Educating the Will
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Back in stock!! This newly reprinted edition has the same content as the original, but in a smaller, more manageable size.
Michael Howard penetrates the depth of Waldorf education’s unique process of educating the “will” in children. One of the most useful and fascinating aspects of his book is his thought-filled journey into the qualities and training of the “thinking-will” the “feeling will,” and the “comprehensive or common will.” His identification of different sculpture exercises as having to do with a particular type of will training opened doors of understanding for me, and I suspect will do the same for most readers. His final chapter offering practical exercises for application along with photo examples of projects is an added - and exciting - bonus. The projects include: indoor sandbox, form modeling, seed drawing, sand modeling, modeling human and animal forms, stone carving, wooden spoons and bowls, and platonic solids.
This is a masterful and highly practical exploration of what it means to educate the will, and of the qualities of will teachers and parents can help their children develop with sculptural activities. My hat is off to both author and publisher for producing such a useful book!
Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart
A Natural Approach to Learning the Art of Drawing
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.
Activities that Strengthen the Child's Cognitive Forces
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I really, really like this book. It has just about every activity and craft I've ever witnessed at a Waldorf school, along with lovely pencil drawings, color painting examples, and instructions for stage craft, upright loom building, guidance for main lesson illustrations and content, as well as its core grade-by-grade discussion of activities to integrate into the lessons.
There is a vigor and a joy to it that will inspire and energize any teacher or parent who uses it as a resource. Whether you are teaching in a classroom, teaching at home, or simply want to integrate these activities into your child's life, this is a book to love. Thank you, Elizabeth Auer!
Grades 1 thru 8.
Coloring with Block Crayons
Empahsizing the Primary Colors
Sieglinde de Francesca
A Manual of Coloring Techniques for Teaching to Children
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Now that this book is widely available and in an expanded edition, I can hear grades teachers and homeschooling parents around the world sighing with relief. Aaaah! At last, someone has written a beautiful, clear guide to teaching yourself, and then your students, how to beautifully color with block crayons.
Sieglinde de Francesca's book, originally distributed only through her classes, arrives here in a new, expanded and revised edition, packed with beautiful illustrations and warm guidance. Focusing mainly on the needs of teachers of Grades 1-3, she nonetheless offers instruction that will carry any teacher into the upper grades as well. Here you can learn from a master colorist everything you need to know to guide your young students in the drawing of main lesson pictures and beautiful "anytime pictures."
(nb: Kindergarteners should not be "taught" drawing -- just provide the materials and do your own picture beside them. They'll see and do whatever they need on their own.)
Inside you'll find a complete introduction to the fundamentals of block crayon artistry, including the basic techniques for drawing landscapes, people, animals, seasons and weather.
You'll also find wonderful suggestions and guidance for illustrating Main Lessons and guiding your students to follow your lead toward beauty.
Finally, at the very end, Sieglinde adds the secondary colors and worlds of possibility open wide.
Coloring with Block Crayons is sheer joy! Discover it for yourself and your students.
Painting with Children
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This wonderful book is once again available to parents and teachers wanting to explore with children the world of liquid color. And, it is still the best guide ever for those new to wet-on-wet painting and to painting with young children. Here is everything you need to know, even if you've never painted (or never painted this way) before:
- the author begins with a lovely discussion about how children experience the world of color
- she goes on to offer some thoughts on what she calls "the morality of color." I find that this section inspires me to become more imaginative when I work with colors - it really brings them to life in a very unique way
- there is a long section, filled with color photographs of both children painting and the paintings they produced, that takes us into the world of children painting with watercolors. This can become a welcome guide for parents who have never done this before - it should help everyone to paint joyfully
- then, there are clear instructions for mixing the paints, preparing the paper, distributing the water jars, paint pots and brushes
- ah! and then comes the painting! and the color stories! and the sheer wonder of it all!
- the author adds suggestions for seasonal painting themes, how to create the stories and what their basis is, the experience of color and the moods of nature
- finally, there are even instructions for preparing plant pigments for painting and photos showing the soft, inviting colors they produce.
There is so much joy to be had here - I've waited for years hoping for this book to reappear. What a treasure!
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.
Basic Sculptural Modeling
Developing the Will by Working with Pure Forms in the First Three Grades
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Hella Loewe has developed an approach to modeling that could be called "form drawing in three dimensions" - and, we think it is just exactly what our modern children need. It is also, from our own research and from hers, very much what Steiner was hoping children in grades 1-3 would be taught.
In this wonderfully illustrated book, Loewe takes us step-by-step through modelling exercises beginning with the sphere and moving into other symmetrical and non-symmetrical. The tasks are simple, yet absorbing, and training the hands and eyes to work together as they engage a child's attention, training it to sustain interest over longer and longer periods of time.
And, if that isn't what today's children need, I don't know what it might be. Loewe's approach is like a breath of fresh, reviving air - may it find its way into homes and schools everywhere!
Learning about the World through Modeling
Sculptural Ideas for School and Home
Illsutrations by Elizabeth Auer
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What a wonderful book! The author and illustrator have managed to combine a delicious array of modeling projects with a thorough discussion of the cognitive, social and personal benefits of the act of transforming a plastic material into an object of beauty.
You'll find suggestions for modeling from first grade through high school and beyond (including - and I'm so very happy to see this spelled out and illustrated - the exercise of transforming a sphere of clay successively into all the Platonic solids!), beautifully illustrated and clearly explained.
In the second half of the book, you'll find background information as to how modeling teaches about the world, enhances cognitive skills and develops human beings.
Grail of Beauty
The Seven Soul Arts and the Mission of the Nine Muses
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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.
The Temperaments and the Arts
Their Relation and Function in Waldorf Pedagogy
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Here's a insight-filled yet accessible discussion of the way the arts are used Waldorf Education to teach, guide and foster the whole student. Modern psychologists are focusing, once again, on temperament as an indication of soul constitution. This valuable contribution by a veteran Waldorf teacher and teacher-trainer will provide much insight for teachers, parents, and others seeking to better understand the developmental process in education.
The Secret Language of Form
Visual Meaning in Art and Nature
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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
Snowflakes in Photography
W. A. Bentley
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For portrait after portrait of the wonder of nature, of metamorphosis of form, and just sheer beauty, this 1931 collection of photographs of snowflakes just can't be beat. Bentley's genius was not just that he found a method to photograph some of nature's most ephemeral and complex forms, but that he then went on to organize them by type of form. The result is a symphony of metamorphosis and relationship, ideal for introducing to students studying nature from 5th grade onward. Or to simply gaze at in wonder.