"True art is an expression of the human being's search for a relationship with the spiritual, whether the spiritual longed for when his soul leaves the body, or the spiritual which he desires to remember when he dips down into a body, or the spiritual to which he feels more related than to his natural surroundings, or the spiritual as manifested in colors when outside and inside lose their separateness and the soul moves through the cosmos, freely, swimming and hovering, as it were, experiencing its own cosmic life, existing everywhere; or ... the spiritual as expressed in earth life, in the relationship between man's soul-spirit and the cosmic ... " - Rudolf Steiner
The Online Art Courses are 1 credit courses and are scheduled to be completed within 2 months each. The tuition rate is $450 (USD) per course. $60 (USD) per additional month. Monthly payments of $225 (USD) per month. Discounted/prepaid rate is $350 (USD). To qualify for the prepaid/discounted tuition rate, the tuition must be prepaid prior to the start of each course.
online Art of Needle Felting Art Course
Using a single, barbed needle borrowed from commercial felting machines, wool fibers are tangled and compacted by repeatedly jabbing the needle into the fibers, forming three-dimensional felt sculptures bound only by one’s imagination. In contrast to traditional felt making methods that use water and friction, needle felting is also known as dry felting.
Lesson 1: Getting Ready for Felting
Lesson 2: Simple Projects for Children and Beginners 1
Lesson 3: Simple Projects for Children and Beginners 2
Lesson 4: Projects for Experienced Felters 1
Lesson 5: Projects for Experienced Felters 2
Supplies needed and additional info here.
online Art of Storytelling Art Course
Einstein said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge." Yet, in the current climate of testing and even our own desires to teach our children “well," we are missing a great opportunity to foster the growth of this vital tool, imagination, in favor of filling our children with information rather than a sense of creativity. For most of human history wisdom was passed down orally, and while the printed word is a most useful and vital invention that has contributed so much to the spread of knowledge, we are hard-wired to hear and imagine; our brains grow and our minds expand as the spoken word falls from the lips of our teachers, parents, relatives and elders, enters our consciousness and joins us to the collective unconscious. If we continue to rely almost exclusively on the book as our primary means to pass on knowledge, especially for young children, we cheat them out of their human birthright, to creatively imagine for themselves the images we describe. Noting the rapid decline of language skills over the past two generations, child psychologists and educators are now actively championing storytelling as an ideal method of influencing a child to associate listening with pleasure, of increasing a child’s attention span and retention capacity, of broadening a child’s vocabulary and introducing a child to the symbolic use of language. As children hear a story they form pictures in their minds to go along with the words, each one different. As their imaginations receive exercise, minds grow, and become more creative and flexible.
Lesson 1: Getting Ready for Storytelling
Lesson 2: Practicing the Art of Storytelling 1
Lesson 3: Practicing the Art of Storytelling 2
Lesson 4: Advanced Storytelling 1
Lesson 5: Advanced Storytelling 2
online Art of Drawing Art Course
Learning or developing further the art of drawing is foremost an exercise in improving our observation skills. Drawing basic forms (like the ones pictured to the right) will help you see correctly. As you look at an object, no matter how complicated it may seem, the first step is to reduce it to its basic shape. Once this "seeing" of the shape is established, you will be able to draw the object correctly. Basic shapes, forms or "models" are cubes, cylinders, spheres, hexagons, cones, hemispheres, and pyramids. Try to observe your surroundings and identify the basic shapes on the objects you observe. In this course you will learn or develop further your drawing skills by progressing through steps of drawing objects from the mineral world, the plant world, the animal world and finally the human kingdom. Items needed: Pencils (black/colored/soft - good quality such as Staedtler or Lyra) and sketchpad (9" x 12", medium weight/65 lb., good quality such as Canson).
Lesson 1: Drawing Geometric Shapes
Lesson 2: Drawing Rocks, Stones and Minerals
Lesson 3: Drawing Plants and Trees
Lesson 4: Drawing Animals
Lesson 5: Drawing the Human Being
online Art of Watercolor Painting Art Course
Mastering the fundamentals and various approaches to watercolor art is challenging and rewarding. You’ll learn about watercolor painting techniques for landscapes and portraits and more, through step-by-step tutorials and creative challenges. Enjoy learning how to paint with watercolors!
Items needed: Watercolor paint, brushes, watercolor paper, jar, painting board, sponge.
Lesson 1: Colors and Form
Lesson 2: Landscapes and Seascapes
Lesson 3: Plants and Vegetation
Lesson 4: Animals and Their Surroundings
Lesson 5: The Human Being
online Art of Clay Modeling Art Course
Mastering the fundamentals and various approaches to clay modeling is challenging and rewarding. You’ll learn about clay modeling techniques via step-by-step tutorials and creative challenges. Enjoy learning how to be creative with clay modeling!
Lesson 1: The Human Being
Lesson 2: Animals
Lesson 3: Flowers and Plants
Lesson 4: Geometric Forms
Lesson 5: Free and Imaginative Forms
online Art of Oil Painting Art Course
Mastering the fundamentals and various approaches to oil painting is challenging and rewarding. You’ll learn about oil painting techniques for still life, landscapes/seascapes, architecture, abstract and expressionism and more, via step-by-step tutorials and creative challenges. Enjoy learning how to paint with oil paints!
Lesson 1: Simple Projects
Lesson 2: Still Life
Lesson 3: Landscapes and Seascapes
Lesson 4: The Human Being and Architecture
Lesson 5: Abstract Painting and Expressionism
online Art of Puppetry Art Course
Puppetry (finger puppets, small puppets and marionettes) are common within Waldorf schools because they are a living play imbued with inner imagination and fantasy. Puppet shows draw the child into a story, watching it unfold step by step, grow and change, and these pictures are taken right into the stream of life forces, without creating hard and fixed impressions. The draw forth from children their imagination and allow the story to take them where they need to do as far as the inner life working pictures.
Lesson 1 - Table Puppets
Lesson 2 - Finger Puppets
Lesson 3 - Marionettes 1
Lesson 4 - Marionettes 2
Lesson 5 - Marionettes 3
online Art of Singing Art Course
Music is an essential part of the Waldorf curriculum and permeates the school day from kindergarten through eighth grade. Music not only enlivens the spirit but increases a child's capacity for learning. Through the study of music, we learn to sensitize our hearing, allowing us to better listen to the sounds of the world and to each other. In the earliest years (kindergarten through first grade), the children sing primarily pentatonic melodies without harmony. In grade one, the interval flute and pentatonic flute are introduced and in second grade we add the pentatonic harp. Beginning in grade three, the students learn a more mindful approach to music, in keeping with their developing self-consciousness. In this grade, we move on to the diatonic flute and sing rounds and write music. This art course focuses on the art of singing. Practice singing children's songs, seasonal and traditional songs.
Lesson 1 - Traditional Songs
Lesson 2 - Traditional Songs
Lesson 3 - Children's Songs
Lesson 4 - Seasonal Songs
Lesson 5 - Seasonal Songs
online Art of Quilting Art Course
The history of quilts began long before European settlers arrived in the New World. People in nearly every part of the world had used padded fabrics for clothing, bedding, and even armor. With the arrival of the English and Dutch settlers in North America, quilting took on a new life and flourished. The term "quilt" comes from the Latin "culcita" meaning a stuffed sack. The word has come to have 2 meanings. It is used as noun, meaning the 3-layer stitched bedcovering. It is also used as a verb, meaning the act of stitching through the 3 layers to hold them together. A quilt is a cloth sandwich, with a top, which is usually the decorated part, a back, and a filler in the middle. Under the general term of patchwork are of 3 different types of quilts: (1) the plain or whole cloth quilt, (2) applique quilts, and (3) pieced or patchwork quilts. Learn basic to advanced quilting.
Lesson 1 - Introduction to Quilting
Lesson 2 - Simple Projects for Beginners 1
Lesson 3 - Simple Projects for Beginners 2
Lesson 4 - Advanced Projects for Experienced Quilters 1
Lesson 5 - Advanced Projects for Experienced Quilters 2
online Form Drawing Art Course
So far as we know. Rudolf Steiner gave indications for form drawing on three occasions. Each time he presented new elements out of which with some imagination one could build a structure of teaching material for the first five elementary grades - to the moment when the actual teaching of geometry begins. His indications illuminate entirely different aspects of form drawing, but these do not exclude one another. One should study them together, then one realizes that they do supplement one another. Rudolf Steiner gave the first elements of form drawing in 1919 in Stuttgart. in his basic courses for teachers he spoke for the first time about form drawing and described it as a means of educating the temperaments. With the participants. who were to be the teachers of the first Waldorf School. he worked out forms and colors for the various temperaments and led each of these over into its opposite. Rudolf Steiner suggests that on the very first day of school the teacher should have the children do certain color exercises, also have them draw a straight line and a curved line on the blackboard. He stresses the value, the pedagogical importance, of this exercise. This simple line drawing and its repetition the next day make a lasting impression upon the children. From the point of view of form drawing it is noteworthy that Rudolf Steiner lays out at once from the very beginning, for the children to create and experience, the two polaric principles of form: the straight, radiating line and the curved line, the first as an expression of thinking, the second as an expression of the will, seen from the point of view of the soul. Learn Form Drawing via this online course.
Lesson 1: Simple Forms/Mirrored Forms
Lesson 2: Symmetrical Forms
Lesson 3: Simple Symbolic Forms
Lesson 4: Advanced Symbolic Forms
Lesson 5: Planetary Seals
online Independent Studies Art Course
For the Independent Studies Art Course you design your own art course and work with a qualified Sophia Institute mentor on achieving your goals with this course of study. You are relatively free to choose an art project you are enthusiastic about and want to learn via this self directed study and practice. The art project need to be presented in outline to the Sophia Institute mentor and requires approval by the mentor. Write your own short story, collection of poetry, compose and perform music, create a short movie, publish a comic book or novel, delve into photography or pick up tight rope walking ...