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Beginning Art Terms

elements and principles of art

TermDefinition
Line The path left by a moving point
Shape A two dimensional (has height and width) area defined by a boundary
Form A three dimensional element which has height, width, and depth
Space The open parts between, inside, and around shapes (positive and negative)
Texture The way a surface looks and feels (rough, smooth, or soft); invented or actual
Value The degree of lightness and darkness a color has
Color A common name for all the colors of the spectrum; a hue
Rhythm Repeated visual elements in a work or art
Pattern Decorative surface design of repeated elements
Movement Creating the look and feel of action which guides the viewer’s eye
Balance Divisions or equal parts in a work of art (symmetrical, radial, asymmetrical)
Proportion The size relationship of one part or feature to another
Variety Added interest in a piece of art through diversity or change
Emphasis The dominant or focal point of a piece of art, created by difference or contrast
Harmony Stresses the similarities of related parts in a work of art
Unity The wholeness, oneness, or cohesiveness of a piece of art through effective use of the principles of art
Created by: smartartteacher