STUDY QUESTIONS - CHAPTERS 5-9
1. The outstanding characteristic of line is its ____, and can be seen as the thickness or
thinness of a line.
2. What style of art in the 19th Century was most concerned with the expression of
individuality and emotions?
The term romantic is often used to describe 19
Century Art; it doesn’t just refer to the
expression of love but also the expression of all feelings and passions.
3. Define contour line.
A line is the perceived line that marks the boarders of an object in space.
4. What does it mean when we speak of "the expressive use of a formal element?"
Element- color, shape, line, form to express emotion
5. Define autographic line.
A person’s signature style painting that is unique to them
6. Define implied line.
A line created by a movement or direction, such as a pointing finger, the direction of a glance
or a body moving through space.
7. Define line of sight. What work of art in this chapter utilizes this type of line?
A line of sight is a type of implied line. It is the direction the figures are looking, in a given
composition. An ex. Is Calder’s Assumption and Consecration of the Virgin.
8. What are kinetic art works?
Kinetic works are works that move. They rely on our ability to remember the path that
particular elements in the work have followed.
9. In the case of Alexander Calder's work, what inspired the artist to create his mobiles?
A dancer moving through space
10. What type of line is created in Calder's kinetic work?
11. Two basic categories of line are discussed in this chapter. If Sol LeWitt's line is
analytical, how would you characterize Van Gogh's line?
12. When a museum owns a Sol LeWitt drawing, what do they really have?
It doesn’t own the actual wall drawing but only the instructions on how to make it.
13. What influences the way a line will look in a work of art? (See Chapter Study Guide)
There are 3 main things that influence the quality of a line. These are: what you make the
line WITH (pencil, charcoal, ink and brush, ink and stick, crayon, etc.); what you make the
line ON (rough paper, smooth paper, absorbent paper, slick paper, bark, canvas, stone,
etc.); and HOW you make the line (delicate motion, aggressive motion with lots of pressure,
variety of pressures, etc.) In addition the culture and time when an artist is working may have
an influence, but the more immediate and enduring influences are those listed above. You