Painting with Hand, Head and Heart

Van James


A Natural Approach to Learning the Art of Painting

Painting with Hand, Head and Heart is a comprehensive and practical guide to the art of painting and to the process of visual thinking that is part of our full human intelligence. More than 650 illustrated exercises and examples, collected and developed over his many years of classroom experience, show teachers, parents and students how to learn to paint simply and naturally, as a child would learn to paint. The introduction examines contemporary research on brain development and its relationship to learning, explaining how the process of picture-making contributes to the development of visual thinking. An overview follows on how children learn to paint and how their visual intelligence can be engaged through age-appropriate color exercises. Landscape, portrait, still life, figure painting and abstraction are dealt with as well as insights into Rudolf Steiner’s indications for painting. Van James also includes samples of inspiring blackboard drawings and main lesson book pages for teachers and students and an informative chapter on lazure wall painting and mural work, with contributions on therapeutic painting, an appendix with color poems and verses, and a bibliography of resources.

Waldorf Publications
ISBN: 1-943582-68-6
Full color illustrations
338 pages
7.5 x 9.25 inches