Value

Elements of Art

Value

-the lightness and darkness of a color

-the use of light and dark, shades, tints and highlights

-is used to create a more three-dimensional and more realistic look to artwork

-creates contrast in an artwork

Why Is Value Important?

-Value changes, in an artwork, are what creates contrast, and the sharper the contrast, the more visual attention it attracts, and the better the artwork will look

-It is also important in creating an effective composition because value establishes depth in the shapes and forms of an artwork, giving it a more realistic appearance

- For many artists, value is considered the most important element because value visually determines the perception of space, depth, and form (and contrast)