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 three dimensional. I know for certain I could not have told what really qualified something to be a “form” as opposed to a shape.
Begin with the elements of art…
The elements of art a great place to start for teaching kids some basics of the visual arts. The seven elements of art will give your kids some great vocabulary and basic concepts that will help them look at art, talk about art, and make their own art! Check out this post for links to all my free printables to help teach the elements of art!
The element of form…
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!
Check out this post for a more in depth look at one point perspective and more free printables!
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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