Teaching Art History

Engaging Our Inner Life with Art, Cultural History and
The Evolution of Consciousness


What had been revealed to me through spiritual perception as the law of human evolution appeared in clear manifestation before my mind in the development of art.” – Rudolf Steiner, Course of My Life

This online course will present an overview of Art History in eight sessions particularly designed for educators interested in teaching adolescent students. It will include why this subject is important at this age and how it can be presented in a way that engages the young person at a critical time in their inner development. We will explore the History of Art by looking at painting and sculpture from different cultural periods, its significance for the time and how it expresses the evolving consciousness of its period. We will observe the techniques, methods and materials and discuss the stories contained in the pictures on many levels. 

Illustrated lectures, conversations and questions, as well as artistic work will provide the pathway for experiencing how art is the family picture album of humanity and an illustrated glimpse into the evolution of consciousness.


with Van James 

 Artist, Author, Educator

Hawaii, USA

Live Dates & Times :

July 10,17,31 (Asia) = July 9,16,30 (USA)

August 7,14,21 (Asia) = August 6,13,20 (USA)

September 4,18 (Asia) = September 3,17 (USA)

7:00 – 9:00 AM (Indian Standard Time)

Recordings of English with full Chinese translation available

For those interested, a recording of the weekend course will be replayed during the following week with the addition of a detailed translation in Chinese.

For Certificate participants a Certificate of Completion will be offered if the assigned course work is submitted within the given time frame.

However, the course is open to anyone interested in engaging their inner life with art, aesthetics, cultural history and the evolution of consciousness.

Who is this course for:  Teachers, Artists, Therapists,  Parents and anyone interested in Art & Cultural History.

Course Level: Beginners and Advanced, anyone who is moved by Art is most welcome.

Preparations: Have drawing paper, pastels and coloured pencils available and a clear working space beside your computer for these sessions.

Regular Participants – 

Fee: Rs.16,650 = $250 USD

Certificate Participants – 

Fee: Rs 19,980 = $300 USD

About Van James

 Van James is an artist, author, Steiner-Waldorf educator and international advocate for the arts ( A longtime teaching-artist in Hawai’i and a mentor for Gradalis Teacher Education. Van is a council member of the Visual Art Section of North America, a mentor with the Academy of Himalayan Art and Child Development, editor of Pacifica Journal, and an award-winning author of numerous books on culture and the arts including the recently published Teaching Art History: Engaging Adolescents in Art, Cultural History and the Evolution of Consciousness.
(Click here for Van’s YouTube Channel  on painting)


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