MajorStAIRS Project Design The Element of Value And How it Interacts with the Principles of Contrast and Emphasis (This project is based on the website: ) Articulation Learning to look at Art http://www.brigantine.atlnet.org/GigapaletteGALLERY/websites/ARTiculationFinal/MainPages/About%20This%20Site.htm By Ashley Click
They are the “recipes” in which we use the Elements of Art (the ingredients)
Here’s how to use the Elements and Principles together to create a DELICIOUS work of art!!!!! Aunt Ruby’s Recipe for CONTRAST Add a lot of dark values and a lot of light values with just a pinch of medium values…yum!!! Step #1: Plan Artist Recipe book of Principles
Line Value Form color Shape Texture Space The Elements of Art (the ingredients) Add to picture Step #2: Add ingredients! Step #3: ENJOY! Light values Dark values 1 Picasso’s “Guernica” 1 House in the Reina Sofia Museum - Madrid, Spain . Image from Art.Com
In the language of art, Value is how light or dark something is.
In the example to the right, there is a large Range of Values .
The are light values, medium values, and dark values.
This helps move our eye around the picture.
It would be boring just to stare at one part of the picture!
Artwork by Jenny
This value scale shows a full Range of Values. Do you see a range of values in this picture? Value scale from About Art Artwork by Jenny
Which picture has a wider Range of Values? #1 #2
Value can refer to color as well as black and white. See the 2 examples below:
Look how Value is used in these two works of art:
1. George de La Tour
2. Louise Nevelson
Answer the following question:
Which picture has a wider Range of Values (selection of lights, mediums, darks)?
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De La Tour uses the Element of Value to give Emphasis to the newborn baby in the picture. He is using Contrast to draw our eye to that spot. The light value is a Contrast to the darker values. Our eye is moved to the part in the picture which is most different from the other parts of the picture. In this case, the spot we are drawn to is where the Value is the lightest. The eye is immediately drawn to the Value which is most different. In this example, it’s where the Value is the lightest. That is where the Emphasis is. EXCELLENT WORK!
Remember when we said that the Elements and Principles worked together ……?
What Principle/s are working with Value in “The Newborn”
Both Contrast and Emphasis
Now you’ve learned how Value can give Emphasis to a part in a picture and produce Contrast The Emphasis is on the white box!