January - February
long discussion in our Yahoo group about lazure how-to & links
(Yahoo has now closed all groups but the notes are on my website)
I'm determined to learn lazure so that I can be a real Waldorf mom
2018 (twelve years later)
do-it-yourself lazure kit from Charles & Karen Andrade is at my door
ok! now I can check something off of my Waldorf bucket list!
March - November
I procrastinate because I'm scared I will mess it up
in fact, for months I don't even open the box
this turns out to be a big problem because packed in the little box the brushes are not being stored correctly and so the bristles get warped
(they should be stored standing up on the bristles, not lying down)
I buy Dick Bruin and Attie Lichthart's new book, Painting at School: A Handbook for Elementary and Secondary Education in Waldorf Schools and discover that it has information about lazure in it, which gets me excited again. "Rudolf Steiner's color recommendations for school buildings," pp.67-71, explains how to do the technique and gives the color schemes recommended by Steiner for the Goethe School in Hamburg (1925), the Stuttgart barracks (1922-1923), and the London school (1925).
Painting at School
by Dick Bruin & Attie Lichthart
I finally decide to move Zac out of his bedroom and lazure it
(this is a safe project because it's the smallest room in the house; also it's my Winter Break so I have two weeks off from teaching and I'm confident I can get it done)
Thursday, December 27
patch hole in wall
Saturday, December 28
sand patch, wash walls, tape around windows, doors, and trim
for the month of January
prime Zac's walls and the black marker scribbles... over and over
lazure must be done on a background of ABSOLUTELY PURE white
I'm frustrated because I'm not getting it done very swiftly and, meanwhile, Zac has no bedroom
Thursday, January 31
ultimately I take off painter's tape and just move Zac back into his pure white bedroom
February - August
Zac, who is three years old, writes on the walls of his primed pure white bedroom, so we paint it Orchid House (from Valspar) and turn it into the Science Room for our homeschool co-op, Little Bluestem. I move Zac into my bedroom so that I can monitor him. When he stops writing on the walls of rooms, he can have his own bedroom again!
One day while I'm teaching, Zac (still three years old) gets into the lazure supplies, because I left them out in the hallway, and opens the little bottles. Much of the paint ends up on the floor and is wasted.
Sunday, September 1
I decide that a bedroom, even a tiny one, is too ambitious of a project since I'm apparently terrified of lazure. I go looking for something smaller. I choose the one odd partial wall in our downstairs stairwell. This will be easy to get to and needs painting anyway, since it is currently covered with muddy fingerprints.
- Monday, January 4
I decide that I am probably never going to lazure anything, so I add the paint (which is almost exactly like Stockmar concentrated watercolor paint) to the art room shelves and I put the brushes away in the attic. Just on the off chance that I will want them someday...
So, much of my life goes like this. I collect things eagerly -- like any other teacher and homeschooling mom -- and then there is a large discrepancy between what I own and what I actually use. Yet, many of the things I have would be useful to someone else! Lazure brushes are expensive and beautiful. They are not ever going in the trash. I feel the same way about the rest of my curriculum things, but there's a lot I don't use that I either bought, or someone donated to me, or I got several copies of it from back when the Lending Library was going strong (I have lots of duplicate books).
And therefore my New Year's Resolution is to spend January and February deep cleaning and organizing ALL of my teaching things and selling on eBay what I do not need. This includes my Library, all of my file cabinets, and my Art Room, Handwork Room, and Science Room.
It's a big job but COVID is the perfect time to do it. And, since I fall in the category of people who buy everything online that they possibly can, only pick up their groceries at the curb, and have not seen their family or had a haircut since last February, I will be shipping everything USPS Priority Mail in Flat Rate Shipping boxes that do not need to be weighed.
I can pack it all up neatly and carefully, pay for the shipping and schedule a pickup online, and set it out on my doorstep. Easy!
So my plan is to NOT write any blog posts until this job is done and to use this post as a place to update what I have listed on eBay in case anyone is interested in any of the auctions. I will put things together into lots, bundles, and kits, so even if you get a book you'll get a few bonus things with it that may be useful for a lesson. I will keep this list strictly up to date and if I know where something came from -- and it's still available -- I'll include the link to it. That way if you miss out on an auction you still know where to find it. And if I change my mind later and want to buy it again, I can! Enjoy!
My goal is to tidy & organize for 3 hours a day and list 3 auctions a day.
I used to be able to sell things on my Yahoo group but time marches on...
L M N O P and All the Letters A to Z
by Howard Schrager and Bruce Bischof
plus the spiral-bound Christopherus First Grade Syllabus and Shelley Davidow's The Wise Enchanter: A Journey Through the Alphabet
- unabridged volume of Aesop's Fables
plus chopsticks and two dishes for acting out "The Fox and the Stork"
Noah's Ark in Paper and Card
by Charlotte Gerlings
plus vintage hardcover Legends of the Bible by Louis Ginzberg
and Beautiful Bible Stories retold by Patricia Summerlin Martin
A Small Dog's Big Life: Around The World With Owney
by Irene Kelly
plus 10 notecards, 11 envelopes, 1 sheet of New York City stickers
The Dragon Grammar Book: Grammar for Kids, Dragons, and the Whole Kingdom
by Diane Mae Robinson
plus a wood Montessori Grammar Stencil from Waseca Biomes and "Literature for Grammar" packet from Mandala Classroom Resources
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