Elements of Art - Art Foundations

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Line
1. The distance between two points longer than it is wide.
Shape
The two-dimensional outline that encloses an object or area. Is flat.
Organic shape
An irregular, non-geometric shape. A shape that resembles any living matter. Most shapes are not drawn with a ruler or a compass.
Geometric shape
Precise and regular shape; circles, triangles, squares. Drawn using tools like a ruler.
Form
A three-dimensional object that has volume and width.
Organic Form
A form with irregular edges. Example a tree or cloud.
Geometric Form
Forms that have precise lines and are sharply defined. (i.e. prisms, spheres, cylinders, cubes, pyramids, etc.)
Value
The lightness or darkness of tones or colors. White is the
lightest value; black is the darkest.
Texture
An element of art that refers to the way things feel, or look
as if they might feel if touched.
Actual Texture
The texture of a real object.
Visual Texture
Refers to an implied sense of texture that the artist creates through the use of various artistic elements such as line, shading and color.
Color
An element of art made up of three properties: hue, value,
and intensity. The phenomenon of light reflecting off an object.
Space
The feeling of DEPTH in an artwork.
Positive and Negative Space
Positive space refers to the main focus of a picture, while negative space refers to the background.

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