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What Catches Your Eye?

The Elements and Principles of Art are words that we use to describe and talk about art. Many of us are familiar with these terms, (like value, space, shape, balance) but may not know how they apply in the art room. As the school year progresses I have found that students are grasping a good understanding of most of these terms but not all. To that end I would like to discuss the term “emphasis”.

Emphasis refers to the place in an artwork where your eye first lands. It might be the swirling moon in van Gogh’s “Starry Night” or the setting sun in Joseph Mallord William Turner’s “Yacht Approaching the Coast”. The artist has purposefully moved your eyes to a specific area or areas.

Ask your young artist if they can find an example of emphasis in a painting, photograph or sculpture in your home and see the world through their eyes. 

Van Gogh's Starry Night - Engage Your Young Artist by Asking Them to Identify Emphasis In the Artwork that Surrounds Them

Van Gogh’s Starry Night – Engage Your Young Artist by Asking Them to Identify Emphasis In the Artwork that Surrounds Them

Rene Santoro, Art Director

Discovering Hidden Textures

“The true worth of a man is not to be found in man himself, but in the colours and textures that come alive in others.” – Albert Schweitzer

In the art world texture refers to the tactile qualities of a surface, actual, or to the visual representation of such surface qualities, implied.

Currently in art class students are creating texture rubbings by using crayons and a variety of organic (from nature) and geometric (man-made) shapes. The physical and exploratory nature of this assignment causes the most reluctant or introverted learner to dash about excitedly in order to collect and reveal the hidden surface textures surrounding their lives. They often squeal in delight while rubbing the crayon over the object as the image magically appears. And as if they can’t believe their own eyes they quickly find a friend to show them their latest newly discovered texture.

Encourage your young artist to discover some of the hidden textures that surround your home and take notice how the 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional world around us “comes alive” through actual and implied texture.

Martin Johnson Heade
Martin Johnson Heade
American, 1819–1904
Cattleya Orchid and Three Hummingbirds, 1871

Rene Santoro, Art Director

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