After sketching different animals focusing on the 'S' curve of their spines, students begin modeling forms in beeswax and clay. Once they have chosen their animal, students choose a soapstone and reshape the movement gesture of that animal so that they see how it emerges from the stone as they carve. This challenging experience requires steady, focused attention to see where stone can be filed or carved. Students reassess their work as it develops and solve problems that arise, all while learning to use a new set of tools and unfamiliar medium. When the form is finished, they use dry and wet sandpaper and polish to seal the stone.
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This course introduces the students to the basics of bookbinding techniques from use of a bone folder to various styles of sewing signatures and cover design. Each student completes three different styles of books as well as one or two extras which they present in their senior year to their first grade partners from the Rose Ceremony.
Adding to the skills learned in ninth grade, in this class, students learn the components of etching and enameling. Students begin by learning to enamel pieces of copper using opaque enamels. They practice a variety of techniques for developing etching designs that are then enameled using transparent enamels. Once they have mastered these skills, they design and create an individual project.
Beginning with the raising of standing stones and ending with contemporary structures, students examine the human being’s changing experience of space, place, purpose, materials, and design. In the last week of the course, students give a short presentation of an architectural approach to a contemporary question.
Students complete a series of elements, combining them as they choose. The elements are: etching, enameling, stencil design and completion, a 3-D component, and enameling a bowl. The design must come out of their experience with marine biology in Maine. The students design, develop, and complete their individual projects in collaboration with the teacher.
The class begins with group exercises incorporating the themes of pulse and flow. As they work, the students consider their selection of materials and the theme they will develop in this class. Students select from a range of materials.
This class focuses on the students’ experience of their education so far and also looks at the question of the ongoing education of the adult. Based on observations in early childhood and the lower and middle grades of the school, the class discusses their questions about the basis of Waldorf education. This helps the students prepare for their meeting with the faculty prior to graduation when they are asked to reflect on their experience and make suggestions for the future.
Using clay introduces the class to the basic elements of sculpture: concavity, convexity, double bent curves, and the interaction between flat and curved planes. Students work with additive and reductive approaches. Focus themes are selected based on the needs and interests of the class, but polarity is always one of the foci.
This course introduces students to basic metal working skills through forming a bowl and stand. They cut a circle from a flat sheet of copper using a jeweler’s saw. They learn to anneal using the kiln and then begin to sink the bowl using ball peen hammers. The students facet the surface by planishing. The students use their left-over copper to design and form a support for their bowl.