Teaching the Elements of Art: Form

Form in art involves the third dimension, both the physical presence of 3D and the illusion of it.

Our activities for value all included the element of form in some way, because shading creates the illusion of dimension. Recently, we also began to experiment with form by making plasticine pictures in old CD cases. We used Canadian writer and illustrator Barbara Reid as our inspiration.


In order to create our plasticine images, we also tried to include some aspect of what we learned about space (overlapping, diminishing, detail, diminish size, colour perspective, and one-point perspective) and colour (primary, secondary, tertiary, monochromatic, and complementary). As you can see in my plasticine scene, I used colour perspective and diminishing size to give the trees along the path a sense of distance. I also played around with using primary colours to make certain parts of my scene stand out (red and blue). And I used made tertiary (brown) and monochromatic (grey) colours by mixing plasticine.


The mentor artist I’ve chosen for form is Olga Ziemska, who uses sticks and pieces of wood to create large sculptures.



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