Arts Education: Visual Arts Elements

Washington's Learning Standards for Visual Arts outline the following seven foundational visual arts elements: color, form, line, shape, space, texture, and value. These elements are the building blocks for arts learning and creating, and the starting point from which our Arts Educators engage students to produce, respond, and connect.

These artworks in Washington's State Art Collection depict and reinforce different characteristics of each visual arts element, while also representing a diverse variety of media.

Artwork copyright . from top to bottom: Francis Celentano, Robert Demar, Miro Fitzgerald, Robert Maki, Robert Irwin, Susan Brandeis, and Fred Sodt. Composite photo courtesy of the Washington State Arts Commission.