Chalk Drawings · Grade 4 · Teaching · Waldorf Education

Waldorf Norse Mythology Chalk Drawing

Back in September I did a chalk drawing of the Norse Realms for the beginning of our Norse Mythology block. I posted a photo of it on Facebook, which was snatched up and shared by my school’s Facebook page. After that, I could not believe what happened.

People just started to share it. People from all over the world. It was even shared by the popular Waldorf blog Waldorfish.com and I was getting Facebook friend requests from all sorts of teachers and education enthusiasts.  For a young Waldorf teacher who by no means considers herself an artist, the positive response was humbling and incredibly validating.

This is why I decided to share my simple process with other Waldorf teachers, especially if you don’t consider yourself an artist!

This drawing was inspired by a Waldorf teacher from California named Brian Wolfe who did a chalkboard drawing of the Norse World Tree. I really liked his ideas, but of course, wanted to make it my own.

  1. I started with the tree, Yggdrasil, which we know has three roots.  But don’t worry about the details, it’s your own artistic representation!
  2. Once I got the basic form of my tree down, I added a flattened circle around the roots with dark green and light green, adding little sprigs of grass.

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3.  Next I started to lay the colors for the various realms. When drawing the mountains, I           pressed harder with one side of my chalk to help create shadows, then I went back with white      and added highlights to the mountains, the tree, and the bends in the roots. I also lightly                marked where I wanted my rainbow to be, as well as a spot above the tree to label ‘Asgard.’

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4. Last I simply filled in the colors of each realm, and added details like the fire and icicles. I      also added foliage to the tree and ‘rune-like’ lettering.

And voilà! The finished product:

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Teachers, feel free to share  your chalk drawings with a link in the comments below.

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4 thoughts on “Waldorf Norse Mythology Chalk Drawing

  1. This is lovely. I homeschool Waldorf and have a chalkboard. I tried and tried to do the chalk drawings but just never quite got the art down. I still do them occasionally but not as much as I’d like. Thank you so much for this breakdown.

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