Elements of Art



Like all languages throughout the world there is vocabulary that must be understood before one can fully use and understand a language. This also holds true for the language of the Visual Arts. You must understand the Elements and Principles of art so that you are able to use the language to communicate your ideas to others.

In this lesson students will become familiar with the Elements of Art, these are the foundation for all visual images.

Lesson Time

Introduction to Elements of Art
2 Class Periods

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Arts, Media, and Entertainment
Grade Levels
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • Post-Secondary
  • Adult

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (3)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will be able to identify and define each of the Elements of Art.
  • Students will be able to recognize the Elements of Art as applied to animation.
  • Students will be able to describe the use of the elements of art to express mood in a work of animation.

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