• Elements and Principles of Art

    SECTION 1

    Form

    Line

    Shape

    Color

    Texture

    Space

    Value

     

    SECTION 2

    Emphasis

    Balance

    Harmony

    Variety

    Movement

    Rhythm

    Proportion

    Unity

     

     

     

    Elements of Art


    Form   is an element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses volume. Cubes ,spheres,and cylinders are examples of various forms. Line   is an element of art which refers to the continuos mark made on some surface by a moving point. It may be two dimensional, like a pencil mark on a paper or it may be three dimensional(wire) or implied( the edge of a shape or form) often it is a outline,contour or silhouette.   Shape   is an enclosed space defined by other elements of art. shapes may take on the appearance of two-d or three- objects.  Color   Is an element of art with three properties1) Hue, the name of the color, e.g. red, yellow, etc. 2) Intensity or  the purity and strength of the color such as bright ness or dullness. And 3) value, or the lightness or darkness of the color. Texture refers to the surface quality or "feel" of an object, such as roughness, smoothness, or softness. Actual texture can be felt while simulated textures are implied by the way the artist renders areas of the picture. Space refers to the distance or area between, around, above or within things. It can be a description for both 2 and 3 dimensional portrayals.  Value describes the lightness or darkness of a color. Value is needed to express Volume.

     

     

    Principles of Art

    Emphasis     in a composition refers to developing points of interest to pull the viewer's eye to important parts of the body of the work.   Balance is a sense of stability in the body of work. Balance can be created by repeating same shapes and by creating a feeling of equal weight. Harmony  is achieved in a body of work by using similar elements throughout the work, harmony gives an uncomplicated look to your work.  Variety    refers to the differences in the work, You can achieve variety by using difference shapes, textures, colors and values in your work.    Movement       adds excitement to your work by showing action and directing the viewers eye throughout the picture plane. Rhythm is a type of movement in drawing and painting. It is seen in repeating of shapes and colors. Alternating lights and darks also give a sense of rhythm.   Proportion    or scale refers to the relationships of the size of objects in a body of work. Proportions gives a sense of size seen as a relationship of objects. such as smallness or largeness.       Unity    is seen in a painting or drawing when all the parts equal a whole. Your work should not appear disjointed or confusing.