Form Drawing Verse
(Hold up thumb, index and middle fingers of right hand so that arm is straight)
Three companions who always serve
To help me draw straight lines,
To help me draw curves.
An important thing to remember when presenting form drawing is that the form which appears on the paper is in fact a crystallization of the movement made by the person drawing the form. It's very important then to make sure you draw the form in a sequence of physical movements before you sit down to draw the form on paper. I suggest that you do the following:
It is very important part for first grade teachers/parent to make sure that before they attempt any form drawing lessons the children can understand and differentiate between a straight and a curved line. Many movement games and exercises allow the children to experience these two core forms. The straight line usually represents the human being, standing straight and tall. When a child understands this the teacher introduces the curved line - usually by making an arch with her arm, swinging it above, below, in front, behind, to the left and to the right. The curved line represents the world around us. Children really need to fully grasp this sense before they attempt writing/drawing forms.
Additionally, the children should be doing a series of movements - first of all asked to stand straight with their arms raised straight above their heads - long and tall. Let them really understand the concept of "straight". The same is equally important when learning about the curved line. A wonderful tool for drawing curved lines is a ribbon stick.
It's important to note that when form drawing all four of the lower senses are being used and developed in the child. These are spatial orientation, body geography, inner visualization and observation. Different forms have specific sense connections. This is why when working on form drawing it's really the QUALITY of the work versus the quantity. Some of these include:
Remarkably, most parents feel there is a "specific guide" to teach the "mysteries" of form drawing. The simplicity of the name of this way of drawing is the answer to the mystery. You are simply drawing forms! Therefore, once that realization is established - it's easy to locate sources.