Elements Of Art
The elements of art are the visual tools that the artist uses to create a composition. A commonly used list of the main elements include form, shape, line, color, value, space, and texture. Resource: Wikipedia – Elements of Art
The J. Paul Getty Museum – Elements of Art (includes link to PDF)
Principles of Design
The principles of art represent how the artist uses the elements of art to create an effect and to help convey the artist’s intent. A commonly used list of the principles of art and design are balance (symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial), emphasis, contrast, pattern, unity, harmony, variety, movement, rhythm, repetition, and proportion/scale. The use of these principles can help determine whether a painting is successful, and whether or not the painting is finished.
Color Theory/Color Wheel
Learn about the color wheel; primary, secondary, and tertiary colors; hues, saturation, and values; shades, tints, and tones; temperature; and color schemes (monochromatic, complimentary, analogous, triadic, split complimentary, rectangle/tetradic, and square).
Color Matters: Basic Color Theory
Tiger Color: Basic Color Schemes – Introduction to Color Theory
Color Calculator – Your Handy Interactive Color Wheel
From Design Wizard, ‘Understanding Color Theory’ focuses on giving the reader a comprehensive understanding of the main concepts and ideas around understanding color theory.
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