chalk art

December update


*Early-bird registration - Waldorf Homeschooling Conference

Join us in Atlanta, GA March 8th & 9th! We'll be leading 4 workshop sessions at this regional event, covering Geometry, Movement, Watercolor painting, and Chalk Drawing

Read more about all the workshops & teachers, plus take advantage of early-bird pricing, which ends Dec 31st.

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*Waldorfish Families interview series

Every few weeks on the blog we are shining a spotlight on different families from within the Waldorfish community! You are such a diverse and global group - we're pretty sure you'd be bff's in real life. Please enjoy this conversation with Jessica Richardson! She shares a few of her family's favorite resources, as well as some words of wisdom:

"I've learned to let go of perfect, to not expect myself to be able to teach every subject, and to not go it alone. Allowing others, like using the Waldorfish Geometry, gives me a break from planning so I can place attention somewhere else. My best advice is to create a local Waldorf inspired group to meet with weekly for nature walks, festivals, and seasonal fun. Ours is finally thriving and my children and I are so happy when we meet!"

Click here to read the full interview.


*Weekly Art enrollment will close on Jan 15th


For those who would still like to join us for this year's session, the deadline for enrollment is January 15thClick here to join us

(P.S. if you plan to use charter school funds for this course, please send your PO now!)

In January we will begin the process of dreaming up the new 2019/'20 session of Weekly Art lessons! 

*New Geometry Sample Lesson

We've replaced our free geometry sample lesson with something new! Pulled from the Grade 5 course, this freehand exercise will give you a good feel for how all the lessons in the full program are filmed, and how they flow. 

We've also included a brief intro video from each of the grades 5-8, outlining what each course covers.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page, and tell us where to send your free lesson!

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New course line-up!

We've finalized our course offerings for our next school year! Individual info pages for each one will be available soon on our website. For those who, like us, get a little twitchy with all the waiting, here's what we know for certain .....

 

Geometry  

Photo credit: Jessica Richardson

Photo credit: Jessica Richardson

Brian is teaming up with fellow Waldorf teacher, Caitlin Amajor, for this G5-8 series! We have a FAQ page here, where you can learn more about this artistic, inspired program. Registration opens on July 15th! Courses begin on Sept. 3rd. There is also a link to a new free lesson on the FAQ page. 

 

 

Grade One wet-on-wet painting

Waldorf teacher Amanda Mercer has been busy creating a beautifully supportive program for the Waldorfish community! This video series will guide parents & teachers on a journey through each primary color via wet-on-wet painting techniques & original verses. G2 and G3 courses are in the pipeline as well, although release dates for these are not set yet. The G1 course is OPEN for enrollment! Learn more about it, here!

Photo credit: Amanda Mercer

Photo credit: Amanda Mercer

 

Weekly Art (Anthology)  

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For the 2018/2019 school year we are pulling together our favorite lessons from the first two sessions of this program! This collection will be perfect for families who have not participated in WA previously. As in prior sessions, the lessons will post x1 per week, and Brian & I will be actively involved in the classroom. Registration will open July 15th, the course will begin August 10th. (see updated info, here!)

 

Festival Art  

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We're teaming up with storyteller Sara Logan for this new course! 10 original/adapted stories paired with art lessons to carry your family through the full circle of a festival year!! This course is ideal for families who have previously participated in the Weekly Art program, or those looking for less frequent art lessons than offered in our other programs. NOTEthis program will initially only be available to WA students currently enrolled in the '17-18 session. It will become available to the whole community in time for the '18 Advent season!

 

As always, send us your thoughts + questions by emailing us at support@waldorfish.com

All our best to you from the garden,

~Robyn (& Brian nearby) Wolfe

 

The Journey of Analise: A Child's Journey Through the Temperaments.

I'm beyond excited to tell you that The Journey of Analise is now in PRINT and available for purchase!! I spent a good part of last year working on the 12 chalk drawings which are now featured as the illustrations for this beautiful story written by author Kristie Burns.

At the moment it is part of a package which includes a 90-minute instructional chalk drawing video and an e-book with step-by-step instructions for creating all twelve chalk drawings in the book.

This book is unusual in that it is a full color picture book but also a 166 page chapter-book. The story of Analise's journey through the temperaments is told in twenty-six chapters. It can be read independently by a child or it can be read out loud in daily increments. It would be the PERFECT story to read during Advent....one chapter a day.   

-Robyn

chalk drawing (photo) tutorial

I was finishing up my plans today, for a storytelling video I'm working on for the BEarth Institute. It occurred to me that I should probably have a relevant chalk drawing behind me in the background while filming... but of course I didn't think of this 3 days ago when I had all the time in the world to draw it. Needing something "easy" that my brain already has a template for, I opted to recreate a drawing I did when my former class was in the 6th grade. The original version of this particular drawing has been floating around out there in the internet for a few years now, and I often get questions about how it came together on the board. At the time, I didn't think to take pictures of the original work in progress, but I grabbed my camera today. My hope is that having a visual record of this process will be useful to you! Here we go.....

 

Humble beginnings....a simple wash with orange and then some dark blue layered over the top section. Not thinking too much here....just spreading the colour around.

 

 

 

 

 

Starting with the background....clouds. Trying to bring in the colors of the night sky, along with some shadows & depth, aided by black chalk. Love black chalk! The story I'm pairing this drawing with comes from the very beginning of Roman History... it is here in the curriculum that the stories we tell begin to transition from stories to "real", recorded history. We leave behind the mystery, and start looking towards the concrete.

 

Full moon, partially obscured by the clouds. Tucking the moon behind another part of the background layer helps continue adding depth and interest. More black chalk used.

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning to think about the middle ground now. Added a couple of islands sinking into the ocean at the horizon line to add more visual interest. Used white chalk to show moon light/highlights on the sides where it would naturally be brightest (ask yourself - where is the light in my drawing coming from?) And of course, more black chalk ;

 

 

 

Light blue wash. Layer it right over the orange...it's nighttime, it's dark, and water hardly ever looks blue in real life anyway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Starting the foreground. More white for highlights, and black to emphasize where things overlap + shadows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

At this point I stepped back and realized I was neglecting the right side of my drawing. I'm saving room in the middle of the ocean for the boat, but when I stood back I could see that there was room for a couple of middle ground rocks. I intentionally drew the blue one so that it crosses over the horizon line. Again, visual interest....it helps to break up that line a bit.

 

 

 

 

Speaking of boats....

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Notice that the ship also crosses the horizon line....)

 

 

 

 

 

....yes, this isn't a completely accurate representation of a Roman ship. During our second Roman History block, later in the year, we got into vivid stories involving the newly formed Roman navy & their spectacular ships. However, I figured this was safe for the first block. (For the second block, I did a chalk drawing of Hannibal crossing the Alps). 

 

 

Look back at the last image, and then at this one. In the previous image, the boat sort of looks like it's in the water....but in this drawing, it really looks like it's IN the water, yes? Using white chalk to highlight the tops of the waves as well as the water right around the boat itself helps to "ground" the boat. This same principle is true when drawing trees, or anything resting on the ground, really. Adding some small plant or grass details around the base of a tree, really helps to solidify its' place in the drawing.

 

 

All done! As an afterthought, I added a bit of the moon's reflection in the water, behind the boat.

I hope this is helpful!

We offer a variety of other (video) tutorials...covering block crayon drawing, chalkdrawing, geometry, storytelling, watercolor pencils & crayons, and clay. They are available here.