When I became involved in Waldorf Education, it was remarkable to see how much care the teachers and the community took to make the atmosphere for learning as beautiful as possible. In 2005 I was given the opportunity to learn a special painting technique called Lazure. Originally indicated by Rudolf Steiner when he founded the first Waldorf School in Stuttgart, Germany, this application of color is used on the walls of each Waldorf classroom and throughout the building.
Through the use of large block brushes and accumulating layers of transparent color, a rich undulating surface can be created throughout the room allowing the color to play and move upon the wall. It is gentler on the eyes and on the soul than an interior of flat color.
Each classroom is colored differently, depending on the age of the children that would be using it. Starting in the Early Childhood and First grade, the rooms are rose and pink, turning toward light red. Second grade rooms are peach and light orange, and Third grade is warm sun-shining yellow. Fourth and Fifth are shades of green transitioning to marine blue in the Sixth grade. Seventh and Eighth grade are variations of indigo and violet.
In the summer of 2017 I was invited to paint the entrance lobby of the Waldorf School of Garden City. With its beautiful color transitions and mural components, it reflects the different qualities of this multi-use space. Each rose painted in the mural represents an individual who supported and uplifted me during my 9 years as a teacher at the school. I am grateful and will remember you all for your mentorship and care.