Form drawing is like water, it is like the movement of plants as they grow, it is like the forms snowflakes make… Form drawing is about a moment of movement caught on a page. It is about concentration , perseverance, control of the will, grace, and purposefulness.
In my work I often suggest to people that they work “homeopathically” with children, starting with what is present and trying to ennoble it – not opposing it with something different.So why don’t you and your daughter spend some time watching water move or leaves fall – and draw what you and she see. Let her experiment with how nature does form drawing – currents, ripples, streams etc. Do non-directed form drawing for a while, that which is called for by nature. Let the power of your child’s observation – and her desire to do what is true and beautiful, find expression in a way that takes it out of the potential head-to-head conflict with you. Work sideways (there’s mantra number three for Christopherus, closely following “not school at home” and “homeschooling is about family”!). Don’t get into her stuff or into an unnecessary conflict.
Then let form drawing rest for a while. Do none for a time. When you judge the time is right, spend some time talking about the forms in nature that you two drew and then perhaps let her look through your form drawing book for a form that reminds her of the water (or leaves). Let her copy it – and if she’s still being a tricky customer, let her copy it directly out of the book – otherwise, I’d suggest you do it in the usual way with you drawing it large on the board and then her copying. Maybe recite a verse about water or leaves while she works – (though some children would prefer not to have a verse, would prefer to remain in the memory of what they experienced in nature) let her work with it in her own way. This might just help break any stalemate that could be forming over this issue between you two. And, assuming all goes well (??!!!) you can see what to do next – “Here’s a more complicated form – let’s try this”.
Posted on October 9, 2006 in Active and Therapeutic Education, Waldorf Curriculum
Awesome post Donna, just what I needed to hear for my third grader…thank you so much! Penny
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