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What is Art? Graffiti Photography

ART: The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination

“A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.”Abraham Maslow

Wynwood Walls 2010

Knowing The Elements of Art will enable you to describe and analyze a piece

Line: A moving point. The path a viewer’s eye takes as it follows shapes, colors and form along a path, not necessarily continuous or physically connected. Lines lead around the composition communicating information through character and direction.

Shape: Shapes are defined by other elements of art: Space, Line, Texture, Value, Color and Form. Shapes have two dimensions–height and width–and are usually defined by lines. Forms exist in three dimensions, with height, width, and depth.

Form: Three-dimensional showing height, width and depth. Three-dimensional form is the basis of sculpture, furniture, and decorative arts and can be seen from more than one side.

Texture: The quality of a surface which can be real or created.

Color: Color has three main characteristics: hue (red, green, blue, etc.), value (how light or dark it is), and intensity (how bright or dull it is). Colors can be described as warm (red, yellow) or cool (blue, gray), depending on which end of the color spectrum they fall.  

Value describes the brightness of color. Artists use color value to create different moods.  
Intensity describes the purity or strength of a color. Bright colors are undiluted and are often associated with positive energy and heightened emotions. Dull colors have been diluted by mixing with other colors and create a sedate or serious mood.

“The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?” Pablo Picasso

“I don’t paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” Henri Matisse


“A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.” Michelangelo


“The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.” Vincent van Gogh

Synonyms: abstraction, carving, description, design, illustration, imitation, modeling, molding, painting, pictorialization, portrayal, representation, sculpting, shaping, simulation, sketching, symbolization, artwork, oil, picture, piece, portrait, still life, watercolor

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