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SHAPE

DEFINITION

a flat, enclosed space with edges made by line, color, value, or texture

EXTENDED DEFINITION

  • Shape is an area that is contained within an implied line, or is seen and identified because of color or value changes.
  • Shapes have two dimensions, length and width, and can be geometric or free-form (organic).
  • Design in painting is basically the planned arrangement of shapes in a work of art.
  • KEY QUESTIONS:
    • What is an IMPLIED SHAPE?
    • How can a SHAPE be created without using lines?  (examples)
    • What is the difference between a SHAPE and a FORM?

STUDY GUIDE & EXAMPLES

Elements of Art: Shape | KQED Arts

Virtual Art Lesson - Shape 

 

SHAPE IN FINE ARTS

Pablo Picasso - "Three Musicians", 1921

Picasso's painting is an abstract painting in which the three figures are simplified to an arrangement of flat shapes. Look for these shape varieties:

  • Large, medium and small shapes
  • Flat and patterned shapes
  • Dark and light valued shapes
  • Geometric and organic shapes
  • Positive and negative shapes
  • Outlined and unoutlined shapes

Source: Elements and Principles of Design: Student Guide with Activities, published by Crystal Productions

 

SHAPE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN 

Youth Violence Poster
Joel Templin
Templin Brink Design

The union of unlikely combinations is probably the best way to create a concept. In this design, the hand combined with the dove creates an especially stark and powerful image. Had the images been more realistic, the poster would not have near the strength. What makes this poster great is the simplicity of the shapes.

Source: Design Basics for Creative Resultsby Bryan L. Peterson

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

VIDEO #2

This video shows an example of how shapes are used to create an artwork

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

SHAPE & FORM VOCABULARY POSTER

 

 

 

 

OTHER REFERENCES / LINKS



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