Art Videos: THE PRINCIPLES & ELEMENTS OF ART

School Year 2020.2021

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 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)

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Materials: paper, watercolor set, brush, water, paper towel, crayons/colored pencils/oil pastels, pencil


Color is Magic (all ages)

Artist Christa Culbert shows you how to create an imaginative landscape with watercolors, inspired by Alfredo Arreguin‘s 2006 “Orca’s Strait.” (visual art)

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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)

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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)

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Materials: paper cut in half, pen/pencil/marker–anything you want to draw with


The Elements of Line, Pattern, and Shading 1 (all ages)

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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) *

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(*If you missed the Elements of Line & Pattern 1: Pencil Drawing, do that first: YouTube link, Vimeo link)

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)

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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)

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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)

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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