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Form Drawing

Capturing Dynamic Movement on Paper
Form drawing is also 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 children 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 children 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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