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.
Practical arts woven throughout the Waldorf curriculum include knitting, sewing, felting, woodworking, metal working and stone carving.
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.
Working a flat piece of copper into bowls and stands 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.