Living Lines

Form Drawing Inspiration for Steiner-Waldorf Teachers

Henrik Thaulow

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  • This fascinating and beautiful book will allow Waldorf educators, at school and home, to confidently teach form drawing to their pupils
  • Includes over 100 form drawing exercises, grouped by grade, and suitable for Classes 2-5
  • An insightful introduction explains what form drawing is and why it is important, as well as practical considerations such as paper type, drawing tools, colour and more
  • By an experienced Steiner-Waldorf educator

A practical and inspiring book for Steiner-Waldorf teachers, offering new ways to teach form drawing. Includes over 100 form drawing exercises for Classes 2-5, as well as insights from Rudolf Steiner himself on the importance of this creative activity.

227 x 227 mm
Floris Books
Steiner-Waldorf Education
over 800 colour illustrations
192 pages
Publication date:
21 Nov 2019


Form drawing, allowing children to understand the idea of a form and encouraging them to recreate it in their own way, is a key principal of Steiner-Waldorf education and its study enriches the teaching of all subjects in the curriculum.

This unique book first explains form drawing and its role in Steiner-Waldorf schools, while also tackling practicalities such as advice on suitable paper and pencils. It goes on to offer a wide selection of exercises for Classes 2 to 5, with step-by-step instructions on how they can be taught, arranged both by class and by theme, drawing on examples of pupils' work and images of forms from nature and cultural heritage. Teachers can use these lessons as an inspiring starting point.

This fascinating and beautiful book will allow Waldorf educators, at school and home, to confidently teach form drawing to their pupils.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Getting Started
What Is Form Drawing?
Basic Forms
Types of Exercise
Practical Considerations
Creating Your Own Form Exercises

Part 2: Practical Exercises
Class 2 Exercises
Class 3 Exercises
Class 4 Exercises
Class 5 Exercises
Botany Exercises
Cultural and Historical Exercises

Part 3: Living Lines, Living Thoughts
Living Lines
Living Thoughts
Rudolf Steiner on Form Drawing


'[Thaulow] strikes a wise balance between giving explicit guidance and allowing space for individual initiative... This book provides a valuable resource, full of ready-to-go ideas. Perhaps more importantly, it is also a source of inspiration and encouragement and for anyone interested in form drawing, in whatever context, I'm sure it will be very helpful indeed. Whether a newcomer to this activity, or a seasoned practitioner, there is much to discover and use.'
-- Martin Hardiman, former Steiner-Waldorf class teacher and form drawing teacher


Henrik Thaulow is a class teacher and art and crafts teacher in Waldorf Schools, and a lecturer at the Steiner College in Oslo. He trained at the Granum Painting School in Oslo and the Goetheanist Study Centre in Vienna where Form Drawing was the subject of his master's thesis.

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