The Arts are an integral part of the Steiner curriculum at all stages of the education.

Visual Arts
In a Steiner school, all students study drawing, painting, and the basics of clay modelling. In Class 1 through to Class 6, visual arts are taught by the class teacher. The finest materials are always used, including high-quality watercolour paper, beeswax crayons, and artist’s coloured pencils. The overall purpose of the visual arts program is not only to teach students to draw and paint, but also to teach them how to observe carefully.

In the first three classes, the class teacher draws many pictures on the blackboard. The younger children copy these pictures using block crayons. In third grade, shading is introduced into the drawings, and block crayons begin to give way to more precise stick crayons.

Students learn watercolour painting. Using wet paper and large brushes, the young children first experience the quality of each primary colour individually. Later, as they learn to blend two colours, secondary colours arise from the painting. By second grade, they begin to see forms in the colours, and in third grade they are able to develop these forms themselves. In addition, all children model small figures out of coloured beeswax, first warming it in their hands, and then creating forms based on nature or on main lesson stories.

Handwork

Handwork has always been taught in Steiner schools. It is a practical art that involves the senses of sight and touch as well as balance and movement. In doing handwork, fine motor skills are refined. The children learn respect for the process of making something and gaining confidence in their ability to complete a task.

Age appropriate projects are chosen for each grade. The children learn a variety of skills through the years, and foster a healthy respect for the natural materials that are used in the projects as well recognising their own potential during the process. Special care is taken to design objects that are practical and functional and also allow the children to work with colour in a creative way.

They are used to engage the child in an interesting way on all topics. 

Working with hands is an important area of the curriculum, harmonising and balancing the intellectual work undertaken by the children.

Craft

Through craft certain qualities can be developed, such as perseverance and determination, concentration, an eye for beauty, colour and design, fine motor skills and particular technical skills.

Music is an integral part of the Steiner curriculum.

Music is an important form of expression and is integrated into everyday activities at the school as part of greeting, stories, lessons, festivities and recreational activities.

Singing is a part of every day from Billy Button Kindergarten through to Class 6. From Class 1 the children begin to mirror the voice learning simple pentatonic tunes on the recorder and in Class 3 the descant instrument is learned.

In Classes 3 & 4 learning is still by ear in conjunction with known songs. Simple rounds begin, which brings an introduction to harmony. At this stage, the main lesson in music reading introduces children to more formal musical education.

From Class 3 onwards all students learn a stringed instrument – violin, viola or cello. The school offers stringed instrument tuition from an accredited teacher. Orchestral strings do not have frets, therefore, they fine-tune a child’s ear for perfect pitch. After 12-18 months of individual lessons, the children have the opportunity to join an ensemble.

There is a choice of two student Orchestras; a junior and senior strings groups. The senior group performs at community events and functions and also hosts a smaller chamber group.