My trip to the St. Louis Art Museum was an amazing experience in life to go see all these differents types of elements and principles of art around the museum. Some elements and principles for art are: color, form, balance, movement, and unity. All these things you can put together to make an extraordinary piece of work that sometimes makes people happy, sad, lonely, or many other things in life. These elements and principles help art become artwork, and help people love art.Color is a type of element in art, that helps the artist see the true boldness in the art. There are three properties in color: hue, value, and intensity. These properties are in color because it helps people see what the art is doing, sometimes it even shows people’s feelings in art. Shades, tints, tones, warm, cool, intensity, neutrals, and symbolic colors all have one thing in common, they express something or someone in a particular part of a painting or in a whole painting. Bright and dark colors also helps with the painting and how people feel in that painting. You can blend colors or mix colors to help the artwork become more bold and the most amazing. Complementary, monochromatic, analogous, and split complement are many ways to use colors on a color wheel. I found a special painting at the art museum of an Swing low, Sweet Chariot by the artist John McCrady, and it showed these devils coming down to snatch a sick person away and the angels rescuing this person and taking them to a safe place in heaven. There was so many different colors going around in this painting and I was like WOW because there are so many different blends, mixtures, values, and  intensity in that painting that made that painting catch my eye.Form is a type of element that shows how the art is being done or what makes the artwork happen in a shape of position. Height, width, and depth help make artwork turn into what the person wants. Sculptures are a big part in the form for artwork. Sculptures are a form like some are made out of clay or wax they have to use height, width, and depth to make what they want to the sculpture to make it their own. High and low relief help see what shape you want on your sculpture or sometimes paintings. Texture, negative shape, and mass are all different types of ways to use form, they help with seeing how much space one takes up, what it feels like, or shows the position or exact way of keeping it together. While at the art museum, I looked at  these gorgeous types of forms of art, but since I love dance, I found a sculpture called  Little Dance of Fourteen Years, and I thought this would be a perfect piece for the element of form because it shows the greatest position, the way they put it right down was amazing. The artist was Edgar Degas.Balance is an principle to art, it shows if something is in a good position or is in the best format of the sculpture or painting. Balance uses equal weight to two halves a lot, which means there is always or often two halves to a painting or sculpture, and you have to make sure ones aren’t on the right to much or left so much, so there’s balance in the artwork, so it looks breathtaking. Symmetrical, asymmetrical, radial, overall, and  proportion are all ways balance are used in a type of artwork, these ways help make the painting or sculpture into balance so that it doesn’t look sloppy. Composition is also a main part in balance, it shows the structure of how pieces of artwork are built to that particular format. Repetition, shape, value, line, or color are all things or ways that helps art turn into balance, you have to use these to show what the balance of something is in an piece of art. You see balance in your everyday life, but when I went to the art museum I saw these mummies, actual mummies, from centuries ago in these Grain Mummy Cases which they’re Egyption, and on top where drawings or paintings of different points in their life, their families, that showed balance on both sides doing these different kinds of things but had the same equal of everything on both sides.Movement is an principle in art, you can see something or someone move from one area to another in a piece of artwork or design of anything. Color, shape, lines, edges help the artwork to move from one spot to another to show the feelings in an a piece of work, an invisible pathway sees what the characters or things in the artwork is doing, is going to do, or where the object is going. Feelings and rhythm helps see what the objects or characters are doing with their actions. Anticipated, action, optical illusions, blurry outlines, diagonal lines, similar shapes, and flow make the movement in the artwork go in a smooth way. It helps create what the objects or characters are going to do next. You need these things, so you can have a story in the piece of art, make it have animation, and come to life. While I was at the art museum I was looking at paintings that looked like they had movement in them, and I found one fabulous one that is called Cradling Wheat by an artist named Thomas Hart Benton, and it showed people actually cradling wheat and I thought, well there showing us that they are doing work. They’re cradling wheat, that’s showing movement.Unity is a type of principle in art, unity is what holds the artwork together to make the artwork its own. Balance, variety, and emphasis are ways or things you need in your painting, sculpture, etc where it makes unity, these things are formats or structures that you use to have unity come to life, out of a piece of artwork. Elements and principles of art and design, makes up the unity of something in a painting, you can’t have one big blob on a painting, you have to put all those elements including all 13 other elements and principles to actually look nice in a type of artwork. Exaggeration, push or pull, visual tension help with coming into making the artwork pop out of a specific part in a painting, and sometimes expresses feelings or emotions, also have to have form to have these types of expressions. Harmony, symmetry, asymmetry, coherence, dissonance, dominance, and subordination are helpings of using unity in a particular piece of art. They help with coming together, changes in movement, one main element (main theme), and makes everything fit in to make a beautiful piece of a story. The flow goes from the central point of the painting or artwork to the end or outside of the artwork, but it will always have a view of something. At the art museum I found a painting that would be perfect for this type of principle of art, it’s called Madonna and Child Enthroned with saints Peter, John the Baptist, Dominic, Nicholas of Bari and the artist is Piero di Cosimo, and it describes unity because its going through how Jesus is being handed these things as a baby, which all comes together in unity at the end. My trip to the St. Louis Art Museum was an unforgettable opportunity that I had never gotten a chance to see. Then, I saw what was there, and it came down to me that these paintings, sculptures, etc where actual stories that you see in dreams, real life, and imaginations that’s the cool thing of art, you can make it your own. All these elements and principles you see around you in art, sometimes in everyday life, that’s how art comes to me. My principles and elements is what comes out through art, it pops out to me, and I hope to you when you can see what’s right in front of you. The St. Louis Art Museum is a place where you let loose with who you are as a person, can get out of your comfort zone, and see the real you. All the elements and principles I used in art are ones that make life happen everywhere around us.

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