Here are some typical wet-on-wet paintings 
done by Waldorf school students. 
There is some slight distortion in a few; 
the originals from which I worked were small, 
and some were dark or had glare-spots. 
I cropped the images slightly and heightened the colors 
to more accurately convey the effect 
of fresh paint on paper. 
Other samples of such paintings can be found 
elsewhere here at Waldorf Watch. 

Although Waldorf students are usually not told this, 
paintings of this sort can be taken as representing 
spiritual realms and conditions  
as described by Rudolf Steiner. 
And, like all Waldorf art, the paintings 
are meant to invoke spiritual powers. 

[Paintings courtesy of PLANS.]

The images, above, misrepresent Waldorf paintings 
in at least one detail: 
Often, for esoteric reasons, Waldorf art 
is created on paper having rounded, 
not squared off, corners. 

See, e.g., 


This tradition is not observed in all Waldorf schools,
but it has become something of a cultural fixture.

"Cut the corners of your paper...  
so that they are rounded and smooth. 
This tradition comes from the Waldorf sentiment that 
sharp edges and corners are visually (and spiritually) 
harsh and should be rounded and muted 
for the benefit of sensitive young children."
— Whole Family Rhythms

"Anytime of the year: 
...Cut corners from painting/drawing paper."
— "The Role of Purposeful Work in a Waldorf Kindergarten",
Online Waldorf Library 

"Why the wet paper? ... Why cut the corners off? 

These are things that are really Waldorf specific, 

so it is no wonder that these questions come up ... 

In Pre-school and Kindergarten the corners are cut off 

of drawings and paintings to soften the shape of the paper. 

The form of the right angles is awakening 

and we want our young ones to stay dreamy."

— "Waldorf Style Watercolour Painting",

— Page compiled by Roger Rawlings

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ILLUSTRATIONS: Some of the illustrations used on this site are summarized on these pages:

     Rudolf Steiner : portraits

     Gallery : some of his work

     Through His Eyes : Steiner's visions

     Manifestations : a quick overview of Anthroposophy and Waldorf schooling
     Stages : our evolution

     Anthro Art : typical productions
     Confirmation? : the subject is sources


     Other Paintings : not wet-on-wet, but still in a characteristic Waldorf style

     Drawings : characteristic Waldorf colored-pencil work

     Abstracts : representational nonrepresentational art

     Alma Mater : the Waldorf School of Adelphi College (later University)

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