The Notes I Have Made For My Research So Far


a point moving in space. Lines can be vertical, horizontal, diagonal or curved. They can be any width or texture. And can be continuous, implied, or broken. On top of that, there are different types of line, aside from the ones previously mentioned. For example, you could have a line that is horizontal and zigzagged or a line that is vertical and zigzagged. Different lines create different moods, it all depends on what mood you are using a line to create.

  • Present constellations
  • graph
  • Basic building block
  • Mood example- a straggly line would not be in the military
  • Most of us can find adjectives to fit various kinds of lines; those meaning, serving in part from the associations cited above, make for the possibility of subtle psychological suggestions.
  • A line is an extended dot
  • Geometric and organic examples and what they represent (the kiss)
  • Principles of lines

– Measure

– type

– direction

– Location

– Character


  • The contrast of light and dark in regards to a shape, or form
  • Adding light creates highlights, adding darkness creates shadows
  • Chromatic and monochromatic
  • Aka tone, brightness, shade
  • Helps define texture and bring a 2-D form to the 3-D realm
  • how dramatic your contrast of the light and dark can shift the mood
  • Light does not move from where it source directs it but environmental factors can shift, morph it, reflect it, change its openness, or stop it entirely
  • Value can be used to definite volume, depth,
  • Hatching diagram
  • Shading of sphere diagram
  • Graduate from black to with with and without color diagram


  • Color- the bending and manipulation of white light to create different sensation that our eyes perceive. These sensations are the visual tools we are most sensitive to when creating an artworks tone and/or mood. Color gives the viewer a emotional sensation that gives them the ability to automatically understand its meaning.
  • Primary colors- red yellow blue
  • Secondary colors- orange purple and green
  • Tertiary- a result from mixing two secondary colors
  • Neutrals – black(no color) white(all color bc white light) and grey
  • Color interaction – complementary, analogous, monochromatic,
  • Color can be used to show the focal point,
  • Color can make the viewer feel. Color sways us in a way no other medium is able to. From the beginning we have had an understanding of good and bad being blue and red.
  • Diagram of the prism
  • Color wheel and its interactions
  • Diagram of each color and what mood they evoke


  • Shape is when the a line becomes enclosed on itself and creates a complete being
  • Shapes is what breathes life into artwork. It acts as the infrastructure of the piece and turns nothings into something, into a being of its own.
  • While closure is technically not always necessary to identify a being as a shape, human naturally want to complete objects. This phenomenon was discovered by the German psychologist, Gestalt. We search for completeness, whole beings, totality. (diagram)
  • When a 2-D figure is turned into a 3D figure it is called a mass. These are often used to bring life and realism to a piece. It is not always used in this way though
  • Shape s used to create the illusion of a form that was imagined of seen by the artist or to present a visual characteristic of the piece. 1) can create harmony 2) create illusion of mass, volume, and space on a plane 3) to extend observer attention span
  • Can give the illusion of depth (madonna on the rocks) with color, texture, size, and value
  • 2-d shapes built together create 3d shapes
  • Balance is used to make a piece look whole, finished and done in a way that is pleasing to the eye
  • Shape is used to create balance by manipulating the shapes weight, size, and organization (dark values weigh more than light)
  • Sahep can also make a piece breathe and have a roadmap for the eye to follow. A piece must be able to breathe so that the eyes can have room to focus and to not be overstimulated. The roadmap is what your eye follows after it has touched the focal point. These roadmaps follow lines but most of these lines are implied and created so that the viewer almost follows the lines subconsciously.


deals in both the tactile and visual world. Created through assimilation, manipulation of a medium,

– types of texture (actual, simulated, abstract, and invented)

– actual – the real texture of a piece and the way the surface of an object looks (ex. Using gesso to create a clumpy paint consistency)

– simulated – when a texture is presented but is not actually there (ex. Realism)

– abstract –

– invented –

– texture can help build the connotation of the peace. Fro example, a piece that is depicted with ridged edges is more likely to make the viewer pick up on the artist’s aggressive and negative tone, rather than an artist artist creating soft texture of something like a blanket

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