The Principles & Elements of Art are the building blocks upon which a piece of art is created. The visual art terms separate into the elements and principles of art. The elements of art are color, form, line, shape, space, and texture. The principles of art are scale, proportion, unity, variety, rhythm, mass, shape, space, balance, volume, perspective, and depth.
Methow Arts teaching artists have created art videos to help students build a foundation in art concepts. The videos on this page are targeted at students in grades K-6 who are in remote learning situations, and focus on art projects that emphasize the Principles & Elements of Art. Some of the videos have a break in the middle, where younger students may decide to end the lesson and older students may decide to go on. Let us know what you think.
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FOUNDATIONS: make art (all ages)
Color as Time of Day (all ages/Fundamentals)
Artist Christa Culbert explores two different pieces of artwork that show you how color can be used to express time of day, and then guides you through creating a comic strip that conveys a sense of time.
You’ll focus on Chinami Nakajima’s “Weeping Cherry at Kozenji Temple” and “Miharu Takizakura Spring Night.”
Materials: paper, pencil, watercolor set, water cup, paper towel (optional)
Vanishing Hearts (all ages/fundamentals)
Artist Amber Zimmerman helps you understand the concept of “perspective” by drawing “vanishing” hearts that originate from—and disappear into—a single point.
Materials: scratch paper, paper, pencil, eraser, ruler or straight edge, optional–colored pencils or crayons
One Point Perspective (all ages/fundamentals)
Artist Amber Zimmerman helps you understand the concepts of “one point perspective,” where everything in a drawing or painting focuses on one point in the distance.
Materials: paper, pencil, black or dark crayon, watercolor set, brush, water cup, ruler (optional)
Foreground, middleground, background (all ages/fundamentals)
Artist Amber Zimmerman helps you understand the concepts of foreground, middleground, and background in art.
Materials: paper, pencil, eraser, crayons/colored pencil/watercolors (something to make color), marker
Color In Darkness (all ages)
Artist Christa Culbert helps you work with dark colors while still allowing light into paintings, using artwork by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn and Native American artist Rick Bartow as examples. (visual arts)
Materials: paper, watercolor set, brush, water, paper towel, crayons/colored pencils/oil pastels, pencil
Color is Magic (all ages)
Materials: paper, pencil, watercolor set, crayons/colored pencils, water container, paper towel/napkin
Warm Fish, Cool Fish (all ages)
Artist Christa Culbert teaches you about warm and cool colors by painting a fish. (visual arts)
Materials: paper, watercolor set, brush, water cup, paper towel (optional)
Stippled Snowman (all ages)
Artist Amber Zimmerman teaches you to use a technique called “stippling” (a shading technique used to create value) to draw a 3D snowman. (visual arts)
Materials: paper cut in half, pen/pencil/marker–anything you want to draw with
The Elements of Line, Pattern, and Shading 1 (all ages)
Artist Amber Zimmerman introduces you to the art elements of line, pattern, and shading. (visual art)
Materials: paper, pencil, eraser
The Elements of Line & Pattern 2: Crazy Hair (all ages) *
Practice creating lines and patterns by making some crazy hair with teaching artist Amber Zimmerman . (visual arts)
Materials: paper, pencil
The Element of Color (all ages)
Artist Christa Culbert introduces you to the art element of color and walks you through painting a color wheel and mixing colors. (visual art)
Materials: paper, watercolor paint set, brush, water cup, paper towel or napkin
Wishy Washy Watercolors (all ages)
Sculptor and painter Bruce Morrison guides you through the fundamentals of using watercolors, including brush technique. (visual art)
Materials: watercolor paints, brush, paper, water cup
Farolitas/Luminarias (all ages/family)
Welcome back the sun and the longer days ahead–join artist Bruce Morrison in making candle lanterns known as farolitas or luminarias. This Winter Solstice project can be a fun family activity.
Materials: paper bag, crayons, scissors, tea light candle