I have so much planned for the 2017/18 school year, I'm busting at the seams!

Last year, every class  focused on the magical ingredients that make all art great; The Elements of Art. This year, we are going to continue practicing those art tools, as well as learning about The Principles of Art, adding more Art History, and drawing practice to the curriculum!

I will be updating this website for each class so that families will be able to catch a glimpse of what each grade is learning, and perhaps some strategies to practice art at home with the students!

Please remember that I am always available for questions, comments, or just a hello! I am at school on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and available any time via email tpierini@saintcolumbanschool.com

Let the creativity flow!
Ms. Pierini


The Elements of Art


"A line is a dot that went for a walk." - Paul Klee


A flat, enclosed area that has 2 dimensions; width and length. Artists use shapes that are both geometric and organic.

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A very important element that is created by light. There are 3 properties of color; hue (the name of the color), value (the shades and tints a color can come in), and intensity (the brightness of a color).

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Space can be negative or positive, and can be used to create the illusion of depth in artworks.

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The differences of lightness and darkness in color.
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An object that is 3-dimensional has a length, a width, and a height. Forms take up space and volume (or the illusion of it in 2-dimensional artworks).

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Texture describes what the surface of something may look or feel like. 

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The Principles of Art


Pattern refers to the repetition of a design element.


Design that indicates movement and motion in art.



Proportion is how different elements of art compare in size. Scale is when size is related to something that is constant.


A way of combining the elements of art into one art piece where a feeling of equilibrium or stability occurs. 


Unity is achieved when a work of art feels harmonious and is completed.


Emphasis in art occurs when a focal point is created, or when multiple elements work to contrast one another.