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Elements & Principles of Art & Design - LINE

Posted by Heidi Denessen on

Hi all! I thought I would start sharing some tid bits about 🅰️RT that I thought you might find interesting.

So many people say that they ‘don’t understand art’ and I want to try to demystify it cause art is here for YOU!

The elements and principles of art and design are the foundation of art. Honestly, words like ‘elements’ and ‘principles’ make me gloss over with boredom and I can recall clear as day how much I hated learning this stuff in art school.

But it can be fun! We are talking about paint and scribbles and beautiful compositions for goodness sakes - lets get inspired!

Here’s the simple breakdown: Elements are like words, and principles are like sentences. Understanding these gives you visual literacy and takes the mystery away. Once you learn these simple bits you can look at a piece of art and describe what you see using a common language. If you have deeper insight into how something was created or built, like a song, a movie or a beautiful building, it will hold more value for you. But that’s not to say you can’t just love a piece of art cause you love it - of course you can! This is just here for you if you are curious to dive a little deeper.

Once you are familiar with this visual language you might find yourself looking at the world from a new perspective… seeing the elements and principles of art & design as you walk through your day or look through your camera lens.

The first element we are going to talk about is LINE. Line is a path created by a point moving in space. Different tools make different kinds of lines. Lines can be thin and smooth or wide and rough. Pencils make lines, brushes can make lines, scratching a surface can make a line, planes make lines as they fly across the sky, or a snowboarder can draw a beautiful line as she carves down the hill. Try to find an interesting line in the next photo you take.

I’ll be back soon to talk about the next element: SHAPE


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