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Form and Shape

Form and Shape

Author: Erin Aldana

This lesson will explore form and shape as elements of composition and of the analysis of works of art.

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  • Abstraction

    The simplification of form into shapes, lines, or areas of color.

  • Representation

    The act of depicting what one sees or encounters in lived experience in a work of art.

  • Geometric Shapes

    Basic hard-edged shapes, such as squares, triangles, rectangles, and circles.

  • Biomorphic Shapes

    Shapes that are free-form or amorphic (formless) and resemble amoebas, jellyfish, and other simple life forms.

  • Naturalism

    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.

  • Illusionism

    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.