2 Elements of Visual Art


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2 Elements of Visual Art

  1. 1. Elements of Visual Art
  2. 2. ASSESSMENT ACTIVITY • On a half sheet of yellow paper, write a short paragraph describing the painting in the next slide. Be as descriptive as you can. Imagine that you are trying to describe the painting over the phone. How would you describe it in such a way that the other person would have a mental image of the artwork.
  3. 3. Vincent van Gogh The Bedroom at Arles. 1888-89
  4. 4. Line - The path of a moving point, that is, a mark made by a tool or instrument as it is drawn across a surface. - A line is usually made visible by the fact that it contrasts in value with the surface on which it is drawn
  5. 5. - Linear- artists place great importance on contours and outline - Painterly- artists try to hide or even eliminate the outline of their objects
  6. 6. Gentlemen in Conversation From 25-220 AD (Eastern Han Dynasty)
  7. 7. A Corner of the Moulin de la Galette Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 1892
  8. 8. Haystack at Sunset near Giverny Claude Monet 1891
  9. 9. Shape • An area that stands out from the space next to or around it due to a defined or implied boundary, or because of differences of value, color, and texture • Shapes may be geometric or biomorphic
  10. 10. Carnival Forms 1 Arturo Luz 1956
  11. 11. The Dance (first version) Henri Matisse 1909
  12. 12. Value • The relative degree of light or dark • The characteristic color determined by relative light or dark, the quantity of light reflected by the color
  13. 13. Expressive Uses of Value • Chiaroscuro- the technique of representation that makes forceful use of contrasting lights and darks.
  14. 14. Titian, The Entombment of Christ, 1559
  15. 15. • Tenebrism- use of extreme chiaroscuro
  16. 16. Michelangelo Merisi de Caravaggio, St. John the Baptist, c.1604
  17. 17. Texture • The surface character of a material which can be experienced through touch or the illusion of touch. • Texture is produced by natural forces or through an artist’s manipulation of the art elements.
  18. 18. • Actual textures- rough or grainy textures you can actually feel • Implied texture- a painting, drawing , or print can be made to look like it a textured surface
  19. 19. Fur-lined Teacup Meret Oppenheim 1936
  20. 20. Color • The visual response to the wavelengths of light identified as red, green, blue, etc.
  21. 21. • Hue- is the generic color name – red, blue, green, and so on.
  22. 22. Sunday Afternoon at the Island of La Grande Jatte Georges Suerat 1884-1886
  23. 23. • Value- a wide range of color tones can be produced by adding black or white to a hue • Distinguishes between lightness and darkness of colors
  24. 24. • Intensity- refers to the quality of light in a color. The purer color produces brighter tones.
  25. 25. Color Intensity
  26. 26. Blue Nude II Henry Matisse 1952
  27. 27. Space • The interval, or measurable distance, between points or images • Mentally conditioned by the environment and experience of the viewer • Perception involves the whole pattern of nerve and brain response to a visual stimulus
  28. 28. 2 Major Types of Space • 1) Decorative space- absence of real depth as we know it and is confined to the flatness of the picture plane
  29. 29. Henri Matisse, Nuit de Noël, 1952
  30. 30. • 2) Plastic space – the term ‘plastic’ is applied to imagery other than decorative. Artists base much of their work on their experiences in the objective world, and it is a natural conclusion that they should explore spatial resources
  31. 31. a. Shallow space- can be compared to the feelings one might experience if confined to a box or a stage.
  32. 32. Jacob Lawrence, The Studio, 1977
  33. 33. • b. Deep and infinite space- this spatial feeling is similar to looking through an open window over a landscape that rolls on and on to infinity
  34. 34. Jacob van Ruisdael, Wheatfields, 1670
  35. 35. Linear Perspective