"Lets Draw Together" Drawing skills are basic. Through the use of innovative techniques like Breathing Tones, Shape Gestures, and Motifs, most anyone can learn to draw. These techniques will help adults draw and teach better. These methods are gentle, simple and draw on nature and movement. Since the exercises are unique even those who draw well can learn something new. This class uses Texas goals for Art Education and is specifically suggested for increasing student confidence and mastery in self-expression. The above exercise is drawn from the book, "Drawing from the Book of Nature" by Dennis Klocek.
"Color Work!" (done with liquid watercolor, beeswax crayons or pastels) Working with color can be one of the most helpful tools an adult can use with young people today. Color can help balance temperaments, increase socialization and en-soul students. Color Stories, Complementary Color Painting, and the Color Circle are a great beginning for younger students as they explore Soul Moods. Students in grades four through six may be taught to concentrate on Nature Moods as expressed through animals, plants, the four seasons, etc. Older students may develop themes such as Sunrise/Sunset, flowers, portraits, etc. This work helps us rethink the importance and value of color in helping our children today.
"THE QUALITATIVE COMPREHENSION OF THE COLOR WORLD CAN LEAD TO EXPERIENCES WHICH RECONNECT THE LIFE OF THE SOUL WITH THE LIFE OF NATURE AGAIN." from The Individuality of Colour by Elizabeth Koch/Gerald Wagner p. 38
"Modeling and Sculpture" Methods for the uses of Beeswax and movement will be taught for the education of the younger student. Kindergarten through about third grade may use the alternative medium of Beeswax to keep their young hands warm. Lessons about bees could be coordinated with science and environmental lessons. Other themes for fourth to sixth graders will be taught. These may include: Concave/Convex, animals, plants, simple human figures, and geological ideas such as mountain crystals, etc. As the student matures, solids, dramatic gesture and the uses of wood and stone may be used.
Above-vase by Jim McCullough, flower child in Stockmar Beeswax