Applied Arts Handwork Teacher Program
The Applied Arts Program, a professional development opportunity for Waldorf handwork teachers and aspiring teachers, explores the art, philosophy, practice and pedagogy of teaching handwork. The course meets in the Fiber Craft Studio on the Threefold campus for two weeks each summer and one week each winter/spring for four years. In their time together, students and teachers form a learning community that supports their artistic development as well as their spiritual and practical striving. Summer 2021 classes will be in-person with an option for online classes for those unable to travel.
COURSE OF STUDY
The schedule for each session is full-time Monday - Friday, covering five basic curricular areas: (in the event of covid restrictions, virtual sessions will be arranged)
Basic Foundations of Anthroposophy
Presented in lecture/seminar form with assigned reading, including Evolution of the Earth and Humanity and Evolution of Consciousness Through Art.
Child Development and Waldorf Education
Including the stages of childhood, therapeutic considerations, inner development of the teacher, and working with parents and colleagues.
Waldorf Handwork Curriculum
Focusing on two grades per year of study, covering grades one through eight, with a brief overview of Early Childhood and High School Handwork.
Focusing on Painting, Drawing, Form-Drawing, Geometric Drawing and Sculpture. Each session also includes Eurythmy, Spatial Dynamics and/or Speech work, aimed at both personal and professional development.
The Fiber Crafts
Special focus on Spinning, Felting and Plant-Dyeing, as well as ongoing practice of knitting, crochet, embroidery and sewing.
The opportunity to share experiences and explore questions in a collegial atmosphere is central to the process. Preparatory reading, as well as independent research and projects between on-campus sessions are considered an integral part of the course. The four-year study culminates with an independent final project by each participant.
AAP12: Summer 2021 - 2024
Summer: June 21-July 2, 2021
Winter/Spring: March 7- 11, 2022
AAP11: Summer 2019 - 2022
Winter/Spring: February 22-26, 2021
Summer: July 5-16, 2021
AAP10: Summer 2017 - 2021
Winter/Spring: March 8-12, 2021
Summer: July 19 - July 30, 2021
Cycles begin every 2 years.
Registration now open for 12th cycle
The spiritual and practical impulses underlying this program are carried and nurtured by the Applied Arts research council and the core faculty.
10th & 12th Cycle Director
Nicole Nicola Rodriguez
11th Cycle Director
12th Cycle Assistant Program Director
Heather Collis Puro
12th Cycle Applied Arts Faculty
Fiber Craft Studio
275 Hungry Hollow Road
Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
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