On 13th and 14th of January 2023, as part of the Cycle of the 7 Arts presented by Escuela Cultura of the Fundació Sa Llavor "The path of the human being through the arts", we were able to experience the Art of Sculpture with Rudolf Kaesbach. In the path of the human being through the arts, sculpture offers revealing images of its relationship with the processes of time, movement and vital forces, qualities that we were able to experience in an experiential and creative process, through modelling, group eurythmic movement and the creation of sculptures with natural elements. In the artistic stages of the history of art, the inner movement and soul forces of the human being become visible. Egyptian statues remained static and immobile for thousands of years. This primordial origin was transformed into a more fluid and flexible expression in Greek culture. Greek sculpture went through three evolutionary stages, from the archaic, the seed of movement, through the classical, where the forces of contraction and expansion, action and repose and the subtleties of expression reached the highest degree of perfection, to Hellenism, where movement became an immoderate expression. In the workshop we explore the qualities of sculpture starting from a primordial form modelled in clay, creating a sequence of transformation, a form that grows and transforms over time, to arrive at a figure that in itself is both conclusion and origin. The dialogue between the forces of expansion and contraction, gravity and lightness, emptiness and fullness, the dynamism and repose of forms, form the basis for a balanced and harmonious sculpture. The culmination of a process is always a beginning. Through eurythmic movement we experience the hidden forms of nature that underlie the gesture of classical and modern sculpture, movements that contain the fluidity of water, cycles of eternal return. We observe the four elements, earth, water, air and fire, present in sculpture, either in isolation, or integrated and harmonised in a single work, as in the case of Michelangelo, who in his youth isolated the forms and qualities of the elements, to progressively, in an artistic process of 60 years, culminate by masterfully uniting them. The processes of time and its transformations are found in modern sculpture, leaving behind the figurative, to focus directly on forms that seem to follow a natural impulse of growth and change. The human being, an artist by nature, perceives his environment and tends within himself to create balance, harmony and order to counteract the enormous forces of nature. Just as megalithic constructions sought to balance the energies of the landscape with inner feelings, land art is an art form that allows us to experience this ancient creative and harmonising spirit, which can still be made visible today. The garden of the Fundació Sa Llavor offered us the possibility of experiencing this artistic practice, where listening to and observing nature gives us the beginning of this ephemeral sculpture, as
Rudolf Kaesbach has accompanied us during the month of January 2023 in different artistic processes carried out with the children of the Sa Llavor School. He has carried out workshops on clay modelling, wood carving and construction of mechanical wooden toys. Artistic creations make individual capacities and needs visible; they offer us valuable pedagogical contributions to attend to the evolution and healthy development of children. 2nd Class of Primary Education Rudolf has led clay sessions with the 2nd class of Primary Education, making images from the experience of Christmas and the Three Wise Men, through fables to an exercise in the creation of symmetrical shapes. 6th Class Primary Education In the 6th class of Primary Education, they have carried out woodcarving projects, initiating the construction of toys that integrate sculpture and movement through simple mechanics. They put into practice the contents of physics and mathematics through observation and ingenuity to create a mobile toy design. Artistic creations put educational content into practice by reinforcing their knowledge through experience.
"There are only colours left and in them clarity, the essence, which is that elevation of the earth towards the sun, that breathing of the depths towards love." Paul Cezanne On the 3rd and 4th of February we held at Sa Llavor the Artistic Painting Workshop for the Educational Community within the Cycle of the 7 Arts "The path of the human being through the arts" presented by the School of Culture of the Sa Llavor Foundation. Painting is colour, light and darkness, form and void, image and symbol, movement and rest. How to make visible in the world the unlimited, the eternal, the invisible? Through the essential and expressive qualities of colour, light and shadow and different pictorial techniques and resources, we open the way to imagination and inspiration, sources of conscious creation. -Discover the purity of colours and their enormous expressive possibilities. -Learn different techniques and experiment with watercolour, pastel or charcoal. -Access the imagination and experience an intuitive and inspiring process. -Develop the art of contemplation and create in community. Painting, drawing, observing colour and shapes, balances, harmonises and enriches the connection with oneself, with others and with nature. The artistic process encourages freedom, activates genuine thought, awakens sensitivity and creative action. It opens an imaginative space that facilitates experimentation and knowledge. VÍCTOR MARDARAS The Painting Workshop is taught by Víctor Mardaras. Multidisciplinary artist trained at Emerson College, UK. Specialist in Steiner and Biodynamic Pedagogy. Teacher of Gamelan Orchestra. Coordinator and teacher in the creation and development of Artistic Processes in Primary and Secondary Education and Teacher Training. Co-founder of the Fundació Sa Llavor. More information: email@example.com Inscription here>
Since ancient times, human beings have had the impulse to model, sculpt and carve the material around them, bringing out the latent essence in it. - Make sculptures with clay, discovering the surprising creativity of your hands. - Create forms that change and transform, to give you the opportunity to perceive the processes of time. - Make sculptures with natural materials, to discover the beauty of nature. - Travel the path of the human being through sculpture, from Ancient Greece and Michelangelo to the 20th and 21st century. The artistic process encourages freedom, activates genuine thought, awakens sensitivity and creative action. It opens up an imaginative space that facilitates experimentation and knowledge. Sculpting and modelling through a variety of methods and materials, facilitates the path of perception and dialogue, connection with oneself, with others and with nature. RUDOLF KAESBACH Rudolf Kaesbach, Sculptor and Architect, director for 30 years of Art Education at Emerson College, Forest Row, England. He travels to schools all over the world teaching art programmes for children and adults, in order to revalue the importance of art for human evolution and social transformation. Rudolf Kaesbach is the person invited to guide the next Artistic Sculpture Workshop for the Educational Community "The future rests in the past", which we are holding at the Fundació Sa Llavor on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th January 2023. It presents a Workshop Talk open to the families of the Community on Wednesday 11 January from 15:30 to 17h. with the title "The importance of Art in Education". During the month of January, he will also carry out artistic processes of modelling, wood carving and stone sculpture with the children of Sa Llavor. Rudolf Kaesbach gives a major role in education to art and direct contact with nature, the greatest of all works of art, both essential elements to counteract the effects of technology and to be able to have a balanced and healthy development that allows us to live, feel and think freely. Information: http://www.sallavor.es/el-camino-del-ser-humano-a-traves-de-las-artes/ firstname.lastname@example.org Registration here>
REPORT OF THE ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP On 25 and 26 November, as part of the programme of Artistic Workshops for the Educational Community presented by the Fundació Sa Llavor's Escuela Cultura, we went on a journey with Rudolf Kaesbach where we experienced the art of architecture. Architecture is part of the life of humanity. There is a direct relationship between architectural forces, spaces, landscape and the evolutionary path of human beings on Earth. The art of architecture is a process of seeking harmony with the environment through the creation of spaces, which allows us to balance the polarity of the universe and nature with the inner experience of the human being. Architecture is a physical reflection of the human soul experience related to the landscape and the immediate environment. The mysterious megalithic constructions serve as a starting point for us to learn to grasp the sensitive relationship that human beings have with the landscape, an environment that was once perceived so intensely that we needed to build in order to balance and counterbalance the experience that emerges from the perception of the mountains, the immense valleys, the infinite horizons, where our spirit can get lost and not find its centre, its own temple. In the Gothic cathedral, art and spirit are expressed in perfection. In addition to unifying the seven arts in itself, giving them meaning and unity, the cathedral is an image of the ideal spirit of the period: strong and imposing on the outside, like a knight in armour; luminous, spacious and humble on the inside, like a saint. The cathedral offers those who walk through it the experience of the spiritual path through the different levels or spaces that are traversed along the way, from the entrance door to the altar, a concentrated place full of light that symbolises communion, the final illumination of the gods. Within contemporary architecture we find examples of Japanese architect Tadao Ando, where reverence for nature and dialogue with the environment remain alive. His architecture works with light, geometric shapes and elements, creating closed spaces that invite serenity and introspection, and open spaces in harmony with nature. Tadao seeks to express the spiritual unity of the human being through the architectural experience. The architectural ensemble of the Goetheanum in Dornach, Switzerland, an architecture designed by Rudolf Steiner, brings together the wisdom of the human being through the seven arts in a sensitive dialogue with the environment, constituting a space in which the arts are alive and show spiritual processes. What is our current experience with the forces of architecture? In this age, the need arises to build a sacred temple in our hearts on the pillars of goodness, beauty and truth. IMPRESSIONS OF THE PARTICIPANTS "To look at breathe the architecture to let space slip between the seams of being to let a corner fill everything let emptiness occupy the soul Dialogue between landscape and roof between cloud and
Through their artistic creations, children express the evolutionary moment they are going through. They show us their inner experience in relation to the world around them. By observing four images with the same motif "the house", painted by the same child over a period of three years, from 3 to 6 years of age, we can "read" their evolutionary path and the transformation of their state of mind in relation to the surrounding world. Rudolf Kaesbach has accompanied us as a guest during the month of November 2022, carrying out artistic processes of modelling with clay with the children of Sa Llavor. The attentive contemplation of the artistic creations that emerge from this process, shows us a global vision of the evolutionary path of the children throughout the different educational stages. The artistic process must be the central axis of the educational process. Artistic activity benefits in a holistic way the healthy development and growth of the child. "I am the art teacher, they are the artists". Rudolf Kaesbach First Cycle “The Princess and the Frog” (6 years old) This image comes from the story "The Princess and the Frog" and shows a harmonious and serene composition. The union with the surrounding world is experienced. It has been made in a flat format, with small pieces of clay that create the scene, centred on the right/left orientation and symmetry. It begins with the elaboration of the earth, then the mountain and the tree. The expansion of the branches of the tree is repeated in the human figure, although somewhat more restrained. Of particular importance is the place chosen for the ball in the air, a place of balance that completes the harmony of the image. “The Bridge” (7 years old) At the age of 7, the world and oneself are still experienced as a non-separate whole and a bridge to separation begins to be built. For this creation it is proposed to make a river, the land around it and a bridge that connects the two parts. The rivers can be winding and circular, straight and long, or as in this image, smooth and well contained in the earth. The bridge appears as a symbol of that passage towards the world that the adult accompanies. Second Cycle “The Cave” (8 years old) The world and all that inhabits it, one begins to perceive and situate it from oneself, from within, but still with the security of being tucked in and at home. Some caves have a very wide entrance and appear open to the world, others are deep, dark and solid. In the image we have a cave where the figure is comfortably seated next to a fire, observing the outside where a tree with a bird appears. “The Hen” (9 years old) We see the image of a hen carrying her chicks, leaving and crossing a threshold. At around 9 years of age, the experience of separation from the environment is
ARTISTIC WORKSHOPS FOR THE EDUCATIONAL COMMUNITY 2022-23 The artistic process fosters freedom, activates genuine thought, awakens sensitivity and creative action. It opens up an imaginative space that facilitates experimentation and knowledge. It shows us the path of perception and dialogue, the connection with oneself, with others and with Nature. Schedule: Fridays from 5pm to 8pm // Saturdays from 10am to 1:30pm // 2:30pm to 5pm. Venue: Fundació Sa Llavor: Fundació Sa Llavor. Plaça Metge Borràs, 3. Binissalem. Mallorca Requirements: This training is open to anyone, with no need for previous artistic training. It is possible to participate in the workshops independently Approved by the Conselleria d'Educació, Cultura i Universitats de les Illes Balears as Permanent Teacher Training. Created and designed by: Escuela Cultura - Fundació Sa Llavor 1 // 25-26 November, 2022 // Architecture: Forms Disappear in Forms Guest: Rudolf Kaesbach 2 // 13-14 January, 2023 // Sculpture: The future rests in the past Guest: Rudolf Kaesbach 3 // February 3-4, 2023 // Painting: Limit Yourself, Oh! Unlimited Guest: Víctor Mardaras 4 // March 3-4, 2023// Music: Sustained in the sustained Guest: José Salinas 5 // April 21-22, 2023 // Art of the word: Listen to the weaving of the forces Guest: Severino Airoldi 6 // May 26-27, 2023 // Eurythmy: Revealing the Invisible Guest: Carina Schmid 7 // June 30-July 1, 2023/// Social Art: Moving the instinct of repose Information: http://www.sallavor.es/el-camino-del-ser-humano-a-traves-de-las-artes/ email@example.com Registration here> Escuela Cultura, an artistic impulse created from the research line of Goethean Science that activates the Art, Nature and Education project of the Fundació Sa Llavor, is a space for human encounter that promotes artistic creation, fosters cultural exchange and awakens the creative forces of intuition, imagination and inspiration, seeds for evolution and social transformation.
During these four weeks, the first cycle group has experienced the drawing of shapes from movements that arise in nature based on line and curve. First they have experienced vertical, horizontal, diagonal, long, short, intermittent, curved and winding straight lines. Meanwhile, the second group has been introduced to mirror shapes that combine the different straight lines or curves experienced last year.
In this period, the 3rd and 4th class experienced geometrical shapes and linear, curved and woven forms. Different activities were implemented to raise the awareness for the forms, explore the movement and cultivate the imagination through connecting different senses. Before drawing it in their notebooks, the children laid the form with materials like stones, acorns or sticks, walked and traced it and drew it on small black boards with chalk. “In this way one educates the child toward a real feeling for form, toward a feeling for harmony, for symmetry, and toward a feeling of relationships. In this way one can guide the child into those harmonies which also exist in the world around us”. Rudolf Steiner
Class 5th and 6th began the term remembering the Illiad and reviewed certain stories of Achilles and positioned themselves in Ancient Greece. Throughout the block they have learned about Alexander the Great, and through his life story they have understood the wars and battles of his time, travelled the route of his conquered territories and learnt a little about what it would have been like to live in his time. As the block was in English, they have used it to improve speech, spelling, grammar and punctuation.