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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Camphill Academy | Evaluated Learning Experience

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Light and Color (Formerly Goethe's Color Theory) [Course 1] with

Projective Geometry (Formerly Geometry) [Course 2] OR
Form Drawing [Course 3]

Course 1: 8 hours (over several weeks - varies). Course 2: 8 hours (over several weeks - varies). Course 3: 8 hours (over several weeks - varies).

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

Course 1: Light and Color:  April 2005 - Present. Course 2Projective Geometry: April 2005 - Present. Course 3: Form Drawing: September 2013 - Present. 

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

Course 1: Light and Color: Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: recognize complementary colors; differentiate between Newton's and Goethe's color spectrum; appreciate Goethe as a scientist; use a phenomenological approach to observation; explain diffraction; differentiate between Goethe's and Newton's views of light and darkness; explain the difference between physiological and prismatic colors; and appreciate the possibilites for artistic and therapeutic use of colors.Course 2:  Projective Geometry (formerly Geometry): Students will be able to: select content and guide children in geometrical drawing and construct models of the Platonic solids. Course 3: Form Drawing: Students will be able to: learn the techniques and skills involved in working with pencil and color; activate the creative forces that lie dormant in every person; engage in forms that have curves, and notice how much one has to exert his/her will in order to achieve the forms with some precision; and understand how exercises with straight lines and angles support the work on the will or on thinking, which will ultimately become tools the student can use for educational, therapeutic, and recreational activities.


Course 1: Light and Color: Phenomenological observation in the Goethean sense is a fundamental tool for the curative educator. It builds essential capacities for the holistic diagnostic approach used in anthroposophical curative education. The Goethean phenomenological approach teaches students to balance the one-sided scientific/analytical method as exemplified by Newtonian science with a capacity for synthetic appreciation of phenomena and symptoms. Goethe's work on color provides a particularly valuable opportunity for the practice of this approach. Course 2: Projective Geometry (formerly Geometry): This course enables students to work with basic plane and solid geometrical constructions. Content includes: exact geometrical drawings based on the circle; basic concepts of projective geometry; construction of the Platonic solids. Course 3: Form Drawing: This course is integral to the curriculum and pairs with Light and Color as the second half of a coupled course. It is offered as an alternative to Projective Geometry and may be taken in the first or second year of the curative education or social therapy programs. Concurrently, it complements coursework in Human Being II, Human Development II, Light and Color, Visual Arts I, and (in the Curative Education program) Development of Will through Craft, Home Life and Care, and Journal II, or (in the Social Therapy program) Social Therapy I and Social Therapy Project II, as well as coursework in the arts. This course lays the foundation for work in subsequent years, especially for Curriculum and School, Human Being III, Visual Arts II, Curative Application of the Arts and the practica. 

Credit recommendation: 


Course 1: Light and Color and either Course 2: Projective Geometry (formerly Geometry) or Course 3: Form Drawing: In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category OR in the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 1 semester hour in Curative Education, Social Therapy, Social Agriculture, Inclusive Social Development, Educational Arts Methods, Goethean 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: Light and Color must be completed with either Projective Geometry (formerly Geometry) or Form Drawing to receive credit. Form Drawing is an alternative to Projective Geometry.