Emerson Visual Arts
September – June
Course Carrier: Rudolf Kaesbach
The School of Sculpture offers a complete three-year training that includes clay modelling, wood and stone carving, metalwork, casting techniques, drawing and colour work. In addition, a three-month pedagogical course is offered to prepare those who wish to teach in a Steiner Waldorf School.
A fourth year of independent artistic studies can be added to the training, to enable students to go deeper into art related themes.
Our work is based on the artistic impulse of Rudolf Steiner, which is concerned with the spiritual and archetypal foundations of the human being and of nature.
As the first year of the Sculpture Training the Visual Arts Course offers a rich introduction to different fields of artistic work and can be taken independently. As an independent artistic year it can be fruitful for all those who want to work with their artistic experience and understanding of formative processes.
In the second year, the process of deepening and differentiating of the students’ artistic work begins. What is the relation of sculpture to the physical body, etheric body, astral body and ego? Studies of the four elements, Michelangelo‘s Medici figures and of one’s own inner constitution help to ‘artistically’ relate sculpture to oneself and the questions of the outer world. Individual themes are developed and further capacity for working in different materials and techniques is attained. Additionally there are blocks of land art, installation art, painting, drawing and one new craft in the second year.
The third year is based on the inspiring studies of Steiner’s metamorphic process of the seven pillars in the first Goetheanum building. The theme of processes is taken up during the year in many different ways. For example processes in sculpture, painting, own creative process, social processes and art, movement processes, etc.
Students are offered space and time to find their own creative and individual style and impulse in art.
The three-year training finishes with a final project which is individually chosen and developed by the student and is presented to the College community in the form of an exhibition and presentation.
The 3 year sculpture training can lead into professional work in Pedagogical Sculpture, Social Sculpture and Sculpture Therapy.
We offer a further pedagogical term which encompasses the study of child development and the curriculum of the Waldorf School as well as detailed practical work with sequences of modelling exercises and craft work for different age groups.
Sculpture therapy is only introduced in the training, additional studies elsewhere will be necessary to become a sculpture therapist.
Further studies in the social application of art can be done at Oxford Brookes University, their master programme in Interdisciplinary Arts programme welcomes applications from students completing our three-year programme. Places are given on the basis of a successful interview, portfolio or equivalent experience and intentions consistent with the ethos of the programme.
The Sculpture years 2 & 3 are accredited by Crossfields/Edexcel at Level 5