The author provides the ways in which children's knowledge of visual elements of art can be developed through simple but creative activities.



The Concept of Form

The concept of form in art should be a simple and well-defined one, but it is not. This is because critics and art writers have used the term ‘form’ in two quite distinct but confusing ways.

Two Concepts of Form

In one of its meanings, form in art is a very broad term, a verbal shorthand for the formal properties of a work of art such as the arrangement of shapes and colours in a painting or line and tone in a drawing; in other words, all the properties which are the starting-points for the discussions in this book. When the term ‘form’ is used in this way the writer is distinguishing the formal properties of a painting, drawing or sculpture from its ...

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