In the book ‘The Creative Form Drawing’ by Rudolf Kutzli, an array of exercises with varying levels of difficulty is presented. These exercises aim to stimulate one’s inner activity, regardless of one’s predispositions or professional career choices. The book symbolizes a journey toward the gradual unfolding of dormant, formative, and creative forces within humans.
Rudolf Steiner elucidates the profound implications that subjects like drawing, painting, and specifically the design of forms hold in Waldorf school pedagogy. How does it work? The Creative Form Drawing strengthens our Self while rendering it simultaneously flexible and vital. In an era where everything seems to contribute to rigidity and hardening, this resource stands as a valuable solution.
Unlike other visual art subjects, the design of forms uses lines, drawing from the ancient ‘ars lineandi’ of the Middle Ages, Celtic interlaces, and Lombard bands ornamented in stone. Another illuminating book by Kutzli, ‘Die Langobardische Kunst’ (‘The Lombardic Art’), delves deeper into this perspective. The line, as a conscious trace and sign, expresses and reinforces laws inherent within individuals—the same laws appealed to by shaping forces, those that mold us.
In the form drawing , there is nothing subjective, no individual artistic expression. Instead, it enacts cosmic and universal laws on the paper. In my opinion, the form drawing could be likened to a mathematical law applied to human formation, permeating the physical plane and all its aspects, leading to clarity of thought and centeredness, including aid in combating insomnia (I’ll share this tip for free).
How can adults benefit from this resource? Naturally, through guidance, particularly within a process—not merely copying knots and interlaces virtuosically, but more akin to a form of meditation. However, everyone can practice a simple exercise each morning to alleviate stress and center themselves.
Purchase a graphite pencil with a diameter of one centimeter, preferably soft, ranging from 2B to 9B. Brands like Lyra work well—avoid sharp points, mechanical pencils, or rigid implements. Then, acquire a large spiral sketch pad, minimum size 40×60. Avoid pocket notebooks or flimsy papers—they’re as bland as they are ineffective (if you don’t follow these guidelines, you have no idea what might happen—you’re tampering with shaping forces; who knows, you might grow an eleventh finger or a third eye, though not the clairvoyant kind).
Draw a freehand circle as big as the sheet and continue drawing within it, seeking a soft, vital line—Giotto would envy your strokes. This centering exercise is beneficial for everyone; each person should realign themselves daily.
This exercise can be practiced before a meeting or work encounter. Ideally, hang the sheet on a wall or door, stand straight, supple, and conscious. So, dear managers on the brink of a nervous breakdown, draw a bold line over the stress…