Microsoft Word - Aesthetics Basics

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Aesthetics Basics Aesthetics is the branch of philosophy that deals with the nature and expression of beauty. It asks the question “what is beauty?” In the visual arts, an artwork is described based upon its visual elements as well as its content (the subject matter). Visual Elements: Color: Warm colors (red, yellow, orange), Cool colors (blue, green), Neutral colors (black, white, gray), Pastel colors (pink, baby blue, pale yellow), Earth colors (brown, tan, beige), Rich colors, etc. Line: Straight, curved, shaded, broken, soft, heavy, etc. Shape, which is two dimensional with no form or thickness, can be divided into geometric (circle, square, triangle) and organic (like a natural form) Volume or form means that the objects depicted appear three dimensional because of the use of shading and lighting techniques. A sphere, cube, and pyramid are all examples of form. Value is the degree of light and dark in an artwork. It is the contrast between black and white and all the tones in between. Value can also be used with colors.
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This note was uploaded on 01/07/2012 for the course HUMA 1301 taught by Professor Lindasears during the Fall '11 term at Collins.

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