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4th Grade: Color and Design

"The basis of artistic creation is not what is, but what might be; not the real, but the possible."

Rudolf Steiner

Online International Handwork Teaching Conference

February 17, 18, 19, 2024

9:00 am - 3:00 pm Pacific Time

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Registrations closed.

Tickets $325 USD. 

See below for info on financial aid.

Registered participants click here to access the conference materials page

Online International
Handwork Teaching Conference

4th Grade: Color and Design

"Colour is the soul of nature and of the entire cosmos."

Rudolf Steiner

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The decorating of objects such as these bags aims more at cultivating a sense of beauty in the child than at teaching [them] skills. Rudolf Steiner insisted that the child should be taught to distinguish between the “beautiful” and the “less beautiful”; this applies especially to the development of a sense of color. Through an experience of various color combinations or comparisons of each other’s work, the sense for beauty and good taste is developed. One should try to open the eyes of the child to all that is useful and practical, and also to the beauty of the things around [them]. In this way, [they] learn to “look creatively”.


“The sense of beauty implies a capacity to live in imaginative pictures. This is something that the teacher has first to learn for [themselves].”


Handwork and Handicrafts - Indications by Rudolf Steiner by Hedwig Hauck. RIWE 1968

Join us online this February as we explore color and design work.


  • Explore Goethe’s color theory and experience how various colors live and breathe together.


  • Deepen your understanding of embroidery in cultures around the world.


  • Spend 3 days immersing yourself in color and design work to elevate your own sense of beauty and enhance your ability to bring color to your students.

  • Nurture the artist that lives inside each one of us!


3 days, Saturday, Sunday, & Monday, February 17, 18, & 19, 9am - 3pm pacific time, for anyone who self-identifies as a handwork teacher in a Waldorf setting, school, or homeschool. 


Live teaching and internationally renowned guest speakers. 


Balance the outpouring of the school year by reconnecting with colleagues and rediscovering balance, passion and purpose as we deepen the foundations of teaching handwork.


Registration $325 USD


For information on how to apply for financial aid click below.

Internationally Renowned Keynote Speakers

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Kelly Beekman

 Experiencing Goethe's
Color Theory

Kelly Beekman, is an artist and educator with over 20 years of teaching experience. She has been a Waldorf class teacher, mentor, workshop leader, and a tutor, and currently hosts online courses for teachers, parents, and artists. Kelly has a BA in fine art from Bowdoin College, an MEd in Waldorf education from Antioch University New England, and an art education K-12 certification from the School of Visual Arts, NYC. You can learn more about her work at



4th Grade Child Development

Sven Saar gained his Waldorf Teaching diploma as a very young man. After moving to England, he worked as a class teacher for 30 years, eight of those in Germany. He also taught in the High School, specialising in history and drama. Now he works full time in Teacher Education and is on the faculty of several courses and universities in the UK and abroad. Sven gives lectures and seminars internationally and works as an active mentor and advisor to schools and teachers in Britain, Germany, Asia and Africa. He is a co-founder of Waldorf Modern Teacher Education UK (


What is Embroidery?

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood is the director of the Textile Research Centre (TRC), Leiden, the Netherlands and worked for many years as a textile archaeologist in Egypt, working on, among other things, the textiles and garments from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun. She is also a textile and dress historian who specialises in the history of embroidery. Gillian is the chief editor of the series, the 'Bloomsbury World Encyclopedia of Embroidery'. One of the books in this series, 'Embroidery from the Arab World' won three international awards including the prestigious Dartmouth medal (2017).

Inspiring Handwork Projects

Embroidered 18th Century Style Hussif

A traditional embroidered sewing kit with pockets to hold sewing tools. Small in size and used by both men and women since the18th century and still in use today.

Cross Stitch Pencil Case

Deepen your understanding of color and design with this useful and beautiful case. Simple enough for children to accomplish with plenty of room for modification for various learning styles.

Daily explorations into color through watercolor painting

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