Unit A4: Modelling and Plasticity

Unit A4 - Modelling and Plasticity: Introduction

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The term "modelling" refers to an important way in which painters create the illusion that objects depicted are three-dimensional, by portraying the variations of light and shade which naturally occur in solid objects. This illusion of three dimensions is often referred to as plasticity. This unit has three sections.

The unit has three parts:

We begin in section a by considering the notion of modelling, and the role of light source.

In section b we then discuss three different modelling techniques: up-modelling; down-modelling; and cangiantismo.

In section c we consider the absence or suppression of modelling in art works.

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  1. Unit A4 - Modelling and Plasticity: Introduction
  2. Unit A4a - Modelling and Plasticity: Modelling and the light source
  3. Unit A4b - Modelling and Plasticity: Techniques of modelling
  4. Unit A4c - Modelling and Plasticity: Absence of modelling
  5. Unit A4 - Modelling and Plasticity: Summary