The Elements of

Art
the building blocks of art!

Dan Miller

Line

a moving point to create a continuous mark; a point extended in both directions

Chuck Close

Shape

lines combined to create an enclosed space; geometric or organic

Chuck Close geometric

organic

Shape

lines combined to create an enclosed space; geometric or organic

Hurvin Anderson

Value

the lightness or darkness of something

Chad Ferber

Form

combining shape and value to create the illusion of three dimensions on a flat surface

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value

intensity how pure the
color is

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue
“red”

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value

intensity how pure the
color is

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value

intensity how pure the
color is

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value
lighter green

intensity how pure the
color is

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is darker green color is

value
lighter green

intensity how pure the

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value
lighter green

intensity how pure the
color is

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value

intensity how pure the
color is

Color

a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value

Color

color is purer red a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

intensity how pure the

Elad Lassry

hue

the name of the color how light or dark a color is

value

Color

color is weaker purer red red a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity

intensity how pure the

Georges-Pierre Seurat

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Georges-Pierre Seurat
visual (it’s flat but looks like it would feel fuzzy or rough)

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Georges-Pierre Seurat
visual (it’s flat but looks like it would feel fuzzy or rough)

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Georges-Pierre Seurat
visual (it’s flat but looks like it would feel fuzzy or rough)

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Georges-Pierre Seurat
visual (it’s flat but looks like it would feel fuzzy or rough)

Pablo Picasso

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Georges-Pierre Seurat
visual (it’s flat but looks like it would feel fuzzy or rough)

actual (it’s a metal sculpture that has a bumpy texture )

Pablo Picasso

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Georges-Pierre Seurat
visual (it’s flat but looks like it would feel fuzzy or rough)

actual (it’s a metal sculpture that has a bumpy texture )

Pablo Picasso

Texture

the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual)

Lucy McKenzie

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Lucy McKenzie

shallow feels “flat”, like there
isn’t much space between the foreground and the background

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Lucy McKenzie

shallow feels “flat”, like there
isn’t much space between the foreground and the background

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Lucy McKenzie

shallow feels “flat”, like there
isn’t much space between the foreground and the background

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Émile Bernard

Lucy McKenzie

shallow feels “flat”, like there
isn’t much space between the foreground and the background

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Émile Bernard

Lucy McKenzie

shallow feels “flat”, like there deep
feels “deep”, like there is space between the foreground (grass, boats), the middle ground (people, bridge) and the background (sky, distant shore)

isn’t much space between the foreground and the background

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Émile Bernard

Lucy McKenzie

shallow feels “flat”, like there deep
feels “deep”, like there is space between the foreground (grass, boats), the middle ground (people, bridge) and the background (sky, distant shore)

isn’t much space between the foreground and the background

Space

the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

Line Shape Value Form Color Texture Space

a moving point to create a continuous mark; a point extended in both directions lines combined to create an enclosed space; geometric or organic the lightness or darkness of something combining shape and value to create the illusion of three dimensions on a flat surface a visual perception that comes from light being reflected or emitted; hue, value, intensity the way something feels (actual) or looks like it would feel (visual) the area something takes up in the artwork (depth OR positive & negative space)

The PRINCIPLES of

DesIGn
how the elements are used!

Balance

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical

Diego Rivera

Balance

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical

Diego Rivera

Balance

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical

Diego Rivera

Balance

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical

Diego Rivera

Marisol Escobar

Balance

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical

Diego Rivera

Marisol Escobar

Balance

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical

Kara Walker

Emphasis

elements used to create visual dominance or a focal point

Kara Walker

Emphasis

elements used to create visual dominance or a focal point

Kara Walker

Emphasis

elements used to create visual dominance or a focal point

Kara Walker

Neo Rauch

Emphasis

elements used to create visual dominance or a focal point

Kara Walker

Neo Rauch

Emphasis

elements used to create visual dominance or a focal point

Contrast

a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition

Amy Gartrell

Contrast

a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition

Amy Gartrell

Contrast

a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition

Amy Gartrell

Contrast

a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition

Amy Gartrell

Andrea Zittel

Contrast

a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition

Amy Gartrell

Andrea Zittel

Contrast

a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition

James Nares

Movement

combining elements to direct the viewer’s eye from place to place in the composition

James Nares

Movement

combining elements to direct the viewer’s eye from place to place in the composition

James Nares

David Storey

Movement

combining elements to direct the viewer’s eye from place to place in the composition

Barnaby Furnas

Repetition

combining elements again and again in a way that creates a visual rhythm

Barnaby Furnas

Repetition

combining elements again and again in a way that creates a visual rhythm

Barnaby Furnas

Repetition

combining elements again and again in a way that creates a visual rhythm

Barnaby Furnas

Hernan Bas

Repetition

combining elements again and again in a way that creates a visual rhythm

Barnaby Furnas

Hernan Bas

Repetition

combining elements again and again in a way that creates a visual rhythm

Jim Isermann

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Jim Isermann

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Jim Isermann

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Jim Isermann

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Chris WIlls

Jim Isermann

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Chris WIlls

Jim Isermann

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Jim Isermann

Chris WIlls

Pattern

structured, highly organized repetition

Balance Emphasis Contrast Movement Repetition Pattern

arrangement of elements to create a feeling of stability; symmetrical or asymmetrical elements used to create visual dominance or a focal point a difference between elements that creates a more dynamic composition combining elements to direct the viewer’s eye from place to place in the composition combining elements again and again in a way that creates a visual rhythm structured, highly organized repetition

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