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1 Elements of painting, printmaking, photography, graphics art Or how we talk about images on a flat surface

2 What is it? A two-dimensional object Rejects representation Does not try to represent the real Iconic – symbol of the real Techniques to unveil the process Accepts representation Tries to imitate the real Tries to be three- dimensional Techniques to fool the eye

3 How is it done? How the elements are used And put together describe the composition of the piece

4 Elements of painting/design 1. Line 2. Form 3. Color 4. Space 5. Texture

5 Use of basic elements in composition 1. Repetition 2. Balance 3. Unity 4. Focal area 5. Perspective 6. Chiaroscuro 7. Dynamics

6 The composition of a piece helps us construct meaning in and for the artwork.

7 Line Real line – actual line on the surface Implied line – suggested line through color, shape, boundaries of objects Painterly line – more implied than real Linear – more actual line than implied Line is used to control our eye, create unity and balance, help construct meaning

8 Form Shape of object (as a result of the use of line) Shape of parts of composition Triangle, square, circle, and so on

9 Color Hue – pure color (red, blue,….) Value – amount of black or white in color Intensity – degree of purity of color

10 Space Illusion of three dimensions

11 Texture Implied – suggested roughness or smoothness of objects in the composition Real – what it would feel like if you touched it

12 How those elements are used to create the image….

13 Repetition The repetition of line, color, shapes Repeat the element in a consistent pattern Repeat the element in a variation of the pattern Juxtapose elements in a pattern

14 Balance Symmetrical Bilateral if divided the same on both sides Asymmetrical Placement of unlike terms

15 Unity Completeness within the frame (closed composition) Incomplete; viewers attention drawn outside the composition (open composition) Use of color, line, shape to pull the objects together

16 Focal Area Where ones attention is drawn Can have more than one focal area

17 Perspective Making a two-dimensional object into the illusion of three-dimensional Linear (1-point) perspective Converging line to achieve the sense of distance Aerial perspective Color, detail, size to create sense of distance

18 Chiaroscuro Contrasts of light and dark

19 Dynamics How lively or stable/stolid does the picture seem?

20 Subject matter Continuum From real (representation) to nonobjective (iconic)

21 Our knowledge of the history of the use of elements also contributes to the meaning of the object.


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