Art & form drawing
Art is an integral part of every day in a Waldorf school, and a sense of beauty and proportion pervades the student’s schoolwork, both in formal art and in all other areas, including academic work. Main lesson books are a good example of this aesthetic consciousness. Teachers make their classrooms beautiful and inspiring, and students are surrounded by beauty everywhere in the school.
The class teacher gives regular instruction in drawing, modeling and painting throughout the grades. In the early grades painting is nonrepresentational; children are immersed in the experience of painting different colors on wet watercolor paper and learn the quality of each color and their relationship to each other. Gradually, through the grades, more form is developed and painting lessons are often related to the subject being taught in the main lesson.
Modeling in the early grades begins with brightly colored beeswax and moves progressively to clay-modeling from about the fourth grade on.
In the middle school years, art lessons are given as additional periods, and may include veil painting (thin, translucent veils of paint on dry paper), drawing with charcoal, conté crayons and pastels.
Form drawing is taught in grades one through five as part of the main lesson or in a period of its own. Forms of various kinds are mastered, beginning with straight and curved lines in first grade. This is the foundation for the child learning to print and write.
By third grade, the forms become quite complicated and help to develop the child’s spatial orientation and sense of balance and proportion. In fifth grade, the children practice freehand geometry and are then ready to move on to using compasses and rulers in grade six.