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Lesson Plans

Re:Art Elements

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Betty Bowen (
Wed, 13 Oct 1999 10:27:56 -0500

No, there isn't a cross-cultural agreed upon list of the elements of art.
These lists refer only to the convenient categorizing of some of the formal
concerns of traditional 2D and 3D art, and while useful in describing art
objects, I don't believe they are all that useful any more (if they ever
were) in learning to make art itself. The elements of line are generally
limited to the types of lines with examples that lend themselves to
reproductions in how-to books. There is no discussion of meaning, content,
emotion, response, metaphor, or even opacity, transparency, reflective or
refractive natures - or the elements necessary for successful conceptual,
performance or installation work. If we have to be tied down with such
verbal lists, they need updated.