Waldorf Practical Arts Training- WPAT
Hard Crafts Training Classes by Jack Bryant / Soft Crafts Training Classes by Mona Lewis


Module 9:
June 24 - 29, 2019

Course Fee:   $650   plus $40 Materials Fee
WISC Students:   $365   plus $40 Materials Fee



Held on the campus of Highland Hall Waldorf School, Los Angeles
site of the Waldorf Institute of Southern California
17100 Superior Street, Northridge, California 91325


The mission of this Practical Arts Training is to offer an ongoing training/mentoring/professional development opportunity in both the "soft" crafts and the "hard" crafts in the Waldorf curriculum, together as one program. This course is open to current and future Waldorf teachers and parents, alumni and homeschool parents.


WPAT Faculty are working, veteran Waldorf Handwork and Stone/Wood Carving teachers with many years of experience teaching children in primary school, high school, and preparing Waldorf Teachers in North America and China. Our founding faculty members are Jack Bryant (Stone Carving / Sculpture) and Mona Lewis (Fiber Arts / Handwork), both are long-time teachers at Highland Hall Waldorf School.


The course consists of nine individual six-day long intensives spread out through the year, where the participants learn and practice Fiber Arts and Woodworking / Metalworking techniques, and also gain an understanding of why and how these activities are introduced to children. Our first full cycle of nine modules was completed on April 15, 2017, and we are now entering the latter third of a second cycle.


In this this, the final module for cycle 2, we will be making a simple, one-stringed instrument called a dulcimer or "strum stick". This project is appropriate for high school students. Each participant will make their own instrument.


For the final module in soft crafts, we will explore Basketry as taught in the High School. We will make pine needle baskets, reed baskets and coiled baskets. We will also study advanced plant dye techniques, using our dyed yarn in the coiled basket project.

And finally, we will have an introduction to making foraged inks, learning to create beautiful colors for painting and writing on paper using earth and botanical sources.


For the study in module #9 we will review the core principals of Waldorf Education, school governance and collaborative leadership in the Waldorf school.


Each module offers a valuable professional development experience. After completion of each module, the participant will be awarded a certificate to verify their attendance. After attending 9 modules and completion of assignments, the participant will receive a Waldorf Practical Arts Certificate which certifies that the participant received a minimum of 81 hours of foundation studies in Anthroposophy (minimum of 81 hours of lecture and book study plus independent reading) and a minimum of 162 hrs. of soft craft instruction and 162 hrs. of hard craft instruction (participants may choose to specialize in either).

The cost of one module is $650, plus $40 materials fee, and for current WISC students, $365, plus $40 materials fee.

The book list is still developing, but purchase of all books will be the responsibility of the participants. Module 8 will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019 and will end at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019. All classes will be held at Highland Hall Waldorf School in Northridge, California, a beautiful and spacious campus shared by the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.


8:30 am to 10:00 am:   Lecture and Book Study
10:00 am to 10:20 am:   Break
10:20 am to 12:20 pm:   Group A- Soft Crafts / Group B- Hard Crafts
12:20 pm to 12:45 pm:   Movement
12:45 pm to 1:45 pm:   Lunch
1:45 pm to 3:45 pm:   Group A- Hard Crafts / Group B- Soft Crafts
3:45 pm to 4:30 pm:   Daily Review
On the final day of each module, an art show displaying participants' work will begin at 4:00 pm.


We need a minimum of 12 pre-registered participants to start... otherwise, if we fail to reach this minimum number, deposits will be refunded and the module will be postponed. The maximum number is 24 participants in each module.


For questions related to classes and general inquiries, e-mail:   a_waldorf_teacher@yahoo.com


At this point WPAT has not discussed the issue of financial aid. Most schools have a budget for professional development and may be able to contribute to the tuition to help defray or eliminate the cost to the participants.

Housing is the responsibility of each participant and is available in local hotels and at the homes of local families. Food is not included.

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WPAT, Waldorf Practical Arts Training, is a program which is offered by the Waldorf Institute of Southern California, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, sex, ethnic background, or national origin.

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