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


Module 7:
December 28-29, 2018 and January 2-5, 2019

Course Fee: $650.   Materials Fee: $40.


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.


Participants will continue exploring metal work with silver smithing and copper enameling. Concurrent with that we will learn the ancient art of bookbinding.


Students will be introduced to the sewing machine in connection with their main lesson studies on the Industrial Revolution. This is an important transition for the 8th grader. Independence and a sense of competence are addressed beautifully with this medium. Developing a healthy relationship with the machines and an appreciation for the beauty of them is key to creating a foundation for addressing life in the modern world. Several basic items will be made using the sewing machine, including Pajama Pants and Pajama Shirt, zipper bag and introductory item such as a pillow or a garden harvest bag. Quicker sewers may bring a project of their own to work on as well, and we can see if it is workable for the 8th grade student. Skills covered will be hand sewing, machine sewing, pattern reading and trouble shooting on the sewing machine.


The Anthroposophy study will be a look at the Pedagogical Section's Core Principle #5 "Methodology of Teaching": twelve senses, four temperaments.


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 ($325. plus $40. materials fee for current WISC students.) The book list is still developing, but purchase of the books will be the responsibility of the participants. Module 7 will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, December 29, 2018 and will end at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2019. IMPORTANT: We will have a three-day break (classes will not be in session) December 30 and 31, 2018, and January 1, 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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