Teaching the Elements of Art: Value

We first began to explore the elements of form and value by sketching a mug. Since we will be exploring value in greater detail in a later class, for this post I will be focusing primarily on how shading emphasizes value. Our instructor encouraged us to gently hold our pencils for sketching because it opens up…

Elements of Art: Shape

We began our exploration of share by arranging some foam stickers into a picture or arrangement on the right side of a paper. Next we coloured those shapes and folded the paper over, so that it stamped the shape onto the other side. Next, took out another piece of paper and drew our shape onto…

Teaching the Elements of Art: Line

We began our lesson on line by discussing how different lines can express different emotions. We tried drawing a variety of lines that expressed emotions like “exuberant, despondent, quizzical, and elated.Then we tried to draw our own version of “the most interesting line” by and then added thickness to certain sections of the line to…

Teaching the Elements of Art: Colour

  We began our study of colour by reviewing basic types of colour (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary, Monochromatic, and Complementary). For our first activity we were asked to represent one of the major colour concepts on a small sheet of paper. I chose to focus on complementary colours. In my first version I used blocks of…

Teaching the Elements of Art: Texture

Our art instructor has encouraged us to find a mentor artist to refer back to as we explore each of the elements of art. For studying texture I’ve examined two artists who both arrange objects in order to form their own creation; Andy Goldsworthy arranged nature to form his own original pieces, while Bernard Pras uses “trash” to…