2019 Week I: June 16-21

Course Descriptions

These courses are required for our year-round students, but open to the public on a full or partial day basis. While providing prime opportunities for personal renewal and professional development, course completion receives credit towards Foundation Studies, Teacher Ed. and EC programs.


History Through Music with Eric G. Muller

painting of musicians by Garrit van Honthorst

In this course, we endeavor to uncover the “primal” beginnings of music, after which we will move through the respective eras right up to the 21st century. The spiritual underpinnings of music, as well as the underlying lawfulness, will be examined. Definitive examples will be highlighted as representative expressions of their time period. This course reflects the fascinating development of human consciousness through music. Examples from each era will be played, both live and recorded, including collaboration with course participants. Indications will be given how the thematic content relates to the Waldorf curriculum, with emphasis on the History through Music block in 11th grade.


Watercolor Layer Painting with Martina Angela Muller


Layers of very thin watercolor are applied to high quality, large, dry watercolor paper. Each consecutive veil lets the color from underneath shine through, creating highly-nuanced color effects that have a luminous, almost mystic quality of light shining through them as if from behind. Layers are tentatively applied in cloud-like, vaporous shapes that leave the composition open for a long time, allowing the painter to observe and concentrate on the subtle changes of color and tone values. Eventually, surprising motifs emerge from the multicolored and lively textured backgrounds. Minimal detail work may be needed at the end to enhance the abstract or representational image that has come into being. Basic color theory considerations take up the first two double sessions so that students can make informed choices about their large project before they start. Professional watercolor layer paintings can consist of up to eighty layers; a process that can easily take up a whole week.


Clay Sculpture with Patrick Stolfo


The central theme for most participants will be the modeling of the human head, while early childhood students will have the opportunity to shape an infant or child’s head. The open studio atmosphere also allows for additional or alternative themes.  The contours of the human head manifest the cosmic dome of the spirit, character of the soul, and noble anatomy. Using the coiling technique as a basis for construction, we will proceed from the whole to the parts by building up hollow forms that can be shaped from both the interior and exterior. Completion comes with the addition of essential and expressive details. No previous experience is required.


Eurythmy [for all] with Lynne Stolfo

Waldorf teacher ed students practicing eurthmy

Experiencing the 12 Signs of the Zodiac – qualities, consonants, and gestures.


drawing of man playing lyreSinging and Playing the Lyre in the Mood of the 5th with Diane Barnes

The Mood of the Fifth Course this year will be a real hands-on class. Steiner’s description of the importance of music in intervals of the fifth for children under the age of 9, as described in the collection of Steiner’s lectures titled “The Inner Nature of Music and the Experience of Tone” will be referred to, followed by voice/singing work, and learning to play the kinderharp. Gradually the voice and kinderharp will be worked together, and several songs in the Mood of the Fifth will be shared. As a culmination of the work, each student will write a short song for children, written, played, and sung in the Mood of the Fifth. A goal is to engender confidence in the teachers.



Early Childhood Festivals with Andree Ward

Michaelmas paegant with children and red dragon

In this course, we bring an overview of the Festival Life in the Kindergarten – the essential elements and practical details. We will create a Summer Solstice nature table with simple needle felting projects, such as butterflies, birds, and bees.



Week I – June 16 – 21

Sunday, 6 pm – Registration;

7 pm – Orientation/Opening & Keynote Talk on History through Music by Eric Muller

Daily: 8:20 am –  Arrival and announcements

8:30 am –  History through Music

10 am –  Break

10:30 am –  Electives: Watercolor Layer Painting or Clay Sculpture

12:15 pm –  Lunch

1:15 pm –  Eurythmy for everyone

2 to 5 pm –  Watercolor Layer Painting or Clay Sculpture continued

2:45 to 4:00 pm – Singing and Playing the Lyre in the Mood of the 5th with Diane Barnes [an open elective, but required for current EC students]

4:05 to 5:15 pm – Early Childhood Festivals with Andree Ward [an open elective, but required for current EC students]

Monday Evening: Open Art Studios

Tuesday Evening: Special Presentation [TBA]

Wednesday Evening: Open Art Studios

Thursday Evening: Social Gathering