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Steiner form drawing (Waldorf Schools)

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Tommye Scanlin (TScanlin.edu)
Sun, 10 Nov 1996 23:38:34 -0500

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The following question was posted 10 November:

>can anyone help me find publications on Stiener School form drawing?

This refers to the Waldorf Schools, which have beginnings with the
work of Austrian scientist and thinker, Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925).
"According to Steiner's philosophy, man is a threefold being of spirit,
soul, and body whose capacities unfold in three developmental stages on the
path to adulthood: early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence"
(_Waldorf Education...An Introduction)
Form drawing, an important part of the educational process in the
Waldorf Schools, involves learning to draw simple lines and curves in
symmetry and inversion. The exercises are thought to "...lead to higher
levels of visual processing and increasing abilities to think flexibly." I
participated in a workshop taught by Georg Locher at the Waldorf School of
Atlanta/The Children's Garden, three years ago. The adult participants
were lead through a series of the form drawing exercises, beginning with
simple forms and moving to progressively more complex ones.
I'm not sure if there are specific publications in which form
drawing is discusses separate from general information about Steiner and
Waldorf Education. Below are a few resources from a brochure received at
that workshop,_Waldorf Education...An Introduction_
You might also inquire with The Association of Waldorf Schools of
North America, 3911 Bannister Rd., Fair Oaks, CA 95628.

Harwood, A.C. _Recovery of Man in Childhood_, Myrin Institute, 136 E. 64th
St., New York, NY 10021

Querido, Rene. _Creativity in Education: The Waldorf Approach_,
Spock, Marjorie. _Teaching as a Lively Art_
Barnes, Henry. _An Introduction to Waldorf Education_
Sunbridge College Bookstore, 260, Hungry Hollow Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977

Tommye Scanlin


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