Elements of Art

Taken from: http://cdn.dickblick.com/items/694/40/69440-1009-3ww-l.jpg

Form is an element of art that is three-dimensional and encloses volume. Cubes ,spheres,and cylinders are examples of various forms.

Line is an element of art which refers to the continuos mark made on some surface by a moving point. It may be two dimensional, like a pencil mark on a paper or it may be three dimensional(wire) or implied( the edge of a shape or form) often it is a outline,contour or silhouette.

Shape is an enclosed space defined by other elements of art. shapes may take on the appearance of two-d or three- objects.

Colour Is an element of art with three properties1) Hue, the name of the colour, e.g. red, yellow, etc. 2) Intensity or the purity and strength of the colour such as bright ness or dullness. And 3) value, or the lightness or darkness of the colour.

Texture refers to the surface quality or "feel" of an object, such as roughness, smoothness, or softness. Actual texture can be felt while simulated textures are implied by the way the artist renders areas of the picture.

Space refers to the distance or area between, around, above or within things. It can be a description for both 2 and 3 dimensional portrayals.

Tone describes the lightness or darkness of a colour. Tone is needed to express Volume.

Now that you are familiar with these common elements download and complete the pdf below.

It will help you with the following practical assignment.


1. Put together all your Elements of Art Examples created in Photoshop.


2. Make a new document with the following dimension:

Size: 29.5 cm x 21 cm

Resolution: 72

3. Open each example
Layer/ Flatten Image

4. Save as JPEG

5. POST your finished image on the DISCUSSION page above with your NAME.

NOTE: The final image must demonstrate an example of each element with the use of Photoshop techniques.