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Kubilius 7 Elements of Visual Art

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7 Elements of Visual Arts


Objective: Students will identify and compose various images in order to review and demonstrate the elements of visual art.



Go to http://www.writedesignonline.com/history-culture/AndyGoldsworthy/overview.htm#line and define the 7 elements of Visual Arts below.

- Then, insert an image that represents the appropriate element (Don't forget to give credit to the artist).

- Finally take a picture representing the appropriate element.


LINE: An identifiable path of a point moving in space. It can vary in width, direction, and length


Andy Goldsworthy - "Fine dry sand", 1989

This picture is showing wavy lines going through the sand.


-Analysis of image as it relates to appropriate element.  





Shape:  Two-dimensional area or plane that may be organic or inorganic, free-form or geocentric, open or closed, natural or of human origin




Andy Goldsworthy - "Lying down on dry earth while rain begins"

This picture shows the shape of a shadow of a person on the ground.






FORM: A three-dimensional volume or the illusion of three dimensions; related to shape (which is 2-D).


Robert Smithson, Leaning Strata, 1968, Aluminum, paint, Walker Art Center, Donation of Virginia Dwan


Robert Smithson 
This sculpture uses a series of overlapping shapes to create a sense of space.


-Analysis of image as it relates to appropriate element.  




SPACE: The emptiness or area between, around, above, below, or contained within objects. Shapes and forms are defined by the space around and within them, just as spaces are defined by the shapes and forms around and within them




Andy Goldsworthy"Dandelions"

 This picture show a cluster of dandelions forming a circle shape.


-Analysis of image as it relates to appropriate element.  




VALUE: Light and dark; the gradations of light and dark on the surface of objects




Andy Goldsworthy - "Pebbles Around a Hole"

This picture of the pebbles is gradully going from light to dark showing value.


-Analysis of image as it relates to appropriate element.  




TEXTURE: The surface quality of material, either actual (tactile) or visual





Andy Goldsworthy - "Blue and Red Stones"

This picture


-Analysis of image as it relates to appropriate element.  




COLOR:  The quality of an object or substance with respect to light reflected by the object, usually determined visually by measurement of hue, saturation, and brightness of the reflected light; saturation or chroma; hue.



Claude Monet - "Water Lilies" - 1914 -

This painting repersents color because of the variaty of colors in it. It has different hues of blue, green, red, yellow, and pink incorrporated to make a picture of a pone with lilly pads floating on top of it.

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