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
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.
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.
Shapes that are free-form or amorphic (formless) and resemble amoebas, jellyfish, and other simple life forms.
Basic hard-edged shapes, such as squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles.
The act of depicting what one sees or encounters in lived experience in a work of art.
The simplification of form into shapes, lines, or areas of color.