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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

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.

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.

For the 7th Grade as taught in Waldorf Education

Hermann von Baravalle, Ph.D.

Softbound

$7.95

This item is available as a clearance item only. Please see the clearance page for details.

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!

A Program of a Waldorf Grade School Teacher

Eric K. Fairman

 

$21.00

Eric Fairman is a delightfully creative (and amazingly well-organized!) Waldorf grade school teacher in Australia who has done us all a great service by publishing the lesson notes he has kept through the years. In this as in all the Path of Discovery books, you will find suggested lessons, examples of ways of presenting the subject matter, verses, poems, songs – and, most importantly, a priceless amount of support and inspiration.

The contents of Vol. 1: Grade 1 include

  • Introduction,
  • Setting Out,
  • Form Drawing,
  • English,
  • Mathematics,
  • Environmental Studies,
  • Nature/Advent Play,
  • Painting,
  • Games,
  • Verses/Poems/Graces/Action Rhymes,
  • Bibliography,
  • Songlines,
  • Sample ‘Main Lesson” Program,
  • Story List

Developing the Will by Working with Pure Forms in the First Three Grades

Hella Loewe

Softbound

$18.00

Hella Loewe has developed an approach to modeling that could be called “form drawing in three dimensions” – and, we think it is just exactly what our modern children need. It is also, from our own research and from hers, very much what Steiner was hoping children in grades 1-3 would be taught.

In this wonderfully illustrated book, Loewe takes us step-by-step through modelling exercises beginning with the sphere and moving into other symmetrical and non-symmetrical. The tasks are simple, yet absorbing, and training the hands and eyes to work together as they engage a child’s attention, training it to sustain interest over longer and longer periods of time.

And, if that isn’t what today’s children need, I don’t know what it might be. Loewe’s approach is like a breath of fresh, reviving air – may it find its way into homes and schools everywhere!

Discussions between doctors and teachers

edited by David S. Mitchell

Softbound

$24.00

A wonderful compilation of articles and reports coming out of the First International Conference for Doctors and Teachers, held in Stuttgart, Germany, and sponsored by the Medical Section of the Goetheanum.

Topics covered include

  • the role of the school physician
  • constitutional types in school-age children
  • dental health and development
  • therapeutic principles in the curriculum of the arts and crafts lessons
  • therapeutic aspects of form drawing
  • reading and writing difficulties
  • math difficulties
  • working with difficult children
  • changes with maturity
  • opportunities and risks in the third seven-year period
  • therapeutic approaches in the high school lessons
  • youth and occultism
  • media
  • prevention of mental illness at school age
  • special needs education
  • aspects of left-handedness

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