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Art & Design

Elements of art

The elements are the parts used to make a piece of artwork. The art elements are line, shape, form, tone, texture, pattern and colour. They are often used together, and how they are organised in a piece of art determines what the finished piece will look like.

Line

Line is the path left by a moving point. For example, a pencil or a brush dipped in paint.

A line can take many forms. It can be horizontal, diagonal or curved. It can also change over its length, starting off curved and ending up horizontal, for example.

Line can be used to show many different qualities, such as:

  • contours - showing the shape and form of something
  • feelings or expressions - a short, hard line gives a different feeling to a more flowing one
  • movements

Just You Wait, 2006 by Tucker Schwarz

A line can also be created by edges - when two surfaces meet a line is formed.

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