Creative Form Drawing Workbook 1 is the first of a three Workbook self study course in creative form drawing. There were twelve Sections in the original German version, but Hawthorn published these in three workbooks, each comprising four Sections.
These three workbooks offer a thorough, step by step guide to form drawing. As Brunelleschi, the Renaissance architect said, ‘The lines and forms are visible signs of divine gestures. Learn to understand them and you will comprehend how God created the world.’
Anyone wanting to develop their drawing skills, as well as artists, teachers and students, will enjoy the creative challenge of form drawing. Regular practice can help discover what the art of line can mean. Drawing skills are developed through systematic exercises, and can develop self-confidence, balance and tranquillity. Simple form drawing is used in Steiner–Waldorf schools as a companion discipline to handwriting and drawing skills. It offers a healthy antidote to screen culture.
Form drawing is an artistic activity using the art of line. It dates back to the ancient mysteries and flourished in the early Middle Ages as well as wood and stone carvings all over Europe, such as the Celtic sun crosses. Form drawing is found in many tribal cultures as the ornamentation of the body, clothes and buildings.
“This book must be read with paper and pencil. When it calls itself a workbook that’s what it really means; with a refreshing minimum of philosophical baggage the book proceeds into exercises. Beginning with the most ‘simple’ exercises – the straight line and the wavy line – the work unfolds in four stages that allow any person to follow a fundamental path of outer evolution and inner discipline.” —Alice Wulsin, Review