Art Techniques | 15 June 2018Elements Of Composition Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Learn the basics of composition with Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner! The elements of composition are point, shape, mass, volume, texture, value, and color. Let’s talk about a few of them one by one. Point A point is a single mark on a page without depth, height, or length. A group of points in a row or an arc can create a line—or at least imply a line. Points used closely together can suggest a three-dimensional object. Line Geometry defines a line as an infinite number of points. A line is the earliest tool that most children use intuitively to visualize and represent the world around them. A line represents the building-block foundation of most drawings. Lines can be bold, weak, varied, geometric, organic, energetic, or calm. Line drawings are an integral foundation for all further exploration of drawing; they are the gateway to visual expression in other forms of art as well. Shape A shape can also be called a “form.” A shape is usually considered to be an area or object that is either: (a) completely enclosed by lines or (b) perceived as a separate entity through isolation of shape (through contrast of value or color). In the example of positive and negative space, the recognizable shape is the positive shape while the area around the form is the negative shape. This is also called the “figure and ground” relationship. Negative shapes can be just as interesting as positive shapes. Also called the “figure/ground relationship,” the recognizable shape of the subject becomes the positive shape or form, and the space around it becomes the negative shape (A). Shape can be bold and dramatic, with the negative area around the shape becoming just as interesting as the positive shape (B). Structured like a traditional drawing class, Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner covers the concepts all serious beginning artists need in order to master basic drawing skills, including form, space, depth, proportion, composition, perspective, and more. To start the exploration, California State University art professor Jim Dowdalls demonstrates how to use the different types of drawing tools, including how to hold a pencil, how to use supports, and how to make a variety of marks and strokes. Artists will discover helpful information for understanding value and learning to create a value scale, as well as how to build value in their drawings using various techniques. BUY IN THE US/CANADA Throughout this educational book, myriad step-by-step exercises and drawing projects encourage artists to put their newfound knowledge to use and practice the concepts and techniques demonstrated. With the skills and techniques they acquire in this comprehensive yet affordable drawing course, beginning artists will be ready to take their artwork to the next level. Filled with beautiful artwork that will inspire budding artists to continue to build and grow their craft, Drawing School: Fundamentals for the Beginner is the perfect place to start a mastery of fine art. Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.