Mia Martin 
Waldorf Institute of Southern California 


Monday, August 3, 2020 at 8:30 AM 
Saturday Aug 8, 2020 at 4:30 PM
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Waldorf Practical Arts Training Module #2

with Jack Bryant and Mona Lewis

325For Anthroposophy studies we look into the stages of human development from birth through age 21 ("Study of Man"), concentrating in the primary school grades k-5. We will study and discuss "Our Twelve Senses" by H. Soesman, and "Will Developed Intelligence" by Livingston and Mitchell. There is a study of the nine-year-change and a review of Sympathy and Antipathy.


In hard crafts In Module #1 we  learned some grade four curriculum which included carving the upright human form using the wood harvested from the logs. The careful use of the woodcarving knife and carving technique were introduced with an emphasis on "careful". The wood was slowly transformed into a human figure. These figures generally did not have details such as eyes or fingers, but did offer the archetype of the human with a head, torso and the idea of four limbs. Once they were all sanded smooth, oil and beeswax was applied to bring out the beauty of the wood. After the human figure was finished, we worked on carving an owl....
In this summer 2020 module, we will look at grade 5 curriculum and will continue with carving "graceful and beautiful" animals or sea creatures and making simple toys such as a spinning top, a cup and ball toy or a Jacobs's ladder, using the basic skills learned up to this point. If a participant wishes, the human can be carved again, possibly with a different physical gesture.


In soft crafts, In module #2 we introduce the participants to crochet. We will learn how to shape a crochet piece using increase and decrease techniques. We learn about the fibers that their yarn is made from and plant dye techniques. We will also learn about spinning fibers into yarnand spin wool into yarn with a drop spindle. The first project we crochet is a small pouch. The second project is making a  potholder. Participants who work quickly can also make their own beach bag.

Mona Lewis completed her Waldorf Teacher training at WISC in the year 2000. During her time at WISC, she worked in the Early Childhood Center at Highland Hall for four years. She began teaching Handwork in grades one through nine at Highland Hall in the year 2000. She has completed the Illuminated Watercolor course (a three year program in veil painting) with Leszek Forczek. Mona has traveled the west coast giving workshops on natural plant dyes, and uses the dye garden extensively in her work with the children. She has served in the role of mentor, facilitator and teacher development at Highland Hall. Mona is assistant director of the Waldorf Practical Arts Training program. In addition, she teaches Argentine Tango at the high school level.

Jack Bryant completed his Waldorf Teacher training at WISC in 2000, taking his first teaching assignment at the Santa Fe Waldorf School in New Mexico. Since 2001, Jack has been teaching sculpting and practical arts full time at Highland Hall Waldorf School. He has traveled extensively through China, teaching in many Waldorf Teacher Training courses and presenting many workshops at Chinese Waldorf Schools. Jack is the founder of WPAT, the Waldorf Practical Arts Training program in Los Angeles. He brings more than 30 years of practical experience to his teaching, having worked in the building and construction trades. He attended Art Center College of Design and Santa Monica College. Jack has four children who are Waldorf graduates.


Course Fee: $325 (plus $40 Materials Fee)