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.
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.
Coloring with Block Crayons Emphasizing the Primary Colors - DVD
A How-To of Coloring Techniques for Teaching to Children
Sieglinde de Francesca
Region 1 Format (US/N. America)
3 DVD set
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At last, you can now learn all about coloring with block crayons, as well as how to teach these skills to children - right in the comfort of your own home.
These self-paced lessons cover everything: the materials you will need, basic drawing techniques, how to draw landscapes, plants, animals and people, as well as how to illustrate stories, introduce the letters, and much more.
We are delighted to be able to offer this wonderful workshop to you, and are confident that teachers, parents, and children everywhere will take a lifetime of joy and beauty from it.
- Getting Started
- Basic Techniques
- Drawing the Four Kingdoms of Nature
- Drawing Landscapes
- Drawing Plants
- Drawing Animals
- Drawing People
- Illustrating a Story
- Introducing the Letters
- About Sieglinde
- Gallery of Drawings
Drawing with Your Four- to Eleven-Year-Old
Christopherus Homeschool Resources Practial Waldorf at Home
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This is just the ticket for anyone who is a beginner at teaching drawing to children within a Waldorf context. (It's also great for anyone who is a beginner at drawing, period!)
Donna Simmons clearly covers all the bases, sharing with us her enthusiasm and encouragement to take up this task -- and then giving us the step-by-step instruction for art along the path of the four- to eleven-year-old. There are ample illustrations in black-and-white and full color of both teacher's examples and student's responses. I found that both serve to not only make clear the written directions, but especially to keep the task within realistic proportions. From my perspective, this may be the most important aspect of this book -- it is empowering without ever once being overwhelming. After reviewing it, I was excited to return to my earlier years and pick up the crayons and pencils once again. I think you'll feel this same excitement and the children around you will ride the coattails of your enthusiasm as together you venture into rainbow painted worlds brimming with imagination. Our highest recommendations!
You might also like the other Christopherus Curriculum Guides.
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.
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!
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.
Colour Pathways for the Soul
Process Inspired Painting and Drawing
Interactive PDF with multi-link features on CD-rom
Includes over a hundred example paintings and drawings in full color
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Colour Pathways for the Soul may well constitute the best use of pdf media ever presented to the world. Cläre Kunze's beautiful book would, in the world of paper printing, cost several time's its current price in order to render each painting or drawing in all her exercises and examples at a size and quality that would be both informative and inspiring. By choosing to print her book in electronic format, she has accomplished sending her extraordinary teaching out into the world with beauty and inspiration and at a price that can reach many more of us than if it were printed on paper.
The content of her book is wonderful to behold. I have never encountered a better explanation of the conversational, soul building, heart opening qualities that are truly what anthroposophical painting and drawing is all about. When one listens with love to the colors and forms that emerge on paper, beauty springs forth with a joy that makes the heart sing. Cläre's teaching takes you into this world and gives you the process and instruction you need to set on on this journey of discovery and growth.
You'll also find her explorations of Goethe's color theory and its role in Steiner's artistic impulse to be very clear and warm, and her understanding of this form of art and its potential for world healing to be both deep and true.
This book is a gift which we hope will move many toward the world of color, form, and heart-opened listening.
Table of Contents:
Instructions for Use
- Painting as 'soul building'
- The importance of J.W. Goethe's colour theory for transformative painting today
- Picture pages and practice sequences
- On contemplative drawing
- Art and Salutogenesis. Drawing plants
- Educating the imagination
About the Author
The Being of the Arts
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.
Seeing - Experiencing - Understanding
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
Workbook for watercolour painting and colour therapy
Hardbound, 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.
- Techniques (for both wet-on-wet and veiled painting)
- Part One
- Exploring Colours
- Painting the Rainbow
- Combining Colours
- Part Two
- Complementary Colours
- 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
- Quotations and References
- Credits and Illustrations
- Suggestions for Further Reading
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
Physical and Spiritual Experience of Color
Therapeutic and Artistic Aspects
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!
Its Relationship to Soul and Spirit
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.
- 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
Spirit in Watercolor - DVD
Goethe's Color Theory Applied
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.
Color and Gesture
The Inner Life of Color
"Phonebook" length - with hundreds of line drawings by the author
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Reg Down's Color and Gesture is a monumental work that explores in depth and with beauty the inner life of color as expressed through eurythmy and Rudolf Steiner's spiritual vision. What appears is a world of incredible richness, depth and beauty in the most common, unlikely and unexpected of places: that of gesture. Gesture reveals the human soul, and the fabric of the soul is color; as a result, we find that the souls' infinite expressiveness, with all its goodness, pathos, waywardness and humor, is intimately woven through with color experiences.
When we approach gesture via color, we discover whole gesture families, with, at times, the most unforeseen of bedfellows. We gain new insights into soul gestures, acting gestures, animal, planetary and zodiac gestures. The underlying eurythmic gestures of speech and music are also explored, and we learn to expreience how the color chords and underlying gesure are themselves a structured, musically-ordered language.
When we approach color via gesture, we find inner laws, relationships and dynamics that allow us to gain, via artistic activity, not only a deeper understanding of color as a whole, but also a conscious foothold in the astral and etheric worlds.
~ from the author's description with additions of my own - this is an amazing book!
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
Art and Human Consciousness
Preface by Konrad Oberhuber, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University
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This survey of Western art from Ancient Egypt to Picasso looks at visual art in a rich and imaginative way. Gottfried Richter’s lively and penetrating observations will inspire and enthuse the novice, while breathing new life into the thinking of art critics and historians.
Richter concerns himself broadly with architecture, sculpture, and painting—as well as mythology and legend—in presenting the creations of artist and architect as an expression of the evolution of human consciousness. In vivid images he offers the reader interpretive keys to understand this process in all areas of art history.
With many examples the author illustrates how human life has undergone a qualitative transformation as humanity has gradually freed itself from a life determined by spiritual guidance in order to take hold of the sensory world and experience free individuality.
NB: Richter was an expert in Western art, and his few comments about Eastern art, in my opinion, miss the point. Additionally, there are a few places in his discourse where more information is now known or understood than was available to him at the time of writing. Keeping these two things in mind, this is nonetheless an exciting and invigorating journey through Western artistic creation, and a really great book. It was my personal doorway into a lively appreciation of art, and that introduction is something that has continues to enrich and bless my life.