Adult Learning

When you Make it Yourself, You Make it Your Own.

Learn a new skill and cultivate a sense of inner peace and satisfaction.  Join fellow crafters and learn from our talented teachers in a range of adult classes at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.


Classes are limited in size and are filled on a first come, first-served basis. You can register by calling Maggie Davis at 215-248-1662 or by emailing Maggie at

Full payment is needed to reserve your space. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days before the first class for a class credit.  If a class is canceled, you will receive a full refund. Supplies are not included in class fee unless stated. Classes are non-refundable but may be transferred to a friend if you’re unable to attend.

All classes are for adults 18 years of age and older.

Class Leaders

Master teacher, Nicole Nicola has over 20 years experience as a Waldorf handwork teacher, mother, and founding member of The Waldorf School of Philadelphia.  Nicole is a graduate of the Parsons New School of Design, a visiting teacher of Handwork and Applied Arts at the Sunbridge Institute, and the lead teacher of Handwork, Sculpture, and Fine Arts at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia. 

Traditional Waldorf Doll Making

Make your own Waldorf doll in time for the holidays. In Waldorf communities, it is a tradition to make your own Waldorf doll for a beloved child. The Waldorf doll, with its simple features and natural materials, encourages imaginative play and will be loved and cherished for years to come. Using cotton, wool, and mohair, this class teaches the fundamentals of Waldorf doll construction. 


Tuesday, January 17
Tuesday, January 24
Tuesday, January 31
Tuesday, February 7
Tuesday, February 14 
Tuesday, February 28

Cost - $150.00, materials included


Pastel Drawing

Colour is the soul of Nature and of the entire cosmos - Rudolf Steiner

In this class, you will study various artists who have broken new ground in their use of light, dark, and color. This class follows a path of exploring composition and the richness of color. This course includes some basic observational techniques but is mostly about understanding color on a profound level.  Such is the popularity of this is a class, it often attracts requests for a second level course.


Wednesday evenings from 7-9 pm in the Handwork Room at the Waldorf School of Philadelphia beginning Wednesday, January 11, 2017

January 11, 2017
January 18, 2017
January 25, 2017
February 1, 2017
February 8, 2017
February 15, 2017 (Final Class)

Cost – 6 evenings for $120.00 materials included

Sheep to Shawl

Explore fiber transformation and deepen your experience of color. This year-long course offers an opportunity to create a special garment by transforming wool fibers into a knitted shawl. Each participant will create a beautiful and functional piece that is imbued with healing forces and uniquely suited to their own individuality.

The traditional hands-on activities of washing and carding wool, spinning with spindle and wheel, dyeing fibers with plant colors, and knitting, will be approached with a spirit of research and renewal. Background reading, including learning about the history of spinning, making drop spindles and spinning,  will complement the hands-on activities.

This course has proven fun for some and transformative for others, as we practice these ancient art forms we experience the connection between humans and handwork.

The Sheep to Shawl Class will be held on the second Saturday of every month beginning February 11, 2017.  The class will be held in the Handwork Room at The Waldorf School of Philadelphia from 10am - 1pm.

February 11, 2017
March 11, 2017
April 8, 2017
May 13, 2017
June 10, 2017
July 8, 2017
August 12, 2017
September 9, 2017
October 14, 2017
November 11, 2017
December 9, 2017
January 13, 2018 (Final Class)

The cost of the year-long course is $650.00


Wet Felting, An Introductory Mini-Class

Spend  3 hours learning the basics of wet felting techniques, including felting history, how to lay out a sheet of fiber, and learn about pre-felt. This workshop is a great primer to get you started and inspired. You will also have the chance to see many completed samples of what is possible with felting.

Felting has been used as therapeutic art exercise in many countries.  Experience handling delicate pieces of natural sheep wool, laying it down delicately, beginning the felting process by sprinkling it with water, gently massaging it and increasing the handling of it until you use all your strength to fully finish the felt.

Skills required: The ability to move your hands in a circular motion and to pinch your fingers.

Date: Saturday, January 21st from 10 -1pm

Cost: $45 Includes all materials - including wool to complete a small pincushion and the use of all helpful tools. There is also extra wool available for purchase if you like to work on goodies at home.