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Elements of Art for Kids with free printable book

For kids learning the elements of art is kind of like learning their ABC’s.  The elements are simple little ideas, pieces that work together to make something bigger.  Teaching the elements of art for kids doesn’t need to be intimidating.

The elements of art for kids are building blocks to making and talking about great art! Use this free printable book to outline the concepts step by step!

Talk about art, look at art, make art, use art words.   Doing these things when your kids are little will allow your kids to grow into adults than can express themselves creatively and appreciate the artwork of others.   Teaching these basic building blocks of art is a great place to start!

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Let’s break this book down….

The title page is pretty self explanatory, right?  You’ve got this one.

Page two refers to the element of space.  At this young age we’re only going to break this down into two concepts; positive space and negative space.

Positive space is the space occupied by your subject.  In the example below the positive space is the space occupied by the vase.  Negative space is the space around the object.

There is space for kids to draw their own simple example of the two types of space and label them as such.

Think simple!Onto the next page….

Lines are easy and fun to explain to little ones because they are a language kids already speak.  A line is a dot that just keeps going.  Lines can be fat, thin, wavy, straight, jagged, curly, etc.

Fill each circle with a different type of line.

The color page defines the three primary colors, red, yellow, and blue.  If your kiddo uses colored pencils or crayons to fill in the three large circles using the primary colors they will get a chance to experience mixing the secondary colors as well.  Even though the secondary colors (green, purple, and orange) are not defined as such within the book it’s a great discussion point as your little person works!

Textures and Shapes

Texture is one of the most fun elements of art for kids because it uses a sense they are so in touch with~ touch! (get it…)  Although some artists create an “implied” texture within their artwork for the sake of simplicity we are going to talk about “actual” texture.  Kids can find surfaces that illustrate a variety of textures they enjoy and use the side of a crayon to do a small rubbing on each square of the texture page.

Shapes are another element that seem so basic but are a huge component of creating thoughtful art!  Making easy shapes is a no pressure way to dive into art making!  The book page asks students to make shapes with no corners, as well as shapes with corners, and four corners.

A discussion about the names of these shapes, or lack thereof, and the variety of possibilities will be a fun one for sure!I saved the “hard” ones for last! (Just kidding-you can do it!)

Value is the lightness or darkness of a color.  This can refer to black and all colors.  There are a couple of ways that this little exercise can be completed.  If your little person has enough control over a pencil they can create value scale (from light to dark) using more or less pressure on a pencil. (You can also use crayons in a similar way, but with the addition of a black crayon.)

If not (which most little ones wouldn’t) use paint!  Give your child a color of their choosing plus black and white.  Let them experiment making their chosen hue lighter and darker and painting their color samples on their book page.

The element of form refers to three dimensional objects which take up space and have volume.  The easiest way to illustrate this is with some conversation about everyday objects in your house,  Compare a cereal box to a piece of paper. One is a flat shape and one is a form.  Compare a ball to a cut out  paper in the shape of a circle.  Being able to see and hold some objects which constitute “forms” make this concept much simpler for kids to understand.

This book page illustrates the difference between a square and a cube and a triangle and a pyramid.  Let the kids try to make their own three dimensional form.  Don’t worry if its not one hundred percent accurate.  We’re not looking for perfection here.  Were looking for understanding.

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Whether you used this Elements of Art for Kids book at home, at your homeschool co-op class, or in a classroom I hope it serves your students well and sparks a discussion that continues!

These little elements are building blocks for some big things!

The elements of art for kids are building blocks to making and talking about great art! Use this free printable book to outline the concepts step by step!


Check out this Elements of Art Series for older kids.  Each element has it’s own printable.  These are perfect for introducing the elements of art for  kids in older elementary through high school!

The Elements of Art, an Intro and Free Printables

Value in Art, An Intro and Free Printable

An Intro to the Element of Texture with Free Printable

Free Color Wheel and Color Theory Printable

Line in Art, an Intro and Free Printable

An Introduction to the Element of Space with Free Printable

The Element of Shape, plus Free Printable

 This books list provides some fun ways to teach the elements of art!

Also check out this fun book list for some more easy ways to incorporate the elements of art into your days!




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    March 13, 2017

    Pinned. I love your posts on art 🙂

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      March 13, 2017

      Thanks Jen!

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    Mother of 3

    March 18, 2017

    Wonderful beginner book for introducing art concepts! Pinned.

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      March 18, 2017

      Thanks Joanne! I hope you can use it!

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    Lisa/Syncopated Mama

    March 23, 2017

    What a great printable that you’ve created! Pinned and thanks so much for sharing it with us!

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      March 24, 2017

      Thanks Lisa!! I’m so glad you can use it!!

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    April 9, 2017

    WOW! This is what I have been looking for to add more depth to my homeschool art instead of just a lot of crafts. I’m pinning and will be sharing your site with others. Thank you so much.

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      April 10, 2017

      Donella- thanks so much!! Let me know what you and your kiddos try out and how it goes!!

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    April 11, 2017

    This is a great resource!! Thank you for sharing. Would you ever consider doing one for the Art Principles??

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      April 11, 2017

      I’m so glad you are enjoying the printable!! Principles are on my short list!! Check back soon!

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    April 15, 2017

    I am not one to ever leave comments – but as an Elementary Art teacher, I am constantly looking for, researching, and happening upon new ideas – especially since my underlying focus is the elements of art in my classroom. I have to say, this is by far one of the best resources I have found yet! As a former classroom teacher I am used to planning with others, so now that I am planning on my own I really appreciate this resource!
    Thank you!!

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      April 15, 2017

      Thank you so much Mandy! I love hearing that my work can benefit someone else!!

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    April 24, 2017

    Stumbled unnötig this post on pinterest. Had to repin it. Big THANKS for sharing this great little art booklet! Keep up the good work!

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      April 25, 2017

      Thank you!! I’m glad if you can use the book!! Let me know how it goes!!

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    July 5, 2017

    What a great way to introduce the elements!!! What ages do you think this would be most appropriate for?

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