Begin with a description and a clear example of what form is then explore the different kinds of form. Some forms are objects that we usually see in our surroundings and environment. In addition, discover the different forms found in art such as Degas' sculpture, Little Dancer, or a relief sculpture from about 500 B.C. Each chapter is one layout with a clearly defined heading and five to nine lines of text. Words in bold print in the text are found in the back of the book with pictures to illustrate their meaning. On the right side of the layout, color photographs of the works are used to support the concept. The insets provide additional information about the artwork featured on the page. There are captions that also identify the name of the artist and the work of art. Some readers may need assistance and guidance with the content vocabulary and the format of informational text. The book makes a good resource for discussion about art. For those readers who wish to further explore the concept of form, there are a few suggested books and websites. This book is part of the "Get Art Smart" series which covers different concepts in art. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3–These books describe and explain concepts, techniques, and phenomena in art in a collaborative, first-person plural tone that uses accessible, well-thought-out phrases. Concrete visual examples are in the form of frequent and excellent reproductions of fine art in a variety of mediums. Although the examples are, for the most part, drawn from the Western canon, Egyptian, Japanese, and Native American art also make appearances. An exceptionally spacious layout gives each concept room to breathe. Even children who regularly employ the relevant techniques will benefit from the explanations and illustrations in these books. The authors also provide short but excellent lists of print and online further-reading. Respectable and respectful resources.