Until I got to college I can honestly say my knowledge of the element of form consisted of making little cubes and those clever bubble letters that looked vaguely thee dimensional. I know for certain I could not have told what really qualified something to be a “form” as opposed to a shape.
Although the element of form may seem a little tricky it’s really simple. A shape is flat. A form takes up space in the room. Form is three dimensional and has volume.
The real fun begins when students are old enough to understand the bigger concept; that the “idea” of form can be drawn on a two dimensional paper.
The DIY of creating “form” on a flat surface
One point perspective is the simplest form of linear perspective to teach. This form of linear perspective shows how things get smaller as they get further away by using lines that converge at a single vanishing point.
The example below provides kids with some simple shapes, a horizon line, and a vanishing point. Kids can connect the point of the shapes with lines running back to the vanishing points. Use a ruler here, it will help!
The element of form takes a bit of technical knowledge but it pays off!
Those lines will makes those shapes “POP” right into forms.
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Once your kiddos have mastered the idea of one point perspective try out two point perspective. This slightly trickier version of two point perspective uses vanishing points , both placed on the horizon line, to create a sense of form. There’s all kinds of fun to be had using form in art! This tiny bit of technical knowledge will open up a whole new world for your student!
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