In order for us to start talking about art – and all its many manifestations, meanings, methods, modes, styles, stages, stories, facets, formulations, features, and even facts – we need language with which to do so.
It needs to be a “language” in two senses:
One is a language of words – we need the right words to discuss concepts, precisely pinpoint ideas, describe imagery, and articulate our responses.
The other is the visual language of the art form itself – the “art language” used by an artist to create the artwork. in other words, just as a written story is made up of words and sentences, an artwork has parts that make up the whole and convey its meaning.
We call these components the elements of art.
We begin by learning about some of these elements, focussing on line.