Ingredients for Expressive Art

Line, Shape, Form, Value, Color, Texture, and Space!



Created by,
Stephanie Lewis

Curriculum Info  Meet the Author


Matisse, Henri. "Two Girls in a Yellow and Red Interior." 1947.


|  1. Elements of Art - General  |  2. Line  |  3. Shape  |  4. Form  |  5. Value  |  6. Color  |  7. Texture  |  8. Space  |
Introduction

Imagine a work of art in your head...now, take away the lines. Look different? Now, imagine it without shapes. Take away the forms, color, value, texture, and space. What happened? The work of art disappeared! That's because the elements of art are the basic ingredients that are necessary to turn an idea into a work of art. Learn more about each of these fantastic elements with this web resource list!

1. Elements of Art - General
    •Brigantine - Learning to Look at Art
Excellent overview of the seven elements of art. It defines each element and explains how each is used in specific works of art by various artists.
    •Elements of Art
This site lists the elements along with a definition and example of each. From the Independence Community College, KS.
2. Line
    •The Artist's Toolkit - Line
This site has visual examples of line use along with written explanations. It also includes further links across the top that talk about types of line, edge and outline, expressive line, implied line, and creating texture and pattern with lines. Created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Line
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on line by having students watch, find, and create. Watch - animations and definitions of lines. Find - interactive look at how lines are used in a work of art. Create - use given lines to create a work of art. Created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
    •Sanford ArtEdventures - Line
This simple page has basic examples and definitions of line.
    •Brigantine - Line
Defines line and explains how different kinds of lines are used in specific works of art by various artists.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Edge & Outline
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on edge and outline by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Institue of Arts.
3. Shape
    •The Artist's Toolkit - Shape
This site has visual examples of shape along with written explanations. It also includes further links across the top that talk about geometric/organic shapes, variations of geometric/organic shapes, and positive/negative shapes. Created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Shape
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on shape by having students watch, find, and create. Watch - animations and definitions of shape. Find - interactive look at how shape is used in a work of art. Create - use given shapes to create a work of art. Created by the Minneapolis Insititue of Arts.
    •Sanford ArtEdventures - Shape
This simple page has basic examples and definitions of shape.
    •Brigantine - Shape
Defines shape and explains how different shapes are used in specific works of art by various artists.
4. Form
    •Brigantine - Form
Defines form and explains how different forms are used in specific works of art by various artists.
    •Sanford ArtEdventures - Form
This simple page has basic examples and definitions of geometric forms. Click on the Try This! link and it shows how to draw basic geometric forms.
5. Value
    •Brigantine - Value
Defines value and explains how value is used in different ways by various artists.
    •Sanford ArtEdventures - Value
This simple page has a definition for value and also shows three step value scales. Also click on the Technique Demonstration to see how to create value!
    •Pomona Visual Literacy - Value
Describes value, has an example of a gradual value scale, and describes how value is used in various works of art.
    •Sanford ArtEdventures - Shading
Shows how to shade using hatching, cross-hatching, stippling.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Value
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on value (tints & shades) by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Institue of Arts.
6. Color
    •The Artist's Toolkit - Color
This site has visual examples of color along with written explanations. It also includes further links across the top that talk about the color wheel, value, mood, natural color, and fantastic effects. Created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Primary & Secondary
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on the primary and secondary colors by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Insititue of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Warm & Cool Colors
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on the warm and cool colors by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Insititue of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Complementary Colors
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on complementary colors by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Insititue of Arts.
7. Texture
    •The Artist's Toolkit - Texture
This site has visual examples of texture along with written explanations. It also includes further links across the top that talk about visual texture and illusion of space.
    •Sanford ArtEdventures - Texture
This simple page has a definition of texture and also shows four pictures along with how the texture could be described in each.
    •Getty Education
This page shows the difference between 2-D texture (visual) and surface texture (tactile).
    •Window to Art - Creating Visual Textures
This page gives many small examples of how to create textures such as clouds, lace, popcorn, etc. A good quick visual for drawing a variety of textures.
8. Space
    •Brigantine - Space
Explains space with several visual examples of how space is used in a variety of ways.
    •Space
This site shows how an illusion of space is created in several works of art and describes how these are made.
    •The Artist's Toolkit - Space
This site has visual examples of space along with written explanations. It also includes further links across the top that talk about types of space, perspective, and real space.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Depth
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on showing depth by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Institue of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Positive/Negative
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on positive and negative space by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Institue of Arts.
    •The Artist's Toolkit (Interactive) - Perspective
This page has interactive flash demonstrations on perspective by having students watch, find, and create. Created by the Minneapolis Institue of Arts.

|  1. Elements of Art - General  |  2. Line  |  3. Shape  |  4. Form  |  5. Value  |  6. Color  |  7. Texture  |  8. Space  |

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