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Characteristics of Line (before or after personal experience)

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Mon, 11 Oct 1999 12:19:23 EDT

I am about to get into student teaching, with a B.S. in Art Edcation. We
have dug pretty deep into the meaning of the elements & principles. These
discussions are always in a lecture class for example Basic Design,
Aestetics, Art for Children & Art History. In studio classes the elements
etc. will come up only in critique. Professors are very careful not to
suggest anything to us while we are creating. It is afterward these elements
are discussed. Eventually things click together and then more pre thought may
be put into a piece. Not that that is a good thing. As a teacher you may find
these "rules" helpful for your more left brain anaylitical thinkers.

By the way, I found out what the "location" of a Line is. It is very boring
but here goes.
"The control exercised over the measure, type, or direction of a line can be
enhanced or diminished by its specific location. According to its placement,
a line can serve to unify or divide, balance or unbalance a pictorial area. A
diagonal line might be soaring or plunging, depending upon its high or low
position relative to the frame. The various attributes of line can act in
concert toward one goal or can serve separate roles of expression and design.
A fully developed work, therefore, may recognize and use all physical
properties, although it is also possible that fewer than the total number can
be successfully used. This is true largely because of the dual role of these
properties. For instance, unity in a work might be achieved by repetition of
line length, at the same time that variety is being created through
difference in the line's width, medium, or other properties." pgs. 80, 81. ART
FUNDAMENTALS Theory And Practice. Written by, Ocvirk, Stinson, Wigg,
Bone, Cayton. 8th. edition.

Janice Jarreau

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