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In this module, you will begin to learn the “language of art” through a structured approach to terms and examples used to describe and analyze any work of art. The basis of this language is the artistic elements–the irreducible and abstract ingredients that generate creative form.

Topics in this module are the following artistic elements:

  • Point
  • Line
  • Shape
  • Mass
  • Space
  • Value or tone
  • Color
  • Texture

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Upon successful completion of this module, you should be able to:
  • Define and describe artistic elements.
  • Translate a realistic artwork into an abstract composition.
  • Discuss compositional constructs and their effectiveness in the artistic process.
  • Using the language of art, compare and contrast artworks from disparate cultures.

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This module includes A Formalist Look at Artistic Elements.