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Form Drawing

Form drawing is unique to Waldorf schools. It allows one to experience the inner nature of things through movement—which is one of the basic learning modalities of the early grades. First, the students move with their whole bodies to create shapes; then they draw the shapes on chalkboards or paper. The shapes are archetypal patterns and designs such as those found in nature, incorporating straight and curved lines that freeze the movement, making it visible in space.

Through form drawing, the students learn to recognize the inherent qualities and characteristics of different forms—aspects such as balance, direction, proportion, repetition, symmetry, tension, and relaxation—though they are not explicitly identified.

Form drawing is therapeutic for all ages. It enhances one’s ability to concentrate, strengthens spatial orientation and eye-hand coordination, and helps with sequencing and tracking for writing and reading. It can soothe a hyperactive person and stimulate a sluggish one.

Form drawing also strengthens the capacity for imagination; a lively ability to recognize the form or configuration of things can later transform into a keen sense for grasping the essential soul gesture of a story, object, person, or situation.

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