'When we paint with colours we should paint in such a way that we are conscious that we are calling forth life from what is dead.' -- Rudolf Steiner A vital factor in a child's development is the stimulation of active imagination and creativity. Here are ideas for encouraging self-expression through water-colour painting. Essentially practical, this book is based on Goethe's colour theory and shows that painting with children is more than just a form of self-expression. Muller encourages and attempts to understand children's fantasies through their artwork. This guide for parents and teachers to painting with watercolours covers preparation, colour-stories and poems, painting moods of nature and the seasons of the year.
"When we paint with colours we should paint in such a way that we are conscious that we are calling forth life from what is dead" Rudolf Steiner
This is a very useful book to have in your library, but I wouldn't say essential. There are lovely descriptions of the colours used in colour stories and the moods of the different colours. But I found most of this information is available elsewhere - in other Waldorf books or on the internet.
A lovely book but I wouldn't necessarily rush out to buy it.
This wonderful book is once again available to parents and teachers wanting to explore with children the world of liquid color. And, it is still the best guide ever for those new to wet-on-wet painting and to painting with young children. Here is everything you need to know, even if you've never painted (or never painted this way) before:
the author begins with a lovely discussion about how children experience the world of color
she goes on to offer some thoughts on what she calls "the morality of color." I find that this section inspires me to become more imaginative when I work with colors - it really brings them to life in a very unique way
there is a long section, filled with color photographs of both children painting and the paintings they produced, that takes us into the world of children painting with watercolors. This can become a welcome guide for parents who have never done this before - it should help everyone to paint joyfully
then, there are clear instructions for mixing the paints, preparing the paper, distributing the water jars, paint pots and brushes
ah! and then comes the painting! and the color stories! and the sheer wonder of it all!
the author adds suggestions for seasonal painting themes, how to create the stories and what their basis is, the experience of color and the moods of nature
finally, there are even instructions for preparing plant pigments for painting and photos showing the soft, inviting colors they produce.
There is so much joy to be had here - I've waited for years hoping for this book to reappear. What a treasure!
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