Elements of Art: An Overview

Contributor: Ayesha Ismail. Lesson ID: 13444

All art is great art, but have you ever wanted to make your creations even better? Complete this lesson to learn about the building blocks, or elements, of art to stand out from the crowd!


Visual Arts

Fine Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Watch the video below of a woman's drawings through the years.

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Now, find some of your art from a few weeks, months, or years ago and compare it to what you make now.

  • What do you notice?

You may see how the way you draw lines, combine colors, or use shading techniques has evolved. These are just some of the elements you've improved on that make a great piece of art.

Let's learn about each element and how they can make your art even better in the future.

Chances are you've already grown as an artist, and there are some skills that you've sharpened on your own. Hooray!

  • How do you get to the next level?

7 elements of art

The seven elements of art are the building blocks of a piece of art. Each has its property, and learning how to master them will improve the quality of your work.

Watch the video below for a quick overview of each element. (Note: It combines shape and form into one element.)

You don't have to memorize them all right now — as you work through this lesson, using the elements will come naturally.

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  • How did each element of art change the artists' painting?

Take a closer look in the Got It? section.

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