4 - 7 Line 8 - 11 Pattern 12 - 15 Texture 16 -19 Shape 20 - 23 Colour 24 - 27 Form
noun [in singular] the scope, extent, or bounds of something: a full discussion of this complex issue was beyond the ambit of one book Origin: late Middle English (in the sense ‘precincts, environs’): from Latin ambitus ‘circuit’, from ambire ‘go round’
My real breakthrough in art came whilst I was studying A-Level Art at school. I will never forget what my teacher said to me “The most fundamental elements in a work of art are; line, pattern, texture, shape, colour and form.” This magazine is devoted to these elements . I have also included a theme for the works included in this magazine: the buildings and architecture of Birmingham, UK.
Illustrated and written by Lyndsey Hale
A long narrow mark or stroke made on or in a surface.
Lines can be straight or curved, thick or thin. They can create shapes add definition or create the impression of form. When grouped together they can form images and words. Lines are essentially marks that generate an image based on what the drawer sees.
A regular or repetitive form, order, or arrangement.
Patterns repeat adding dec or shape. They can be sim designs can take many f brick textures, wallpapers bands. These patterns can surfaces of buildings, the frames, doors an
coration to an image mple or elaborate. The forms, from simple s, to repetitive colour n be applies to many cladding, windows, nd roofing.
Textures on a building arenâ€™t restricted to what we can feel. They can be achieved in the reflections of windows, or the way in which the image is produced. A flat image can give the illusion of texture though the medium that is used and its application. This can range from the strokes used, to the use of white space.
The feel and appearance of a surface, especially how rough or smooth it is.
A mould or pattern for making something or giving something its form.
Shapes are formed by the outlines of object. The shapes we observe could be the silhouette of an item, or could be the colours that are adorning the same item. Not all buildings are square, and in some cases the square just forms part of a more elaborate shape.
The property of objects that depends on the light that they reflect.
Colour can blend or contrast, affect your mood and define an object. Contrasting colours can be used to gain your attention, drawing your eye, making it more obvious. Whereas complimentary colours can unite shapes to create an aesthetic image.
Like many of the elements I have briefly discussed form can change a flat piece of work into an image that creates the illusion of 3d. Instead of an image looking like a random ensemble of lines, shapes and colours, it can be made more coherent by looking at it as a whole, creating a structure for the image and producing method from the mayhem.
The particular way that something is or appears to be.