Elements of Art for Kindergarten

Created by: Jayne Rhodes
Use these strips in small pocket charts as you learn about the elements of art and to help students talk about art masterpieces.

Give feeling of heat: tend to advance

Cool
Calming: tend to recede

Space
The Antimenes Painter Detail of Black-figured Hydria c. 530 B.C.

Warm

Analogous
“side by side” colors: harmony & easiness

Complementary
“opposite on color wheel”: tension, excitement, & energy
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High on plane appears further: low on plane appears closer

Placement

Michele Zalophany The Castleton 1987

Shepherd Boy Pointing at Tobias and the Angel c. 1625-1630
Abraham Bloemaert

Color

Nicolas Poussin The Death of Germanicus 1627

Overlapping
Give spatial depth

Use of warm & cool

Geometrical

Manmade with smooth even sides

Clarity & Distortion
Clear appears closer; Blurry or fuzzy appears further away

Shape
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Biomorphic

Converging parallel lines Create depth

Shapes found in nature: often irregular

Warm colors advance & cool colors recede

Claes Oldenburg Geometric Mouse - Scale A 1969/1971

Slick
Matte
Appear aggressive and strong

Soft Fuzzy
Thick

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Dull

Texture

Course
Horizontal
Create strength and balance Energetic, explosive, and dramatic

Vertical
Delicate and fragile

Zigzag

Thin

Line
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Spiral

Broken
Curving
Harmony, rhythm, and gracefulness

Diagonal
Energetic, explosive, and dramatic

Thin
Delicate and fragile

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