The Arts & Crafts
The arts and crafts are a valued part of the curriculum at Kona Pacific. We believe that the development of creativity and imagination is an important part of the learning process. When a student is creating their own art and craftwork, regardless of the media used, they are developing a sense of self-confidence in their ability to affect the world around them. This sense of ownership of their education allows students to feel that they are the creator of their learning experience, not just a receiver of information.
The Main Lesson Book
The Main Lesson book is a showcase of the concepts the student has learned in a given main lesson block / unit or a series of related units, and an opportunity to present that knowledge in a beautiful and unique form. Each book is a collection of art and writing that the student can be proud of and keep as a reminder of their efforts. The drawing skills developed over the course of a Waldorf education grow from simple block crayon figures to detailed colored pencil work complete with shading, perspective, and a rich sense of color relationships. The writing is seen as an extension of this artistic approach, with color and neatness of work seen as a part of a quality book.
Painting is introduced in the earliest years and grows from simple one-color watercolor paintings on wet paper to multilayered recreations of Renaissance masterpieces. The reality of the relationships of colors is experienced from the beginning that two colors are worked with. Primary and secondary colors are both used and understood from early on in the students’ education. In 6th grade the technical theory of color is explained and explored and students gain an understanding of light and refraction in their Optics main lesson unit.
Three dimensional art is explored through working with modeling beeswax specially produced for Waldorf schools worldwide, and with clay, felt, and eventually wood. The student finds form in the world and is able to exert their will upon ever more solid materials as they develop their fine motor skills. Projects through the grades offer more ways to explore a hands-on approach to making their knowledge tangible and beautiful.
Handwork is a traditional Waldorf method of training the fingers and eyes while creating practical art pieces. There is an entire Waldorf Handwork curriculum that leads students from knitting in the 1st grade through making their own clothes in upper grades. Soft materials like felt and cloth are formed into puppets and dolls, and knitting and weaving create clothing and ever more useful products. It’s not unusual to see Waldorf students proudly wearing their own handmade socks. As with music, the link between counting stitches or creating designs in weaving and math is well established. This is yet another way our holistic approach to education uses art to explore all of the subjects.
Music, Speech & Drama
Singing, playing musical instruments, and speech and drama all play their part in making our educational approach a truly diverse artistic experience. Confidence is built as classes present their skills in assemblies, festivals, and dramatic performances for the community. This approach to the arts and crafts gives students a sense of being multitalented innovators who are willing to try many styles of expression and share their work with confidence and pride.