Art is an integral part of the Waldorf curriculum, strengthening and enlivening the academic program, as well as providing students with skills for creative self-expression. The visual arts—including illustration, painting, form drawing, and art appreciation—are taught by the class teacher from first through eighth grade. Artistic activity stimulates children’s visual and tactile senses and helps them to enter into learning through the realm of feeling as well as intellect.
Drama enlivens lessons and is incorporated through storytelling, recitation of poetry, and class plays. Students do not audition at WSL—there is a part in every class play for each student, and children delight in performing for each other, parents, and guests at weekly assemblies and special events. Class plays give students the opportunity to dramatically express and internalize their experience of the curriculum, from a trip to a German bakery in third grade, to a Norse myth in forth grade, and Shakespeare in seventh grade. The annual eighth grade musical is a much anticipated tradition the fills our auditorium to capacity.