Below is a reprint from the article that appeared in the March 18th Press Sentinal.
Children have an inherent ability for creating art. As an Art teacher, I am a skilled and enthusiastic facilitator to the students' critical thinking and creative process. Art should be accessible to all students, not just the talented or well-connected few. Child development professional Grace Lynch revealed in her article, The Importance of Art in Child Development, that motor skills, language development and inventiveness are essential developmental skills children receive when given formal training in the arts.
Line, shape, color, form, space, value and texture are the vocabulary used to describe any work of art. They are the "Elements of Art.” As per the Georgia Performance Art Standards, all students must be able to define and identify each of these elements by the time they graduate fifth grade. Although the Wayne County Public School System is not in a position to provide their public elementary schools with a formal art program, as a parent you can still be encouraged. This seven-part series was created to enlighten, and enable parents to help build the foundation of art literacy needed for success once their students enter the Wayne County, middle school art program. In recent months we have examined “lines,” “color,” “texture,” and “value”. If you missed seeing those, you may visit to view the previously published articles and resource links.
“Form” is this months featured element. Form at its most basic, is a three-dimensional geometrical figure (i.e.: sphere, cube, cylinder, cone, etc.), as opposed to a shape, which is two-dimensional, or flat. For instance, a circle is a shape; but a basketball or a globe of the earth is a form. A square is a shape, but a set of dice are forms because they are cubes; they have dimension. So, let us say you wish to change a triangle, which is a shape into a form. What must you do to accomplish this task? That’s right; add width, depth, and height. So, can you guess what a triangle is with width, depth, and height? If you guessed a pyramid, you would be right!
Sculptures usually best exemplify the concept of form due to their evident three-dimensional properties. The sculpture is the art of carving, modeling, welding, pasting or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions or “3D”. Sculptures reach out and beg to be touched. They have texture, depth and interesting lines to them. They are forms because they possess multi-sided look or feel. You can create sculpture forms with clay, paper, glass, marble, metal, wood, stone, rubber, ice, sand, even soap! You can even create a “mixed media” sculpture by combining any of these mediums together for an even more unusual form. What about images on paper or other flat surfaces; Can they be considered forms too? In a sense, yes. Many artists create images on a flat surface that look “3D” when viewed. This impressive effect is accomplished when a variety of shading and color techniques are added to an object, scene on paper, or other flat surface. The two amazing images I have included are just a taste of the “virtual shapes” artists create to trick us into thinking we’re experiencing a form or forms when in reality it is all a flat illusion!
"Form" lesson resources:
1. If you are still a bit unclear as to what “form” is exactly, the “Virtual Instructor” provides you and your student a brief and easy lesson in form and its many attributes.
2. Young and young at heart students will enjoy this next video that teaches all about “sculptures”:
3. At “TheAwesomeArts” channel your student can experience private, FREE art lessons! The attached tutorial teaches your student how to accomplish their own line form sculpture with mere paper and glue.
4. At “The Art Hub” Mr. Rob and his kids show your student how to create a simple “person sculpture” using inexpensive air dry clay.
5. The artist at “Ventuno Art” provides you and your student a super fun way to make their hand into their very own 3D virtual sculpture using only a pencil, paper and markers. You don’t want to miss this one!
Next month we will learn how to identify and incorporate negative and positive space into artwork. I’m “positive” you will like it!