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)
Intro / Line:
Intro: Introduce myself and describe how I became an artist.
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)
Some interesting Examples:
Line Drawing with a Calligraphy Pen
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