Seven Elements of Art

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75-150 Word Essay


When analyzing art, you should look for the various elements to help determine its structure, meaning and value.  The traditional seven elements are as follows:


















These two resources give details about each one:




Using these elements, compare and contrast Aaron Douglas’ Song of the Towers, 1934 with Grant Wood’s American Gothic, 1930.


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Song of the Towers (from Aspects of Negro Life), 1934


American Gothic, 1930

Spend time looking carefully at each work. Write down a list of words that describe each work – include nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs.  What is similar about these works? What is different?  You do not have to identify all seven elements in the paintings, but you should be able to identify at least two

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