THE ELEMENTS OF ART

The seven most common elements of art are:

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Color

  • Value

  • Texture

  • Form

  • Space

All art uses at least one element; many use several of the elements. Knowing and understanding these seven elements of art are beneficial for young artists to develop their skills. The name and description of each seem pretty simple, and they are, but as a growing artist these elements can assist learning and challenge even the most skilled artist toward higher levels.

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DESCRIPTION OF THE ELEMENTS OF ART

LINE

Lines can be diagonal, vertical or horizontal, and vary in thickness. These lines can bend into curved lines or break into various angles. 

SHAPE

Lines create the outline of shapes. Some shapes are given a name, such as rectangle or circle, while others are called organic.

COLOR

Color is what the eye sees, and it's likely the most exciting element for kids. Colors can be made from the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue.

VALUE

Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. Value scales are often created to see the full range of one color.

TEXTURE

Texture is a surface area that can be seen or touched, and our world has a variety. It can be smooth or rough, hard or soft, and everything in between.

FORM

Form is a 3-dimensional object. It's measured by its length, width, and depth. Clay is often a common medium used to represent form.

SPACE

Space is the area between and around objects; space around objects is usually referred to as negative space, or blank space.

 

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