For kids learning the formal 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 element of line is one of the seven elements of art, the building blocks of everything art-y. Can you draw a line? Good, then you’re ready for this free printable book!
This interactive Google Slides activity is a fun and easy way to assess your students knowledge of the elements of art.
The elements of art are kinda’ a big in deal in my art teacher opinion. The elements of art are basics of making and talking about art. Use these elements of art posters and huge bundle of other elements of art resources to get started ASAP!
The terms shape and form might seem like they are interchangeable in the world of art. Not so. In fact, I designed this free digital course to help your kiddos get first hand experience with identifying shape and form in art. They’ll also get a hands on tutorial on how to turn a shape into a form through a simple pencil drawing tutorial.
The elements of art definitions 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!”
Why are the elements of art definitions are important….
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 artwork, whether they made it or it hangs in a museum, can be talked about in terms of these seven concepts and their definitions.
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 definitions cheat sheet….
For those of you that may not be super familiar the elements of art definitions I’m gonna start with a little cheat sheet. It will help you help your kiddos put these terms with their correct definitions on the elements of art free printable resources further down this post!
The elements of art worksheet…
I will be the first to admit the words “art” and “worksheet” don’t generally go together. Art is a subject that is hard to capture through worksheet type work. But in the case of learning the definitions of the elements of art and other basic terminology then using printable resources makes perfect sense.
The elements of art worksheet 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 elements of art 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.
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The element of line in art is one of the most basic. Even cavemen drew lines. The youngest artist draws lines. Use these free printable resources and activities to make teaching about the element of line in art easy and fun!
Forms have length, width, and depth. This simple one page download is a great place to introduce the element of form and begin learning what form is and how to create the illusion of form in two dimensions!