Waldorf Practical Arts Training- WPAT
Fiber Arts Training Classes by Mona Lewis Woodcarving Training Classes by Jack Bryant


Module 3:
Tuesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 31, 2017

Course Fee: $650.


Held on the campus of Highland Hall Waldorf School,
Los Angeles site of the Waldorf Institute of Southern California
17100 Superior Street, Northridge, California 91325


The mission of this Practical Arts Training is to offer an ongoing training/mentoring/professional development opportunity in both the "soft" crafts and the "hard" crafts in the Waldorf curriculum, together as one program. This course is open to current and future Waldorf teachers and parents, alumni and homeschool parents.


WPAT Faculty are working, veteran Waldorf Handwork and Stone/Wood Carving teachers with many years of experience teaching children in primary school, high school, and preparing Waldorf Teachers in North America and China. Our founding faculty members are Jack Bryant (Stone Carving / Sculpture) and Mona Lewis (Fiber Arts / Handwork), both are long-time teachers at Highland Hall Waldorf School.


The course consists of nine individual six-day long intensives spread out through the year, where the participants learn and practice Fiber Arts and Woodworking techniques, and also gain an understanding of why and how these activities are introduced to children. Our first full cycle of nine modules has just been completed (as of April 15, 2017), and so we begin a new cycle, this time offering two modules back-to-back.


In the curriculum for grades six, the participants are instructed on the use of the carving knife and the wood gouge, and how it is used to hollow-out a spoon from a limb of a tree or a carefully chosen piece of wood. The temperament of each child is considered when selecting the wood used for these projects. After making a spoon or cooking utensil, the participants are given the opportunity to carve a design using small gouges and chisels, calling forth geometry skills learned in main lessons in this grade.


The participants learn to weave by making a simple handwork bag. For the second project they learn to cross stitch. It is helpful for children in 4th grade to return to their inner focus. Therefore participants make an eyeglass case using their new cross stitch skills. The second project is a work bag. In the grades the children will use this for several years in their handwork classes.


The Anthroposophy study portion of module #3 continues our study of the Soul Forces; Thinking, Feeling and Willing" with portions of "Study of Man", "Handwork Indications by R. Steiner", "Will Developed Intelligence", we add study of the "The Four Temperaments" by R. Steiner, and "Educating Through Arts and Crafts" edited by Michael Martin. We continue our study of the phases of development in children in primary school. We also study the four temperaments and how an understanding of them will apply in the classroom dynamic. We also investigate the Twelve Year Change.


Each module offers a valuable professional development experience. After completion of each module, the participant will be awarded a certificate to verify their attendance. After attending 9 modules and completion of assignments, the participant will receive a Waldorf Practical Arts Certificate which certifies that the participant received a minimum of 81 hours of foundation studies in Anthroposophy (minimum of 81 hours of lecture and book study plus independent reading) and a minimum of 162 hrs. of soft craft instruction and 162 hrs. of hard craft instruction (participants may choose to specialize in either).

The cost of one module is $650. Fee includes most materials. The book list is still developing, but purchase of the books will be the responsibility of the participants. Module 3 begins at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 26, 2017 and will span six days, ending at 5:15 p.m. Sunday, December 31. All classes will be held at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, California, a beautiful and spacious campus shared by the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.


8:30 am to 10:00 am:   Lecture and Book Study
10:00 am to 10:20 am:   Break
10:20 am to 12:20 pm:   Group A- Soft Crafts / Group B- Hard Crafts
12:20 pm to 12:45 pm:   Movement
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm:   Lunch
1:45 pm to 3:45 pm:   Group A- Hard Crafts / Group B- Soft Crafts
3:45 pm to 4:30 pm:   Daily Review
4:30 pm to 5:00 pm:   Break
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm:   Open Studio Work
On the final day of each module, an art show displaying participants' work will begin at 5:00 pm.


We need a minimum of 12 pre-registered participants to start... otherwise, if we fail to reach this minimum number, deposits will be refunded and the module will be postponed. The maximum number is 24 participants in each module.


For questions related to classes and general inquiries, e-mail:   a_waldorf_teacher@yahoo.com


At this point WPAT has not discussed the issue of financial aid. Most schools have a budget for professional development and may be able to contribute to the tuition to help defray or eliminate the cost to the participants.

Housing is the responsibility of each participant and is available in local hotels and at the homes of local families. Food is not included.

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WPAT, Waldorf Practical Arts Training, is a program which is offered by the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, ethnic background, or national origin.

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