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Re: What ARE the Elements of Art/Design?

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Robert Alexander Fromme (rfromme)
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 06:29:33 -0500

Elements of Design:

point and line, shape, mass, space, color (including value, hue, and
intensity), texture, time, light and movement.

methods of creating the illusion of space include:

1.) descriptive line (thick and thin can suggest the contour of a volume),
2.) modeling (shade and shadow),
3.) overlap, vertical placement (lower=closer, higher=farther),
4.) relative size(larger=closer, smaller=farther),
5.) linear perspective (one, two, three or multiple point),
6.) atmospheric perspective,
7.) the perspective of color (warm advances, cool receeds and individual
hues seek a relative position of depth in relation to the hue, value and
intensity of their neighbors.

hope this helps,


At 07:03 AM 10/13/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Okay, this may sound like a silly question, but is there any one agreed upon
>list of the elements of art?
>"Line" seems to be a given. Same with "texture" and "color."
>After that, it sort of seems up for grabs--could be "shape," "form," "space"
>(from one source)
>or it could be "shape" and "mass." Other lists contain pieces and parts of
>any of the ones listed so far.
>Some lists I've seen start with "dot" (even before "line") and then go on to
>include things I consider to be PRINCIPLES of design (such as unity and
>balance) in with their elements.
>So--what listing of elements of art do you use in your teaching??