What Catches Your Eye?

Posted on March 26, 2016 in Art, STEAM.

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

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