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.
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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.
Porterfield, Marie. 2020. "Lesson 02: Elements and Principles." Art Appreciation Open Educational Resource. Johnson City: East Tennessee State University.
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