Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Elements of Design - Line

Today we explored line. We defined line loosely as the beginning point never touches the ending point, or the head never meets the tail.

We explained that the definition of line can be contextual. In Euclidean geometry we can define a line between two points in a plane. We discussed that some definitions state that a line cannot intersect itself. However in the context of art... we do not know if the representation of the line is to perceived in the two dimensional plane or is it a representation of three dimensional space. 
All of these can be confusing... We try to keep it simple so we loosely define line by saying that the beginning point never touches the ending point, or the head never meets the tail. 

We described five types of lines:
  1. Parallel
  2. Perpendicular
  3. Zigzag
  4. Wavy
  5. Gestural (scribble)
We then described five techniques: 
  1. Hatching
  2. Cross Hatching
  3. Contour Hatching
  4. Scumbling
  5. Stippling 
  6. Shape as line
We then did a worksheet in class that used these techniques and explored value.
Value is simply defined as light to dark. If this was not finished in class it was assigned as homework. Here is a link to the worksheet.