Waldorf Painting Verses

Ask Kytka Archives: November 11, 2oo1

Q: We are preparing to paint, do you have any painting or color verses or stories?

A: Oh yes indeed! Here are some that we have used and please also feel free to use the comment feature to share YOUR favorites!

There’s a bridge of wondrous light
Filled with colors shining bright
Red and orange, yellow, green,
The fairest colors ever seen,
Blue and violet, magic rose;
Down from heaven to earth it goes

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Now I take the brush so gently
In my hand with loving care
Watch the color flow so softly
On the paper clean and clear.

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Here we go, to and fro,
over the rainbow bridge we go.
Treading softly, treading slow,
over the rainbow bridge we go.
Gathering light from sun and star,
gathering light from heaven afar,
Down to earth all things to greet,
sharing the light with all we meet.
Here we go, to and fro,
over the rainbow bridge we go.
Treading softly, treading slow,
over the rainbow bridge we go.

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Tipperty-toes, the smallest elf,
Sat on a mushroom all by himself,
Playing a little tinkling tune
Under the big round harvest moon;
And this is the song that Tipperty made
To sing to the little tune he played.

Red are the hips, red are the haws,
Red and gold are the leaves that fall,
Red are the poppies in the corn,
Red berries on the rowan tall;
Red is the big round harvest moon,
And red are my new little dancing shoon.

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By the bushes on the green,
A little bunny can be seen,
With shiny paints – red, yellow, blue,
To paint a spring time egg for you!

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Come golden butterfly, close to me,
Your beautiful golden wings, I should like to see.
You fly like a bird, you sip like a bee,
But you’re really a flower the wind has set free.

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Two little clouds one summer’s day
Went flying through the sky.
They went so fast they bumped their heads,
And both began to cry.

Old Father Sun looked out and said,
Oh, never mind my dears,
I’ll send my little fairy folk
To dry your falling tears.

One fairy came in violet,
And one in indigo,
In blue, green, yellow, orange, red,
They made a pretty row.

They wiped the clouds tears all away,
And then out from the sky,
Upon a line the sunbeams made,
They hung their gowns to dry.

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Radiant Sun from his throne in the sky
Looked down on earth where sleeping seeds lie
And thought to himself, “I think it’s time
For flower babies to wake up and play.”
So with his rays of gold he knocked and knocked
At each and every flower family’s door,
“Wake up! Wake up!” he chuckled with glee,
“Time to wake up and color the earth’s floor!”
The snowdrops were first, then crocus and rosies,
Daffodils, violets and all sorts of posies
Yawning and stretching under radiant sun,
Yes, all flowers create springtime fun!

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Ultramarine, Prussian Blue and Lemon Yellow
By Veronika Rees, submitted by Lyn Turner

Ultramarine blue is looking for the centre of the page. When at length he finds it, he spreads himself a little and then curls up. “I am going no further,” he thinks. And there he stays, calm and quiet until he falls asleep. Prussian blue calls out to ultramarine: “You look lonely; shall I come and play?” There is no reply. So Prussian blue creeps nearer and nearer- very quietly so as not to disturb the sleeping blue. He surrounds the blue and sits very quietly so as not to disturb the sleeping blue. He surrounds the blue and sits very quietly until he too goes to sleep. Now yellow is feeling rather mischievous. She sees them both asleep and decides to wake up the Prussian blue. She tickles him here and she tickles him there, until he can’t help giggling- and they have a lovely green giggle together.

Halloween Painting Story
Submitted by Lyn Turner

I’ve done this with my daughters for the last two years. Although it’s recommended for Grade 1 or 2, my four year old managed with just a little help:-) The first time, they were so surprised to see the pumpkin appear in their painting! We hung the paintings on our front door for Halloween and had so many nice comments…

(Begin by painting a large golden yellow ball- this will be your pumpkin, but don’t tell them you’re painting a pumpkin. Next, surround with ultramarine blue, but be careful not to let colors touch)

Gold shines from the paper like a great ball. Vermillion says, “How about if I warm you up a little?” Ultramarine presses in from all sides, but the glowing orange will not let him touch her. “Remember, you must leave me room to breathe,” she says. So blue becomes soft and gentle. Then yellow speaks up, “Please, let me shine out- I am getting too hot and feel all boxed in.” “All right,” says orange, “I shall open some holes so that you may peak out.”

(Show the children how to lift the color with a clean dry brush to make the eyes, nose and mouth of a jack-o-lantern. Then fill the spaces with yellow)

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  1. I have a painting verse

    Drops of water
    Rays of light
    Paint a rainbow shining bright
    Dip into the pots of gold
    Wondrous colours to unfold

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