Thursday, September 22, 2016

Waldorf-inspired art classes for kids: watercolour painting

This week our new series of Waldorf-inspired art classes for kids started.  We have our Young Acorns group (ages 3-6) and the Green Saplings (ages 7-12) coming for 10 weeks of hands-on art, practicing a different Waldorf-based art technique each week:  from wet-on-wet watercolour painting, to modelling clay, to sketching, to wool felting, to knitting, to sewing, to lantern making, and more! What a pleasure to host these kids here, setting the tone of peaceful mindful art-making using nature-based art supplies, where the process is more important than the end result.

This week started with very simple wet-on-wet watercolour painting in the classic Waldorf style, exploring individual colours.  The younger group spent time with yellow and red, and the older group also worked with blue, yellow and red (individually, and then together to see what would emerge).  We reminded them that Picasso had about three years where he simply worked with the colour blue in his paintings during Picasso's blue period.  Then we had a chance to look at these colours outside - the younger group spent time finding all the yellows and reds around the garden, while the older group helped to harvest flowers that we will dry to use for a natural dye project in the final week.

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