Unit. 2Elements of Visual Language Joan Miró, "La poetesa"
Watch this video carefully. It talks about the basic elements of Visual Language. Can you understand it?http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=nBem1EeO88w#!
1. Dot• Is the smallest and simplest element in art language. Its first mission is to indicate position. It has a very strong power to catch visual attention.• Usually the dots shape is round. However, it can be represented in different ways; for example typographical dots are square (in order not to disturb our visual attention while reading), painting drops are irregular...Joan Miró, "Blau" E.Signac, "Port de Saint Tropez"
2. Line• The line is a dot in movement. It is also a mark made on some surface. It can express many things whith its different positions. Simple lines Horizontal: it is related with calm and rest. It is used to express peacefulness Vertical: it can go up or down. It is related to the movement of growing up or elevation. Diagonal: it can express strong movement and inestability Composed lines Zig-zag: it expresses a deep constrast or movement. Wavy: it expresses movement but it is softer than the zig-zag line.
Calm Going down!! Going up!! Rhythm Strong movementWhen we put together some lines they made SHAPES!!!
• There are some exemples in paintings about the use of lines, look at them! This song talks about Vicent van Gogh lifes, his personality and some of the events he was involved in. V. Van Gogh, "Starry night", Don McLean musicV. Van Gogh, "Selfportrait with hat"
3. Shape• A. They can be geometric (circle, square or triangle) or natural (like a leaf from a tree or a seashell)
• B. The Shapes can also be Flat (2D, bidimensional) like a pencil mark on a paper or Tridimensionals (3D) like a sculpture.Objects with form take up SPACE or at least they seem to take up space
4. Space• Space is the area between, around, above and within things. When we work on a bidimensional surface to represent it we use perspective.
5. Colour• Colour can often show the space. Colour is the most expressive element of Art. There are Primary colours (yellow, magenta and cyan) and Secondary colours (red, purple and green). Yellow + Magenta= Red Primary Primary Secondary colour colour colour Magenta + Cyan = Purple Yellow + Cyan = Green
6. Value• Value is the Lightness or Darkness of a colour. When a dark value is close to a light colour it creates Contrast.• Colours can create Textures.
7.Texture• Texture is how a surface feels or looks. Textures can be tactile or visual, rough/smooth, wet/dry, sof/hard....