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“The Alphabet of Art”.

Museum of Children’s Art – MOCHA

Salvador teachers recently participated in 17 hours of professional development in “The Alphabet of Art”.  These lessons were built on 5 building blocks of art – just as words are built using the letters of the alphabet, all visual art is created using one or more of these “letters”. 

LINE:  a point moving in space.  Lines can vary in width, length, curvature, color or direction.

COLOR:  the visual sensation dependent on the reflection or absorption of light from a given surface.  The three characteristics of color are hue, value and intensity.

SHAPE:  a two-dimensional area or plane that may be opened or closed, free-form or geometric.  It can be found in nature or made by humans.

TEXTURE:  the surface quality of materials, either actual (tactile) or implied (visual)

SPACE:  the emptiness or area between, around, above, below or contained within objects.  Shapes and forms are defined by the space around or within them, just as spaces are defined by the shapes and forms around or within them. 

This professional development opportunity was a rich experience for everyone that provided reflection and discussion on curricular and literacy connections to art. 

Studio Thinking Framework – Eight Habits of Mind (link below)