While CWS is not an "art school" art does play a significant role in the curriculum. Students illustrate their own block books and perform wet-on-wet watercolor painting weekly from first grade on. By the time they hit the high school they are ready to tackle more classical and challenging fine art forms: charcoal drawing, veil painting, portraiture, figurative sculpture, etc.
Working a flat piece of copper into bowls and stands (seen above) takes will, focus, and a steady hand. Bringing teenagers out of their heads and working with their hands keeps them grounded and present. Especially when they are navigating a 400 degree firing kiln. Each project presents its own set of challenges and rewards: understanding the material, developing the dexterity needed to work with that material, designing, engineering, dealing with mistakes, and finally, experiencing the satisfaction of making a useful object. Practical arts woven throughout the Waldorf curriculum include knitting, sewing, felting, woodworking, metal working and stone carving.