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Sunday, December 14, 2014




Arts & Consciousness Intensives
January / February, 2015
Rudolf Steiner College
 
 



Van James, BFA, San Francisco Art Institute, Hawai'i based artist, author, and teacher; art instructor Honolulu Waldorf School for over 30 years; guest teacher at colleges and schools in Australia, New Zealand, China, India, and the US; chair of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawai'i; editor, Pacifica Journal; author of several books on art and culture including, Ancient Sites of O'ahu; Spirit and Art; The Secret Language of Form; and his latest, Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart.



WEEK l
January 26-29, 2015 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Face Value & Beyond: Experiences in Portraiture with Van James




How is it that the art of the portrait reveals more than an outer appearance? Can the portrait and self-portrait lead to a deeper understanding of our humanity and the self? We will pursue these and other questions in this portrait drawing/painting course which will consider a wide variety of mediums and approaches to the portrait and self-portrait beginning with the stages of children's drawings and the historical developments of portraiture, working towards greater technical refinement and more creative expression. This workshop is for beginners, teachers, and artists alike.

$235 ($185 seniors / students)
 

WEEK ll


February 2-5, 2015 8:30 am - 12:30 pm Mysteries of the Mandala : Awakening Hidden Geometry of the Soul with Van James


Carl Jung said of mandalas: "In accord with the Eastern conception, the mandala symbol is not only a means of expression, but works an effect. It reacts upon its maker. Very ancient magical effects lie hidden in this symbol...the magic of which has been preserved in countless folk customs." This intensive will consider the worldwide significance of mandalas and explore the deeper spiritual-artistic aspects of this unique form through progressively more challenging drawing exercises, including how Rudolf Steiner worked with the mandala principle in meditations, and culminating in the creation of individually themed mandalas. No artistic experience is necessary.$235 ($185 seniors / students)


 Evenings for Teachers, Parents & Others

Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart: Developing the Language of Pictures with Van James.

 Three evening sessions 6:30 - 8:30 pm


Children learn by means of concrete, then symbolic, and finally by abstract knowing. All three forms of learning can be accessed by means of the arts, especially the first two that are most important in primary and elementary education. How can the visual art of drawing teach children to see, learn, and know more fully? These evenings, designed for professional educators, teachers in training, parents, and artists will demonstrate the basic changes that picture-making can reveal appropriate to the stages of child development. All of these evening workshops include drawing by participants, but no experience is necessary.$25 each (seniors / students $20 each)$60 for all three


 The Beginnings of Drawing-The Early YearsTuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


This evening workshop will trace the early stages of children's drawing from scribbles to basic figurative representations and demonstrate how such picture-making encourages specific brain patterning and ways of thinking. With lecture-demonstration and hands-on drawing exercises, you will experience how "growing" pictures is the easiest way to teach children (and adults) to draw and is a technique most consistent with the reality of what we actually see in the world. 

Elementary Drawing-After the Nine Year ChangeThursday, January 29, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


With the changes of pre-adolescence and the middle school years, drawing too begins to change. Greater attention to detail and the challenges of proportion and spatial perspective become important. Drawing from the whole to the parts is replaced by drawing the parts to form the whole. In this workshop, a closer look at these changes will be practiced with attention to figure and object drawing in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grades. 

Further Perspectives-Drawing for the AdolescentTuesday, February 3, 2015, 6:30 - 8:30 pm


At the threshold of adolescence, drawing goes through a further enhancement appropriate to the teenager. Technical drawing and the use of line, which was avoided in the early grades, must now be fully exercised by means of perspective constructions, geometric drawing, and contour line drawing. In addition all the possible drawing techniques can be practiced as counter measures to the limitations of line drawing. The experience of light and darkness is a powerful drawing medium at this age as is the expressive use of color.


 Weekend Mandala Workshop with Van James


Introduction to the Art of Mandalas: A Creative Centering of the Self


Friday, January 30, 6 - 9 pm and Saturday, January 31, 9 am - 4:30 pm


The mandala creates an enclosed "essence container," or sacred space, which traditionally represents the self within the universe. It is an emblematic expression in both Eastern and Western spiritual-artistic traditions used for visualization, self-realization, meditation, and initiation. Hildegard von Bingen, Rudolf Steiner, Carl Jung, and the 14th Dalai Lama, all created mandalas and worked with the remarkable power to fashion a center of positive activity within the greater universe. This workshop will consider the worldwide phenomena of mandalas and explore the practical-artistic aspects of this unique form through drawing exercises, culminating in the creation of one's own individual mandala. No artistic experience is necessary.$110 ($85 seniors / students) Registration opens December 1strudolfsteinercollege.edu/registration  


Rudolf Steiner College 
Reception and Admissions: 916-961-8727 x100
Registration: 916-864-4864 
   
 

Monday, September 22, 2014

New Essay by David Adams, 2014

An Overview History of Anthroposophical Visual Arts in the USA
by David Adams, 2014

Rudolf Steiner  Weaving Light


















At the turn of the twentieth century a radical spirit
of change began to sweep through the established
forms of visual art. Artists longed to forge new languages
of art working out of pure color and pure form, expressing
the essential, invisible reality of their subjects and not
only an imitation of their outer sensory appearance. Rudolf
Steiner (1861-1925) shared this progressive mood
of absolute reorientation and change among artists in
middle Europe, but he felt that the changes beginning to
manifest required the artist to grow attentive to the world
of the spirit in a newly objective, concrete, and scientific
manner and to develop new means of expression to reveal
something of this world through works of art.

Here is a link to the entire essay with many pictures.
Kula Makua—Adult Waldorf Education Presents:
A Visual Arts Intensive—
Painting and Drawing for Teachers
with Van James

Sunday, June 28 to Friday, July 3, 2015
Honolulu, Hawai’i





A unique six-day drawing and painting retreat for teachers, artists, therapists and parents will take place in Hawai’i this summer from June 28 to July 3, 2015. The course will look at how children first learn to draw and paint and how to best promote these arts with techniques and lessons appropriate to the developmental stages of the child. A Waldorf approach, appropriate to any educational setting, will be utilized with special attention to Rudolf Steiner’s ideas and some of the latest research on child development in connection with the arts.

Due to the special nature of Hawai’i and its spirit of place, these intensive classes will be held mornings only so that participants can have their afternoons free to explore the beauty of the island of O’ahu. The artistic sessions will be held at the Honolulu Waldorf School, MaKai Campus, 5257 Kalaniana’ole Highway, 96821, in an ocean-side art studio. The school is located on a bus route and a selection of restaurants is located directly across the street.

Visual Arts Intensive

Schedule
June 28, Sunday—8:30-10:30am, Drawing for K-2
            10:30-11am, Break
            11am-12:30pm, Painting for K-2nd grade
June 29, Monday—8:30-10:30am, Drawing for 3-4
            10:30-11am, Break
            11am-12:30pm, Painting for 3-4th grade
June 30, Tuesday—8:30-10:30am, Drawing 4-5
            10:30-11am, Break
            11am-12:30pm Painting 4-5th grade
July 1, Wednesday—8:30-10:30am, Drawing 5-6
            10:30-11am, Break
            11am-12:30pm, Painting 5-6th grade
July 2, Thursday—8:30-10:30am, Drawing 7
            10:30-11am, Break
            11am- 12:30pm, Painting 7th grade
July 3, Friday—8:30-10:30am, Drawing 8
            10:30-11am, Break
            11am-12:30pm, Painting 8th grade

The fee of $360 includes two sessions per day for six days, all materials, and refreshments at break times. An early-bird fee of $300 is offered to early registrations until March 1, 2015. Space is limited. All housing and meal arrangements are left up to individuals and are not included or arranged by the Arts Intensive. (Package deals from your own locale, including air, hotel, and car, will likely be the most reasonable option.)

For registration and further details contact art4hawaii@gmail.com or 808-395-1268.

Student Work:


  


Friday, April 11, 2014

Summer Conference in Fair Oaks, California


Presented By: 
Christian Hitsch and many others
Days: 3
August 1st - August 3rd
Time: 
Friday, 7pm–8:45pm; Opening Session; Saturday, 8:30am–9pm; Sunday, 8:30am–12:30pm
Price: 
$135 through July 3; $145 July 4–25; $160 at the door. Online registration closes July 25.
Meal Options: 
Pre-register to guarantee meals. Breakfasts (Sat–Sun) two: $17.00; Lunch (Sat only): $14.75; Dinner (Fri Only) $14.75; (Sat Only) $14.75; Boxed lunch to go (Sun): $10.00.
Registration Notes: 
Online registration closes July 25, Registration check-in: Friday, August 1, 5:30–7pm


MERCURY STANDING IN THE BALANCE
T​
he Genesis and Task of the Anthroposophical Art Impulse
Co-Sponsored by the Art Section of the School of Spiritual Science
 Christian Hitsch​, keynote lecturer

Workshop presenters:
   David Adams,  Bert Chase, Patricia Dickson, Carrie Gibbons, Brian Gray, Christopher Guilfoil, Michael Howard,  Van James, Ted Mahle, Patrick Stolfo​

Dear Fellow Artists
There are many things happening in the world of art . As anthroposophists and artists we have a responsibility to explore together how we can hold the core of what Rudolf Steiner brought as the  anthroposopohical artistic initiative and bring it forward to the 21st Century. This event will allow us time to explore together artistically and hold conversations in smaller groups  to see how each of us can play a role in bringing these impulses to life. 

“I have therefore come to believe that the world’s ecological balance depends on more than just our ability to restore balance between civilization’s ravenous appetite for resources and the fragile equilibrium of the earth’s environment...In the end, we must restore a balance within ourselves…”  Al Gore, Earth in the Balance, 1992
As the pace of global civilization only accelerates, our human capacity to maintain inner and outer balance, harmony and wholeness seems ever harder to achieve. Already in 1907, Rudolf Steiner introduced practical examples of a new direction in the visual arts that serve the contemporary human need to develop our capacity to live in balance with all people and the living earth as a whole.
With reference to Rudolf Steiner’s phrase, “Mercury standing in the balance,” Christian Hitsch will describe Steiner’s own artistic accomplishments as the basis for elaborating Steiner’s vision for ways the arts can serve the spiritual needs of our time.
For it is humanity’s mission on earth to transform the planet artistically."  Rudolf Steiner, The Royal Art in a New Form, January 2, 1906
 

Christian Hitsch, Master artist, craftsman and architect, adept in many mediums; his masterworks are inspired by his deep connection to anthroposophy; co-founder of the school for Goethean Studies in Anthroposophy, Sculpture, and Pedagogy in Vienna; among his outstanding achievements are 16 years as leader of the Art Section for the School of Spiritual Science and the task to redesign and renovate the main hall of the Goetheanum according to the indications of Rudolf Steiner. Currently on staff at GMBH Architects, Switzerland.

Time: Friday,
​ August 1​
 7pm–8:45pm; Opening Session; Saturday, 
​ August 2nd​
8:30am–9pm; Sunday, 
​August 3rd ​
8:30am–12:30pm


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Registration 

For more information: conferenceregistration@steinercollege.edu  or (916)  864-4815
Please note:
4:00pm Friday, August 1, Class Lesson #5 for Members of the School of Spiritual Science. Blue Cards required.
7:00pm Sunday, August 3, presentation by Christian Hitsch on the Genesis and Task of the Art Section for any Section Member of the School for Spiritual Science. No Blue Cards required.


Workshops: 2:30–3:45pm and 4:00–5:30pm
1) An Experience with Social Sculpture  
Working with this relatively new approach to a "social art," we will engage in a number of artistic, aesthetic, and social exercises including practices to enhance perception, gather or transform substances, and consider movement and archetypal forces, ideally leading to performance of an improvised group social-sculpture art work.
David Adams, PhD, taught art history at Sierra College since 1996 ; former Waldorf teacher; occasional performance artist; edits and writes for the Art Section Newsletter; Secretary/Treasurer of the Council of the Art Section in North America.
Carrie Gibbons, MA, Social Sculpture, Oxford Brookes University, U.K.; currently a doctoral candidate in Transpersonal Psychology, Sophia University, CA; researcher in social sculpture; and faculty member of the Social Therapy Program, Camphill California.
  
2) Looking Forward, Looking Back: An Exploration of the Architrave of the 1St Goetheanum
A collaborative working on the conference theme of “Balance”  through entering into the world of formative forces in modeling the movements of the architrave and utilizing imaginative exercises.
Bert Chase, MA, Architect, joined the Emerson College Architect’s Group in 1973;  teacher,  lecturer,  and writer on Rudolf Steiner’s impulse for the arts; architect practice based in Vancouver, Canada.
Patricia Dickson, MA, Art and Psychology, Director of Visual Arts, RSC; two decades as an arts faculty member with an emphasis on clay sculpture.

3) Drawing Rudolf Steiner’s Planetary Seals
As one draws the planetary seals it is possible to experience artistic metamorphosis as the creative deeds of Spiritual Beings. Transforming the Mars Seal into the Mercury and Jupiter Seals are explored as seeds of future impulses for anthroposophical art.
Brian Gray, BArch and MLArch, Director of Foundation Program in Anthroposophy, RSC, faculty member for 33 years; research includes sacred architecture, star wisdom, music, cosmic evolution, spiritual streams, and esoteric Christianity; author, Discovering the Zodiac in the Raphael Madonna Series.

4) The So-Called Slanted Drawing Technique
An exploration of the artist’s creative freedom in relationship to the fullness of qualities found within light and dark drawing. The intention is to focus upon the intensification of one's own activity of drawing.
Christopher Guilfoil , Waldorf class teacher, high school teacher, art teacher, adult educator, mentor and public speaker; international teacher and mentor in Waldorf schools and teacher training programs, especially in China, Taiwan and Malaysia, and conducts seminars and visual arts workshops.

5) An Introduction to Light Art
A consideration of what Rudolf Steiner had to say about light as an artistic medium. There will be a demonstration of how light can be used to make Light Music, as well as the opportunity for participants to try it out for themselves.
Michael Howard,  sculptor,  painter and  artistic researcher; explores themes such as creating visible speech and visible music, most recently with the medium of light to create Light Music;  editor, Art as Spiritual Activity, and author, Educating the Will; currently researching a new book with the working title, In Metamorphosis, on the role art has played in shaping human consciousness. 

6)  Polarity, Metamorphosis, and Balance: Color Dynamics in the Goetheanum Cupola Paintings
The 1st and 2nd Goetheanum ceiling paintings exhibit a unique presentation in color contrasts, mediations, and harmonies that we will explore by way of observation, conversation, and artistic practice with pastels.
Van James, graduate San Francisco Art Institute, Emerson College, and Goetheanum Wagner School of Painting; Honolulu Waldorf High School art teacher; editor, Pacifica Journal; chairman, Anthroposophical Society, Hawai’i;  award winning author, including Spirit and Art and The Secret Language of Form, and most recently,  Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart: Learning the Natural Way to Draw.

7) Pastel Drawing: The Four Elements
Rudolf Steiner suggested a threefold path for the color artist: color, form and motif–working “out of the color” and then as the colors deepen and overlap,  form flows out, and culminates in the motif. We will apply these principles with pastels in a dynamic scene of  Earth, Water, Air and Fire.
Ted Mahle, BS, Art Education; graduate Beppe Assenza Painting School at the Goetheanum; 3 years painting therapist, Sonnhalde Schulheim Curative Home; Director of the Arts Program at the Rudolf Steiner College for 20 years; currently teaching painting and drawing at Rudolf Steiner College.

8)  From Intention, to Gesture, to Form
An exploration, in clay sculpture, of how an invisible, essential motif or quality can become the impetus for movement, and brought to rest again in tangible expression by the artist. Inspired by Rudolf Steiner’s Representative of Man, we will practice the aesthetic intensification of what lies enchanted within the natural human form.  
Patrick Stolfo, BFA, graduate sculpture training at Emerson College under A. John Wilkes, and MA in Waldorf Ed.;  Waldorf School educator since 1978 in sculptural arts, art history, and architecture; and currently faculty member at Alkion Center, Hawthorne Valley and at Antioch University and the Center for Anthroposophy.

Please note:
4:00pm Friday, August 1, Class Lesson #5 for Members of the School of Spiritual Science. Blue Cards required.
7:00pm Sunday, August 3, presentation by Christian Hitsch on the Genesis and Task of the Art Section for any Section Member of the School for Spiritual Science. No Blue Cards required.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Upcoming Art Lectures and Workshops in New Zealand with Van James

The Dynamic Language
of Linear Design:
Meander, Koru, Knot, and Braid


A Drawing Workshop at Taruna College
Friday 4th April (7-9.00pm)
Saturday 5th April (9.00am – 5.00pm)

Linear designs such as meanders, korus, knots and braids have held deep significance since prehistoric times.  Their rhythmic forms and patterns indicate a journey of transformation and empowerment for the one who successfully masters the secret language of their design.  Labyrinths, mazes, and encircling mandalas, all are iconography of artistic and spiritual power, used for concentration, visualization, meditation and the journey of self-realization.  In this workshop we will practice simple knot and meander form drawings as a basis for creating more complex interwoven patterns and designs. In this way we will explore the wonderous visual language of dynamic linear form drawing. No drawing experience necessary.

Van James, an experienced international art educator based at the Honolulu Waldorf School in Hawaii, will lead this workshop. He is the author of several books on art including Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart.

This is a course for non-artists as well as those who have artistic experience. No prior skills are needed.

For booking ring: 06 8777174
                                                    Course Fee: $120+GST
                                                   33 Te Mata Peak Road


Havelock North 4157
Programme:

Friday 4th April

7.00-9.00 pm

Introductory Talk
with practical exercises


Saturday 5th April

9.00-10.30 am

Workshop 1

Morning Tea

11.00-12.30 am

Workshop 2

                                                                                            Lunch
(Bring your own)


1.30-3.00 pm

Workshop 3

Afternoon Tea

3.30-5.00 pm

Workshop 4




Drawing materials: crayons, pastels and paper will be provided



The Origins and Mysteries of Art



Lecture and Workshop
with Van James
11th and 12th April
Friday 7.30 pm, Saturday 1pm-5pm

How and why did people first make pictorial representations? What can we learn about ourselves as contemporary individuals from prehistoric and even ancient Egyptian art? The beginnings of art are a mystery that lies at the very foundation of who we are as human beings and the capacities, such as memory and mental picturing, that we take for granted. The lecture will survey Palaeolithic to ancient Egyptian art while the workshop will explore the art of these periods through pastel drawing.
 
Van James is a Hawai’i based artist, author and teacher with a degree in painting and drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA, and diplomas from Emerson College in England, and the Goetheanum Painting School in Switzerland.  He has been an art instructor at the Honolulu Waldorf School for 30 years and is a guest instructor at Taruna College in New Zealand, and Rudolf Steiner College in California. He is chairman of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawai’i and editor of Pacifica Journal. He is also the author of several books on art and culture including Spirit and Art and The Secret Language of Form. His latest book is Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart.

Rudolf Steiner House, 104 Michaels Ave, Ellerslie
Lecture $20, Saturday workshop $50, $60 for both
As places are limited please call Bernadette on 3611368 to register

Mandala
The Art of Centering the Self

Lecture and Workshop
with Van James
28th and 29th March
Friday 7.30 pm, Saturday 9am- 1pm

Mandalas are an artistic expression in both East and West, used for visualization, meditation and initiation. The mandala creates an enclosed sacred space, a cosmogram, which represents the Self within the universe. Hildegard von Bingen, Rudolf Steiner, Carl Jung, and the fourteenth Dalai Lama, all created mandalas and worked with their power to fashion a center of energy within the great, universal periphery.  Carl Jung said of mandalas: "In accord with the Eastern conception, the mandala symbol is not only a means of expression, but works an effect.  It reacts upon its maker. Very ancient magical effects lie hidden in this symbol…the magic of which has been preserved in countless folk customs." The evening lecture will consider the worldwide phenomena of historic mandalas and the workshop will explore the practical-artistic aspects of this sacred form, culminating in the creation of our own individual mandala. The lecture and workshop may be attended separately, but both together are recommended. No artistic experience is necessary. All materials are included.
 
Van James is a Hawai’i based artist, author and teacher with a degree in painting and drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute, USA, and diplomas from Emerson College in England, and the Goetheanum Painting School in Switzerland.  He has been an art instructor at the Honolulu Waldorf School for 30 years and is a guest teacher at Taruna College in New Zealand, and Rudolf Steiner College in California. He is chairman of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawai’i and editor of Pacifica Journal. He is also the author of several books on art and culture including Spirit and Art and The Secret Language of Form. His latest book is Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart.

Rudolf Steiner House, 104 Michaels Ave, Ellerslie
Lecture $20, Saturday workshop $50, $60 for both
As places are limited please call Bernadette on 3611368 to register



Enlivening Our Work through the Arts

An evening with VAN JAMES

Wednesday 2nd April, 2014

Michael Park Steiner School, Auckland


In our time when technology increasingly pervades the home and school it is important to be aware of and to help foster the healthy human capacities that children will need for their challenging future.
This hands-on lecture-demonstration is for parents, care givers, teachers, and those interested in how learning is supported through the development of creative faculties by means of the arts.
We will explore the importance of children’s drawings and how they lay the groundwork for skills and faculties such as visual thinking, cognitive feeling (emotional intelligence), and moral imagination. We will focus on basic artistic principles that enhance the learning experience in the early classes and provide a basis for confident and skillful work in the upper school.

Van James is a Hawai’i based artist, author and educator; a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Emerson College in England, and the Goetheanum School of Painting in Switzerland. He teaches art at the Honolulu Waldorf High School and is a regular guest instructor at Taruna College in New Zealand, Rudolf Steiner College in California, and numerous schools and trainings in Asia. He is editor of Pacifica Journal and chairman of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawai’i, as well as the author of several books on art and culture including Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart: Learning the Natural Way to Draw.

THE ROLE OF ART
IN EDUCATION

An EVENING WITH VAN JAMES

Wednesday 9th April, 7.30 p.m.

Titirangi Rudolf Steiner School-- Eurythmy Hall

~Koha requested~

                
                    

In our time when technology increasingly pervades the home and school it is important to be aware of and to help foster the healthy human capacities that children will need for their challenging future.

This hands-on lecture-demonstration is for parents, educators and those interested in how learning is supported through the development of creative faculties.

We will explore the importance of children’s drawings and how they lay the groundwork for skills and faculties such as visual thinking, cognitive feeling (emotional intelligence), and moral imagination. We will focus on basic artistic principles that enhance the learning experience in the early classes and provide a basis for confident and skillful work in the upper school.


Van James is a Hawai’i based artist, author and educator; a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, Emerson College in England, and the Goetheanum School of Painting in Switzerland. He teaches art at the Honolulu Waldorf High School and is a regular guest instructor at Taruna College in New Zealand, Rudolf Steiner College in California, and numerous schools and trainings in Asia. He is editor of Pacifica Journal and chairman of the Anthroposophical Society in Hawai’i, as well as the author of several books on art and culture including Drawing with Hand, Head and Heart: Learning the Natural Way to Draw.