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Re: Help - worksheets for elements and principles of art


Date: Thu Aug 28 2003 - 16:23:28 PDT

I don't have any worksheets but the book my system bought has a neat elements
and principles assignment that I use for my 6th graders. The book is:
Understanding Art (Mittler/Raglan) put out by Glencoe. Here's what I do:
1. Give the students a piece of xerox paper (i consider this a vocabulary
2. Have them draw a continuous line (stops where it started, fills the page,
not to much, must cover the whole page)
3. Fold the paper in half, in half again and then fold in half down, so you
end up with 8 rectangles.
4. Each element will be covered in the boxes. Have them number them on the
Box 1: Discuss Color with them, get them to tell you what the primaries are
and why they are special. Then have them color box 1 with only red, yellow and
Box 2: Value- have them choose one color and all the various tints and shades
that go with it. They may only use these colors in that box.
Box 3: Intensity- discuss , then have them choose bright and dull colors to
color that box, colors are their choice.
Box 4: Line- discuss the variety of line (vertical, horizontal, diagonal,
curvy, jagged, broken, dotted, thick and thin) then, using the lines that are
already in the box, erase and include each of the variety. the line will still go
as it did, but now it will have variety in it instead of being a solid line.
Box 5: Shape- discuss geometric and free-form shapes, then have them outline
all the shapes in the box, about 1/4" from the line, color some of the new
shapes and leave some white.
Box 6: Texture- discuss real and visual texture, they must put a different
texture in each shape they have. (i let them draw some of them and do texture
rubbings from templates that i have.
Box 7: Space- go back to geometric and free-form shapes, have them draw one
or the other on top of the lines already there, now erase the lines inside the
new shape, color this brightly, all others with dull colors...
Box 8: Form- discuss how artists make a 2-d piece of paper look 3-d, starting
anywhere on the line in this box, make it as dark as possible and move out
and lighter, do this to the whole line on both sides.
Hope this helps