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 Shape

In the vocabulary of art, the name ‘shape’ is given to any area on a surface which can be distinguished visually by a boundary or edge from the space which lies around it. We humans have an inbuilt ability to perceive, identify, learn and communicate about shapes in our environment. This is so important for our survival that our perception of shape often overrides other properties, so that we learn to see and classify both objects and marks on surfaces as being the same shape when they are in other important ways very different.

In Figure 8.1, for example, (a) and (b) were drawn with a pen, (e) is a mark made with the edge of a card strip dipped in ink, ...

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