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Rudolf Kutzli

$28.95

The forms in Volume 3 represent a more advanced study which contains forms appropriate in some older grades classes, but mainly in the high school or for adults. The contents are over 90 pages of “forms in process,” interspersed with commentary and introductions to exercises. If you’ve ever thought form drawing was “just a simple exercise,” you’ll marvel at the depth and life that Kutzli brings to the subject. (Try the form on page 40 of section 12 and let me know how you manage. Wow!)

Rudolf Kutzli

$26.95

Workbook 2 begins a variety of Celtic knot-forms, all both beautiful and fascinating. (Hint: If you try them, you’ll know you’ve got it when you feel like you’re dancing through the over-under knot patterns.) From there, you will move through many remarkable modern intertwined forms, then back to traditional labyrinths and much, much more. Woven into all these is a short discussion of the 12 senses, the role of ‘will’, the nature of movement, convex and concave forms and their effect. There’s a lot more than this, but even this much is leaving me rather breathless. This is a great book – in my opinion the most enjoyable of the series. Be sure to have your pencil and paper handy when you sit down with it!

Rudolf Kutzli

$26.95

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Kutzli’s presentation of form drawing is the most complete and dynamic, not to mention detailed, work on the subject available. Not only has he gathered a great deal of information about the nature and benefits of form drawing, but in offering the examples of the various forms, Kutzli has inserted the element of movement and transformation. The forms in Volume 1 represent a full range of forms suitable for the 8 grades (and beyond). The contents include introductions to the various exercises, verses for form drawers, verses for those studying form and 80 large pages of forms ranging from very simple to complex.

Hans R. Niederhauser Margaret Frohlich

Spiral bound

$15.00

This is the classic teacher’s guide to the art of form drawing as taught in Waldorf schools and anyone wanting to know more about Steiner’s intentions for the pedagogical use of form drawing, or to learn directly from two master class teachers will love going through this book again and again. There are all manner of forms, including form drawings for grades 1 through 5, and wonderful discussion about them.

One cannot develop moral forces by talking at children or by moralizing, but by doing certain things with the cildren over and over again, by emphasis on the element of will. One must count on the metamorphosis of soul forces: what one has incorporated into the will of the growing child changes and comes to life later as moral feeling and moral imagination. It awakens as a new moral consciousness with the impulse to do in freedom and with love what necessity and duty require.

–Neidermeyer and Frohlich

As a resource for deepening your own understanding of how to use and present form drawing, I can’t recommend Neiderhauser and Frohlich’s work highly enough. If you are new to form drawing, I would suggest that either Form Drawing for Beginners or Form Drawing Grades One through Four would be better places to start — but don’t forget about this one. I promise, you’ll want to dive into it once you feel you have your feet on the ground!

Grades One through Four

Laura Embrey-Stine and Ernst Schuberth

$11.95

This amazing little book is a thorough and insightful overview of the progress of form drawing through the first four grades. Within Waldorf Education these forms are seen not only as the precursors to good handwriting and eye/hand coordination in general, they are also known for their remarkable ability to help students integrate what are now known as left- and right-brain functions and, therefore, emerge into a more unified view of the world around them.

Both Embrey-Stine and Schuberth are to be congratulated (and thanked!) for their work. They have covered all the basic lessons for the first four grades, ways of presenting the forms to students, a myriad of forms to use (with lots of information on when to use them), associated the forms with the world around us, and then gone on to offer forms for each temperament and forms for the teacher. This is a book destined to become dog eared from enthusiastic use!

written and illustrated by Donna Simmons

Christopherus Homeschool Resources

Spiral Bound

$25.00

I had intended to quickly review this amazing introduction to form drawing — to capture it’s contents and let you know what you could find in it. You know, the usual. And I will still do that, but first I want to share with you what I found that completely redirected my original intention.

I fully expected Donna’s presentation to be what all her work has been: thorough, to-the-point, completely explained, intensely engaging. It is all that, but it is something much more, also. What I discovered when I opened the book was that Donna has explained in the warmest, friendliest and (as though as an added bonus) most concise way I’ve encountered just WHY form drawing is so important for our children, and for us. Her explanation is so simple, yet goes straight to the heart of not just form drawing, but the purpose of Waldorf education and of life itself. In two pages she allows us to step with her into a way of looking at life that is rich and vast with possibilities for growth. I’ve seen nothing in writing that is more alive than Donna Simmons’ short introduction to form drawing — it just doesn’t get better than this.

And the content — the perfect beginning! After addressing FAQs such as “Do I always have to tell a story?” and “How do I know when to move on to the next form?”, Donna offers a check list of things to remember about form drawing, how to help yourself and your child, etc.

Finally, the remainder of the book is devoted to sequential forms for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade and covers all the basics from Curves and Straight Lines to Crossing the Midline and Advanced Forms.

If you are using Form Drawing for Beginners as part of a first grade Christopherus Curriculum, you might also enjoy:

A Natural Approach to Learning the Art of Drawing

Van James

Softbound

Hundreds of full-color and black-and-white illustrations

$30.00

This beautiful book is so packed with the richness of life and a zest for beauty that the fact that it is also the best guide to learning how to draw and teaching children to draw that I’ve ever seen comes almost as a surprising bonus.  As you feast your eyes on one delightful, beautiful drawing after another, you can’t help but be inspired to try your own hand at drawing, and to pass along what you learn.  But, remarkably, this is only part of the genius of Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart.

Drawing with Hand, Head, and Heart is a comprehensive and practical guide to the art of drawing and to the process of visual thinking that is part of our full human intelligence. More than 500 illustrated exercises and examples—collected and developed over many years of Waldorf classroom experience—show teachers, parents, and students how to learn to draw simply and naturally, as a child would learn to draw.

The introduction examines contemporary research on brain development and its relationship to learning, showing how the process of picture making contributes to the development of visual thinking. An overview follows about how children learn to draw and how their visual intelligence can be engaged through age-appropriate drawing exercises. Many useful examples of form drawing, portraiture, and geometric and perspective drawing illustrate the art and science of drawing for students of all ages and ability levels.

Van James also provides samples of inspiring blackboard drawings and main lesson book pages for teachers and students and includes an informative appendix on therapeutic drawing, a bibliography of resources, and an index. Includes 576 color and black and white illustrations.

Dick van Romunde

Original Drawings by Elly van Hardeveld

Translated by James Lee and Jannebeth Röell

Hardbound, Dust Jacketed, Beautifully illustrated on semi-gloss paper

$28.00

This is one of the most unusual and beautiful books we have ever carried — one of those rare books that is so filled with wonderful things to discover, and so well conceived, and so very, very well printed and bound that just holding it in your hand is enough to convince you that it is a treasure, in fact, something to be treasured for years and generations to come. It’s as though what is inside the covers is so powerful and true that it reaches out to you before you lay eyes on the first words.

Dick van Romunde was a Waldorf science teacher who felt that part of his task on earth was to show his readers the natural world, seen through eyes trained by Goethe and Steiner. And what a warm and fascinating journey he takes us on! Plant by plant, we look with him and listen as he tells us what he has found to be most significant, most at the heart of that form of life. It’s as though we were invited on a field trip with a naturalist who is as wise as he is learned, and who just loves to share what he knows.

This is a book that is lavishly illustrated — in general, you’ll find tasteful, elegant color drawings on every other page; yet, it is the text that keeps pulling my eyes away from the truly beautiful drawings. Yes, I know. I can hardly believe it either; in fact, I can’t think of another instance where something this has happened. But van Romunde’s insights and observations are so very engaging that I simply can’t take my eyes off them, even when I want to.

This is a book to cherish and return to over and over.

And by the way, the translation is as elegant as van Romunde’s work deserves — clear, clean English that flows like a river across the author’s thoughts.

For the 7th Grade as taught in Waldorf Education

Hermann von Baravalle, Ph.D.

Softbound

$7.95

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Perspective drawing stands between geometric law and artistic skill and also between plane geometric construction and solid geometry. Accordingly, it is taught in Waldorf Education during the 7th grade year, and offers a middle ground between the study of two-dimensional forms in the 6th grade and the three-dimensional forms of 8th grade.

Contents:

  • Preface
  • Perspective Divisions and Perspective Series
    • The Perspective Middle
    • Perspective Divisions in 4 and 8 Parts
    • Perspective Trisection
    • Perspective Extrapolation
    • Perspective Series of Horizontal Lines
  • Perspective Views with Two Vanishing Points
    • Inside Perspectives
    • Construction of Staircase
  • Roof Construction in Perspective
    • Pointed Roofs
    • The Gable Roofs
    • The Mansard Roofs
    • The Combined Gables
  • The Construction of Shadows
  • Perspective of Curves
  • Perspective Views from Nature

A Primer of Basic Forms for Artists, Designers and Architects

Jon Allen

Softbound

$25.00

Teachers, parents, artists and design professionals can all find something to love in Jon Allen’s Drawing Geometry. Here, in clean, clear drawings with step-by-step instructions, are the secrets of constructing a myriad of plane geometric forms. If you’ve never had the joy of discovering how a compass can transform paper and pencil into blossoming flowers of form, this book will introduce you to the magic and wonder of it all. If you’ve already mastered geometric construction, you’ll love Allen’s book even more – here in one volume lie the keys to the kingdom.

Truly a delight – do enjoy, whether with your students or for yourself!

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