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Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Human Being I [Course 1]

Clay Modeling [Course 2]

Course 1: 34 hours (variable – over several weeks). Course 2: 8 hours (variable - over several weeks).

Camphill Communities California, Soquel, CA; The Camphill School, Glenmoore, PA; Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Phoenixville, PA; Camphill Village, USA, Copake, NY; Heartbeet Lifesharing, Hardwick, VT; Plowshare Farm, Greenfield, NH; instructor-led individual study at various locations across North America.

Course 1 and 2: September 2004 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Traditional classroom model
Mentor-facilitated Independent Study
Workshop Intensive
Learner Outcomes: 

Course 1: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: learn to perceive another person without judgment from different points of view; develop a picture of another person as a whole human being; develop more mobile and dynamic thinking; describe observed characteristics of a human being clearly, accurately, and objectively; distinguish perception from thoughts and ideas; make accurate observations of the essential aspects of an individual human being, based on the awakened and refined faculty of empathy; articulate and/or demonstrate a hum being’s physical characteristics, health and vitality, movement and speech, and ways of communicating; develop an imaginative picture that captures the essential characteristics of an observed situation; attempt to interpret the observed phenomena in light of the person’s deeper biographical intentions/vocation; describe the basic laws which Goethe discovered to underlie growth in nature and apply to human growth and development.  Course 2: Students will be able to: work with clay and develop the techniques and skills involved in working with the material; develop an enhanced awareness of the presence of the concave, convex, and double-bent planes in nature; differentiate and demonstrate concave and convex elements; observe more acutely the three- dimensional forces; observe the dynamics of negative space; compare and contrast living and inert bodies heavy and light forms; articulate the quality of the forms using descriptive vocabulary; appreciate the interplay of external and internal forces working in sculpture.


Course 1: This course addresses a phenomenological process to finding the appropriate pedagogical and therapeutic approach to working with children. This approach embraces the subtleties and complexities of the individual situation in arriving at insights that are specific rather than general and serve as a helpful guide to the curative educator. Developing refined observational capacities and the ability to recognize the essential gesture of observed phenomena helps the curative educator achieve a particular sense for the processes of metamorphosis that unfold over time. Through various exercises and activities, this course aims to develop the ability to perceive and describe natural phenomena and the human being. Participants become aware of the principles and ideas behind the phenomena. By working with the principle of metamorphosis as the basis of all development and transformation, participants move from static concepts to a dynamic thinking process. Course 2: The student of curative education or social therapy must enhance his or her power of observation and to acquire the resources for classroom application. The work with clay specifically aims to further the understanding of three-dimensional transformations in natural processes, and thereby cultivate awareness and faculties of observation, which can be applied as tools in educational and therapeutic work.

Credit recommendation: 

Course 1 and 2: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours as Introduction to Phenomenological Research or Preparation for Field Observation in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Social Science, Human Studies, and any discipline that could benefit from such a complementary learning experience (9/05) (10/10 revalidation) (11/15 revalidation) (10/20 revalidation). NOTE: Course 1 and 2 must both be completed to receive credit.