Creating form : the presentation and perception of three-dimensional form

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Education


School of Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences

First Advisor

Dr Judith Dinham

Second Advisor

Dr Anthony Monk


This Creative Arts Project is an investigation of form within the ceramic tradition -how three-dimensional forms are created, presented and perceived. It addresses this topic by focusing on how form can be implied without actually creating the form itself. The project consists of an exhibition of selected art-work produced during the investigative process and is supported by this exegesis which documents the investigation. It also explains the theoretical basis for the body of work and the conceptual development of it. Major landmarks in the creative process and the significance of these for teaching and learning in visual arts education are highlighted. The submission includes further documentation in the forms of visual diaries. notebooks, photographs_ and other material produced in the process of exploration. The significant questions that have been explored in the Creative Arts Project are related to the perception of form in three-dimensional art-works. “How are three dimensional forms represented by the artist and perceived by an audience and what are the Implications for art education?” Embedded in a ceramic tradition, the bottle is both the subject of investigation and the vehicle for exploring the influence of different contexts on the perception of form. Gestalt Theory, and in particular the work of Rudolph Amheim, provide the theoretical basis for this study. The making of art-works, the responses to the work and the provision for aesthetic experience enhances knowledge and understanding of the teaching and learning process. A described in the Curriculum Framework: "Artistic works can inform, teach, persuade and provoke thought. They can reproduce and reinforce existing ideas and values, challenge them, or offer new ways of thinking and feeling (1998, p.51). In particular, the teaching of ceramics to undergraduate student teachers and the way in which this may develop visual understandings is examined.

LCSH Subject Headings

Edith Cowan University. Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences - Dissertations.

Form (Aesthetics)

Form perception.

Art - Study and teaching.

Ceramic sculpture.


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