Sunday, October 8

more stonedust

I started to coach an ambitious student who is interested to do a sculpture project in the spirit of Rodin. Today the chiseling started. This is going to be part of her senior project, a tradition the Waldorf or Rudolf Steiner schools maintain. Some do their project in the arts, others in the sciences. Whatever direction you choose, it needs a lot of self-motivation.
The philosophy behind this curriculum is, that these young people take responsibility of a research project that also includes a practical side - and will go more into depth than just a three week exercise and a cut and pasted paper.
This is the third time I mentor a student for their senior project. Rodin ... hmmm, ambitious, but perhaps possible.

12 comments:

Before Sunrise said...

How wonderful Zee!! My niece and nephew who live in Brazil go to a Rudolf Steiner school...

It must be so fulfilling to be able to help them out in this way, with a craft that you love so much :-)

Ingrid said...

Zee, perhaps, seeing this is a female student, you ought to steer her attention to Camille Claudel. She was not only Rodin's muse, but an accomplished artiste herself. Of course in those days, it was unheard of for a woman to be an artist of any kind. Oh how many female talents we have missed over the last centuries solely because it was considered 'improper' and unlady like..
Ingrid

Ingrid said...

ps
http://www.boheme-magazine.net/php/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=236
Ingrid

Zee said...

Thanks Sunrise, it's a small "Steiner" world, or large - or whatever, isn't it? Yes, I had fun the previous years, and this young lady seems to be very focused, that's a good sign. I believe it will a fine experience as well.

Ingrid, some of Camille's sculptures were in many ways superior to Rodin's. Too bad that her passions and the circumstances in time drove her to end her time in an asylum.
I agree with you, many talents have been lost due to a chauvinistic climate. Of course - I discussed this very same issue with my student at our first meeting. She rented the movie "Camille Claudel" which is a fairly fascinating rendering of that story.
(... and good acting as well).

Haider Droubi said...

she looks as if she determined to do something good...creative...

love to see the result of it !!

Before Sunrise said...

Yes Zee.. "it is a small world after all" :-)

Tinkerbell said...

aww..zee, you lucky man!..
you get to see the future in the best of lights..all determined and focused.
I was a social worker for eons..
the future i saw was bleak and terrifying.

for a long time i had forgotten that sunshine does exist..

i love seeing these posts..
thank you

Zee said...

Your welcome Cyn.

Madcap said...

This is so much what our "schooling" is about in our family - finding something real to be passionate about and running with it. Thanks for being there to mentor these students, Zee.

Zee said...

Do you have a "homeschooling" setup Madcap?

ian russell said...

great photo - i really like the capture of flying chips and dust!

Madcap said...

Yes, I homeschool. We "unschool", no curriculum.