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Design Elements and Principles in Project Work - Iowa

Art is created through experimentation using a variety of tools and organizational strategies. The tools of art are not just brushes, paints and palettes, hammer and wood, but rather elements of design. How the tools or elements are used or organized creates the principles of art and design. Elements of design and principles of art are the core vocabulary to art. Think of them like a recipe to create your work. The elements are like the ingredients and the principles are the instructions. By using elements, you create principles, such as ‘By repeating lines I created rhythm.”

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