As a discipline, form drawing is unique to Waldorf education, and traditionally each first grade begins with this subject. Form drawings, composed of straight and curved lines, form the basis of all the drawing and writing the first grader will encounter. The students first make the shapes with their whole body through walking, running, and large movements of the arms and hands, later bringing the movement experience to rest by drawing them on paper with crayons or colored pencils on large paper.
Form drawing stimulates the activity of forming mental pictures, an activity which engages the will and feeling life in a mood of quiet focused attention. Through form drawing activities, the child feels the balance, proportion, symmetry, and shape of the forms and their inherent dynamic movements.
Form drawing is an excellent preliminary exercise for writing, and it is particularly useful in preparation for cursive in second grade. Fine motor skills, hand‐eye coordination, and spatial orientation are supported by regular form drawing exercises. Lessons in the second and third grades encompass vertical and horizontal symmetry, forms that metamorphose through four quadrants in sequence, and inward and outward spirals. Fourth grade continues with braidedand knotted forms, and the free hand geometric forms in fifth grade, the last year of form-drawing, serve as a transition to the use of compass and straight edge in sixth grade geometry.