Handwork and crafts are key components of the educational approach in Camphill, and are introduced to the pupils at an early age, both in the class and house setting.
Once the pupils reach the Upper School at the age of 15, more specific craft activity is introduced and each pupil spends part of his/her morning programme in a craft workshop where they can be introduced in a gentle and creative way to the realm of work.
Pupils are initially encouraged to move from one workshop to another in order to provide them with a breadth of experiences in regard to sensory awareness, processes, materials and skills.
Working with crafts:
- gives pupils opportunities for creativity and self-expression
- encourages pupils to become 'masters of own action', focusing attention and movement, and furthers the ability to apply knowledge in practical/new settings
- shows pupils the purpose of achievement, leading to the ability to create items that are useful to others and introduces pupils to working
- provides a frame of activities in which pupils can learn to relate and interact with others
- guides pupils to create products that are of practical purpose in daily life.
Generally each workshop will have 2 to 6 pupils, a workshop master and some assistants.
At present the School offers the following craft activities:
- FRUVER (fruit, vegetable, meat and household goods sorting and delivery)
- Refilling station (household cleaning products)
- Bike maintenance
- Craft and sewing
- Estate work
- Candle work
- Care Farm