• Elements
    Line - Path of a moving point. Can define shape and show the edge.
    Color - the way we see light reflected from a surface. has 3 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.
    Shape - A2-D Area with height and width.  Geometric (man made) and Organic (found in nature).
    Texturethe way a surface feels or looks like it feels. Actual texture can be felt while simulated textures are implied by the way the artist renders areas of the picture.
    Value - describes the lightness or darkness
    Space - The area contained in a piece of art. Refers to the distance or area between, around, above or within things.  Positive and negative / Foreground, middleground, background
    Form - is an element of art that is three-dimensional
    Balance -  is a sense of stability in the body of work. (symmetrical, asymmetrical and radial)
    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.
    Contrast - occurs when two related elements are different. The greater the difference the greater the contrast.
    Proportion - refers to the relationships of the size of objects in a body of work. Proportion gives a sense of size seen as a relationship of objects. such as smallness or largeness.
    Rhythm - is a type of movement. It is seen in repeating of elements (i.e. shapes and colors). Alternating lights and darks also give a sense of rhythm.
    Movement - adds excitement to your work by showing action and directing the viewers eye throughout the picture plane.
    Pattern - a repitition of elements
    Unity - is seen in a painting or drawing when all the parts equal a whole. Your work should not appear disjointed or confusing.
Last Modified on September 22, 2009