Elements of Arts

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Elements of Art
Glossary Term: Line Line is one of the elements of art. You can find lines everywhere you look. There are many different kinds of lines. Here are some common lines: By joining lines together, you can make shapes.

Lines can also be used to create textures.

Glossary Term: Shape Shape is one of the elements of art. When lines meet, shapes are formed. Shapes are flat. Some shapes are geometric, such as squares, circles, triangles, rectangles, and ovals. Other shapes are organic or irregular.

These are geometric shapes.

Organic shapes look like things from nature.

Glossary Term: Space Space is one of the elements of art. Space is an empty place or surface in or around a work of art. Space can be twodimensional, threedimensional, negative and/or positive. You can easily see the positive Dawson-Tobak, 1996 and negative space in this sculpture. Public art sculpture (title unknown) by Ace

Artists also create positive and negative space in two-dimensional artworks.

Glossary Term: Texture Texture is one of the elements of art. Texture is the way something feels when you touch it. Artists also create the illusion of texture in artworks such as paintings, drawings and prints. How would you describe these different textures?

Glossary Term: Value Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. You can get different values of a color by mixing its shades and tints.

Principles of Art
Glossary Term: Balance Balance is one of the principles of art which describes how artists to create visual weight. Artists think about how to make their works balanced by using elements such as line, shape and color. There are several ways to balance an artwork:

Symmetrical (formal) balance means both sides of an imaginary line are the same.

Asymmetrical (informal) balance means each side of an imaginary line are different yet equal.

Glossary Term: Contrast Contrast is one of the principles of art which creates excitement and interest in...
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