This lesson covers the elements and principles of art. Elements of art are the physical parts of the work, including line, shape, form, space, texture, value, color, and time. Principles of art are the ways in which those parts are arranged, including unity/variety, balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, rhythm, and pattern.

Adapting Materials

For ease of adapting the materials, editable files are provided. Under additional files, you can download the presentation in PowerPoint and the reading list and sketchbook assignment in Word.


This Art Appreciation OER was adapted from existing resources by Marie Porterfield Barry for the Fall 2019 semester as part of East Tennessee State University’s Open Educational Resources (OERs) Awards Program.

02-Elements-and-Principles-Presentation.pptx (73901 kB)
Lesson 02 Presentation in PowerPoint

02-Elements-and-Principles-Reading-List.docx (13 kB)
Lesson 02 Reading List in Word

02-Elements-and-Principles-Sketchbook-Assignment.docx (11 kB)
Lesson 02 Sketchbook Assignment in Word