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.
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.
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.