Homeschool Art Class, Printables

The Elements of Art Printables

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!”

I love introducing kids to the elements of art because it takes away some of the intimidation of talking about art. They already have the tools to do it!

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!

I love introducing kids to the elements of art because it takes away some of the intimidation of talking about art. They already have the tools to do it!

Click here for your free elements of art printable PDF!

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.

I love introducing kids to the elements of art because it takes away some of the intimidation of talking about art. They already have the tools to do it!

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!

I love introducing kids to the elements of art because it takes away some of the intimidation of talking about art. They already have the tools to do it!

Click here for a link to your elements of art free printable.

I love introducing kids to the elements of art because it takes away some of the intimidation of talking about art. They already have the tools to do it!

Click here for the link to your free elements of art definitions.

I love introducing kids to the elements of art because it takes away some of the intimidation of talking about art. They already have the tools to do it!

The rest of the “Element of Art Series” is up and running.  Check out these links with free printables at each one!

The Element of Value, an Intro and Free Printable

An Intro to the Element of Texture with Free Printable

Free Color Wheel & Color Theory Printable

Line In Art, an Intro and Free Printable

An Introduction to the Element of Space with Free Printable

An Introduction to the Element of Space with Free Printable

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8 Comments

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    Jo

    January 15, 2017

    Hi…i like your printouts..however you might want to revise your description of space and depth…they are tricky…took me years of teaching and research to be solid…just trying to be helpful…good luck!

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      January 15, 2017

      Thanks for the suggestion Jo!

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    Jen|Practical By Default

    January 19, 2017

    Great post, You have helped liven up our art time. Thank you so much for sharing at #familyfriday. Please come back next week.

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      January 19, 2017

      Ahhh- mission accomplished!!😀

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    Amy

    January 19, 2017

    Wow! I can’t wait to add this to our homeschool art. Thanks for sharing:)

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      January 19, 2017

      Thanks Amy! I’m glad you can use it!

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    Mike

    February 15, 2017

    Super!!!!!!! How about tackling the Principles of Design Next?

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      February 16, 2017

      They’re in my lineup!! Thanks for stopping by!!

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