This lesson will explore form and shape as important elements of composition.
Las Meninas; Public Domain: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Las_Meninas,_by_Diego_Vel%C3%A1zquez,_from_Prado_in_Google_Earth.jpg, Kandinsky, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg, Mondrian, Fair Use According to Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Mondrian_CompRYB.jpg, Joan Miró, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mirop.jpg, Caravaggio Deposition, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Deposition_by_Caravaggio.jpg, Glorification of St. Ignatius; Creative Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Andrea_Pozzo_-_Apoteose_de_Santo_Inacio.jpg
The simplification of form into shapes, lines, or areas of color.
The act of depicting what one sees or encounters in lived experience in a work of art.
Basic hard-edged shapes, such as squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles.
Shapes that are free-form or amorphic (formless) and resemble amoebas, jellyfish, and other simple life forms.
An artistic approach that involves reproducing objects as they appear to the eye. This term is often used in art history as a substitute for realistic, to avoid any confusion with realism as an artistic movement.
Very similar to naturalism, it involves the attempt to convince the viewer that what is being seen is not a representation, but rather the thing itself.