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The elements of art are the basic components used to create art.  Artists manipulate these elements to in order to make a successful composition.  Learning about these elements and how to use them will help you become a better artist.

There are seven elements of art:
line, shape, form, color, value, texture, and space.
For a definition of each of these elements, click on the link below:

LINE

SHAPE

FORM

COLOR

VALUE

TEXTURE

SPACE

colorwheel-choices.jpg

There are an unlimited number of ways to make a color wheel.  Here are some examples....what materials would you like to use to make a color wheel?

In this lesson, students will meet the following national visual arts and technology standards:
  • use two-dimensional media and tools to create art from personal experiences, observation, imagination
  • use control in handling tools and materials in a safe and responsible manner
  • understand the effects and functions of using various elements of design when creating good works of art
  • use good craftsmanship when producing works of art
  • use technology to apply existing knowledge and generate new ideas or products
  • use digital tools to locate organize or synthesize information from a variety of sources

LINE ACTIVITIES:

Watch the first two segments of the Wilton Art Appreciation Elements of Art CD: the introduction @ elements of art and the segment @ line, play at least one practice line game on CD

Go to The Artist’s Toolkit at http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/explore.cfm  and complete the line sections (line and edge & outline)

Go to http://www.imaginationcubed.com/ and use the pen and line tools to create a line drawing with at least six different kinds of lines—could include straight, curved, zigzag, horizontal, vertical, diagonal, thick, thin, dashed, dotted, long, short.  Send your drawing to me at:  loughrle@collier.k12.fl.us Use your name as the subject of the email. Your work will be graded with the LINE RUBRIC below: 

LINE RUBRIC
O=OUTSTANDING
S=SATISFACTORY
N=NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
LINES
6 OR MORE LINES, VARIETY OF STYLES AND SHAPES
LESS THAN 6 LINES, SOME VARIETY
1 OR 2 LINES, NO VARIETY
COMPOSTION
LINES PLANNED AND ARRANGED IN ARTISTIC MANNER, LINES FILL PAGE
COMPOSITION SHOWS SOME PLANNING, PAGE PARTIALLY FULL
NO PLANNING, LINES PLACED RANDOMLY, PAGE MOSTLY EMPTY

SHAPE & FORM ACTIVITIES:

On the Wilton Art Appreciation Elements of Art CD:  watch the segment @ shape and the segment @ form, play at least one of the practice shape and form games.

Go to The Artist’s Toolkit at http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/explore.cfm and complete the shape section (geometric & organic) and the space section (positive & negative)

Go to http://www.imaginationcubed.com/ and use the shape tool to create a collage of shapes.  Include triangles, rectangles, squares, parallelograms, circles, ovals, and stars.  Send your completed picture to me at: loughrle@collier.k12.fl.us  Use your name as the subject of the email. Your picture will be graded with the SHAPE RUBRIC below. 

Download one of the three dimensional patterns from http://www.alifetimeofcolor.com/main.taf?p=2,1,1,1 Draw a shape on each of the flat surfaces of the form.  Color the negative space one color and the positive space another, then assemble it into form.  Compare the flat shapes to the 3-d forms, what shapes are used to create the forms?

SHAPE RUBRIC
O=OUTSTANDING
S=SATISFACTORY
N=NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
SHAPES
6 OR MORE SHAPES, VARIETY OF STYLES AND COLORS
LESS THAN 6 SHAPES, SOME VARIETY
1 OR 2 SHAPES, NO VARIETY
COMPOSTION
SHAPES PLANNED AND ARRANGED IN ARTISTIC MANNER, SHAPES FILL PAGE
COMPOSITION SHOWS SOME PLANNING, PAGE PARTIALLY FULL
NO PLANNING, SHAPES PLACED RANDOMLY, PAGE MOSTLY EMPTY

COLOR ACTIVITIES:

On the Wilton Art Appreciation Color CD: watch the segments @ primary & secondary colors, warm & cool colors, tints & shades, play at least one of the practice color games.

 

Watch video about mixing tertiary/intermediate colors at : http://www.ehow.com/video_4954096_color-theory-what-tertiary-colors.html

 

Go to: http://www.making-greeting-cards.com/support-files/color-wheel-template.pdf and print out color wheel template.  Use a set of watercolor paints to complete wheel, including primary, secondary and intermediate/tertiary colors.  Turn your color wheel in to the teacher.  It will be graded using the COLOR RUBRIC below.

 

Go to The Artist’s Toolkit at http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/explore.cfm  and complete the color sections (primary & secondary, warm & cool, complimentary, tints & shades)

 

Go to http://www.sessions.edu/career_center/design_tools/color_calculator/# and click on "launch the Color Calculator".  Adjust the color wheel to experiment with different colors and how they work together.  How could this information be used by an artist?  or a web page designer? 

COLOR RUBRIC
O=OUTSTANDING
S=SATISFACTORY
N=NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
COLORS
HAS ALL 12 COLORS MIXED TO CORRECT HUE
HAS MORE THAN 8 COLORS MIXED TO CORRECT HUE
HAS LESS THAN 8 COLORS MIXED TO CORRECT HUE
COMPOSTION
COLORS ALL IN CORRECT SPACE ON WHEEL IN RELATIONSHIP TO EACH OTHER
MOST COLORS IN CORRECT SPACE ON WHEEL IN RELATIONSHIP TO EACH OTHER
MOST COLORS NOT IN CORRECT SPACE OF WHEEL IN RELATIONSHIP TO EACH OTHER

TEXTURE & SPACE ACTIVITIES:
On the Wilton Art Appreciation Elements of Art CD: watch the segments @ space and texture, play at least one of the games
 
Go to The Artist’s Toolkit at http://www.artsconnected.org/toolkit/watch_space_overlap.cfm  and complete the sections about space and texture
 
Go to the Creativity Portal at http://www.creativity-portal.com/howto/artscrafts/features/2004/textures.html and look at the examples of different ways you can create texture in a collage
 
Go to National Gallery of Art at http://www.nga.gov/kids/zone/index.htm#brushster .  Look at the different examples of art created by ‘brushter’…notice the way the texture and overlapping shapes give the pictures depth.  Click on ‘create an abstract painting of your own’ and use the different colors and drawing tools to create your own abstract painting.  Be sure to use different tools to show different textures and overlap your shapes and lines. Once you have completed your picture, follow the directions for saving the picture to your computer or electronically.  Send it to me at: loughrle@collier.k12.fl.us  Use your name as the subject of the email.  Your picture will be graded using the SPACE & TEXTURE RUBRIC below:

TEXTURE & SPACE RUBRIC
O=OUTSTANDING
S=SATISFACTORY
N=NEEDS IMPROVEMENT
TEXTURE & SPACE
6 OR MORE LINES, VARIETY OF STYLES AND TEXTURES, MOST OVERLAPPING
LESS THAN 6 LINES, SOME VARIETY OF STYLES, 1 OR 2 OVERLAPPING
1 OR 2 LINES, NO VARIETY, NO OVERLAPPING
COMPOSTION
LINES PLANNED AND ARRANGED IN ARTISTIC MANNER, LINES FILL PAGE
COMPOSITION SHOWS SOME PLANNING, PAGE PARTIALLY FULL
NO PLANNING, LINES PLACED RANDOMLY, PAGE MOSTLY EMPTY