It is said that music is the language of the soul.
At Desert Marigold, we strive to bring the principals of music through direct experience. We begin in kindergarten and first grade with singing throughout the day, playing the lyre and fully immersing the child in a musical experience. Care is taken that the children hear pure tones that help to train their ear. During the first grade year we begin playing the pentatonic flute, which will take us all the way into third grade. We then pick up the recorder and begin to learn basic music theory, including notation, along with singing folk songs and work songs, which provides an introduction to singing in rounds. In the fourth grade, we begin to play to violin while continuing the recorder and deepening our understanding of music theory. In fifth grade, we introduce the woodwinds and begin singing in parts during choir. This work is continued and deepened in sixth grade. In seventh and eighth grade, the pieces studied in orchestra and choir become more complex and the classes collaborate on a musical during the spring.
In the Fine arts class, students will start to explore the more complex methods of using Charcoal, pastel, lead pencil and water color. The children will begin to take on more responsibility for their tasks and will come to understand foreground, middle ground and background in their paintings. As well as become aware of shading techniques to convey the feeling of depth and texture. Darkness and light coming out of the depth of their drawing or painting is something that the Middle school student wants to learn as they enter puberty. Vail painting is introduced, where colors are slowly layered onto the painting paper and a shape emerges through time. Since the 7th grade is learning about the Renaissance in their Main lesson block, we learn about the great Renaissance Artists, Color Theory and their work. We also build on Geometry skills that were introduced in 6th grade by drawing three dimensional shapes and using perspective. The 8th grade dives into the industrial revolution and learns about the impressionists and realists.
By the end of the 8th grade, students are able to show a fully developed eight years of Public Waldorf fine art skills and expertise. These are developed further and expanded during the four years of high school. Drawing and painting continue, with arts such as blacksmithing, batik, print-making, and glassblowing added. This progression culminates in the senior year with each student creating a self-portrait bust in clay.