Young children have a sensitivity and openness to the qualities and soul moods of color that can be nurtured throughout their development. As adult teachers of children, it can be a struggle to reconnect to the inner qualities of color, and to find ways to bring color experiences to children. This course can help. It is designed as an introductory painting course in the curriculum of grades 1–8. We will discuss and experience painting exercises that focus on color moods and qualities for the children in the younger grades, and how to bring those color qualities into painted themes from the curriculum in the older grades. The use of drawing in the curriculum will also be touched on. Other practical aspects, such as materials and setup, will be discussed. This is an excellent introductory course for student teachers, beginning teachers, or current teachers who have had little training or experience in teaching painting—or individuals who are interested in how painting is developed in the Waldorf curriculum in the grade school. No previous painting experience is necessary.
Materials Fee: $40
KEVIN HUGHES is a teacher of drawing and painting in grades 6–12 at the Kimberton Waldorf School. He teaches history of art and architecture in the high school and was an elementary class teacher for seven years. Kevin is a painter and illustrator.