Elements of Art: The building blocks of art: line, shape, form, space, color, value, and texture. • Line is the element of art that refers to a point moving in space. It begins in one place and ends in another. A line can be an actual object, like railroad tracks or electrical wires, or it can be implied or suggested as by the edges of other objects like geese flying in a “V” shape. There are five kinds of line: Straight, curved, horizontal, vertical, and combination. Line Photo • Travel Master by Shauna Frischkorn from her RV series, 2001 • Frischkorn used vivid color film and a grid on the ground glass of her 4X5 inch view camera, as well as a ruler and a level, to capture the straight strips on the side of recreational vehicles. Rooted in the tradition of American travel photography, Frischkorn makes a new type of landscape that questions “our relationship to the environment and our drive to conquer wilderness. These panoramic color fields symbolize speed and progress, but also serve as reminders that visiting nature with all the comforts of home is a synthetic experience. Composition with Line and Shadow • Bryan Zanisnik, Composition with line and Shadow, 2001 16X21 inches • Zanisnik says that his ”meticulous compositional balance is achieved by paying close attention to cropping, formal design, symmetry, and parallax. I separate my work from contextual photography and its use of both a foreground and a background to communicate a narrative by photographing surfaces that are nearly devoid of linear perspective. This deconstruction of traditional perspective allows color and form to evoke a sense of emphasis and order in an otherwise disengaged urban environment. Escape by Janyce Erlich-Moss • “This artificial landscape was photographed with a 4X5 inch view camera in the studio on a light table by forming shapes made of mylar into a scene. I manipulated color, form, and emotional tone to confuse viewers into accepting these synthetic scenes as real, but somehow alien. I used contrasting cool and warm tones, often complementary with selectively placed tungsten lights and colored gels to create a sense of depth and dynamic tension and thus alter viewer reaction. While gestalt of the image suggests a common natural subject, further inspection reveals the unfamiliar and evokes the ambiguous nature of reality. Line Assignment Take photos that represent the element of line. Choose 2of your favorite photos. You may alter them by changing them to Grayscale and enhance their value by making them lighter or darker. Try to include shadows. Label your photos as actual or implied line. Print on Student Computer Do not forger to add your name: Last Name_Line Written Paragraph and photos due: Monday, August 25, 2009 Print your paragraph should answer these questions Where was this photograph taken? What is this place like? What is the moment in time you are capturing? What is your vantage point or point of view? Where are you in relationship to the subject? Are you far away or close Above or below? Have you used light to draw attention to some areas of the picture? How? What colors did you use in the picture? Why did you choose those colors? What element or principle of design are you depicting? What settings did you use when you were taking the picture? How did you alter your picture? Are you satisfied with your results? Write a caption to go with your photograph that tells what you want people to know about it.
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