We will focus on the elements of art as
defined in the California Department of Education frameworks as the sensory
components used to create works of art: line, color, shape/form, texture,
value, space. The textbook refers to the elements of art as line,
shape, value, space, and texture and pattern. In addition, the
authors discuss the principles of art - balance and symmetry, variety,
repetition, emphasis, and domination-subordination.
California Visual Arts Glossary Definition
Textbook Glossary Definition
- line. A point moving in space. Line
can vary in width, length, curvature, color, or direction.
- An element of art. The basic skeletal foundation
of a design or composition.
- Description of line
in weight, width, and emphasis
be delicate or bold
be made with freedom and spontaneity or with deliberate action
flow or jerk
be thin and light or thick and heavy
be wavy, fish-scale, jagged, or zigzag
suggest a personality that is bold, careful, or tentative
create outlines, inner edges, paths of motion, decorative patterns
Getty Arts Education Website - http://www.getty.edu/education
The Getty Arts Education website adds the element of composition.
Read through the Getty Arts resource explaining the elements of art at: http://www.getty.edu/education/teachers/building_lessons/elements.html
Line - A point moving
in space. Line can vary in width, length, curvature, color, or direction.
Color - The visual
sensation dependent on the reflection or absorption of light from a given
surface. The three characteristics of color are hue, value, and intensity.
Shape/Form - A
two-dimensional area or plane that may be open or closed, free-form or
geometric. It can be found in nature or is made by humans.
Texture - The surface
quality of materials, either actual (tactile) or implied (visual). It is one
of the elements of art.
Value - Lightness or
darkness of a hue or neutral color. A value scale shows the range of values
from black to white.
Space - The emptiness or
area between, around, above, below, or contained within objects. Shapes and
forms are defined by the space around and within them, just as spaces are
defined by the shapes and forms around and within them.
Getty Arts Webpages
Ideas for Creating a Lesson on Line