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E l e m e n t s
Color | Value | Line | Texture | Shape | Form | Space

P r i n c i p a l s
Balance | Emphasis | Harmony | Variety | Gradation
 
Movement | Rhythm | Proportion

Line
You probably know what a line is, but just incase you don't, it is a continuous mark made on some surface by a moving point.

There are mainly two types of lines, emphasizing lines and de-emphasizing lines.

 

Emphasizing Lines
Emphasizing lines are better known as contour lines.  They show and outline the edges or contours of an object.    Contour lines separate objects from one another.   When artists stresses contours or outlines in their work, the piece are usually described as linear.

De-emphasizing Lines
Not all artists emphasize line in their work.   Some even try to hide the outline of objects in their pictures.   The term painterly is used when describing works that does not stresses the contours or outlines of objects.

Look at Claude Monet's Water Lilly painting.  Do you see his working lines?  Or has he hid them?

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Lines and Movement
Lines are also used to suggest movement in some direction.   Lines are used in certain ways gives people different feelings.  Some lines may help you feel calm and relaxed while others could make you feel tense and uneasy.

Horizontal Lines
Suggest calmness and usually makes people feel relaxed.  Picture sitting on a beach and looking down at the big flat ocean.  Doesn't that feel relaxing??

Vertical Lines
Suggest strength and stability.  Try thinking of a big tall vertical skyscraper or a tall lightest.   What does that make you feel?

Diagonal Lines
Suggest tension.  Is it not scary and make you feel tense when you are going down a very steep slop or hill?

Curved Lines
Suggest flowing movement.  Think of waves and how it moves back and forth, back and forth on and off the beach
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E l e m e n t s
Color | Value | Line | Texture | Shape | Form | Space

P r i n c i p a l s
Balance | Emphasis | Harmony | Variety | Gradation
 
Movement | Rhythm | Proportion

T e r m s
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