Orchard Valley Waldorf School – Weeks 3 & 4
Last week, my class at the Orchard Valley Waldorf School only met once due to Election Day interference. Darn civic responsibility…grumble, grumble.
I taught the pamphlet stitch, which they picked up pretty quickly. Everyone sewed pages into the folds of a pocket accordion book and then created four booklets to put into the pockets.
I taught at the school for one day this week as well. The students are all working on content for their five books. They dove into this part of the process with serious enthusiasm.
I brought a bunch of materials for them to play with – markers, rubber stamps, shaped punches, fibers, handmade papers, magazines, and other collage materials. I refuse to acknowledge the concept of moderation.
I also brought a number of technique books for inspiration. I honestly don’t think they even need them – they all seem to know exactly what they want to do.
I loved this image:
The magazines seemed to be especially popular. Some students brought in materials from home, including candy wrappers and paper pieces torn out of pop-up books.
This student covered one of her books with eyes. Every time someone else found eyes in a magazine they were looking at, the eyes were cut out and passed along – it was truly a group effort. All of the people in my magazines are now blind.
This is the best I could hope for in a class – a non-visible work surface (a.k.a. Hey, that’s how I work!):
I maintain my assessment that the students in my class are the cutest things ever. They kept asking me how much time we had left in the class and when I gave them time checks, they would groan. They were so into it and it really warmed my heart.
Their teacher asked me if I’d be interested in teaching more classes, which was an easy “Yes!” I would have said “Hell yeah!”, but there were impressionable youth in the room. I’ll keep you posted…