Year 4: Summer Session
Spacial Dynamics IV
A movement class exploring the interplay between the human being and space. Games, exercises and Bothmer Gymnastics – related to the curriculum of the Waldorf School - enhance the sense of self within the context of community.
A review of the language of color through watercolor painting. Observation exercises lead to individual work expressing gestures and moods in nature.
Foundations of Waldorf Education IV
In the last summer session, the AAP participants explore deeper insights into Anthroposophy and Waldorf Education, at the discretion of the lecture course teacher. The presentation may include Rudolf Steiner’s biography, the history of the Anthroposophical Society, a review of Rudolf Steiner’s unique approach to school governance, the 7 life processes, excerpts from Foundation of Human Experience and other sources to support the development of the art of teaching. In addition, the curriculum of the 7th and 8th grades is presented along with a picture of the emerging adolescent.
Handwork: Grades 7 & 8
In Grades 7 and 8 the focus in handwork classes is on creating articles of clothing mainly through cutting and sewing of fabrics. Hand sewing in Grades 6 and 7 leads to the use of the sewing machine in Grade 8. While the felting of small projects can be introduced in all the grades, it is in Grade 7 that an emphasis on felting can be brought. By making slippers or moccasins through cutting and sewing fabric as well as through felting wool fibers, the pedagogical value inherent in these two different techniques is explored. The 8th grade would be a time to explore the history and technology of textiles as well as care and mending
Year 4: Winter Session
An introduction to the study of expressive movement related to sounds of speech, elements of poetry and music as well as to the movement gestures inherent in the world of color. Emphasis is placed on an experience of the Eurythmy curriculum of the Waldorf Schools.
The final session of the program is developed according to the needs perceived. There is a presentation about the High School handwork curriculum, with other guest lectures on special topics, often chosen by the participants.
Each Applied Arts Graduate presents a final project, the result of 1½ years of independent research. The participants may choose to research in the realm of fiber craft, clothing or the handwork curriculum to deepen and apply what they have learned in the program. Their original research must culminate in a creative project, an oral presentation and a written paper. Much of the final spring session is devoted to the presentation of these projects.
Handwork: Grades 7 & 8
The handwork activities of the final session may include a sampling of high school projects such as basketry, book or papermaking. In addition to their final project presentations, the students host a display representing 4 years of their work.