2018 Drawing I – Elements of Art PDF Outline

7 Elements of Art

Visual components: colour, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value.

Line: An element of art defined by a point moving in space. Line may be two-or three-dimensional, descriptive, implied, or abstract.

Shape: An element of art that is two-dimensional, flat, or limited to height and width; encloses 2D area.

Form: An element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses volume; includes height, width AND depth (as in a cube, a sphere, a pyramid, or a cylinder). Form may also be free flowing (water, fire).

Value: The lightness or darkness of tones or colours. White is the lightest value; black is the darkest. The value halfway between these extremes is called middle grey.

Space: An element of art by which positive and negative areas are defined or an implied depth.

Texture: An element of art that refers to the way things feel, or look as if they might feel if touched.

(and in another class… )

Colour: An element of art made up of three properties: hue, value, and intensity.

  • Hue: name of colour
  • Value: hue’s lightness and darkness(a colour’s value changes when white or black is added)
  • Intensity: quality of brightness and purity(high intensity= colour is strong and bright; low intensity = colour is faint and dull)

Part 1

Intro / Line:

Intro: Introduce myself and describe how I became an artist.
Imagination>Boredom>Story Telling>Art
Talk About Applications For Art: A Way of Thinking Visually, Design, Decoration, Expression, Communication (transcends language barriers)
Survey What Students Like About Art And What they Want to Learn
Introduce Elements of Art (ingredients in a kitchen).
The Importance of Line (used to define shapes) and ‘Kinds of Lines’

(how many can you think of?)

Drawing from Observation – and training to LOOK AT WHAT YOU”RE DRAWING

-Follow Along Drawing (Demo With Pointing)
-Pure Blind Contour, Blind Contour (Video and/or Demo)
-Modified Blind Contour (Adding more “cheating” and Line Variation)

Blind Contour

Some interesting Examples:


Drawing by James

Student Work

Line Variation:

One line Dragon Calligraphy

Line Drawing with a Calligraphy Pen

Calligraphy Hack

Discuss tools for Proportion:

What People Use: Grid>Projector>Sighting>Triangulation>Tracing

(Interesting Art History: The Secret of Caravaggio)

-Simple How-To Drawing Using Shapes

-Looking for Shapes (In Newspaper)

Talk About Order of Drawing:

Light to Dark>Top to Bottom>Left to Right>Background to Foreground>General to Specific

Measuring Techniques: Making the Map

Sighting: https://www.youtube.com/embed/T3PGcMxEHM0

Triangulation:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/L3gzCTolMwc

Grid:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/mQK_tsrjXDU

Tracing:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/RMEHnupm2no

Projector:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/vom4LuZ12ZQ