Saturday, February 16, 2013

Design: Elements and Principles of Art

Fiber Artists are a special 'breed'! They encompass all aspects of mediums to create interesting and intriguing wearables as well as wall pieces. When does one begin to call themselves a 'Fiber Artist"? Let's begin with these fundamentals:


Elements of Art--these are building blocks used by artists to create a work of art:
  • Line (can show movement, be straight
  • Shape & Form (closed lines present 3D effect)
  • Color (reflect light, hue, value, intensity, usage and varies with culture)
  • Texture can be visual or actual
  • Space--negative, perspective, overlaps, positive
  • Value--range of light to dark; contrast
Principles of Art--ways artists use the Elements in their artwork
  • Pattern (repetition of the elements of art)
  • Emphasis (focus--main idea or what 'grabs' your attention)
  • Variety (an assortment of lines, shapes, colors and other elements of art in the art work) Variety adds detail and interest to the work
  • Unity (how the elements work together, fit together, so the art work looks complete)
  • Balance (symmetrical or asymmetrical)
  • Rhythm & Movement (a regular repetition of the elemtns of art to create a sense of rhythm and/or movement)  Does your eye move across the piece?
  • Proportion (how parts fit together to make a whole--size relations including scale, monumental, miniature, exaggeration)***
***Awesome Artists (The ABC's of Art: complied, organized and added to by M.C. Gillis)

Now, putting all those steps together, let's take a look at some Art pieces:  these come from Studio Art Quilt Association
Sharon Crary--small tapestry

CINDI HUSSAFTER THE STORM II

DENISE LABADIETRINITY CHURCH

SUSAN WEBB LEEELECTRIC BLUE



 
YAEL DAVID-COHENMASK

B. J. ADAMSBIRDS

















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