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It’s An Acid Trip, But You’ll Learn Something

Psychedelic video about the Elements of Art.

Video by SGTPepper823

Music “Tomorrow Never Knows” by the Beatles

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What are the “elements” of art? Why are they important?


The elements of art are sort of like atoms in that both serve as “building blocks.” You know that atoms combine and form other things, right? Sometimes they’ll casually make a simple molecule, as when hydrogen and oxygen form water (H2O). If hydrogen and oxygen take a more aggressive career path and bring carbon along as a co-worker, together they might form something more complex, like a molecule of sucrose (C12H22O11).

A similar activity happens when the elements of art are combined. Instead of hydrogen, oxygen, carbon, etc., in art you’ve got line, shape, form, space, texture, value and color. Artists manipulate these elements, mix them in with principles of design and compose a piece of art. Not every work has every last one of these elements contained within it, but there are always at least two present.


One response to “It’s An Acid Trip, But You’ll Learn Something

  1. Nell Ruby ⋅

    Delicious post.

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