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The Arts

Art

In art sessions students experience drawing outside from nature, working with a range of media and scale. Exploration with pastels, watercolour and collage are introduced and the study of artists' work with occasional cultural visits are included in the art curriculum.

A Steiner Waldorf approach to painting is used in some art sessions. This method uses watercolour paint on wet paper. In these sessions students experience colour and its moods, with only a gradual introduction to form.

Painting sessions are an experience of immersion into colour, in all its aspects. The four areas of balance, mood, ‘conversation’ and the quality of judgement are explored. Balance in the body is enhanced through rhythmical brushstrokes, harmonising complementary colours in their application and working with contrasts.

Mood is influenced and worked on through the character of colour: lightness, heaviness, restlessness and calm‘Conversation’ exists between colours, allowing for movement, boundaries and form.

Areas such as expansion, harmony, flow and conflict are explored. Judgement is explored through colour- how little, how much, how light, how dark?

Form Drawing 

Form drawing is the freehand drawing of lines, patterns and structures. Out of an inner awareness forms are put to paper.

All forms work on the sense of balance and the sense of life through the sense of movement.

Through form drawing spatial orientation and awareness of body geography is practiced, sensory experience and inner picturing abilities enhanced. Eye-hand coordination is integrated with spatial awareness. Motor activity is stimulated - fine and large – spatial direction and crossing in space is experienced through larger (walking) and finer (on paper) movement. 

Speech and Drama 

Special attention is paid to the articulation and shaping of language. In recitation of poetry, we pay attention to the inner beauty of poetic language. Students with speech difficulties are led through speech exercises and the verbal expression of their own thoughts is encouraged. They practise by giving short talks, speeches or reciting poetry which gives artistic expression to their feelings.

Social games are fun and engaging, an enjoyable milieu which encourages positive relating to others, increases self- awareness, empathy, co-operation and gives the confidence to trust.

Movement and gesture encompass an awareness of space, as practised in eurythmy and Bothmer gymnastics; these support the movement and flow of speech.

Drama is a valuable social tool, promoting healthy group dynamics, calling on the individual’s imagination, creativity and self-control. Drama nurtures the soul, maturing the whole human being in the process, and it is not unusual that new unexpected abilities are unlocked.

Performance in its various forms and contexts plays an important part in students’ development and ability to work for common goals