At Bright Water Waldorf School, artistic expression and imaginative exploration are essential parts of a student’s academic, social, and physical development. Although some of the arts are taught as discrete subject classes (e.g. Strings, Band, Woodwork), art permeates every facet of learning.
The imagination is nourished, compassion is developed, and an appreciation for beauty is felt and recognized within each classroom.
Beginning in the early childhood classes, circle time and group songs connect the children with rhythm, melody, and pitch. Students rise into the early grades with flute and lyre playing. Formal subject classes for music instruction start in the fourth grade with Strings. The middle school offers either a continuation of Strings class or Band as students venture into more complex arrangements and playing together in ensembles.
Every grade school class takes on a yearly production to perform for the school community. These rehearsals and performances give students an exhilarating opportunity to portray characters, build props, design sets, memorize lines, and collaborate together with a shared storytelling vision.
Eurythmy is an expressive movement art unique to Waldorf education that incorporates dance, music, and poetry. Students develop a repertoire of moves and rhythms as they move through the grades, with performances guided by live music or spoken texts (poems, plays, stories).
Watercolor painting, acrylics, form drawing, stippling – these materials and techniques are a few examples of the breadth of visual art created at BWS. Although the technical skills are important, it is the students’ capacity for self-expression and self-reflection that becomes so abundantly clear.
The rhythmic, repetitive activities of knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, and hand-sewing help develop hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. Projects range from flute cases to crocheted hats, hand warmers to marionettes.
Woodworking classes begin in fifth grade, promoting the development of dexterity and spatial awareness. In this practical art, students make kitchen spoons, bowls, toys, and more. Woodworking grounds students in the deliberate use of their hands as they brainstorm, create, and refine their work.