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1st Period Visual Art - A3
2nd Period Visual Art - A3
3rd Period Visual Art - A3
4th Period Visual Art - A3
5th Period Visual Art - A3
6th Period Plan - Softball Facility
7th Period Weight Lifting - Softball Facility

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CONTRAST- Principals of Art

Contrast is the arrangement of opposite elements (light vs. dark colors, rough vs. smooth textures, large vs. small shapes, etc.) in a piece so as to create visual interest, excitement and drama

BALANCE- Principal of Art

Balance is the way in which the elements (lines, shapes, colors, textures, etc.) of a piece are arranged. Balance can be symmetrical ("formal"), where elements are given equal "weight" from an imaginary line in the middle of a piece. For the most basic example of symmetry, think of your eyes in relation to either side of your nose. Balance doesn't necessarily mean symmetry, though. Asymmetrical ("informal") balance occurs when elements are placed unevenly in a piece, but work together to produce harmony overall.

EMPHASIS - Principal of Art

Emphasis is a principle of art which occurs any time an element of a piece is given dominance by the artist. In other words, the artist makes part of the work stand out, in order to draw the viewer's eye there first. Frequently, emphasis is achieved by means of contrast. Obvious contrasting elements create focal points, meaning: places to which one's attention cannot help but be drawn.

Elements of Art - Space

Space is always part of a work of art, sometimes in multiple ways. Follow along with the final installment of our Elements of Art series as we dive deep into the complex role that Space plays in the visual arts. Using site specific art as a starting point, we highlight the specific techniques that artists use to control and manipulate Space in their work.

Elements of Art - Color

Brush up on your knowledge of color in the sixth installment of our Elements of Art series. By considering the vital and vibrant work of the Color Field painters of the 1950s and 60s, we get a glimpse of how powerful a role color plays in art.

Elements of Art - Value

Artists are able to create the illusion of light by being able to produce a wide variety of values. In our fifth episode on the Elements of Art, we explore how artists produce and use different color and tonal values.