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


Module 8:
April 15 - 20, 2019

Course Fee (includes materials):   $690.
WISC Students (includes materials):   $365


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 explore stone carving, typically grade 12 sculpting curriculum. Convex and concave polarities will be explored using alabaster and soapstone.


In the ninth grade tailoring block, we build on skills students developed in eighth grade sewing. We are still exploring what it means to "clothe one's self", but now we can be more precise. Each student will make a shirt to fit his or her own body. This requires new skills: designing, measuring and fitting the garment. More complex patterns and constructions such as collars, facings and button holes will be covered.

We will also have a small, extra credit project. A handwork pouch, incorporating an Egyptian pocket, and embroidery that I have used in the sixth grade, inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry. This project fits perfectly with the Medieval studies of sixth grade main lessons, and has been a huge success with the students.


In our Anthroposophy study we will look at teaching methodology, lesson planning and preparation


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 $690., includes materials fee, and for current WISC students, $365, includes 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, April 15, 2019 and will end at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 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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