Practical Arts

"Children who learn while they are young to make practical things by hand in an artistic way, and for the benefit of others as well as for themselves, will not be strangers to life or to other people when they are older. They will be able to form their lives and their relationships in a social and artistic way, so that their lives are thereby enriched. Out of their ranks can come technicians and artists who will know how to solve the problems and tasks set us."

-Rudolf Steiner (Handwork: Indications)

The practical arts support the Waldorf curriculum with craft activities that strengthen the artistic, academic, social, and neuro‚Äźmotor development of each child. Handwork and woodworking encourage development of will through both conscious and unconscious repetition. A healthy feeling life is cultivated by the many materials, processes, and imagination needed to complete the myriad of colorful projects each student experiences throughout the grades. Each child's unique artistic sense is activated by creating simple, useful articles throughout the years. Our goal is that every child arrives at high school age with the confidence that they can create, with their own hands, all manner of practical items.

Our Practical Arts Curriculum includes handwork from kindergarten through high school and woodworking from fifth grade through eighth grade.