Elements of Art: Line, color, shape, form, texture, space, and value.
Principles of Art: Emphasis, harmony, variety, balance, rhythm, proportion and unity.
The steps you will take are the following:
1. Find from magazines examples of elements and principles of art, one example for each element and principle.
2. Write lightly which element or principle each photo has on the back so you can remember, & keep track of what you found.
3. Use the white paper provided to make your book
4. Decorate the front cover with the Title of the book, your name, and period number.
5. You are to title each page with the element or principle you are illustrating, as well as a paragraph describing why the photograph is that element or principle.
6. Must be neat and legible- you can type or hand write but only if your writing is very neat and legible!
7. You must do elements in the front part of the book and principles in the back part of the book, in this order-
Elements of art page, then one page each for Line, color, shape, form, texture, space, value,
Principles of art page, then one page each for emphasis, harmony, variety, balance, rhythm, proportion and unity.
Your paragraphs should have the following information:
A. Name of the element or principle of art
B. Description in your own words what that element or principal is from the notes
C. Description of your photograph
D. How your photograph is that element or principal
Example of descriptive paragraph:
“The photograph that I am describing is called Pahalgam, Kashmir, India, and was made in 1998 by Steve McCurry. It is a landscape photograph that has two large trees in the foreground and several trees in the background in a forest. I am assuming that the time of year is the fall, because of all the red leaves on the ground. Within the forest there is a person in front of the main tree who is building a fire, presumably to keep warm. I feel that the artist was using emphasis by the use of the bright light in a subdued color background, and the fire is bright yellow, so it catches your eyes immediately. I feel the artist was successful in using this principle of art because it is the first thing I look at when I see the photograph, and it sets a solemn mood.”
(please note that since you are cutting photographs out of magazines, you will probably not know the photographer’s name or title of the piece, which is totally okay. Just make assumptions based on your photograph on where it is set).
You will be graded based on the following:
Time on task and citizenship- 4 points
Craftsmanship - 4 points
Quality of Illustrations- 4 points
Description of Each Element/ Principle, full sentences- 4 points
“We must remember that a photograph can hold just as much as we put into it, and no one has ever approached the full possibilities of the medium.”