6th Grade ART

Elements of Art

The ingredients to a good composition

Line:  A mark that begins at one point and continuesfor a certain distance.

Shape:An object that has height and width. (2 Dimensional)  

Form:  An object the height, width, and depth. (3 Dimensional) 

Color:  What we see when light is reflected off objects. 

Space:  The area around, between, or within forms. 

Value:  The lightness and darkness of a color. 

Texture:  The way a surface looks or feels.

Chinese New Year

  •  The most important of the Chinese holidays.
  • A time of feasting with family, celebration, fireworks,  and gift-giving.
  • It is a 15-day holiday, beginning on the first day of a new moon and ending with the full moon on the day of the Lantern Festival. (Feb 3- Feb 17 2011)

RED is a Lucky                

Chinese Zodiac

  • The Chinese calendar is based on the lunar (moon) year, so the date of Chinese New Year changes every year.
  • The Chinese calendar follows a 12-year pattern with each year named after an animal.


Art Vocabulary

Texture: the way a surface looks or feels.
  • Simulated (made up)
  • Actual (can feel)

Contrast: the difference between elements in an artwork.  “A visual excitement"



Principles of Design~ is the arrangement of the elements.

BALANCE: the steady feeling created by equal weight of elements.

PATTERN: a design made with repeated lines, shapes, or colors.

CONTRAST: the difference between the elements in an artwork.

EMPHASIS: the effect created when one element is given more importance than others.

RHYTHM: the visual beat created by the regular repetition of elements in an artwork.

MOVEMENT: the way the viewer's eyes travel from one element to another.

UNITY: the sense that an artwork is complete.

Egypt~ Canopic Jars

~ Jars used by ancient Egyptians to hold mummified remains.
~ A canopic chest was buried in tombs with the sarcophagus of the dead.
~ Egyptians believed the deceased would need their organs to help them through the after life.  
Each of the four lids takes the form of a different head

Clay Terms
Ceramics- Any clay piece fired in a kiln to make it hard and durable; from the Greek word keramos, meaning burned earth.
Greenware- Ready to be fired, very fragile.
Bisque-Has been fired less fragile, ready for glaze.
Kiln-Pottery sits inside a kiln and heats up like an oven, over 1,000 degrees.
Glazed-Ceramics that is shiny or matte with color glaze.
Coil method-a rope like piece of clay used in hand building.
Scoring- Scratching the surface of the clay where another piece will be joined.
Slip-(slurry) A mixture of clay and water, used to glue clay pieces together

Greek Clay Vessel: Very little Greek art has survived the 2500 years since they were painted.Most of what we know about Greek art comes from the pictures they painted on pottery, (if broken most was put back together).

MYTHOLOGY: refers to a collection of tales belonging to a particular origin concerning their gods as well as their heroes.  These stories consist of beliefs, history, daily activities, battle, made-up and love stories.  The tales explain in detail the lives and adventures of a wide variety of gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines, and other mythological creatures.  





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