Beginning with Form Drawing


Unique to Waldorf schools is an approach to geometry that begins with simple repetitive ribbon forms in the first grade. This book provides the teacher with the ribbon form drawing lessons needed for grades one and two.

Castle Ramparts

Lesson 11

This form will be somewhat easier for the student than the preceding curved line forms. It looks like the ramparts on castle walls, therefore the teacher could present any story with the image of a castle. The fairy tale Briar Rose would be one example, but the teacher may also choose to simply tell the student about the times when people lived in castles and what that was like. She could tell how archers fired arrows from ramparts such as depicted in this form.

As a variation upon the theme, the student can make the colorful design motif below. Do you see the original green “castle walls” form that has been surrounded with variations of the form in different colors? The end result is a visually satisfying form.


  • The First Lesson
  • The Significance of Form Drawing
  • The Formative Forces in Nature
  • Materials Needed for Teaching Form Drawing
  • Beginning Form Drawing
  • How Much in One Lesson?
  • Approximate Size of the Student’s Forms
  • How to Introduce the Forms
  • Begin with the Story or Imaginative Vignette
  • 24 Form Drawing Lessons