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Unformatted text preview: Quetzalcoatl (Plumed Serpent), a highly revered god in Aztec culture. It is tightly knotted into a closed form. Notice the human head and the carefully carved quetzal bird feathers. Aztec, Tenochtitlan (Mexico City), Mexico. Sculpture in the form of the deity Quetzalcoatl. Last half of the fifteenth century. 20.3 12.7 19.7 cm (8 5 73 4 ). Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, Alabama. LESSON 5 What Different Shapes, Forms, and Spaces Express 119 Activity and Stability You have already learned about active and static lines. Shapes and forms, also, can look as if they are about to move or as if they are fixed in one place. Active shapes and forms seem to defy gravity. They slant diagonally, as if they are falling or running. In Figure 5.33 notice how the back of the wave and all the horse forms are arranged in diagonal, active positions. Static shapes and forms are motionless, or stable. Their direction is usually horizontal (Figure 5.34). However, if two diagonal shapes or forms are balanced against each other, a static shape results. For instance, if an equilateral triangle rests on a horizontal base, the two diagonal edges balance each other. Because static shapes and forms are firmly fixed in position, they evoke quiet and calm feelings. For instance, in landscape paintings the land forms are horizontal and the trees are vertical. They look very peaceful. This is probably why so many landscape paintings are chosen for people’s homes. FIGURE 5.33 The diagonal push of the back of the wave creates an unstable, active feeling. The wave is caught at the moment before it will collapse. Anna Hyatt Huntington. Riders to the Sea. 1912. Bronze. 47 61 53.3 cm 24 21 ). The Newark (181⁄2 Museum, Newark, New Jersey. Gift of the estate of Mrs. Florence P. Eagleton, 1954. 120 CHAPTER 5 Shape, Form, and Space Active and Static Shapes Demonstrating Effective Use of Art Media in Design. Make a simple design with geometric shapes. Lightly draw it with pencil on a sheet of watercolor paper. Repeat the same design on another sheet of watercolor paper of the same size. Next, paint the first design precisely. Use a pointed brush to make sure that all of the edges are clearly defined. Wet the second sheet of paper by sponging it with water. Using exactly the same colors, paint the second design while the paper is wet so that the edges of the shapes run and look soft. Mount the two designs, side by side, on a sheet of black paper. Label the first “hard-edged” and the second “soft-edged.” Computer Option. Choose the Shape and Line tool to make a design that creates a static feeling. The Line tool on most applications can be constrained to draw straight horizontal, vertical, or diagonal lines by holding down the shift key while drawing with the mouse. Title and save the black line static design. Select a color scheme. Pick the Bucket tool to fill the spaces with solid colors. Use the Save As command to retitle the work by adding a number or letter after the orig...
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