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Let's Make Art Together: Waldorf Drawing & Painting

Ms. May Louise
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(26)
This ongoing course guides children to explore and express themselves through guided drawing and watercolor painting.

Class experience

Learners gain fine-motor control and competency in using tools such as block crayons, watercolor paints and brushes.  They gain competency in representing people and objects by creating simple shapes on paper, using shading techniques.  Learners expand their vocabulary as they talk about the qualities of colors, positions (such as high, low, center, side), and the geometric names for basic 2D shapes.  Most importantly, learners have fun making art together, and gain confidence in their artistic skills.
I have extensive training and experience teaching Waldorf drawing and wet-on-wet watercolor painting in the elementary classroom and online--guiding children through an art lesson is pure joy for me!
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
A brief message sharing the teacher's observations of a learner's engagement in art classes is sent periodically to their grownups.
Grades Offered
Dear Grownups, SOURCES for special supplies are listed below for your convenience, however reasonable substitutes are perfectly fine!
Please purchase watercolor tubes, as they impart the lovely, translucent quality so characteristic of Waldorf wet-on-wet watercolor painting. 

   - Waldorf block crayons (or substitute with fat, chunky crayons with paper labels removed.) 
   - Blank white or off-white paper, 8.5" X 11" to 11" X 15"
   - I prefer white construction paper, and drawing paper is fine, as well as regular printer paper (Newsprint has a poor surface texture, and tears easily, so is not recommended.)

   - cloth rag or paper toweling
   - jar of clean water
   - paint brush
   - premixed watercolor paints--yellow, red, blue, orange, green, violet 
   - watercolor block (like a pad of painting paper), or tape a single page of watercolor paper to a board, or directly onto the table with painter's tape, on all four sides.

1) Dress child in play clothes with short sleeves--watercolor paint is washable, but staining is possible.  
2) Protect computer components, and surface of table and floor from drips.
3) Mix separate containers of yellow, red and blue paint, following instructions by By Rauld Russell:
“Squeeze an inch or so strip of raw yellow paint on the end of your brush, and mix it thoroughly into a ‘finger’ of water in a baby food jar.  With a clean brush try this on a clean scrap of paper.  The watered paint should not be thick like poster paint nor pale and transparent like an Easter egg dip.  But should be full bodied and luminous on the white paper.  Repeat these steps with the red, and then the blue.  Only practise and experience will stand you to find the right mix.  Later you can mix up full reserve jars for painting lessons so you don’t have to go through this each time.  You need all the colours prepared for this and subsequent lessons.”
4) Mix separate containers of orange (yellow + red), green (yellow + green) and violet (red + blue).
5) Gather supplies on a tray or in a baking pan:
   - cloth rag or paper toweling
   - jar of clean water
   - paint brush
   - premixed watercolor paints--yellow, red, blue, orange, green, violet 
   - watercolor block (like a pad of painting paper)
6) AFTER PAINTING, cover jars of mixed paint and store them in the fridge to prevent spoilage OR leave small quantities of paint in uncovered jars, and allow them to dry at room temperature; then reconstitute by stirring in a little water on the next painting day.

1) PAPER, SCISSORS, STONE:  https://www.waldorfsupplies.com/
    - Filana 12 block crayons @ $19.95 or Stockmar brand. 

    - Short-handled brush @ $4.25 to $5.75, for watercolor painting  (a short handle is easier for small hands!). 

    - 1 ounce Stone watercolor paint, lemon yellow @ $7.40. (We won't be using watercolor cakes or pans in this course.)

    - 1 ounce Stone watercolor paint, red rose @ $9.40

    - 1 ounce Stone watercolor paint, ultramarine @ $7.40

2) AMAZON:  amazon.com
    - Watercolor block, 9” X 12”, 15 sheets @ $15.29.    https://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-Watercolor-Block-Press-Sheets/dp/B004O7E678/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&keywords=watercolor+block&qid=1620247250&sr=8-6
Over the years, these two titles have been useful resources in planning my Waldorf painting lessons for young children:

1) How To Do Wet-On-Wet Watercolor Painting and Teach It To Children, by Rauld Russell
2) Painting With Children, by Brunhild Muller
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(26)
I offer one-to-one math tutoring for grades 1 through 6, as well as music, art and handwork classes for ages 3 through 18.  

In my thirty years teaching in Waldorf as well as Regular Program classrooms, my appreciation for children and the spirit... 
Group Class


1x per week
30 min

Completed by 57 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 3-7
3-10 learners per class

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