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