Waldorf Watercolor Painting…and going to “wet-on-dry”

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I purposely had my children do some Waldorf water color painting the other day at home.  It had been an especially rowdy day for them–full of running around and sibling fighting.  I got out the Stockmar paints and set set out the paper.

My daughter was the first one to start painting.  She started painting a beautiful picture of Greek pottery like the ones she recently did at school.  She was soon lost in her painting and began to softly sing.  A wise Waldorf Kindergarten teacher once told me that you can tell if a child is truly joyful when they start singing to themselves…

My son was soon drawn to painting also and began a beautiful rainbow spiral.  I noticed that soon he too began softly singing to himself…

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I am so grateful that my children have been doing watercolor painting every week since they have been in Kindergarten at our Waldorf school and I look forward to the end of the school year when all of their paintings come home.  I frame and display as many as I can around our home and one day want to have a permanent display like the I’ve shown another Waldorf Mom to have here.  With other paintings I make watercolor journals, Waldorf star lanterns or other projects like watercolor beads necklaces and pinwheels.  And then of course, Waldorf watercolor paintings make beautiful cards. (also here)

My ultimate goal is to save their best paintings, photograph them and put them into a photo book to give to each of them.  (I got this idea from one another Waldorf Mom in our Knitting Circle)

Up until this point, my children have always done the “wet-on-wet” (wet paint on wet paper) watercolor method, but towards the end of 5th grade, my daughter’s teacher had her class start the “wet-on-dry” (wet paint on dry paper) method.  (I’ll show how she did this new method in a later post.)

Going to the “wet-on-dry” method is a rite of passage at our Waldorf school reserved only for the older children.  Watching my daughter paint, it really hit me.  My daughter is growing up…

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  1. One of my favorite ways to paint:) Hope you’re doing well and enjoying the beginning of summer..
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  2. I love this post! I recently bought some water colors and haven’t used them yet. I love your comment about singing and contentment. I have noticed that with my little one too, that when she is really focused on something she starts singing to herself:)
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    • Hi Emmie,
      Great that you have watercolors and are ready to paint! Your daughter will love it…And BTW, I LOVE your needle felted bees. They are so amazingly cute…Take care and aloha, Lori

  3. What a great idea to photograph the paintings and give in a book! I must do that! Having 3 children, two are already grown ups, and one 10year old, all has been in our wonderful Waldorfschool, I have A LOT of paintings! I have them all, also all their school books. I have also used their paintings to make labels, cards, lanterns and so on. I love to paint wet on wet, and also wet on dry, layering. (I have also attended a waldorf school, all 12 years a loooong time ago ;) and done the waldorf teacher education, so I have long experience with paintings).

    • Oh Janne!
      I should have known that you’ve done Waldorf teacher training and that you attended a Waldorf school. How lucky your children are to have you to paint with. I too love “layering” painting–veil painting and I can’t wait to see the many things that you’ve made with your many paintings. Thanks so much for visiting again. Aloha, Lori
      P.S. How did your house project turn out!

  4. Hello Lori!

    Thanks for visiting my very very quiet blog..

    Btw, I answered about the house building project in your house building project post ;) My daughter did not get very enthusiastic about it, so her house was as simple as it could be (a yellow square house with a flower pot and some dogs outside) (There is a link to our schools Facebook page where the houses are shown, on your other post)

    • Hi dear Janne,

      I’m not the best Facebook person, but I’ll look for your daughter’s house. It sounds lovely–the more simple, the better!

      Much aloha to you and happy summer!

      Lori

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