• the elements of design
  • Elements: form, shape, color, texture, lines, space, value............. Principles: emphasis, balance, harmony, variety, movement, rhythm, proportion, unity..........
  • Elements: form, shape, color, texture, line, space, value............. Principles: emphasis, balance, harmony, variety, movement, rhythm, proportion, unity...........
  • I sometimes wonder when I see some 'pieces' in the Art Gallery...
  • The definition of art is very loose. But the purpose of art is to elicit a response from the viewer -any kind of response. So hotel art that just sits on the wall and is not noticed might not be good art. When Marcel Duchamp took a urinal and named it MUTT and put it in a museum, that caused a response. Maybe people didn't like it, but it was looking at an object in a different way. It was a new idea. That is what art is about, whether people like it or not.
  • how it enhances the present
  • can't be defined.
  • I'm sorry but pick up an art 101 book and there it is. It is an extreme, but you must remember the point about art eliciting a response or art might as well just be invisible.
  • Maybe you need to reword your question because I think you are looking for what 'what makes a piece of art good?' If you mean visual art, it is good if it has small spaces, medium spaces, big spaces. Boring art has shapes all the same size. Is there a wide variety of light to dark values? Much bad art does not have enough darks.Is there depth? Do some objects appear to come out to you? Do some objects seem to recede into space? This "push and pull" is also present in sculpture and even flower arranging. Composition is hard to judge. It is sometimes inborn into people. Looking at good art in museums helps with this. Usually if the object of interest is in the exact center the composition is bad. A very good artist could pull this off though. Do the elements flow or is there a spotty, disjointed feeling? Does the artwork get your attention from far away? When you get closer is there something that keeps your interest? Color is complicated. That is a whole subject. I have given you what it took in six years of college art classes and working with a couple masters.
  • It is not about having a degree in art; it is about working with a master printmaker and professor who worked with the favorite artist of Washington D.C., Jacob Kainen, who worked with the New York School movement, DeKooning and the author of The Natural Way to Draw, Nicolaides. My professor who is gone would have answered your question in this way, "Does God have eyes?" I also had different master printmaker professor who would say this is a design question. My answer represents the answer you will get if you ask the artists who have worked fifty years or more. Our opinion is that of curmudgeons.
  • 9-1-2017 There is no definition. It's such a hornswoggle that art museums have to put signs on the furniture saying "THIS IS NOT ART. IT IS A CHAIR. YOU CAN SIT ON IT."

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