Art elements for painting slideshowPresentation Transcript
BASIC ELEMENTS OF ART
Shape and Form
“Lines are everywhere. You can see
lines in the grain of a piece of wood
or in the cracks on a sidewalk. Lines
are used to create words, numbers,
and symbols. They are also used to
create art. In drawing, line is an
element of art that is the path of a
moving point through space.”
-Arttalk, page 70
The four main kinds of lines are
horizontal, vertical, curvy and zig zag.
Horizontal Lines are restful,
peaceful, and stable. Very
pleasant to the eye.
Early Sunday Morning
Vertical Lines suggest
Curvy lines express
rhythm and movement.
Zig Zag Lines
Zig zag lines show
excitement and action.
They are very
“All objects are either shapes or forms.
Rocks, puddles, flowers, shirts,
houses, chairs, and paintings are all
shapes and forms.”
Shape is 2-dimensional. Form is
Pyramid or Cone
How are these shapes
“Every surface has a texture. Texture
is the element of art that refers to
how things feel, or look as if they
might feel if touched. Texture
includes the slick, smooth surface of
ice, the bumpy, rough surface of
brick, and the prickly surface of a
-Arttalk, page 171
Texture can be Real
Or it is Implied
Depth of Space
Color has three aspects to its nature:
Analogous Colors…colors that are next to each other
on the color wheel, such as green and yellow green.
Complementary Colors…colors that are directly across
from each other such as yellow and violet.
Monochromatic Colors…a color scheme that uses only
one hue and black and white mixed with that one color to
make tints, or values of that color.
2. Intensity/ Saturation
Your perception of color is influenced by
the color that surrounds that color.
Value, simply put, refers to how
light or how dark things are. It
also shows contrast between
lights and darks. A sharp
contrast between light and dark
is called chiaroscuro.
Value in Painting
Value in Sculpture
Rhythm and Movement
RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT
“Rhythm is the principle or art
that indicates movement by
the repetition of elements.”
-Arttalk, page 200
“A work of art must contain
balance. Balance is the
principle of art concerned
with equalizing visual forces,
or elements in a work of art.”
-Arttalk, page 228
Balance= Feels Right
There are 3 kinds of balance:
Harmony means that all parts
of the picture work together.
This could mean color, light,
style, strokes, etc.
There are 2 Kinds of Perspective: