Learning the Language of Art

principles and elements of art 

What language do you speak? I speak English.

Are you bilingual? No, but I know a little Spanish.

Do you only enjoy art from the country in which you live?
Not really. I love art from all over the world and from many different periods of time.

How can you enjoy the art work done by an artist if you do not speak their language? Easy, I have learned the language of art.

Art has its own language? Yes. There is no language barrier when art is involved because artists have a language that all can relate to.

What if you don’t know this language of art, can you still enjoy the art? Absolutely, but it is more meaningful if you can tell what the artist is communicating.

So, how do artists communicate? Artists use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to communicate with the viewers of their art work.

Let’s find out more:

There are seven Elements of Art. They are:

  • line
  • value
  • shape
  • form
  • space
  • texture
  • and color.

There are eight Principles of Design. They are:

  • Rhythm
  • Movement
  • Harmony
  • Unity
  • Balance
  • Proportion
  • Variety
  • Emphasis

Don’t worry. You don’t have to learn it all at once. In my Art I class in High School I spend all year teaching my students the concepts of these elements and principles. More later……

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