Elements of Art: Shape | KQED Arts

Elements of Art: Shape | KQED Arts


[ MID-TEMPO DRUM BEAT PLAYS ] [ MID-TEMPO MUSIC PLAYS ] Narrator: FRUIT HAS PLAYED
A PROMINENT ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF ART. IT’S LONG BEEN A FAVORITE
SUBJECT FOR ARTISTS, MAKING STILL-LIFE PAINTINGS
AND DRAWINGS. LOOKING AT STILL LIFES OF FRUIT IS A USEFUL WAY OF STUDYING HOW
ARTISTS APPROACH MAKING SHAPES. SHAPE IS ONE OF THE SEVEN ELEMENTS OF ART, ALONG WITH LINE, FORM, TEXTURE, VALUE, SPACE, AND COLOR. WHEN THE BEGINNING OF A LINE
CONNECTS WITH ITS OWN END OR INTERSECTS WITH ANOTHER,
A SHAPE IS FORMED. IN VISUAL ART, SHAPES ARE FLAT AND ARE DEFINED BY THEIR LENGTH
AND WIDTH. IN OTHER WORDS,
THEY’RE TWO-DIMENSIONAL. THERE IS AN INFINITE NUMBER
OF SHAPES, BUT ALL FALL INTO ONE
OF TWO CATEGORIES — GEOMETRIC OR ORGANIC. GEOMETRIC SHAPES
ARE COMMONLY RECOGNIZED, SUCH AS SQUARES, HEXAGONS,
RECTANGLES, AND CIRCLES. ORGANIC SHAPES ARE FREE FORM
AND OFTEN ONE OF A KIND. ARTISTS LEARN HOW TO SEE
THE WORLD AROUND THEM AS BASIC SHAPES. SIMPLIFYING OBJECTS
INTO GEOMETRIC AND ORGANIC SHAPES
MAKES DRAWING THEM EASIER. SHAPES INHERIT THE QUALITIES
OF THE LINES THAT WERE USED
TO CONSTRUCT THEM. FOR INSTANCE,
THIS PAINTING BY CEZANNE HAS HEAVY, SOLID OUTLINES
THAT DEFINE THE SHAPES, WHEREAS THE FRUIT IN THIS
INK DRAWING BY MINOL ARAKI IS MADE UP OF VERY SOFT,
FUZZY LINES. EACH APPROACH TO MAKING LINES
PRODUCES DIFFERENT FEELINGS AND ASSOCIATIONS IN THE VIEWERS. SOME ARTISTS MAKE ORANGES
THAT ARE PERFECTLY ROUND, WHILE OTHERS DRAW OR PAINT EVERY LITTLE BUMP AND DETAIL
OF THE SKIN. THE NEXT TIME YOU’RE LOOKING
AT A PAINTING OR DRAWING, TRY TO NOTICE HOW THE ARTIST
IS USING SHAPE IN THEIR WORK. IF YOU WERE MAKING A DRAWING
OR PAINTING, HOW WOULD YOU INTERPRET
THE OBJECTS IN FRONT OF YOU? WOULD YOU DRAW THEM
AS FAITHFULLY AS POSSIBLE? OR WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO
REPRESENT THEM MORE ABSTRACTLY? PRACTICE FOR YOURSELF
BY SETTING UP A BOWL OF FRUIT AND DRAWING WHAT YOU SEE.

34 thoughts on “Elements of Art: Shape | KQED Arts

  1. I love how she sighs during the middle of the video XD I just think of her working in an office wanting to go Ibiza of something lol

  2. This series of videos is FANTASTIC! I have always given my High School and Middle School students the Crystal videos on the Elements and Principles and frankly they are boring and the kids cannot relate. The artwork used in these videos is modern, fun, and interesting to the students. There was a lot of "whoa's" and "how cool!" comments from my Middle Schoolers today. PLEASE make a series on the Principles of Design that match this set of videos!

  3. Can you please help me with my work from the video????
    Form

    Worksheet: Fill in the blank.

    Name: _____________________

    Date: ____________________

    Period: _______________________

    1. _________________ translated in French means fools the eye.

    2. It is a style of art that make you question what you are seeing is _________________.

    3. _______________ _______ _____________ the artist create that tricks our eyes.

    4. When shapes get this _________ ______________ of ______________ they become forms.

    5. Form is one of the 7 __________________ ____ _______________.

    6. The 7 elements of art is __________, _____________,_________________,

    _______________, ________________, ________________, and

    _______________.

    7. When given form, circle becomes _____________, squares become

    ______________, and triangle becomes _______________ or _______________.

    8. Form takes up space in either a _____________or _______________ way.

    9. In _______________ or _________________, form is implied because it is the illusion of 3 dimensional.

    10. In _________________, form is ________________ because it take up 3 dimensional space.

    11. Visual artists use _________________ and __________________ to create the illusion of 3 dimensional form.

    12. A strong sense of form can created by increasing contrast between

    _________________ and ___________________.

    13. Form can be created by use of _________________.

    14. What are some other ways that an artists can used form?

  4. Perfect length! Can be used for almost any age! I'm using for my 2nd grader for her ARTASTIC scouting badge. Thanks!

  5. We have been having fun learning all the elements of art, WHILE we create artwork! I love these vids they go well with my lesson plans. The theme this year is At the Beach, so tomorrow we are drawing a crab while we break it up into simple shapes as we draw.

  6. I love these videos. I'm looking for the artist Minola Rocky mentioned at 1:59. Can't seem to find anything. Any information to guide my way?

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