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Elements of Art

Elements of Art

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Elements of art
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Published by: julesubayubay5428 on Nov 13, 2010
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identifiable path created by a point moving in space
often outline and define the edges of a form
suggests direction and movement, depth and texture
leads your eye around a composition
can communicate information through its character and direction
Types of Line and their Meanings
Horizontal lines
suggest a feeling of rest, serenity, quiescence, inactivity, relaxation, death/repose,informality, passivity, calmness/tranquility, stability, contemplation
help give a sense of space
imply infinity or the continuation of a landscape beyond the picture plane
found in reclining persons, in landscapes, calm bodies of water and in distant meeting of the earth and sky (horizon)2.
Vertical lines
communicate a sense of height, integrity/dignity/uprightness, formality, order, discipline, poise, alertness, balance/equilibrium, firmness/strength and forcefulness/assertiveness
tend to express as well as arouse emotions of exaltation, solemnity and inquietude
seen in a man standing straight, a tall tree, and statues of saints and heroes giving animpression of dignity3.
Diagonal lines
suggest a feeling of action/movement, energy/dynamism, tension, passion/emotion,instability/insecurity/uncertainty, aspiration/goal or impending collapse
can also indicate depth/directionality through perspective
 pull the viewer visually into the image4.
Jagged lines
imply danger, torture, pain, difficulty, discomfort, physical/psychological menace,confusion, disturbance, quick motion, conflict, violence, lightning, battle/war, and suddendeath
Curved lines
suggest grace, movement, flexibility, buoyancy, joyousness, feeling/emotion,sensuality/eroticism, impulse/spontaneity, beauty/charm, softness/delicateness and play
never harsh or stern since they are formed by a gradual change in direction
Other Types of Line
Actual line
 points are connected and continuous2.
Implied line
 points are discontinuous
is an enclosed space. When a line crosses itself or intersects with other lines to enclose aspace it creates a shape.
an area or a plane with distinguishable boundaries (usually lines)
Shape vs. Form
Shape is two-dimensional.
Form is three-dimensional shape.
Sometimes, the two terms can be used interchangeably.
Types of Shape and their Meanings
Natural / Organic shapes
resemble those we see in nature such as shapes of men, animals, or trees
may sometimes be called biomorphic shapes which are free flowing, often assymetrical2.
Abstract / Amorphous shapes
irregular and loose
simplified versions of natural shapes3.
Geometric shapes
mathematically devised, regular and precise
have measured angles or curves
have two types:
- with straight edges
Triangle/Pyramid –stability equilibriumdanger  power aspirationenergymasculine (pointing up), feminine/womb (pointing down)strengthaggressiondynamic movement
Square/Cube/Rectangle/Hexagon/Octagon/Other polygons with equalnumber of sidesrational order and logicfirmnessstabilityrule of lawcontainmentsecurity
Star fameglory/honor  brightnessguidancedream/aspiration
- with curved edges
Circle/Sphere perfectioneternityonenessconnectioncommunitywholenessendurancemovementsafety

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