The elements of art are, well, pretty basic. Any older elementary student should be familiar with these concepts. Most kids will know these terms even if they don’t formally recognize them as special “elements of art!”
One reason I love talking about these terms that most kids already kinda’ know is it takes something that can be intimidating (talking about art) and points out the fact that they already have some tools to do it!
As kids get older and more inhibited talking about art gets scarier, especially if they haven’t grown up doing so all along.
Every piece of art work, whether they made it or it hangs in a museum, can be talked about in terms of these seven concepts.
Of course art isn’t that simple. It inspires things way bigger than lines and colors. But these are great starting points; both for talking and for making!
Elements of Art Cheat Sheet
For those of you that may not be super familiar with these terms I’m gonna start with a little cheat sheet. It will help you help your kiddos put these terms with their correct definitions!
The elements of art printable below looks a little wonky. It’s meant to be folded up and then, I promise, it will make perfect sense.
Fold it in half, then fold it into quarters. Open back up and fold each quarter fold back toward the center. The names of the elements should now meet in the middle.
When opened up there is space for your child to paste the definition from the second printable, write their own definition, sketch examples, or all of the above!
This is what your folded printable will look like after it’s been folded up. I used these with my older elementary kids at our homeschool co-op class. We are going to be making books to keep these printables as well as some of their artwork.
If I was working with my own kids I would probably use a blank book. Click here to see all the ways I use these blank books in our homeschool!
The rest of the “Element of Art Series” is up and running. Check out these links with free printables at each one!
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