What is Form in Art?

By The Arty Teacher - August 21, 2022

Form is one of the elements of art and refers to three-dimensional objects. Shapes are flat and have two dimensions (height and width). Forms have three dimensions. (height, width and depth).

Real Forms

Real Forms occupy space, such as sculptures or buildings.

Implied Forms

Implied Form.  An artwork can have implied form if it appears to have depth.  This can be created with perspective, tone/value or colour.

The resource below is ideal for teaching your students how tone/values can create form.

Art Lessons that Teach Form

Creating Form with Tone
Skull Tonal Exercise

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Sarah Crowther is The Arty Teacher. She is a high school art teacher in the North West of England. She strives to share her enthusiasm for art by providing art teachers around the globe with high-quality resources and by sharing her expertise through this blog.

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