Author
    • Glossary
    • Appendix
    • Quotations and References
    • Credits and Illustrations
    • Suggestions for Further Reading

    The Secret Language of Form

    Visual Meaning in Art and Nature

    Van James



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    As background information for anyone teaching art, The Secret Language of Form just can't be beat.  The pleasures of discovery that lie within this book are so exhilarating that you may want a cup of soothing herb tea alongside so that you won't interrupt yourself too often by jumping up and singing for happiness.

    Van James has explored form as it emerges from nature and finds its way into art and from there into the human soul. His journey into the heart of meaning as we humans find it among the many forms Creation has given us constitutes a tour through an Earthly-Cosmic landscape that is at once always grounded yet never removed from spiritual reality. Hundreds of photos, drawings, and paintings greet you to illustrate each illuminate each of the author's observations; and, to evoke wonder and awe in your own heart. This is a feast of beautiful awakening.

    Visit this book again and again, to study closely, to keep at hand for those times when inspiration seems far away, for surely you will find it anew within its pages.


    Part One: The Formative Nature of Art

    • Primal Images
    • Archetypal Images
      • Curve and Straight Line: The Alphabet of Form
      • Point and Dot: Origin
      • Circle and Spiral: Wholeness and Eternity
      • Chevron, Zigzag and Lattice: Patterns of Humanity
      • Ladder, Spine and Tree: The Ascent
      • Symmetry: The Lawfulness of Balance
      • Cross and Swastika: Death and Transformation
    • Archetypal Themes in Art<
      • Mandala: Picture of the Universal Self
      • Labyrinth and Maze: Journey to the Center of the Universe
      • Thread and Knot: The World Weaves

    Part Two: The Formative Art of Nature

    • The Essential Gesture
    • The Open Secret

    Art as Spiritual Activity

    Rudolf Steiner's Contribution to the Visual Arts

    Rudolf Steiner

    Edited and Introduced by Michael Howard


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    It's hard to know where to focus my enthusiasm for this volume: whether to rest it upon Michael Howard's extensive introduction (over 100 pages) to the world of Rudolf Steiner's expression of the visual arts or upon the ten seminal lectures by Steiner himself, touching as they do upon everything from the nature of aesthetics to the specifics of painting, sculpture, architecture and more. Perhaps the best I can say is that if you've ever wondered or wanted to know more about the artistic impulse behind Anthroposophic art, this is the ideal place to begin your journey. It's hard for me to imagine anyone regretting it.

    Physical and Spiritual Experience of Color

    Therapeutic and Artistic Aspects

    Lois Schroff


    Illustrated in color and black and which, including black & white contrast plates for prism experiments.


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    Lois Schroff's Physical and Spiritual Experiences of Color: Its Therapeutic and Artistic Aspects contains her further investigation into the mysterious realm of color and follows her earlier book, Color: Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit (2003).  Since 1977, she has been teaching Liane Collot d'Herbois's veil painting method based on the color theories of Rudolf Steiner and J. W. von Goethe.  She has also produced a DVD that demonstrates this technique, Spirit in Watercolor (1992).

    The present book traces the author's path of inquiry and discovery in the realm of color, delving into the relationship of art, science, adn religion.  She explores theories of color and the interactions of light, darkness and color.  These explorations lead to a deepening understanding of the activity in the human soul and how color can be used therapeutically.

    Schroff speaks to every human beingand also adds some guiding thoughts for artists.  The book includes five of her watercolor paintings, numerous illustrations, and five appendices covering Goethe's prism exercies, the evolution of color perception, green and magenta as spirit and soul, visible elements and invisible ethers, and color intervals and tips for artists. An extensive bibliography encourages further research.

    This is a beautiful culmination of Lois's work and artistic comprehension.  Highly recommended!

    Spirit in Watercolor - DVD

    Goethe's Color Theory Applied

    Lois Schroff

    A companion to the book Color - It's Relationship to Soul and Spirit

    Includes step-by-step instruction and demonstration in veil painting


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    When one thinks clearly about darkness, light and color, it is obvious that their existence is not dependent upon the physical. Darkness and light are primal spiritual phenomena, and the world of color and soul are the result of their interaction."

    - Lois Schroff

    Lois Schroff has done something that many of us have been hoping someone would do - she has put a class in watercolor veil painting on video so that all those who long for a painting class but do not have a way to attend one can learn this healing and enlivening technique.

    This video is the perfect companion to Schroff's book, which contains detailed descriptions and clear black & white photos of the veil painting process. Because painting is a fluid, moving activity, Spirit in Watercolor picks up the instruction where Color - Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit leaves off.

    It is with joy and gratitude to Lois Schroff that we offer her video in our shop.


    Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit

    Lois Schroff

    Includes illustrated step-by-step instruction in Collot d'Herbois veil painting technique! Suitable for beginners, teachers and expert artists.

    Profusely illustrated in color and black-and-white.


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    Lois Schroff's Color - Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit highlights the amazing depth of knowing that lies behind the beautiful paintings of watercolorist Liane Collot d'Herbois, whose application of the color theories of Rudolf Steiner and of J. W. von Goethe, together with her overall understanding of anthroposophical principles, are very much in evidence in her paintings. Lois Schroff has been teaching and painting in this method since 1977, following extensive studies with Collot d'Herbois.

    Schroff delves into the mysteries of color, light, and darkness from artistic, scientific and esoteric perspectives. With a detailed "how to" section on the specifics of the Collot watercolor technique, this is nevertheless a book not only for painters, but for everyone interested in color. This edition of the book is expanded by new material based on the author's recent years of teaching and study and by color illustrations of paintings by both Collot d'Herbois and Schroff. An extensive bibliography encourages further research.

    Topics include:

    • mysteries of light, color, and darkness
    • the relationship of light, color and darkness to thinking, feeling and willing
    • watercolor painting instruction in the manner of Liane Collot d'Herbois
    • dark/light exercises
    • prism experiments of J.W. von Goethe

    Drawing Geometry

    A Primer of Basic Forms for Artists, Designers and Architects

    Jon Allen



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    Teachers, parents, artists and design professionals can all find something to love in Jon Allen's Drawing Geometry. Here, in clean, clear drawings with step-by-step instructions, are the secrets of constructing a myriad of plane geometric forms. If you've never had the joy of discovering how a compass can transform paper and pencil into blossoming flowers of form, this book will introduce you to the magic and wonder of it all. If you've already mastered geometric construction, you'll love Allen's book even more - here in one volume lie the keys to the kingdom.

    Truly a delight - do enjoy, whether with your students or for yourself!


    Twelve Lectures

    Rudolf Stiener



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    In these lectures, Steiner begins with Goethe's Theory of Color, and discusses how moral effect of color upon human beings. He focuses particularly on the effect of color on human feeling and upon the health and well-being of the observer. Steiner lays the foundation for a practical technique for working with color based on the distinction between "image" and "luster" colors. It is this technique that paved the way for a new direction in the visual arts. Colour is the most comprehensive compilation in English of Steiner's insights into the nature of color, painting and artistic creation. A truly seminal work that is also fascinating to read.

    Painting in Waldorf Education

    Dick Bruin and Attie Lichthart


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    Painting in Waldorf Education is an exciting and much-longed-for resource for teachers and parents. This extraordinary book was written by two experienced Waldorf teachers from Holland who present the rationale as well as detailed practical exercises for teaching painting from Kindergarten through the grades and high school years. At last! a step-by-step presentation of the 'how' of a painting lesson (beginning with observation and other preparatory exercises for students that are also wonderful for adults!). That the fundamental 'why' and 'when' questions are also answered makes Painting in Waldorf Education a resource that will be used often and remain in use for many, many years to come.

    Included with the book is a CD Rom containing sixty-two color and black and white images.

    New Eyes for Plants

    A Workbook for Observing and Drawing Plants

    Margaret Colquhoun and Axel Ewald


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    This gorgeous book presents one of the finest ways to get to know and understand the life of plants and their relationship to the world and to us. Approached with a sensitive artistry, the reader is guided through exercises and examples that unveil the vibrancy of plantlife as they refine one's artistic skills. If you have ever longed to really "see" plants in their fullness, this book will guide your way.

    Drawing from the Book of Nature

    Dennis Klocek



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    Drawing from the Book of Nature does double-duty as a book that is about both drawing and the natural world of plant and animal. Here is a wonderful resource for teachers, students or anyone wishing to develop their capacity for the artistic observation of natural phenomena.

    Dennis Klocek, with his refreshing combination of depth and clarity, offers a wealth of insight into the lives of plants and animals. His text is enhanced with step-by-step lessons to help the reader bring the kingdoms of nature to life on paper.

    Grail of Beauty

    The Seven Soul Arts and the Mission of the Nine Muses

    Alan Whitehead


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    Alan Whitehead has given us a lovely overview of the arts from the perspective of Rudolf Steiner's artistic impulse. Here is a tour of the evolution of art, the nature and purpose of the different arts, and - because Alan is, after all, a teacher first and foremost - lots of ideas about how to bring the arts alive in your home, community and school. This is a very joyous and wonderful book which I hope many, many people will be able to read.